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Finn Williams


  • Finn Williams is a Tutor in Architecture at the Royal College of Art, and Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the social enterprise Public Practice.

  • Biography

  • Finn Williams studied architecture at the Mackintosh in Glasgow, FAUP in Porto, and the Royal College of Art where he was awarded the New London Architecture prize. He worked for Office of Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam and General Public Agency before nine years in the public sector at Croydon Council and then the Greater London Authority, where he led new initiatives on placemaking, workspace, street markets, infill housing and crowdfunding.

    In 2017 Finn co-founded Public Practice, a social enterprise that is building the public sector’s capacity for proactive planning. He is also the founder of public sector planning think tank NOVUS and independent research practice Common Office. Finn’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Tate Modern, Architecture Foundation, Berlage Institute, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Architekturzentrum in Vienna, and Warsaw Museum of Modern Art. He has written for publications including mono.kultur, Hunch, Volume and the Guardian.

    Finn teaches ADS2 at the RCA with David Knight and Diana Ibáñez López, and is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Innovation & Public Purpose at UCL. He has been a visiting critic and tutor at universities including the Architectural Association, Bartlett School of Architecture, Central Saint Martins, Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Columbia in New York, ETH in Zurich, and London School of Economics.

    Finn is a CABE Built Environment Enabler, Centre for London Associate, and board member of the Planning Advisory Service. He currently sits on the Raynsford Review Task Force, Labour Planning Commission, RIBA Planning Group, and Impact Advisory Group for the ESRC funded research project Working in the Public Interest. Previous roles include being a director of the Planning Officers Society, chair of the Friends of Arnold Circus, vice chair of the Tower Hamlets Design Review Panel, board member of Urban Design London, a champion for the Farrell Review, and co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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