About Williams Architects

As a full-service architecture firm established more than 46 years ago, Williams Architects has built a solid reputation and assembled a dedicated, skilled team of architects and technical support staff. Our firm is ready to take on new design challenges in order to achieve creative, cogent and inspired facility solutions.

Well positioned to extend its creative vision into the future, Williams Architects offers outstanding service to a range of clients in recreation, municipal, library, golf clubhouse, religious and other markets. The award-winning projects Williams Architects has designed and the client references we inspire are a testament to our success.

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ILA – 2022 New Library Buildings Showcase

Illinois Library Association (ILA) selected 12 libraries to showcase the ways in which facilities have utilized adaptive and creative design approaches for renovations and new construction across the state. Click below to learn more about the Williams Architects projects featured on this year’s list: Read the full article [...]

Williams Architects Announced Among AIA Illinois Emerging Professional Friendly Firms

We’re honored to have been selected as one of six firms by AIA Illinois as an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm! Williams Architects promotes a culture of collaboration, creativity, inspiration, mentoring, and shared knowledge to provide our Team a space to grow professionally while serving our communities with thoughtful, responsive [...]

IAPD / IPRA Outstanding Park & Facility Award for Harrer Park Pool

Congratulations to Morton Grove Park District and their Harrer Park Pool for being recognized as an Outstanding Park & Facility Award winner at this year’s IAPD / IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference! The Outstanding Park & Facility Award honors public agencies for outstanding and unique achievements [...]

IAPD / IPRA Outstanding Park & Facility Award for Fox Run Golf Links

Congratulations to Elk Grove Park District for being recognized as an Outstanding Park & Facility Award winner at this year’s IAPD / IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference! The Outstanding Park & Facility Award honors public agencies for outstanding and unique achievements in the design and development of [...]

ALA Award of Merit for new RUSD Aquatic Center facility

On Friday, November 18 members of the Williams Architects team along with Racine Unified School District staff attended the 2022 Association of Licensed Architects Design Awards at the Medinah Country Club. It was an evening of networking, celebration and recognition of exemplary design across the country. Congratulations to the Racine Unified [...]

Oswego’s Venue 1012 selected as Public Works Project of the Year

Congratulations, to the Village of Oswego and the Williams Project Team on Venue 1012 being selected as APWA Chicago Metro Fox Valley Chapter’s Project of the Year (in category is structure less than $5 million)! “Oswego’s new home for performing arts, located along Orchard Road, was recognized for [...]

Carol Stream Park District – Fountain View Recreation Center

The Fountain View Recreation Center has been honored by the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The 90,000 SF Recreation Center received the “Project of the Year Award” for structures ranging in size from $5 Million to $25 Million. The Silver LEED Certified recreation center provides numerous [...]


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Press Releases

Kamau Murray, US Open Champ’s Coach, Leading the Way with XS Tennis

Congratulations to Sloane Stephens and her Coach, Kamau Murray, on Sloane's recent US Open Women's Tennis Championship. We are honored to be working with Coach Murray on the new XS Tennis Village, a 112,000 SF athletic / tennis center located in the Washington Park neighborhood.  The new facility will serve [...]

Williams Architects Announces Sponsorship Agreement with the National Association of Park Foundations

(Itasca, Illinois) The Itasca, Illinois based firm of Williams Architects recently announced a strategic sponsorship with the National Association of Park Foundations (NAPF). The multi-year sponsorship agreement further exemplifies the commitment of Williams Architects to support the parks and recreation local park foundation sector through the ongoing corporate social responsibility [...]

Design Philosophy

Barrington Citizens Park

Barrington Citizens Park

We understand the importance of seeking a creative and skilled professional team that demonstrates a high level of responsiveness, attention to cost control, solid project management and personal service. We believe our firm applies all of these characteristics in executing projects; resulting in facilities that are functional, cost effective, and aesthetically appealing.

Our design philosophy expresses our approach to serving clients through the development of designs for practical and attractive buildings:

Williams Architects expresses a commitment to an architectural design that emphasizes economy and efficiency, durability and imagination of design and patron appeal and satisfaction. As a client-oriented firm, Williams Architects is committed to developing a thorough understanding of our clients and their project needs. Our design solutions reflect and respect our client’s personality.

Sustainable Design

Williams Architects takes seriously our responsibility to help preserve the environment. We are committed to designing buildings that use materials, energy and water efficiently, and which focus on indoor air quality. We embrace the principles outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System®. Our on-staff LEED Accredited Professionals have demonstrated an understanding of the principles of green architecture, and our firm recognizes the following benefits achievable through sustainable design:

  • Extended durability
  • Safeguarding water supplies
  • Enhanced occupant comfort
  • Energy and water savings
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Revenue from recycling
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Elimination of waste and pollution
  • Preparation for future regulatory legislation
  • Positive public relations
Recreation Architecture - MCCD Lost Valley Visitor Center

We make use of advanced analytical and modeling tools, and a closely integrated, multidisciplinary design team to develop solutions marketed by optimized design and the achievement of budgetary goals. Focusing on water use, waste reduction and indoor air quality, we develop building design solutions and specify materials to support efforts to reduce or eliminate negative effects on the environment.

Our Mission

CSPD FountainView Grand Opening

CSPD FountainView Grand Opening

The Williams Architects Team is dedicated to providing quality architecture, planning, aquatic, and interior design services. We strive to meet or exceed client goals and expectations and to deliver creative projects that fulfill client needs – on time and within budget. We seek achievement as measured by our satisfied clients, professional staff, innovative projects and success as a business.


Williams Architects believes that our clients are not only an extension of our professional family, but the foundation of our success. We take pride in developing long-term relationships and are committed to our enduring tradition of providing clients with exceptional service and imaginative, well-planned projects.