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Architect John Williams joins Gensler

Gensler announced John Williams, AlA as a senior project architect of its Phoenix firm.

Williams brings more than 35 years of experience to his new role at Gensler, with expansive technical expertise and demonstrated leadership in managing projects for both public and private sector clients. He is a registered architect and third generation Arizonan who studied architecture at Arizona State University.

“With a commitment to the practice of architecture in the Sonoran desert, john has an acute focus on technical excellence. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team and look forward to his leadership on many notable projects in the future.” says Beth Harmon-Vaughan, managing director of Gensler’s Phoenix office.

Over the past three decades, Williams has developed a portfolio of large, complex projects including the award winning Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles with jose Rafael Moneo, the $600M Phoenix Convention Center Expansion and the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Prior to joining Gensler, Williams was a Senior Associate at Architekton in Tempe, Arizona.

“I have always worked with organizations committed to delivering the highest level of quality to our built environment.” says John Williams, senior project architect at Gensler. “I see Gensler’s practice at the top of the list for such firms, and I am humbled to join such a phenomenal group of design talent.”

Gensler has a long-standing presence in Phoenix and a celebrated reputation for design excellence. As the recipient of over 30 recent design awards, including the RED Awards 2015 Architect of the Year, Gensler’s Phoenix office is home to 41 passionate professionals dedicated to design innovation.


Architect Of The Year 2010


Winner of Best Medical Project: Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Winner of Best Educational Project: ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation
Winner of Best Office Project: One Central Park East

SmithGroup ranks as the 7th largest architecture and engineering firm in the United States and employs 800 professionals. The firm is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the higher education, healthcare, workplace, and science and technology markets.

Sustainable design is at the core of every SmithGroup project. With 346 LEED Accredited Professionals and 42 LEED-certified projects, SmithGroup is a national leader in sustainable, environmentally intelligent design. It continues to raise the bar by adopting the rigorous energy standards of the AIA-AZ Architecture 2030 Challenge. SmithGroup has been an active presence in the Valley of the Sun since 1973, and is the longest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. Architect of the year 2010

Past accolades for SmithGroup include being chosen as the AIA Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year in 2007, a distinction that “recognizes the continuing collaboration among individuals in a firm who have produced distinguished architecture over a period of 10 years, and have made significant contributions to the Institute, the profession and their community, and have transcended their local boundaries in making these contributions.”


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