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William Hunter

William Hunter

London, GB

 

About 

I am currently working as an Urban Planner with Architects Southwest in my hometown of Lafayette, LA. Prior to my return "home", I worked with the UNLV Downtown Design Center in Las Vegas as a Senior Researcher/Urban Sustainability Strategist on regional projects and Adjunct Professor leading a 4th year urban design studio.

From 2009 to 2013 I was a Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett's Development Planning Unit at the University College London where I ran studios in Urban Practice and Critical Urbanism, the former focusing on application of methodologies for alternative ways of practice and the latter entails the focus on case-studies and investigative design strategies including, but not limited to informal settlements in the Global South. I also co-founded and was the Co-coordinator of the DPU summerLab workshop series.

I am Trained architect and urban designer with diverse international experience including assignments in New York, Zurich, London, Mumbai, Istanbul, and Bangkok. My work affiliation has ranged from high-profile residential/commercial/cultural projects for Studio Daniel Libeskind, Foster + Partners, and Heatherwick Studio to recent field research on urban development and alternative housing strategies in the Global South through my role of Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett's DPU. My interests revolve around the complex processes of contested urbanism, the critical regionalist and situationist oppositions to capitalist modernism, the politics of space, and the championing of a critical design practice.

William's Featured Articles on Archinect

Decoding Bangkok’s Pocket-Urbanization: Social Housing Provision and the Role of Community Architects, Mon, Oct 31 '11

An endless six-lane herd of neon taxis sputter along a network of brutalist flyovers while scooter drivers weave boldly in between. Spiced scents escape from side alley markets, penetrating the air as sweltering heat rises from oil soaked pavement.  This is modern cosmopolitan Bangkok, a now ...

Decoding Bangkok’s Pocket-Urbanization: Social Housing Provision and the Role of Community Architects
 

Employment 

Architects Southwest, Lafayette, LA, US, Urban Planner

Mar 2015 - current
 

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, US, Urban Sustainability Strategist / Senior Researcher / Adjunct Professor

Lead researcher on the Southern Nevada Inventory of Sustainable Systems (SNISS report), multiple grant writing projects including a winning grant proposal from the Mayor's Centennial Commission. 4th year urban studio professor

Jun 2014 - Jan 2015
 

University College London (UCL), London, GB, Teaching Fellow

teach core studio practice module and two critical urbanism optional modules for the MSc Building and Urban Design in Development at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit. co-founder and lead coordinator of the DPU's summerLab international workshop series (2011-2013)

Sep 2009 - Jan 2014
 

Heatherwick Studio, Architectural Designer/Model maker consultant

Jun 2011 - Sep 2011
 

Foster + Partners, Architectural Designer

Jan 2010 - May 2010
 

Studio Daniel Libeskind, Architectural Designer

Mar 2005 - Aug 2007
 

Education 

University College London (UCL), Masters, Building and Urban Design in Development

Sep 2008 - Sep 2009
 

Design Academy Eindhoven, Humanitarian Design

Aug 2007 - Jun 2008
 

Louisiana State University, BArch, Architecture

Aug 1999 - May 2004
 

Areas of Specialization 



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