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Ongoing and Recent 

Boards and Affiliations


Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, Board of Directors, 2019 - 2023   


Dean's Advisory Council, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, 2018 - 2022


Harvard Graduate School of Design, Visiting Committee, Harvard University Board of Overseers, 2012 - 2019

Committee Chair 2017-2019, 2014-2016, Member 2011-2013


Board of Directors,

Places Journal, 2015 - 2018


GSA (Government Administration Services) Design Excellence Peer Review Board, 

Washington DC, 1998 - Present


Design Futures Council, Senior Fellow, Washington DC, 2008 - Present

Notable Recognition

2020 - 50 Women Rocking the World of Architecture

Recognized as One of Fifty  influential women busy proving that the future (of architecture) is female.*

2020 - Fifty Women Rock Architecture

*Corrections pending

2020 - Trailblazing Architects Inspire Future Design Leaders (Written by SOM)

SOM _Trailblazers 2020


One of 365 biographies featured in the online digital book ARCHITETTE = WOMEN ARCHITECTS / • Here We Are!  Released to coincide with the opening of Biennale Achitecttura in Venice 2018 presents award winning female architects as well as lesser-known, with inspirational profiles working in the profession.  (Williams' profile: page.619)

2017 - Changing Culture Exhibition - Excellent Black Architects

A curated exhibition of international black architects at theNational London Architecture Gallery as part of the 2017 London Festival of Architecture 2017. Williams is 1 of 10 architects interviewed and whose work was exhibited. 


2016 - Architizer Journal

Recognized as 1 of 26 Women who changed Architecture, 2016, From A to Zaha_26 Women Who Changed Architecture


2015 - Distinguished Alumnus, Architecture, College of Environmental Design, 2015

University of California Berkeley,


2014 - Most Influential Women, San Francisco Business Journal, 2014 and Forever Influential, 2018

Architectural Design Awards


Progressive Architecture Award – Calexico Port of Entry, Calexico CA, 2013


R&D Laboratory of the Year Award – CREATE, Singapore (Greenmark Platinum Laboratory), 2013


Perkins+Will Biennale Design Awards, Princess Nora Abdulrahman University for Women, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, 2011


Honor Award of Excellence, AIA Pittsburgh, The August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh PA, 2010


AIA San Francisco Chapter, Merit Award, Calexico Port of Entry, Calexico, 2010

San Francisco International Terminal - Numerous AIA Awards, 2000~


AOL Corporate Headquarters Creative Center 2, Numerous DC and Northern Virginia AIA, IIDA and NAIOP Awards​, 1999~

San Francisco Federal Savings & Loan Headuarters, 88 Kearny  - Numerous AIA, IIDA and Graphic Design Awards, 1988

Previous Boards and Affiliations


- SPUR (San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association), Board Member. 2012 - 201

- Public Architecture, Member, Board of Directors, 2010-2012, Board Chair 

- Corporate Board of Directors, Perkins+Will, Elected-at-Large,  2010 - 2012

Harvard Design Magazine, Practitioners Advisory Board, 2004 - 2012

- Cathedral School for Boys at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2011

- Design Review Committee for Capital Projects, University of California Berkeley, 2003 - 2009

- MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora), Member, Founding Board of Directors, 2002 - 2005

- The Exploratorium, Board of Trustees, San Francisco, Board of Directors, 1993 - 2003

- Harvard Graduate School of Design, Alumni Council, 1991 -1997

- Architecture California, Editorial Board Member (AIA California Council Quarterly Magazine), 1989 - 1992

- University of California, Berkeley, Alumni Council, 1977 - 1983

Notable Design Competition Juries

Architecture at Zero Design Competition, A Competition for Zero Net Energy, Sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture in partnership with PG&E, 2016 - 2019

World War One Memorial, Competition, 2016, Washington DC, U.S. World War One Centennial Commission in partnership with The Pritzker Military Museum and Library,

Vertical Cities Asia, Urban Harvest Design Competition 2013, National University of Singapore, Jury Chair

San Francisco Transbay Tower and Terminal International Design Competition, San Francisco CA, 2007

Forums and Panel Discussions

Design with a Conscience, Overlapping Worlds of Automotive and Architectural Design, 2013, Ford Motors and American Institute of Architecture, San Francisco.


The Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar, 2012 Harvard GSD and National University of Singapore, 2012

Invited Speaker:  Emerging Models of Planning Practices, Cities of Learning


International Women’s Forum – Ideas Remaking the World in an Age of Discovery, San Francisco, 2012,  The Nexus of Ideas: The World’s Cities, Introductory Presentation and Plenary Moderator


SCUP Western Regional Conference, Presenter, International Telecast, 2012, Stanford University, Leadership and Cross-Continent Partnerships,

AIA Design Awards Jury Service

2019 - Austin AIA Design Awards Jury, Juror


2019 - Minnesota AIA Design Awards Jury, Juror


2019 - AIA Committee on The Environment COTE

           Design Awards Jury


2018   AIA North Western Pacific Regional

           Design Awards Jury


2017   Portland AIA Design Awards Jury


2016   AIA Central Regional States Design Awards Jury,

           Chair and Keynote Speaker

2016   AIA Tennessee Design Awards Jury

2014   AIA Utah Annual Conference, Salt Lake City

           Keynote Speaker

2013   AIA Philadelphia Design Awards Jury

2012   Boston Society of Architecture and Harvard GSD

           Loeb Fellowship Lecturer

2011   National AIA Honor Awards and 25-Year Award Juror,

           Washington DC

2010   San Antonio, Texas AIA Design Awards Jury

           and Keynote Lecturer

2009   Pittsburgh AIA, Design Awards Jury Chair

1998   National AIA Honor Awards and 25-Year Award Juror,

           Washington DC

1980 -1993  Additional AIA Juries: New York, Arizona, Iowa,

          North Carolina, Chicago, and Boston

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