William C. Louie has 51 years of experience in all aspects of architectural design, from master planning and conceptual design through final design and construction. Having joined KPF shortly after the firm’s founding in 1977, he has played a central role in developing the body of work that has earned KPF its reputation as a global leader in architectural design and urban planning. As one of KPF’s most senior Design Partners, Bill has been involved in many of the firm’s most high-profile and complex projects, overseeing the design and implementation for a variety of building types in North and South America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
For the last 23 years, he has led much of the firm’s work in China and throughout Asia, including the headquarters for the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), winner of the AIA Hong Kong Architecture Merit Award and Sustainability in Design Award; the headquarters for the China Huaneng Group, in Beijing; Wheelock Tower in Shanghai, a one-million-square-foot office tower with retail and direct connection to mass transit, and Hysan Place in Hong Kong, a LEED Platinum certified 37-story mixed-use complex of retail and commercial office spaces located in one of the world’s densest shopping districts.
Bill's design for the Singapore Exchange Centre (SGX), home to the Stock Exchange, the Singapore International Monetary Exchange (SIMEX), and a major banking center for United Overseas Bank, has been recognized by a number of awards, including a Gold Medal from the Singapore Institute of Architects Micro Design Awards for the podium feature wall, an Award of Merit from the Singapore Institute of Architects Micro Design Awards for the entry plaza, and a Construction Excellence Award from the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore.
In New York City, Bill was responsible for the design of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Federal Courthouse, which received the U.S. General Services Administration’s prestigious Design Excellence Award. Also in New York, he designed 1325 Avenue of the Americas, a speculative investment office tower which received the New York Chapter AIA Excellence of Design Award.
Bill's experience includes the mixed-use Espirito Santo Plaza in Miami, Florida completed in 2004. The 1.2 million-square-foot, 35-story tower is home to the Conrad Miami Hotel, luxury residential units, and the headquarters for Espirito Santo Bank. In Singapore, Bill led the master planning and design for the Marina Bay Financial Centre, which consisted of three office and two residential towers, including retail and dining, totaling more than 4.0 million gross square feet.
Bill's experience in commercial office projects also includes designs for the 6-story curvilinear General Reinsurance Corporation Headquarters in Stamford, Ct., the 53-story Mellon Bank Center headquarters tower in Philadelphia, the twin Ventura towers in Rio de Janeiro, and Infinity Tower in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Bill received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from City College of New York. He has been a guest lecturer and served on design juries all around the world. A registered architect in thirteen states, he is a member of the New York State Association of Architects and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). A native New Yorker, he lives in Manhattan with his wife of 49 years.