William Alfonso Arbizu is an associate partner and one of the founding members of
Brandon Haw Architecture (BHA). He currently leads the studio’s projects in Latin
Prior to joining BHA, he was an associate with Foster+Partners, an internationally
renowned architectural firm where his most notable projects included two residential
high-rise towers in NYC. William has also worked at the vanguard multi-disciplinary firm
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), where he led the media architecture design of
twofour54’s MediaZone and Public Spaces in Abu Dhabi, and Lincoln Center’s
Information Landscape in New York.
Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, William emigrated to New York City and began his
design education at Pratt Institute‘s School of Art and Design, where he received a
Bachelor of Industrial Design degree with highest honors. During William’s subsequent
career in exhibition and interior architecture, he was responsible for notable institutional
projects including the Cradle of Aviation Museum Visitor Center and Red Planet Cafe,
the Indiana University Center for Excellence in Education, and the AT&T Government
Affairs Conference Center. He has designed and led projects that have appeared at
EPCOT Center, Cirque du Soleil, and the CES, COMDEX and PC EXPO trade shows.
William resumed his studies at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture,
Planning and Preservation, receiving a Masters Degree in Architecture. At Columbia,
he was recognized for his design abilities with the Fred H. Liebmann Book Award from
The New York Society of Architects, and First Prize in the Eleanor Allwork statewide
portfolio competition. Upon graduation he was honored with a William Kinne Memorial
Fellowship and the McKim Prize/Saul Kaplan Traveling Fellowship, the highest design
award given by the school of architecture.
In addition to his experience teaching at Columbia GSAPP, William has taught architecture at Barnard College, and the University of Michigan. He has been a guest critic at Bennington College, the Cooper Union, Cornell University’s AAP NYC Center, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale
William is a licensed architect in New York and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) accredited professional.