William (Bill) A. Browne, Jr., FAIA, LEED AP is the RATIO's founding principal. An industry leader, Bill is known for his ability to produce unique and innovative solutions from challenging and complex projects. He actively pursues contextual design in urban and campus environments and integrates narrative stories and art with architecture.
Magazines I read:
Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Runners World, Velonews, Atlantic Monthly, Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Metropolis.
Things that get me excited:
Cycling, Running, Urban/Community Projects, watching my son play soccer, traveling and seeing current and historic architecture, eating at well designed restaurants.
Books I would recommend to anyone:
Tall Men and Tall Trees: This book started me actively reading again after taking a decade off from reading non-architectural books; 1000 Barrels a Second: Gives you a great insight into the world’s energy problem; and The Outliers: Gives a new perspective on how to be successful.
Why I do this:
I have wanted to be an architect almost since I can remember anything. It's fun, energizing and never seems to get old, even though I do.
But if I had to do it all over again:
I would end up in the same place. I might have tried playing lacrosse earlier in life and pursuing cycling more aggressively, but having now done both, and don’t see the need to do it over.