James F. Williamson, FAIA, is the 2014 recipient of the Edward S. Frey Award. The award is given to an architect and member of the AIA who has demonstrated passion for and dedication to quality worship and sacred spaces, fostered spiritual values, and promoted cross-denominational community focused on religious arts and architecture.
Williamson is a professor of architecture at the University of Memphis. He holds two Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student of Louis I. Kahn. He was later an Associate with Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. During some 30 years of professional practice in his own firm in Memphis, specializing in religious architecture, Williamson received over 30 architectural design awards at the local, regional, and national levels. His projects and articles have been published internationally. In 2005 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his notable contributions in architectural design and education. Williamson is also the author of two novels, The Architect and The Ravine. He is currently working on a book about Louis Kahn, scheduled for publication by Routledge in 2015.
The award will be presented on June 26 during the AIA's National Convention in Chicago, IL.