WILLIAM M. BROWN, III
William Brown III
African American AIA Fellow
SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibitor
New Jersey Based Designer
Bill is widely known and respected for his robust yet gentle leadership. He is celebrated for his generosity. Bill’s mark on the profession will be felt for many generations to come as he has planted seeds far and wide and the roots are taking hold, strong and sure.
WILLIAM M. BROWN, III
Bill was encouraged in the field of architecture from a very young age and blessed with strong, nurturing role models. At nine years old, Bill started working for his dad. Bill’s father’s office, Brown & Hale Architects, founded in 1952, was always open to him. They were hard on Bill III, but it was still a great blessing. While working and learning, Bill would also enjoy the company and the positive influence of his father’s friends and professional peers, like Ralph Jefferson and Van Breuer, FAIA. In the 1960’s Brown and Hale really provided Bill with a well-rounded foundation in the profession. He felt well equipped and comfortable in the office and was ready to expand that circle of experience. Bill graduated Howard University in 1977 and envisioned that he would be taking off to travel the United States, work at many different firms to allow for a great, varied professional opportunity, and then strike out on his own. Before he could even announce his plans, his father called out, “See you at work on Monday.” After seven years at his father’s firm, Bill finally told his dad he had to leave and try to stand on his own two feet. He compounded his professionalism with each new employer. Bill is widely known and respected for his robust yet gentle leadership. He is celebrated for his generosity. Bill’s mark on the profession will be felt for many generations to come as he has planted seeds far and wide and the roots are taking hold, strong and sure.
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Featured Project Name:
Campbell House Addition
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Architect of Record
Featured Project Description:
A new 198 square foot addition was made to the front left side as shown and a 455 square foot addition was made at the rear of an existing residence in Montclair, NJ. Similarly, a 368 square foot courtyard was created adjacent to the raised deck off of the master bedroom.The new additions improved the property value through consistency in design, scale and use of material to match existing conditions. The additional square footage provided serene spaces for the residents’ comfort and well-being.