William E. Butler, AIA, LEED AP


William Butler joined the firm in 1979. As Design Principal-in-Charge, his work includes buildings for institutional and commercial clients, as well as master plans for both academic campuses and commercial developments. He has led some of the firm’s largest cultural projects, including the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Minneapolis Central Library.

Mr. Butler’s current commercial work includes Block 185, a 750,000-square-feet office tower in Austin and Frost Tower, a 450,000-square-feet office headquarters in San Antonio. In addition, his office tower and headquarters experience includes Norwest Tower (now Wells Fargo Center) in Minneapolis; Zurich Tower in The Hague, Netherlands; the Latin American Headquarters of Coca-Cola in Mexico City; and the design and master planning for the recently completed Torre Sevilla in Spain.

Mr. Butler’s international master planning and design experience for large mixed-use developments includes Tong Shan Jie in Shanghai, China; One City in Shenzhen, China; Abandoibarra in Bilbao, Spain; and Liverpool One in Liverpool, England. He led the landscape design team for Chavasse Park in Liverpool, the first city center park to be built in a hundred years.

Mr. Butler has also led residential projects such as One Park West in Liverpool, the Museum Tower in New York, Four Leaf in Houston, Texas, Del Bosque in Mexico City and three of the only four houses the firm has ever designed—two in California and one in the western United States. He was also Design Principal-in-Charge for the prestigious Tokyo American Club, which includes dining, recreation, business and guest rooms for Tokyo’s only Western-style private club.

He has worked on major projects for education such as the recently completed Goldring/Woldenberg Complex at Tulane University and the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University; the Muscarelle Museum Renovation/Addition at The College of William and Mary; Yale-NUS College campus in Singapore; Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex at The University of Texas at Austin; the Zizhu Educational Center in Shanghai, China; 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; as well as 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.