William Koetting

William Koetting

Shanghai, CN



I bring great knowledge of management, mentor-ship and design.  With 30 years’ experience as both a licensed Architect and licensed Commercial Contractor in America and 6 years experience in China, I am able to be a leader within our Asian offices and guide the staff to maintain top quality standards in design and construction practices.  I enjoy meeting with our clients in China throughout every stage of design and blend the best of both Eastern and Western Architecture into all my projects.  I have also been a guest speaker at several Architectural Conferences in China and USA as well as having articles published in China and USA media.  My last award is the 2013 International Top 10 Designers award which was distributed by China Construction Newspaper and sponsored by China International Design Institute.

My name is William Koetting and I am a 57 year old USA licensed Architect and living in China.  I am writing with information about my knowledge, skills and abilities. I have now been in China for almost 6 years as Design Director for several International Architecture and Planning Firms.  I am now with ATKINS but the work load in the Shanghai office is very slow and I would like to work in a more productive office.  I desire to be a long term colleague of a great firm.

I have attached an updated CV, Cover Letter, Profile statement and a few Portfolio photos.  Also I have many portfolio pictures that I can send for different types of projects.  In addition I have a PPT "Self Introduction Presentation" with over 200 slides and several animated videos of some of my work that I usually present to a prospective employer upon an interview.   I have many years of experience with Hospitality type projects, Mixed use, Hotel, Retail, Health Care, Educational, HOPSCA, Industrial and Tourism, as well as high-rise Residential projects.  I am also the Director of our Urban Planning Department so I have great knowledge of that area as well.   I have been guest speaker at several conventions here in China as well as been published in several magazines.  The following is a list of the job duties that I perform in my role as Design Director here at ATKINS:

* Hand Sketches for Conceptual Design

* Manage all projects on design, financial and time.

* Work with all consultants to achieve quality product.

* Supervise construction and make field decisions to insure design concept and construction capabilities. 
* Review, comment and mentor Design Team in all aspects of projects including setting standards for project scheduling, presentation materials and design quality.
* Participate in design team meetings, brainstorming, discussions and reviews.
* Review presentation materials prior to presentation to client.  PPT, project books, drawings, display boards and models
* Present projects to clients
* Market presentations to prospective clients to promote the firm 
* Create project programs / briefs
* Create Project Manual for smooth and organized functioning of projects (forms, schedules, memos, etc.)
* Mentor all office staff using my past experience
* Assist administration department with contracts and /or management issues
* Participate in strategic development for company
* Assist HR Department with campus presentations and campus recruitment 

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you. 

William Koetting, AIA, NCARB
Design Director / Senior Architect


Atkins, Shanghai, Senior Design Director

I am presently performing the duties of directing all design in the Urban Planning Department in Shanghai. I also coordinate when needed with the offices in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Beijing and assist in their projects. The department consists of approximately 50 people. I direct design, meet with clients, give presentations, mentor staff, assist in finding new talent, maintain budgets, and work with business development department to meet prospective clients and promote the Atkins Brand.

Apr 2014 - current

DAO International Design Group, Shanghai, CN, Design Director

I am presently performing the duties of Directing all Design for both Architecture and Urban Planning in Asia. The firm is International and consists of offices in USA and 5 offices in China. I oversee design in all offices in China totaling over 300 employees. I give presentations to clients on the design of our projects as well as initial meetings with the clients and government officials of Cities and Provinces all across China.. The projects range from complete Urban Planning, Commercial Mixed-use Architecture, High-rise Residential, Hotels and Cultural Buildings, Theaters and Exhibition Centers.

May 2012 - Apr 2014

WWCOT Architects, Shanghai, CN, Design Director

I performed the duties of directing all Design for both Architecture and Urban Planning. I travel approximately 4 days a week and give presentations to clients on the design of our projects as well as initial meetings with the clients and government officials of Cities and Provinces all across the country.
I also write the program (brief) for our design teams in order to get them started in the
right direction for the design. The projects range from complete Urban Planning, Commercial Architecture, High-rise Residential and mountain slope Building, Hotels and Cultural Buildings

Mar 2010 - Apr 2012

JAO Design and Planning, Beijing, CN, Design Director

Working in China as the Marketing Director for a firm of approximately 100 employees. I am also a design critique for all our projects both architectural and urban planning. The past marketing strategy was for the principal architect to network and get contacts and projects for the office. I have successfully devised a new marketing strategy and we are now initiating that strategy to try to broaden our client base. In addition have written standard program outlines for our architects to achieve better results at our initial design meetings with the clients.

Jun 2009 - Dec 2009

Poss Architecture + Planning, Aspen, CO, US, Senior Architect

Technical Architect in charge of Total Quality Management. In this capacity I have written a quality control manual, developed checklists and constructed a project flow chart from initial client contact through construction administration. I review drawings, write specifications, coordinate details and conduct construction administration. Perform Code reviews for all projects including IBC, IRC, NFPA, ANSI and local ordinances. Due to the economy the firms work load has decreased by 80% and the firm is restructuring from 70 employees down to approximately 30 employees and I had a short tenure and was let go in the employee reduction process.

Feb 2008 - Feb 2009

Tommy Hein Architects, Telluride, CO, US, Design Director

Managed firm to ensure profit! Performed design responsibilities, quality control and was the firms technical leader and detailer. I also maintained employee moral and was the mentor for all the staff. I coordinated all construction document production, wrote all specifications and made all presentations to DRB and Building Departments both local and state wide. I was also the key person to maintain peaceful client relationships as well as consultant relationships. Project architect for the largest project in Telluride ($200 million ski-in / ski-out resort named Element 52). I performed all consultant coordination and contractor coordination as well as Construction Administration on site for all projects. I was also in charge of the Architectural department, Interior Design department and the office managerial staff, making sure all billing was current and accurate and overseeing the duties of all staff.

Nov 2005 - Jan 2008

Louisiana State Fire Marshal, Baton Rouge, LA, US, Plan Review Architects for Internatinal Building and Life Saftey Codes

Reviewed construction documents for compliance with ADAAG, NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and IBC Codes. I was the State Specialist in Americans with Disabilities Accessibilities Guidelines. I responded to all calls and queries posted via the State Website in relation to any Code or ADAAG issues. Planned, prepared and presented numerous continuing education seminars in both NFPA 101 and ADAAG throughout the state as well as presented a seminar at the National AIA Conference in 2004

Jan 2000 - Oct 2005

Acadiana Architects, Lafayette, LA, US, Owner / Principal

President of Commercial and Residential Architectural Firm
During this time frame I started my own Architectural Firm and rapidly grew over the years with the completion of over 800 projects of various occupancy types, mostly commercial. I was the soul licensed architect of my firm and acquired and oversaw all projects as well as in-house operations. This work included seeking out potential clients, giving presentations, writing contracts, designing buildings, supervising office staff, writing specifications, conducting job-site inspections and completing punch lists. Also during this time I tested and acquired my Commercial Contractors License and started to do design build. I was the first licensed architect in the state of Louisiana to acquire a commercial contractor’s license.

Mar 1986 - Dec 1999


University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, US, BArch, Architecture

Jan 1977 - May 1983


2013 Anual International Top 10 Designers, 1st Place

Award presented by China Construction Newspaper and sponsored by China International Landscape and Urban Planning Institute


Published in China Architecture Magazine, Other

Published article on "The Future Cities of the World"


Guest speaker at 2012 China Sustainable HOPSCA Design Conference, Other


Published in China Architecture Magazine, Other

Published article on HOPSCA design


Published in Beijing Daily Newspaper, Other

Full page article on East vs. West Culture in Luxury Residential Design and Landscaping


Guest speaker at China National Conference of Luxary Housing, Other


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