What is one thing you've learned that you wish you knew before beginning work as an architect?

"In reality, no matter how big the corporation, the decisions for construction are typically last-minute, which forces the design of a building to happen very quickly. Inevitably, the design and construction process is often forced to be compressed."

What is the craziest thing you've ever done?

"While in the military, I borrowed a large bulldozer during a joint military exercise. I managed to get it stuck in the middle of a protected wooded swamp adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay. My commanding officer decided, instead of airlifting the dozer out, he would have me hand-dig it out overnight.  After 12 hours of digging, the dozer was free. To my surprise, I was not demoted."

PAST: Bill, a Roanoke native, served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force in the Civil Engineering Squadron at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia & Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. After active military duty, he attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1992.

WORK: Bill's project experience ranges from large and small commercial facilities to multiple-agency government projects. He is an architect who thinks like a client. He is adept at working within the creative space while respecting the pragmatic constraints of budget and schedule. Bill provides quality assurance through all phases, working closely with owners and contractor teams to complete construction; he imparts a strong team ethic and a sense of urgency. Bill is a member of AIA, NCARB, and the US Green Building Council.

PLAY: Basically, if it has a motor and gears, Bill is tinkering with it or cleaning it. In his off hours, you will find Bill at race tracks around the Southeast United States, but primarily in Danville, Virginia as a Club Member of Virginia International Raceway. Bill serves as a High Performance Driving Instructor for Porsche Club of America and BMW Car Club of America as well as other national car clubs. His other interests include working his wife's family farm in Franklin County, Virginia. It's Days of Thunder meets Green Acres