William Hunter

William Hunter

Lafayette, LA, US



I am currently working as an Urban Designer and Planner with Architects Southwest in 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 at the UNLV School of Architecture.

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. This teaching paralleled fieldwork and consultancies in Thailand, the Philippines, Beirut, Istanbul, Zurich, Medellin, Rome, Brescia, and London through the DPU.

I am a trained architect and urban designer with extensive and diverse international professional experience. My work affiliation has ranged from high-profile residential/commercial/cultural projects for Studio Daniel Libeskind, Holzer Kobler, Foster + Partners, and Heatherwick Studio. Beyond those particular mainstream design pursuits, my current interests revolve around the complex processes of contested urbanism, community design, 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


Architects Southwest, Lafayette, LA, US, Urban Designer / Planner

Feb 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


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

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