Memorial Design Competition Juror
Allison Williams, FAIA
Allison Williams is the Design Director for AECOM’s San Francisco Metro Regional architecture practice and the San Francisco design studio. Prior to AECOM, Ms. Williams led design studios for both Perkins+Will and Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Her collaborative drive and interdisciplinary design approach have generated authentic, relevant buildings and places that bridge between culture, technology, and environment.
Beyond a portfolio of award-winning buildings, her work defines memorable urban spaces that poetically convey the values and traditions of her clients. The August Wilson Center for African American Culture, founded in celebration of an ethnically specific culture, marks a key intersection in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s downtown cultural district. The US Port of Entry at Calexico, California is a civic place that will be a third-place phenomenon, a circumstance at the political border where two societies overlap and blur. The Health Science and Research Campus, part of the new Princess Nora Abdulrahman University for 40,000 women in Saudi Arabia, is a delicate intertwining of faith, climate, and gender based customs and rituals.
A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Ms. Williams is a current member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee for Harvard’s Board of Overseers and serves on the Board of Directors for the SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association). Ms. Williams was honored as a University of California College of Environmental Design Distinguished Alumnus for 2015 and in 2014 as one of the Bay Area Business Times Most Influential Women.