Paul R. Williams (1894-1980)


Williams, Paul R.

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    b. 18 February 1894 - d. 23 January 1980
Occupation:    American architect
Location:    Los Angeles, CA

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1923-1932; 1942-decease
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) 1957
Recipient of the AIA Gold Medal 2017 (posthumous)

Biographical Sources

American Architects Directories:
Biographical listing in 1956 American Architects Directory
Biographical listing in 1962 American Architects Directory
Address listed in 1970 American Architects Directory

Biographical Directories:
Entry in Dreck Spurlock Wilson, ed., African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary 1865-1945 (New York: Routledge, 2004)

Biographical Information:
Contributed by The American Institute of Architects Archives: Paul R. Williams was the first African-American member of the AIA. He was also the first African-American Fellow of the AIA.

Paul Revere Williams Project, sponsored by AIA Memphis and the University of Memphis http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/

Related Records

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
      Membership file includes application and membership correspondence, Fellowship nomination. Letters supporting Fellowship have been scanned as a separate file.
      Press release for AIA Gold Medal, 2017, Gold Medal nomination.


Paul R. Williams, Architect: A Legacy of Style, by Karen E. Hudson, introduction by David Gebhard (New York: Rizzoli, 1993)
The Small Home of Tomorrow, by Paul R. Williams, A.I.A. (Hollywood, CA: Murray & Gee, Inc., 1945)
New Homes for Today, by Paul R. Williams, A.I.A. (Hollywood, CA: Murray & Gee, Inc., 1946)