Paul Williams
Principal Director
OBE, HonD, RDI, FRSA, RIBA, BA (Hons), H.DiplAD

Paul formed Stanton Williams with Alan Stanton in 1985. As founding directors they have been responsible for the creative direction of the practice since its inception.

Paul has been actively involved with concept and design development of many of the studio’s projects including UAL campus for Central Saint Martins at King’s Cross, the Millennium Seedbank at Wakehurst Place, and the Eton Manor venue for the London 2012 Olympics. He is currently working on the Museum of London West Smithfield. He has also been responsible for the studio’s arts projects including Compton Verney Art Gallery and the practice’s exhibition and museum installations including the critically acclaimed ‘Masterpieces of Chinese Painting’ show at the V&A and the Islamic World Galleries at the British Museum, London.

Paul headed the V&A Museum Design Department for nearly 4 years before being awarded a research grant to study Museum and Gallery Design at Yale. Returning to London in 1980, he set up his own London based practice designing permanent and temporary exhibition installations for a number of the world’s major museums and art galleries.

Paul has been an architectural advisor to HLF, CABE and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and is currently on the advisory panel of St Paul’s Cathedral. He has also been a trustee of Space Studios and the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

As well as acting as a visiting critic, Paul lectures regularly at various universities and institutions both in the UK and abroad. He has also acted as an external examiner at Westminster, Plymouth, Dundee and, most recently, Birmingham School of Architecture.

He was awarded the title of Royal Designer (RDI) in 2005 for sustained excellence in design throughout his career and received an honorary doctorate from University of the Arts London in 2012. Paul received an OBE for services to architecture in 2014.