William D. Chilton (MArch '80), is a principal of the firm Pickard Chilton, which the Connecticut Business News Journal named Innovator of the Year for 2011/2012. In an article this week announcing the honor, Chilton advises those interested in becoming architects that a design eye is at the heart of it all, but there are many paths to explore including management of a firm, project management, and the technical side of imagining a building.
The firm Pickard Chilton has completed or is currently designing projects for clients worldwide with a construction value of more than $12 billion, resulting in the creation of more than 25 million square feet of LEED-Gold certified commercial, residential and institutional buildings in design, under construction or completed since 2006.
Before teaming with Pickard, Chilton served as president of Ellerbe Becket Architects and worked on such notable buildings as the Science Museum of Minnesota and Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Pickard Chilton established a permanently endowed fellowship for the School of Architecture and continues to generously support the college and its graduates in many ways.
"The students coming out of architecture schools today are very talented and very bright," said Chilton in the article, which he attributes to technology leveraging our ability to think creatively and understand buildings better. "It's also a profession that has so much to know and so much to learn. It changes so much that if you can and want to practice architecture, you can practice as long as you want."
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