Richard Williams, FAIA, is the founding principal of Richard Williams Architects, where he leads a design practice for institutional and residential projects. His institutional clients have included Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies and Dumbarton Oaks, the Hillwood Museum, St. Albans School, and the Washington National Cathedral. His work has received numerous awards from Residential Architect, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Virginia and Boston Societies of Landscape Architects; his firm’s work has also been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, Dwell, Elle Décor, Faith & Form, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Architectural Record, as well as in broadcast media such as National Public Radio and HGTV.
Mr. Williams graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a B.A. in History and Literature. He studied Urban Design and Regional Planning at the University of Edinburgh, and received a Master in Architecture degree from the University of Virginia with highest honors. He began his career at Hartman-Cox Architects in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a staff architect for the Georgetown University Law Library; he formed Williams & Dynerman Architects in 1986 and created his current firm in 1998. He has served on the boards of the DC Preservation League, the Saint Albans School, and the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, and currently serves on the Stewardship Council of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. He was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010.