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Architect William Williams To Lecture At U.Va. On Community-Based Architectural Collaboration

October 29, 1999 -- A common theme running through the work of architect William Williams is "building communities." Williams will lecture at the University of Virginia on Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 153, Campbell Hall. "Working the Nickel," the title of his talk, will focus on his community-based collaboration in a Houston neighborhood called the Nickel.

Williams views the building of communities in both a literal and figurative sense. His creative work has been described as building community through design. He weaves together a collaboration of his professional practice, students, local community organizers, nonprofit developers and public agencies in his community design work.

Integral to his philosophy is the idea that both product and process are essential to community building. The built environment cannot be considered aesthetically independent of an understanding of its relationship to the process involved, he says.

Williams highly praised community-based projects include the planning of a community center in East Oakland, Calif., a housing rehabilitation program for the City of Oakland and design and construction of a church in West Oakland.

A graduate of the Master of Architecture program at Harvard University, Williams holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and currently teaches architecture at Rice University.

For more information contact Jane Ford at (804) 924-4298 or jford@virginia.edu.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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