Charlie Williams is an Architect and Director of Inspire Design (ID), which is dedicated to inspiring the design process through technology for California-based integrated design firm LPA Inc. Williams began working at LPA in 2004 and has since contributed his expertise in architecture and technology in the architectural practice by managing projects and developing the LPA | ID team.
In his current role as a technology Director, he leads a team dedicated to implementing tools that inspire the design process, promote a deeper understanding of design, improve productivity and provide insight on project development. The team accomplishes these objectives through a variety of tools and workflows surrounding BIM, CAD, sustainability and project information management. Williams is involved with most projects at LPA by collaborating with project teams to inspire and maintain an approach to technology that reflects the project’s scope, goals and client’s needs. In addition to contributing to projects throughout the firm, he has remained active in the Malibu Public Library, Fullerton Library, LPA coLAB and Laguna College of Art and Design projects to continue the practice of architecture and understand how technology impacts the practice. Prior to working as a technology Director, Williams served as a project manager where he was responsible for design development, project documentation and construction administration for a plethora of community facilities, including libraries, community centers, city halls and places of worship.
Before working at LPA, he spent six years practicing residential architecture. Williams received his Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University, where he majored in Architecture and minored in Business. As a complement to his professional efforts, Williams has shared his expertise on project information management and project planning for Newforma at its annual conference. He has also contributed to news articles in Architecture and ENR magazine about the role of building information modeling in architecture and construction