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William Block is an architect, illustrator and animator living just north of Los Angeles. He specializes in developing concepts of place and the story telling that describes them. These include urban concepts, community planning, mixed use projects and work for the entertainment industry. He develops plans responding to client, city needs that always keep in mind the pedestrian interaction and experience through space.
He is also working on children's books and animations describing place and its evolution as a means to connect children to each other and to their community.
As an illustrator, he creates character illustrations that are used to convey the scale, context and feeling of a project. The illustrations are used in presentations to the community, to city council members and to the general public.
He is involved in urban work, TOD projects, new communities with live, work, learn and recreational components. His concepts for the Entertainment Industry include theme park design, and the resort themed areas that are adjacent to the parks.
His process is to develop a storyline, a plan, and then build models in 3D that are used to investigate the massing of built forms, then an architectural vocabulary. These models are also used as the basis for creating the character sketches that communicate the unique story for each place, project.
William Block Architect
Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, CA, US, Concept Architect
A concept architect first as an employee, then as a consultant. I worked both in the United States an in Paris.
Viguier Jodry and Associates, Paris, France, Concept Designer and illustrator
Developed Urban Concepts and visualized them. Projects were all over the workd
William Pereira Associates, Johnson Fain Associates, Los Angeles, CA, US, Urban Designer, Visualizer
Urban Design Studies, Illustration of projects
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, Architecture
Architecture and Illustration, Graphic Design
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Santa Monica, CA, US, BArch, Architecture
Architecture, Urban Design