Barry L. Williams

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Position Lecturer
Phone 805.756.1501
Office 34-241

Areas of Expertise

Architectural Design
Professional practice
Property development


Barry Williams has thirty-three years as a licensed architect, he has worked on hundreds of projects taking them from the conceptual idea through to fruition. For ten years he offered design / build services having both an architect’s license and a general contractor’s license. He has also been active in real estate development taking projects from initial proforma through to completion. Most recently he was principal for a 60 person architectural firm in charge of two offices on the Central Coast. He has served as the president of the local chapter of the AIA and as a member of the State Board of Directors for the AIA. For several years he was a consultant for DPIC a large architectural insurance company. His duties were to review cases and advise the Board of Directors on educational practices for their architects.

As an educator, he has over thirty years of experience in various roles at the university level. At Cal Poly he has taught nearly all core courses offered in the architecture department. The diverse areas he has been assigned to are an indication of his versatility and adaptability as an instructor. For the past ten years he has been teaching the fifth year design thesis course. In 2007 he was awarded the Faculty Merit Award, In 2009 his collaboration with Tom Fowler was recognized for a AIA National Education Honor Award and the work was displayed at the National AIA Convention in San Francisco. He and lecturer Ansgar Killing were recently awarded a grant by the CSU Campus as a Living Lab Grant Program.  In 2014 he was appointed to the California Architecture Board by Governor Brown. 


Educational Credentials:

M Arch, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
B Arch, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 

Teaching Experience:

Lecturer, Architecture Dept., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Visiting Professor, Washington-Alexandria Architectural Center, Alexandria, VA   


California Licensed Architect
LEED certification

Professional Memberships:

American Institute of Architects, 2004-2010
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, 2003 – 2010
CAEDF Board Member, President Elect
California Architects Board, Board Member
Deans Leadership Council Ex-officio Board Member 2015 – present
Cal Poly Architecture Council Board Member 2015 - present


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • The Architect as Developer  series “Understanding the Economic Feasibility of Your Project". CAED, California Polytechnic State University - Various presentations 2008-2010
  • “3rd” Person Place Washington-Alexandria Architectural Center 2002
  • The California Energy Code CAED, California Polytechnic State University 2002
  • “Investigation of Architect’s Claims” for DPIC Insurance Companies National Architecture Advisory Board, Monterey, CA 1997
  • "A Guideline to the Regulatory Process for the City of San Luis Obispo" 1994
  • "The Role of the Architect in the Construction Process" Construction Management Department, California Polytechnic State University

Selected Grants:

  • CSU Campus as a Living Lab Grant Program with Ansgar Killing 2013

Selected Activites:

  • San Miguel de Allende Mexico – Program Coordinator

Selected Awards:

  • AIA National Education Honor Award (With Thomas Fowler IV) 2009
  • Faculty Merit Award 2006-07
  • Outstanding Faculty Award presented by Student Affairs 2004-05


Updated 04.08.16

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