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Lawrence Ellis Williams

Architect, Community Planner, Developer, Construction Administrator


2518 Ford Ave.

Richmond, Virginia 23223

(804) 437-5360


Goal: Professionally Serve and Exceed Client Expectations. Professionally complement an existing management staff or partnership with an existing firm,

organization or business development team.


Registered Architect.

35 years’ experience in business, construction administration and client relations.

Experience in construction document preparation, estimating and project management.

Primary strengths include Virginia Architects License, Auto Cadd computer drafting and design skills and experience in full firm management as well as marketing contacts.  Value: As a member of the business team I would provide a positive impact in any office environment. Also contribute additional marketing contacts with new community clients while nurturing joint venture opportunities.



University of Virginia, Bachelor of Architecture 1974


Harvard University, Master of Architecture 1976


Registered Architect in Virginia, since 1986                                                                    


Core Competencies


                        Development Administrator - Innovative Designer – Marketing Skills

            Visionary Leadership, Presentation, Interview Experience and Architectural

Design Skills. Thirty Five Years Construction Detail Experience. Quick Books

Financial Management Experience, Team Player/Builder.  Resourceful Self Starter

in Business Development with Excellent Project Management and Analytical Skills.


Professional Work Experience                                                                                          

Registered Architect                                                                       

Lawrence Williams Architect                                                                  February 1986 to Present

2518 Ford Avenue 

Richmond Virginia  23223

Tel: (804) 437-5360

Corporate Business Principal Owner Architect, Administrator, Development Representative, Project Construction Manager, Project Relations Consultant.                            


The Richmond based firm of Lawrence Ellis Williams Architect specializes in planning,  facilities management and real estate development projects. Since the firm’s establishment in 1986, LWA has provided facilities management architectural services to the State of Virginia, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and

J Sargent Reynolds Community College. Our firm is quite involved in Community Planning for Afro-American Communities. We have ongoing relationships with local housing authorities and community development corporations. Our firm works well with students and community leaders. Lawrence E. Williams Architect is well known in Richmond and is actively involved in projects that affect the redevelopment of our communities. LWA has a steadfast commitment to minority academic and business development. We demonstrate this by seeking joint ventures and subcontracting opportunities with other minority firms.


Mr. Williams, the firm’s principal, is actively involved in every step of the early planning and project implementation process including project design in historic, established Afro American communities, schools and churches.  The firm is well versed in local construction and regional building codes, life safety and handicapped codes. Our team of Architects, Engineers and Local Contractors are accomplished at Value Engineering –

Computing renovation and new construction prebid cost and setting priorities of work to be done when budgetary conditions dictate phasing of work.


Lawrence Williams has over 35 years of experience in construction administration, budget costs and the ability to work with clients and government administrators to cut red tape, while relating to other small business owners and the construction industry.

Negotiations with Lawrence Williams Architect include innovative problem solving and team building. Lawrence Williams Architect has worked with many private sector clients, community development corporations, local business owners and also churches throughout his career.

Williams began helping churches realize their dreams. Later his interest in community development enabled him to gain much experience in the administration of community development corporations. Williams was instrumental in helping new community development corporation administrators develop their skills to build their first homes.


Professional Work Experience                                                                                                


Lawrence Williams Architect


The Southside Community Development Corporation homes along Bainbridge and Porter Streets in Richmond422 East Franklin Street.  The Highland Park Community Development Corporation homes along First and Third Streets and The North Side Neighborhood Housing Services homes along North Avenue.


Lawrence Williams Architect initiated and provided design services for the Jackson Center Office Building at 2nd and Marshall Streets and the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Roanoke and Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond to name just a few community based and private sector projects.


Lawrence Williams has served on several boards and commissions with the City of Richmond. Daily interactions with City administrators representing public and private sector clients gives Williams a unique insight of how things actually get done at city hall.

Accurate Budgets, Good Zoning, Construction Permits and the length of Permit Review,(City hall red tape) and how to improve these issues are all important to Williams.


For five years Lawrence Williams was a committee member of a 9 person steering committee The Richmond Tomorrow Strategic Planning Committee. During this time the City was thoroughly accessed and recommendations for all levels of City bureaucracy were reviewed. Much insight on how the city is actually run was gained. Some of the progress then under City manager Robert Bobb has brought us to this point in our City development.


Lawrence Williams has been involved in master planning projects for many years in Richmond and other cities. He has also done public housing renovations in Creighton Court and feasibility studies for developers in the region. He has seen his visions occur over time with hard work, focus and determination. Early planning studies for the City of Richmond include the early Jackson Place Master Plan and the Hull Street Master Plan done in joint venture with national planning firms. Mr. Williams was also a member of a steering committee appointed by the planning commission for the recent Downtown Master Plan. Present studies include a new proposed park below the I-95 Shockoe Valley bridges similar to Byrd Park with water retention basins lakes.  The park would give value to adjacent hilltops. Such gateway initiatives, now in concept stage, illustrate how citizen based planning by Lawrence Williams has extended the downtown master plan community process into City neighborhoods. With the help of family, church leaders, community organizations like the Eastview Civic League and past political mentors such as Ex-Mayor Walter Kenny and City Manager Robert Bobb, Lawrence Williams has shaped his career to serve your organization:


Relevant Work Experience


Lawrence Williams Architect


  • Richmond Tomorrow Strategic Planning Committee

  • Richmond Tomorrow Budget & Efficiency Committee

  • City of Richmond Building Permits Appeals Board

  • State Small Business Advisory Board

  • Past Chairman Chamber of Commerce North of the James Business Council

  • Downtown Master Plan Committee

  • Member Mount Tabor Baptist Church

  • Member East View Civic League

  • Member Crusade for Voters & NAACP

  • Educated in Richmond Public Schools System, John Marshall H.S. 1970

  • First Bainbridge Master Plan, Client City of Richmond

  • First Jackson Ward Master Plan, Client City of Richmond

  • Jackson Center Office Building 2nd & Clay Streets, Richmond, Virginia

  • Ephesus SDA Church at Roanoke & Midlothian Turnpike Richmond, Virginia

  • Saint James Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Addition East Henrico, Virginia

  • Pleasant Grove & First Union Fellowship Hall Additions North Henrico, Virginia

  • Shiloh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall and Classrooms  Richmond, Virginia

  • Public Housing Renovation with Hopewell Housing Authority

  • Creighton Court Housing Renovation with Richmond Redevelopment & Housing

  • Tonsler Park Design City of Charlottesville

  • Annual Facilities Management Architectural Contract University of Virginia

  • JAG School Elevators, Campus Classroom Renovations and ADA Studies UVA

  • Annual Facilities Management Architectural Contract Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Ten Church Renovations, Schools, Commercial and Medical Office Clients

  • South Richmond, Bainbridge & Porter Street Redevelopment with Southside Development Corporation

  • North Richmond, North Avenue Redevelopment with Neighborhood Housing Servicing

  • Highland Park, 2nd & 3rd Avenue Redevelopment with Highland Park Redevelopment Corporation.

  • Over 20 years of community planning, community advocacy and architectural services for new residential, renovated residential, churches, schools, business commercial and college institutional projects. Approximate total of other varied projects: 200


Professional Training and Early Work History                                                                   Leo A. Daly Architects                                                                                                        1984 - 1985

1201 Connecticut Ave.  

N.W. Washington, D.C.

Tel: (202) 861-4600

Project administrator for federal government contracts involving design firms.

Administrative responsibilities included development of project scope and budgets as well as selection and supervising architectural services contracted with private sector architectural firms nationally.


Giuliani Associates Architects                                                                                         1981 - 1984

123 South Royal Street

Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3327

Tel: (703) 838-6000

Draftsman and Designer for commercial and airport projects. Designer for corporate aircraft terminals at Dullus Airport and Newark Airport. Skills developed in building programming, design and construction documents for larger scale structures. Other projects included office high-rise renovation and commercial design.,


Duane, Cahill & Mullineaux Architects                                                                          1980 - 1981

18243 D Flower Hill Way

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Tel: (301) 208-0100

Draftsman involved in development of construction documents. Projects included restaurant design and construction. Multi story high-rise residential, high school construction and campus design.


Marcellus Wright  Cox  Architects                                                                                  1977 - 1979

5012 Monument Ave., Suite 300

Richmond, Virginia 23230

Tel: (804) 780-9067

Designer involved in development of construction documents. Primary project types included college academic buildings, municipal office structures and commercial development. Experience gained in working for large well established firm. Design skills gained from working as assistant to principal designer /partner.


Winks Snowa Architects                                                                                                   1976 - 1977

2119 E. Franklin Street, Suite 300

Richmond Virginia 23223

Tel: (202) 643-6196

Draftsman involved in preparation of construction documents. Primary project types included multi-family apartments and branch banks. Excellent skills developed in residential multi-family housing design and site development. Small firm experience.




Edward Winks Architect         

2119 E. Franklin Street  

Richmond, Virginia 23223

Tel (804) 643-6


Edward Smith Architect                      

116 East Franklin Street  

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Tel (804) 648-8


Joseph F. Yates Architect       

201 Hull Street

Richmond, Virginia 23224

Tel (804) 864-018  


Rev Eugene Donaldson            

Ephesus SDA Church               

Tel (202) 309-0335



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