William E. Butler AIA, LEED AP


Bill Butler joined the firm in 1979. His work has included buildings for institutional and commercial clients as well as master plans for both academic campuses and commercial developments. As principal in charge, he has led some of the firm’s largest cultural projects in recent years, including Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Minneapolis Central Library.

Mr. Butler’s recent projects also include the master plan and design of Tong Shan Jie, a mixed-​use development in Shanghai, China; the master plan of Yan Tian, a mixed-​use development in Shenzhen, China; and the Tokyo American Club, a private club in Tokyo, Japan.

His master planning experience includes two major urban redevelopment projects: Liverpool One in Liverpool, England, and Abandoibarra in Bilbao, Spain. His residential experience includes One Park West in Liverpool, the Museum Tower in New York City, Four Leaf in Houston, Texas, Del Bosque in Mexico City and two of the four houses the firm has designed — one in California and one in the western United States.

His work for higher education includes the new Yale-​National University of Singapore College campus in Singapore; the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex at the University of Texas at Austin; the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Building at the University of Texas at Austin; the Mathematics, Computing and Engineering Center at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut; and Herring Hall at Rice University. He also worked on campus master plans for the University of Texas at Austin; the University of Texas at San Antonio; Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, and Rice University.

Mr. Butler taught at the Yale School of Architecture for 14 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University.