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 Architects in 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 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 redevelopment, 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

Key competition projects[edit]

  • 2013 New Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police HQ, London
  • 2013 Rhein Main Hallen Exhibition Halls, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 2012 Archaeological Visitor Centre, Petriplatz, Berlin
  • 2012 Helsinki Central Library, Finland
  • 2012 Bochum Concert Hall, Germany
  • 2011 Vordingborg Museum, Denmark, SUPSI University Lugano, Switzerland
  • 2009 Museum, Stadhaus am Markt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 2009 Støperiet Kulturhus, Tønsberg, Norway
  • 2009 Kulturpark,Alzenau, Germany
  • 2009 Kulturzentrum Eisenstadt, Austria
  • 2008 NS Dokumentationzentrum, Munich, Germany
  • 2007 Molde Jazz Centre, Norway
  • 2007 Helsingor Maritime Museum, Denmark
  • 2007 Flekkefjord Cultural Centre, Flekkefjord, Norway
  • 2006 New Sculpture Building, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2005 Darmstadt University Library, Germany
  • 2005 Moesgård Museum, Aarhus Denmark
  • 2005 Kunstenshus Art Museum Herning, Denmark
  • 2005 Centro de la Justicia de Madrid, Spain
  • 2002 Schiller Museum, Marbach am Neckar, Germany
  • 2001 Centro Culturale Di Torino, Italy

Selected prizes for completed work[edit]

  • 2014 Civic Trust Award for the Luan Gallery, Athlone
  • 2013 Civic Trust Special Award : Michael Middleton Prize, Civic Trust Award for the Novium Chichester, Civic Trust Award for the Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, RIAI Best Cultural Building Award, RICS South East Awards Project of the Year, RICS South East Awards Community Benefit Award
  • 2012 RIBA Downland Award, Kent Cultural Landscape Award, BCI Award (Shortlisted), Prime Minister's Better Building Award (Shortlisted),Building Design (UK) Public Building Architect of the Year-Finalist
  • 2010 Civic Trust Award, AIA UK Excellence in Design Award, Prague Quadrennial Award for Practical Excellence in Design, LAMA National Impact Award, RIAI Highly Commended Project
  • 2009 RIBA European Award, RIAI Best Cultural Building Award, Irish Times Special Jury Award, Irish Times Special Jury Award for Wexford Opera House
  • 2008 Building Design (UK) Public Building Architect of the Year, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Prize, OPUS Architecture and Construction Award, RIBA Award
  • 2007 USITT Award, Copper in Architecture Award, RIAI Award Best House
  • 2006 Building Design (UK) Public Building Architect of the Year' RIBA Award : Unicorn Theatre, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Prize, RIAI Overseas Award, RIBA Award, Irish Concrete Society Overall Winner
  • 2005 RIAI Special Award Best Sustainable Project, 2005 RIBA European Award, OPUS Architecture and Construction Award, Lighting Design Award


  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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