Paul Williams

Paul Williams
Principal Director, Stanton Williams


Paul is a Principal Director of the Stirling-Prize winning practice Stanton Williams, which has gained international recognition for its thoughtful and innovative approach to sensitive sites and complex, ambitious projects, often involving the repurposing and rejuvenation of existing structures.

Paul’s work has been shaped by his passionate belief in the integration of art and architecture. Throughout his career he has championed the importance of the arts within our education system, campaigning for greater focus on interdisciplinary thinking.

This approach is clearly reflected in Stanton Williams’ work, which has evolved from an initial focus on the arts to encompass a wide range of projects – from groundbreaking research buildings, such as the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge, to the reinvention of major educational and cultural institutions. These include the repurposing of the Granary Building in London’s King’s Cross to provide a new home for Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; the reinvention of the Musée d’arts de Nantes in France; and the ongoing transformation of the historic West Smithfield market into an exciting new home for the Museum of London.

Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Manchester School of Architecture and is on the fabric advisory panel of St Paul’s Cathedral. He has been awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2005 and received an OBE for services to architecture in 2014 as well as Honorary Doctorates from the University of the Arts London and the Faculty of Art, Design and Media at Birmingham City University.



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