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Isaac Williams is an architectural educator and practicing designer working in a variety of media and scales including architecture, graphic design, and web design. Williams teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios, and the graduate seminar "Learning Places" which explores the potential of architecture as a form of pedagogy in places of learning such as schools, museums, and memorials.
Williams completed his graduate studies at the University of Maryland on a university fellowship and graduated with numerous distinctions including, the AIA Henry Adams Medal for general excellence in architecture, and the Dean's Thesis prize. His thesis, "Whispering Against the Noise: The House of Fashion at Times Square" explored the role of architecture in support of spectacle both everyday and extraordinary in the context of Times Square.
While a student, Williams founded the student journal trace, and founded the media design firm >forward, which has won numerous commissions including the redesign of CriT magazine for the AIAS, and websites for architecture firms and organization in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. Upon graduation, Williams gained considerable professional experience, working on projects such as the World Trade Center Master Plan and Infrastructure Plan for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, several mixed use tower developments in New York and New Jersey, and a suite of street furniture for the New York City Department of Transportation. He also has considerable experience designing schools and has worked on projects in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, the Cayman Islands, Australia, and Azerbaijan.
Williams' was awarded a Henry C. Welcome Fellowship Grant by the Maryland Higher Education commission in 2007 to continue his research and creative work focused on the relationship between space and learning, and the pedagogical dimensions of the designed physical environment.
Learning Places graduate seminar blog: http://www.learningplacesum.blogspot.com/