Richard Wade Williams Jr.
Richard Wade Williams Jr. AIA emeritus, was born in 1932 in Durham and attended Durham High School.
He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1955 with a BS in Architecture. After a two-year stent in the Army (1956-58), he entered graduate school at Duke University and married Mary Lou Gunter in 1958. He then went to work with Marion A. Ham, the Durham architectural firm that designed the 1965 North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company in Durham, the city’s most distinctive Modernist commercial building.
Williams remained with Ham most of his career, designing the Harvey Gunter Residence, the Henderson Towers and the original Hollow Rock Racket & Swim Club, among other projects. He took over the firm in the 1980s under the name R. Wade Williams Jr., AIA, and retired in the 1990s.