The Rudolph lectures were endowed in 1986 by Mr. and Mrs. Maurits B. Edersheim, to honor their close friend who, as chairman of the Architecture Department at Yale, was the architect of the building in which we sit. Paul Rudolph was the first to deliver a lecture in this series. Other Rudolph lecturers include Charles Gwathmey, Colin Rowe, Bernard Tschumi, Vincent Scully, Paul Andreu, Stanley Tigerman, Robert Maxwell and Jeanne Gang. In Fall 2015 Dean Hashim Sarkis of MIT delivered the Rudolph lecture as the closing address to the symposium, A Constructed World in Spring 2016 the Rudolph Lecture was delivered by Francine Houben of the Delft-based firm Mecanoo.
Allison G. Williams received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently Vice President and Director of Design for AECOM’s global architecture practice, U.S. West region. Prior to joining AECOM, Williams led architecture studios for Perkins Will and SOM with high-profile projects that include the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computational Research Facility, the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport, and CREATE at the National University of Singapore. She currently serves as a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee for Harvard’s Board of Overseers, the Harvard Design Magazine Practitioners Advisory Board, and member of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. Williams has an extensive portfolio of work for corporate, real estate, cultural, education, government, and civic clients.