Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Charlottesville, VA, US



Brian is an artist, architectural designer, fabricator, and entrepreneur who attempts to blur the boundaries between creative disciplines. 

His business, Rust Brothers offers metalworking/design/fabrication/prototyping services to artists, architects, and retail clientele.

He earned an MArch from the University of Virginia as well as a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

While in graduate school, Brian served as Construction Manager for ecoMOD4 a research and educational project at the University of Virginia that strives to create sustainable, prefab housing units in partnership with affordable housing organizations. 

Brian has over two decades of hands-on experience in nearly every facet of both residential and commercial construction that heavily inform his work as a designer.  Brian is a skilled metalworker with experience in both MIG and TIG welding.

Brian currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Ozan, his two daughters, and Angus, the dog.




Independent Designer/Fabricator, Maker

+Design, fabrication and installation of custom concrete pieces including basins, bathtubs, counter and tabletops

+Design and fabrication of steel components, both structural and ornamental

Jan 2011 - current

University of Virginia, BLAST, Designer/Lead Fabricator

+Material estimation, ordering and deliveries
+Design/fabrication of aluminum structural system
+Layout and installation of solar thermal system
+Design/fabrication/installation of interior ventilation flue
+Design/fabrication/installation of glazing system

Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

ecoMOD4, Construction Manager

+Design of structural system and framing layout
+Oversight of wall, roof, and floor section detailing
+Design of module integration (fitting the pieces together)
+Material estimation, ordering and deliveries
+Training students in the safe use of hand and power tools
+Training of volunteer student workforce in construction techniques
+Maintaining construction budget

Jan 2009 - Sep 2009

Prettyhard, Shop Assistant

+Design, fabrication and installation of custom concrete work including bathtubs, counter and tabletops
+Design and fabrication of steel components, both structural and ornamental

Mar 2007 - Aug 2007


University of Virginia, MArch, Architecture

Jun 2006 - May 2010

Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelors, Painting and Printmaking

Aug 1993 - May 1997

Areas of Specialization