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December 2022

J + J Helping Hands Tree Event 2022

Williams Architects joined A&D firms throughout the Chicagoland Area to bring imagination to life for the Annual J+J Flooring Helping Hands Tree Event! On December 1, we had the chance to come together and celebrate the teams’ creative efforts and ring in the holiday season. It was some tough competition, but we are proud to say Williams Architects has been awarded the Grand Prize! We were honored with the opportunity in joining J+J at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to deliver the wonderful creations to patients and their families! 🎄🏠🎈

Congratulations to all of the participating firms, and a special shout-out to the Williams Team that helped bring our UP idea to life: Carrie KoteraBrad MoserKaren LelliosBridgette Carbon, Natalie Clemens, Lakshmi Mounika Tekumalla, Lisa Kirk, and Sonja Sporleder – We couldn’t have done it without you all! 🌟

Together, creative minds, generous hearts and helping hands from our architecture + design community create themed trees for the children at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. J+J Flooring facilitates the event and provides trees to local interior design and architecture firms. Helping Hands originated five years ago. The trees donated range from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Frozen to the City of Chicago and Harry Potter. Together, J+J and the awarded winner from the event deliver the trees to the hospital as the families at Lurie’s select the perfect tree to enjoy during the holiday season. Atlanta is the heart of this event and where it originated, but word has spread with Chicago and other cities now partnering with J+J Flooring and the local children’s hospitals. It is exciting to see the event continue to grow each year gifting more and more trees to patients looking to brighten their spirits.

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 School District and the project team for being recognized with an Award of Merit for their new RUSD Aquatic Center facility!

Click HERE to learn more about this award-winning facility!

#WilliamsArchitectsAquatics #TheStewardsofYourVision #AquaticDesign #ArchitectureDesign

November 2022

Newark library attracts more patrons with $1.5M building addition

Plans for this addition to the Charles B. Phillips Public Library have been in the works for several years.

According to library board President Dave Drew, with the completed addition, “We’ve got something going on almost every day because now we’ve got the space for it… The expansion has produced a lot of attention in the community.”

Click HERE for the full article from Shaw Local News Network!   #WilliamsArchitects #TheStewardsofYourVision

September 2022

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August 2022

Now Hiring: Design Principal (Full-Time) Itasca, IL / Chicago Loop

Position: Design Principal (Full-time)
Location: Williams Architects | Itasca, IL or Chicago Loop (Hybrid)

About the Job:

Williams Architects Aquatics, a nationally recognized architecture and planning firm specializing in community-centered public facilities, is seeking a full-time Design Principal to support our growing national practice. Working as part of an integrated, cohesive project team with a team of 2-5 design professionals, this position is ideal for design-focused mid-career licensed architects with exceptional design talent who are seeking increased opportunities to make a positive impact in the design and planning of our community-centered built environment. This position is based in either our Itasca, IL or Chicago Loop office with the potential for a partial (2 days per week) remote working arrangement. This position also offers the potential to become the firm’s future Director of Design and become an equity partner within the firm in 2-3 years with success. A substantial signing bonus will be considered for qualified candidates with directly transferable experience from firms in our market sectors.

As a Design Principal, you will:

  • Collaboratively manage and participate in the project design and concept development process internally and with clients within parameters set by firm management, with the potential to develop into a design leadership role within the firm.
  • Manage the preparation of design deliverables for a wide variety of public sector projects using Revit, SketchUp, Lumion, and Photoshop in accordance with firm standards.
  • Participate in business development activities, including interview presentations and concept development for potential projects.
  • Identify and select purpose- and budget-appropriate materials, obtaining samples, and developing full material palettes for firm projects.

Education and Experience Required:

  • NCARB accredited degree in Architecture.
  • 10+ years of progressive design experience within an architectural firm with non-residential projects, preferably with community-centered facilities, developing and refining original and distinctive design concepts that conform to the client’s program and budget requirements.
  • Illinois state licensure (or ability to obtain via reciprocity or NCARB certification) preferred.
  • Proficiency in Revit, Photoshop. Lumion, and SketchUp highly desirable. This position will involve some direct involvement with software tools to produce design concepts; the firm is not seeking someone to sketch ideas and hand them off to junior staff to visualize.
  • LEED AP and/or WELL AP credentials highly desirable.
  • Solid understanding of construction materials, methods, codes, and techniques to ensure constructability, sustainability, code compliance, and budget adherence of concepts developed.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Willingness to work as part of a collaborative team, facilitating and incorporating ideas and concepts of other team members and project stakeholders into concepts that reflect our clients’ goals, values, and interests.
  • Orientation towards and desire for team and client success vs. individual accomplishment.
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
  • Ability to self-manage tasks from start to finish with minimal oversight.

We offer an industry-leading benefit package including competitive compensation, opportunity to work remotely 2 days per week, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid vacation and sick time, and eligibility for the firm’s profit-sharing plan. Direct entry into the firm as an Associate (with 4 weeks of paid vacation per year and fully paid family health, dental, and vision insurance premiums) will be considered for candidates with directly transferable experience in the firm’s project types.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a resume, work samples illustrating verifiable professional experience, and professional references attesting to the candidate’s level of skill and responsibility for design concepts developed to Andy Dogan at

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not sponsoring candidates for work authorization/visas at this time.

Williams Architects Aquatics is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

May 2022

Montgomery Breaks Ground on New Public Works Facility

Monday night “commemorated the official groundbreaking of the new 75,304 SF facility, a long awaited and necessary upgrade for the community.”

We look forward to working with Camosy Construction and the rest of the Team to design and build a new facility to support the good people of the Montgomery Public Works Department and the surrounding community.

Click HERE for the full article from the Village of Montgomery! #WilliamsArchitects #TheStewardsofYourVision

*Photo credit: Village of Montgomery

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