Master of Architecture, Tulane University, 2004

Bachelor of Architecture, Tulane University, 1978

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Tulane University, 1973 Certification as Psychology Group Leader, De- Paul Mental Health Center, 1972 


• Registered Architect: Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi,   Florida, North Carolina

• Past-President of AIA, New Orleans Chapter

• Member, Governor’s Commission on Coastal                 Conservation and Restoration

• Past President Tulane University Alumni Association

• Member, Vieux Carre Commission, Design Guidelines   Committee

• Past-Chairman, Vieux Carre Commission, Guidelines     Drawing

• Committee Member, Vieux Carre Commission,               Architectural Awards Committee 


As principal of John C. Williams Architects LLC, no one embodies the values of adaptive, versatile, and engaged more than John. Working in architecture since 1975, John puts these principles forth using a broad range of experience including planning, design, project management, master planning, and cost estimating of projects from $20,000 to $100 million.


John has more than 30 years of experience with historic preservation. Since he founded Williams Architects in 1983, the firm has completed over 500 historic renovation projects. John instilled this focus on preserving and adapting historic buildings in the architects in his firm, and the results speak for themselves. Williams Architects has been honored with design awards from the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the Vieux Carre Commision, the American Institute of Architects New Orleans, and others.


John has built a versatile and impressive body of work over his career. The Port of New Orleans, the New Orleans Regional Medical Center, and the Research Park at the University of New Orleans have been planned by Williams Architects. John takes pride in all his projects, no matter how big or small. From a delicate iron gate on Burgundy to a new multi-story building on Canal Street or a residential golf community on the west bank, John’s diverse work can be viewed all around New Orleans and the southeast.


There are few in New Orleans more engaged in the architecture community than John. He served as treasurer and president for the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects. As president, John organized design charrettes for the New Orleans riverfront, Oak Street commercial area, Algiers, New Orleans downtown, and the French Market for Stakeholders and Planners. John’s tenure with AIA also lead to the organization of the Riverfront Awareness Workshop, from which came many great developments such as the riverfront streetcar.


John’s engagement also extends to the deep relationships he has built with local, state, and national government regulatory agencies. Because of John’s hard work, these agencies trust that Williams Architects always has the community’s best interests at heart. John is still developing these relationships. In 2005, he began both serving on the Governor’s Committee for Coastal Conservation and Restoration and regularly meeting with the State Historic Preservation Office representative to resolve safety code issues with the needs of historic structures.


Always looking for new opportunities to improve his community, John currently offers workshops on sustainable design for professionals. He is also master planning several projects in the Lower 9th Ward to help establish the community as the most sustainable neighborhood in the United States.