Betsy Williamson is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Through her years of experience in small award winning design firms, Betsy brings to the office her enthusiastic commitment to architectural practice and high quality design. She has developed expertise in detail clarity and creative solutions balanced by focused project management skills.
Betsy received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Architecture from Barnard College in 1992 and her professional Masters of Architecture degree from Harvard University in 1997. She interned in Boston before moving to Toronto in 1999 to work at Shim-Sutcliffe Architects where she served as project architect for the Massey College Robertson Davies Library and the Integral House, an urban villa set in the ravine landscape of Toronto.
Prior to founding Williamson Chong, Betsy and her partner Shane Williamson led the award winning practice WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON INC., which in 2008 was awarded the prestigious 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. In 2006, they were honored with the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York.
In recent years Betsy has shown her commitment to engaging the city in a greater capacity. Her continued service on the Art Advisory Board of the Toronto Sculpture Garden allows the opportunity to commission public art from both the local and international arts communities and visually engage the city in a medium other than architecture. As a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel, she actively contributes to a culture of quality at an urban scale by signaling that high quality design is a critical consideration for the development of Toronto’s waterfront and the city.