William Rawn practiced law and served as an academic administrator before he finally pursued his passion for architecture, graduating from MIT in 1979 and opening his own practice in Boston in 1984.
Early in his career Rawn was profiled as an architect designing his first real-world residence in Tracy Kidder’s book “House.” Rather than capitalizing on that attention to build a practice focused on high-end homes, Rawn chose to focus on designing important, visible buildings in the civic and public realm. Twenty-five years later, his firm was ranked #1 in the nation by Architect magazine, delivering a range of major public buildings, cultural facilities, and college and university projects, including many across the Boston area.
His firm remains dedicated to a design process that emphasizes active engagement with clients, their sites, and the civic context, to understand the unique, self-expressed “patterns of place” that characterize each project. This results in what Globe critic Robert Campbell has described as a “rare ability to create architecture that bridges taste cultures that are often at war with each other… People who admire the avant-garde and those who prefer tradition both usually feel comfortable with his humane, user-friendly designs.”
Among his firm's more than 180 awards for design, two Rawn projects received the BSA’s Harleston Parker Medal – the Cambridge Public Library and Building H at Northeastern.
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Sources: “Architecture in Concert,” Craig Lambert, Harvard Magazine, September-October 2012; “Tall Order,” Madison Kahn, Boston Home Magazine, Summer, 2013;William Rawn Associates; Wikipedia.