R. Shane Williamson

R. Shane Williamson

B.Sc (Georgia Tech), M.Arch (Harvard), MRAIC, Partner

Shane Williamson is a tenured Associate Professor of Architectural Design and Computing  at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Shane received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Highest Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994 and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1999.   The following fall he began teaching at Daniels where his research and teaching interests involve an exploration of the digitally based convergence of representation and production afforded through parametrically based software and computer numerically controlled platforms.

Shane maintains a strong belief in the significance and responsibility of architectural production respective of the effectual nature of technological processes and methods of assembly and fabrication. His research and creative practice employs advanced digital tools as a means to critically engage traditional modes of construction and tectonic expression. Over the past ten years, Shane has authored papers and has contributed to grant proposals which have cumulatively been funded nearly 2 million dollars. Significant funding agencies have included the Canada Foundation for Innovation, National Research Council of Canada, and Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada.

Prior to founding Williamson Chong Architects, Shane was half of the Toronto-based practice, WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON INC., which was awarded the 2006 Young Architects Prize from the Architecture League of New York, the 2008 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts, and was named one of the top 40 under 40 design practices in Canada by the National Post.  Most recently,  the studio had received a 2010 Award of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects, a 2010 Design Exchange Award, and a 2011 North American Wood Design Award.