Keith Williams (architect)

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Keith Williams RIBA MRIAI FRSA

Keith Williams (born 21 April 1958)[1] RIBA, MRIAI, FRSA is a British architect.

Education and career[edit]

Keith Williams is a chartered architect and urban designer. He is the founder and director of design at Keith Williams Architects in London.[2]

He was educated at Kingston Grammar School before studying architecture at Kingston and then Greenwich Schools of Architecture. He was elected to the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1983, co-founded Pawson Williams Architects in 1987, and in January 2001 formed Keith Williams Architects . He was elected to the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland in 2005, became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2007 and a member of the National Design Review Panel for the Commission of Architecture and the Built Environment (now Design Council CABE) in 2009. In 2010 he was made Distinguished Honorary Visiting Professor of Architecture at Zhengzhou University, China and in 2011, he was elected to the National Awards Panel of the Civic Trust. He is also currently an External Examiner at the University of Strathclyde School of Architecture in Glasgow.

The winner of 35 awards for architecture and design, he has delivered a considerable number of lectures on architecture and the work of his firm and his projects have been published worldwide. The first monograph on the firm's work Keith Williams: Architecture of the Specific, is published by Images Publishing Group, Mulgrave, Australia.[3]


Williams works internationally on projects in many locations across the globe. He has devoted much of his career to designing projects which include Theatres, Concert Halls and Opera Houses, Civic Buildings, Museums, Art Galleries and Libraries, Private Houses, Residential Towers, Commercial Office projects and City Masterplans. His starting premise is that great architecture is created from the arrangement of simple elements such as light, form, space, scale, and material overlain on each building's primary functional purpose. Coupled with due consideration for scale history and context, Williams' buildings achieve a careful balance between his contemporary designs and the often historic settings of many of his projects.


Principal works[edit]

  • 2012- A New Mega City for 10 million people, Zulfurikabad, Pakistan
  • 2009-2011 Strategic Masterplan, Fairfield Halls Redevelopment, Croydon, England
  • 2007-2015 Residential Tower, Black Prince Road,London
  • 2007-2012 The Novium : Chichester District Museum, Chichester, England
  • 2007-2011 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, England
  • 2005-2012 The Luan Art Gallery, Athlone, Ireland
  • 2005–2008 Wexford Opera House, Ireland
  • 2004–2010 Clones Library & County HQ, Ireland
  • 2001–2006 The Long House, London, England
  • 2001–2005 Unicorn Theatre, London, England
  • 2001–2004 Athlone Civic Centre, Athlone, Ireland

Selected prizes for completed work[edit]

  • 2014 Civic Trust Award for the Luan Gallery, Athlone, RIBA National Award [1] for the Novium Museum Chichester
  • 2013 Civic Trust Award and Civic Trust Michael Middleton Special Award both for the Novium Museum Chichester, Civic Trust Award for the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, RIAI Best Cultural Building Award,
  • 2012 RIBA Downland Award
  • 2010 AIA Award, Quadrennial Award for Practical Design Excellence, Soc. of Theatre Consultants, LAMA NAtional Impact Award
  • 2009 RIBA Award, RIAI Award : Best Cultural Building for Wexford Opera House
  • 2008 RIBA Award, BD Public Building Architect of the Year Award, Chicago Athenaeum Prize, OPUS Architecture & Construction Award, Copper in Architecture Award,
  • 2007 RIAI Award, USITT Award
  • 2006 RIBA Award, RIAI Award, BD Public Building Architect of the Year Award, Chicago Athenaeum Prize,
  • 2005 RIBA European Award, RIAI Award : Best Sustainable Building Award, OPUS Architecture & Construction Award, Irish Concrete Society Award
  • 2004 Richmond Society Award : Gold Medallion


  1. ^ "Books:Keith Williams: Architecture of the Specific". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Keith Williams Architects". Keith Williams Architects. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Keith Williams: Architecture of the Specific". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

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