Architect and industrial designer, William (Bill) Arbizu, AIA, is an Associate Partner with Brandon Haw Architecture. With over 25 years of experience in design, working on commercial, residential, institutional and mixed used projects internationally as well as exhibitions, graphics and industrial design, Bill oversees the operational and managerial functioning of the practice alongside managing architectural projects.
Prior to joining the firm, Bill was an Associate at Foster+Partners in New York, having worked on high-end residential projects at 50 UN Plaza and 551 East 21st Street in Chelsea. As a Project Leader at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, he worked on multiple projects including the media architecture elements of the renovation of Lincoln Center.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree from Pratt Institute‘s School of Art and Design and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture where he was awarded the Fred H. Liebmann Book Award from The New York Society of Architects and First Prize in the Eleanor Allwork statewide portfolio competition. Upon graduation William was honored with a Kinne Memorial Fellowship and the McKim Prize/Saul Kaplan Traveling Fellowship, the highest design award given by the school of architecture.
Bill has taught part-time as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has also taught architecture at Barnard College and the University of Michigan, and has been a guest critic at various architecture schools nationwide.
Bill was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is a licensed architect in Illinois and New York, and a LEED accredited professional.