School of Architecture
College of Design

William F. Conway, AIA, Professor

William F. Conway, AIA Professor

Email: wfconway@umn.edu

William Conway

Expertise

  • Issues of public and private space
  • Professional practice
  • Relationship of legislation and politics to design

Bill Conway received his B.A. in Architecture from North Dakota State University and M.Arch. from Yale University. The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and the Winchester Traveling Fellowship, he was also a visiting artist in 1989 at the American Academy in Rome, where his research focused on the role of ideology in the development of the Italian city of E.U.R. Before coming to head Minnesota's Department of Architecture in 1999, he served as associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University, teaching design studios and seminars in urban design theory and coordinating the graduate programs in architecture. His research exploring the definition and construction of an American public realm has been widely published and exhibited. He is principal in Conway + Schulte Architects and brings to his architectural practice a wide range of related experience. In 1988 and 1989 he worked for Cesar Pelli & Associates and has previous experience in architectural offices in Fargo, Boston, and Rome. From 1977 to 1982 Conway supervised residential, commercial, and light industrial building as a partner in a construction company.

Recent Work

Visioning Rail Transit in Northwest Arkansas: Lifestyles and Ecologies

Visioning Rail Transit in Northwest Arkansas: Lifestyles and Ecologies was a multi-phase research project that explored opportunities for sustainable neighborhood development along an existing 32-mile rail line in Northwest Arkansas. Sponsored by the University of Arkansas School of Architecture and its Community Design Center (UACDC), the project was organized and directed by UACDC Director, Stephen Luoni. In 2006, William F. Conway, FAIA was retained as a Visiting Professor by the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. Conway led one of four design studios charged with making development proposals along the rail line and collaborated on remaining phases of the project.

2010 American Architecture Award The Chicago Athenaeum
2010 Great Places Planning Award Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), Places journal, and Metropolis magazine
2010 Citation Arkansas Chapter American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2009 Unique Contribution to Planning Award Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association
2008 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2008 NCARB Prize
2007 AIA Education Honor Award

Recent Work

MacArthur Park Master Plan

In 2007 C+SA was awarded a contract by the City of Little Rock to provide a master plan for the historic 33 acre MacArthur Park. A former confederate encampment and home to two regional museums, the park had gradually lost both its user base and surrounding resident population due to the severing effects of freeway construction and population out-migration.

A new model for park master plans, C+SA's approach leverages the economic, environmental, and social value of a renovated park as a catalyst for the development of immediate neighborhoods and surrounding districts. Identifying: 1) components within the park, 2) components along the park, and 3) components that extend the park, the plan knits together park renovation, neighborhood development and multi-modal transit patterns. The resulting urban network links the park to Little Rock's riverfront development, community nodes, active recreation facilities, schools, wildlife areas and other pedestrian amenities.

C+SA's Master Plan was completed in 2009. Construction on park renovations began in 2010.

2010 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2009 Design Award Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)
2009 Gold Award Association of Licensed Architects (ALA)
2009 Urban Design Award Citation for Open Space, Boston Society of Architects (BSA/AIA), New York AIA
2009 Citation Arkansas Chapter American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2009 Achievement in Urban Design Award Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association
2009 Merit Award Minnesota American Society of Landscape Architects (MASLA)

Recent Work

Boomerang House

After living in their home for nearly 30 years, this empty-nester couple was ready for a change. Their developer-built home offered few unobstructed views of the lake, was poorly insulated with fenestration and mechanical systems operating well beyond efficient life spans. Yet their location-a suburban lakeside lot-offered much valued serenity and the luxury of a short commute. Introduced to this sloping lakeside site, and sweeping lakeside view, the architects responded with a singular gesture-a 100' x 18' x10' segmented bar carved into the profile of the hill.

The new home's unique "boomerang" shape comes from the intersection of an economical and energy efficient rectangular volume and required 75' lakeshore setback requirement. This site strategy allows the home's garden level guest bedrooms to benefit from the earth's insulating qualities while maximizing passive solar gain and natural daylight from the west-facing orientation. The interior of the stucco- clad home is defined by two parallel concave walls: a diaphanous west elevation that both responds to and overlooks the lake and a thickened east wall that gathers servant spaces to create a narrow passage at the main entrance.

2010 Design Award Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)
2010 Silver Award Association of Licensed Architects (ALA)
2010 RAVE Residential Architects Vision and Excellence Award Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Mpls | St. Paul Magazine

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