Finn Williams is an architect-turned-planner based in London. He studied architecture at the Mackintosh in Glasgow, FAUP in Porto, and the Royal College of Art where he was given the New London Architecture prize. Finn worked for Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and General Public Agency before setting up Common Office, an independent practice working with planning, politics, and the public.
Through Common Office Finn produced â€˜The Rule of Regulationsâ€™ and â€˜SUB-PLANâ€™, both with David Knight. Finnâ€™s work has been exhibited at the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale, Tate Modern, Architecture Foundation, Berlage Institute, Museum of Finnish Architecture and Warsaw Museum of Modern Art. His writing has been published in journals and magazines including mono.kultur, Hunch, and Volume.
Finn teaches ADS2 at the RCA with David Knight and Charles Holland, is External Supervisor for Spatial Practices at Central St Martins, and Specialist Urban Design Advisor to the Bartlett School of Architecture MArch Thesis programme. He has been a visiting critic and tutor at universities including the Architectural Association, the Cass, Goldsmiths, LSE, Mendrisio in Switzerland, Chalmers in Sweden and the Technical University of Moldova. Finn regularly gives talks and takes part in panel discussions throughout Europe.
Finn is vice-chair of the Tower Hamlets Design Review Panel, a trustee and former chair of the Friends of Arnold Circus, a director of the Planning Officers Society, a board member of Urban Design London, and Proactive Planning Champion for the Farrell Review. He sits on the Architecture Foundation Curatorial Advisory Board and Architectural Review Editorial Board, and was a member of the advisory panel of the British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2011 he was selected as a candidate for the Future London Leaders programme to develop Londonâ€™s most promising regeneration practitioners.
From January 2009 Finn was deputy team leader of Placemaking at Croydon Council, recognised as one of the most progressive urban design teams in the UK, where his role involved leading the design coordination and communication of the Connected Croydon public realm programme. In October 2013 he joined the GLA as Regeneration Area Manager for North West and Central London. In 2014 he founded NOVUS, a thinktank for public sector planning. Finn is currently working on a new social enterprise to embed talented young designers within local authorities.