Richard Williams Architects
Richard Williams, FAIA
As both a child and an adult, Richard Williams spent a lot of time on a Virginia farm dating back to the mid-18th century, with 1930s-era gardens. “An old house by a garden will mentor you for a lifetime,” he says. “Today, I create modern architecture that is as honest, simple and timeless as this touchstone place.”
Richard Williams Architects designs buildings that are inspired by and respond to their settings so that, regardless of style, they appear rooted to that place. “Most sites have a mix of glorious opportunities and intractable problems,” Williams says. “Our process heals problems and maxes out opportunities through a deep understanding of the site. Our buildings are appropriate, yet unique and notable.”
Williams brings a thorough knowledge of the history of architecture and landscape architecture to each project, introducing novel building forms and quality living spaces. Whether adding to a historic house in McLean or building a minimalist retreat on Lake Ontario, the firm maintains a constant focus on well-proportioned spaces designed from the inside out to integrate with the landscape; an inspired yet judicious selection of materials; and well resolved details that do not clamor for attention.