William Penland

William Penland

Charlotte, NC, US



I am a designer with a passion for the thoughtful creation of objects which seek to aid in the actualization of a sustainable human future, and which operate responsibly with respect to shifting societal, environmental, and economic conditions influencing the evolution of our modern world. Designers have the ability, and the obligation, to create objects that strive to establish a sense of place, promote a sense of community, and reduce the negative impacts ‘traditional’ practices impose on the health of individuals and natural environments, all while continuing to match building performance to suit a client's needs.

In 2009 I earned a Bachelor's of Architecture from the College of Arts and Architecture at UNC Charlotte, and also awarded the SoA's 'Excellence in Critical Exploration' Book Award for a 5th-year CAP study focused on issues of adaptive-reuse and urban infill/brownfield re-development of a historic textile mill in Asheville NC's historic River Arts District. Since graduation, I have involved myself in various roles as a subcontracted designer and craftsman, attained LEED GA credential, and initiated a ‘self-taught’ education in building and landscape photography.

I have professional experience in many aspects of architectural design and construction, which include conceptual & climate responsive design, construction documentation, rendering & 3D modeling, framing, carpentry, weatherization, custom metal-work & copper roofing, with personal experience in furniture making, graphic design, and permaculture site design.

Though currently practicing as a freelance designer, I am constantly seeking to broaden my knowledge and understanding of architectural design, urban planning, permaculture site design, and building craft, and am currently pursuing an architectural internship or entry-level design position with a licensed architectural firm, design-build firm, urban planning/community-oriented development firm, or other creative, design-based endeavors.


William Penland l Architectural Design, Charlotte, NC, US, FREELANCE DESIGNER

- residential design
- building renovations
- digital modeling
- construction documents

May 2009 - current


focused on the traditional design, fabrication, and installation of copper & metal (galv-alum., etc.) roofing systems, weatherproofing systems & custom architectural details (fennials, chimney pots, etc.) in residential and commerical applications

Dec 2011 - Jun 2012

Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company, Mansfield, PA, US, SUB-CONTRACTED DESIGNER

WoodCottages® Package : schematic design & design development of a package including five mini-houses where focus of design was based on ideas such as prefabrication, super-efficiency, affordability & code compliance

Nov 2011 - Jan 2012

Mountain Works Sustainable Development, Inc, Boone, NC, US, DESIGNER, DIGITAL MODELER, APPRENTICE CARPENTER

∙ carpentry & construction (SIP panel installation, framing, siding, interior outfit, finish carpentry)
∙ design development & CD's of the Sorrell Draft-wood residence in Fleetwood, North Carolina
∙ administrative assistance
∙ production of permaculture site proposals to prospective clients, material takeoffs, etc.
∙ restorative forestry, animal-powered logging & permaculture-based agriculture

Oct 2009 - Apr 2011


∙ design development & construction documents : 2008 Franklin County Schools Bond Projects
∙ design development & construction documents : Johnston County Community College Library

May 2008 - Aug 2008

UNCC College of Arts + Architecture: Digital Resource Center, Charlotte, NC, US, TECHNICIAN, LASER LAB ASSISTANT

assisted fellow students in operating laser-cutting machines for use in physical modeling of architectural design projects

Jan 2006 - May 2007

Crowder Construction Company : Civil + Environmental, Apex, NC, US, SUMMER CO-OP STUDENT

on-site construction & office participation of additions, renovations & new construction of Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Facilities project in Raleigh, NC

May 2005 - Aug 2006


University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, US, BArch, College of Architecture

Aug 2004 - May 2009


Excellence in Critical Exploration : UNCC CoA+A Book Award, Award


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