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LORENZO D. WILLIAMS

William/O'Brien Associates
African American AIA Fellow

SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC  Exhibitor
Minnesota Based Designer 

Bio: 

As an architect and civic leader, Williams was highly respected for his work on multi-family housing and buildings for religious organizations. He was also an advocate for the disadvantaged in the 1960s.

LORENZO D. WILLIAMS

Bio:

Born in Louisville, KY, in 1923, Williams received his Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University in 1950. After graduation, Williams met James O’Brien while working at Benjamin A. Gingold & Associates. He then went on to partner with O’Brien in the founding of William/O’Brien Associates, where he worked until his retirement in 1999. Williams’ devotion to the health, safety, and welfare of the public was exemplified by his time as president of NCARB. His 1979 tenure oversaw a theme of “Reassessment,” by which he assisted in the formation of a task force to critically reconsider and strengthen the soundness and effectiveness of NCARB policy. As an architect and civic leader, Williams was highly respected for his work on multi-family housing and buildings for religious organizations. He was also an advocate for the disadvantaged in the 1960s. He served on the Minnesota Social Welfare Task Force, the Government Commission for the Employment of the Handicapped, and the Citizens League Low-Income Housing Committee.

Year of Elevation: 

1979

Featured Project Name: 

Findley Place/Albright Townhomes

Featured Project Location: 

Minneapolis, MN

Featured Project Completion Date: 

1975

Role in Featured Project: 

Principal

Featured Project Description:

With 89 units in the townhome complex, each Albright Townhome has an individual entrance and a patio area located in the back. Each townhome has its own furnace, off-street parking is available and there is a centrally located laundry room. Albright Townhomes also has a large community room that is available for use by all residents. Albright is located within walking distance of a wide variety of shops, grocery stores and restaurants and is on the bus line.

Photography Credit:

NCARB, Albright Townhomes