EMERGING VOICE 2014
Williamson Chong Architects
Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson, and Shane Williamson
To read an interview with Chong, Williamson, and Williamson, and to learn more about the other 2014 Emerging Voices, visit archleague.org/ev14.
Founded in 2011 and led by Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson, and Shane Williamson, Toronto-based Williamson Chong Architects prioritizes “context, materials research, economies of construction, building performance, and client-based collaboration” in their work, which ranges in scale from furniture to master planning. In their presentation, Chong, Williamson, and Williamson discuss the significance of their Canadian context, advanced digital tools, material investigations, and variety of scale to their practice. The firm’s use of “leftover” spaces to intensify the fabric in urban contexts and landscape integration in rural contexts, as well as an interest in strengthening community through design, are demonstrated in such residential projects as Galley House, Blantyre House, House in Frogs Hollow, and Grange Double Dwelling, as well as the master plan for the 441-acre Abbey Gardens site.
The annual Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.