A Tribute to Our Founder
A soft-spoken country boy, William A. Hall studied architecture at the University of Oklahoma. Following a 3-year stint as a Navy Dive Bomber Pilot attached to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific during World War II, Mr. Hall came to New York and began his career as an architect. In 1959, he founded his own architecture and planning firm, William A. Hall Associates.
From the start, William Hall was at the forefront of defending the land marking of old buildings. In the vanguard of historic preservation and rehabilitation, the firm's early projects within New York City included the West End Collegiate Church, Hamilton Grange Library, Shepard Hall at City College, Sailor's Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island and Castle Williams on Governors Island.
While committed to serving the past, William Hall had a very clear eye on the future. A Fulbright Scholar, he studied at the Technische Hochschule in Karlsruhe Germany and obtained a Master's degree in City Planning from MIT. That planning degree launched the firm into the ambitious expansion of state university campuses underway in New York state during the 60's and 70's. William A. Hall Associates provided master planning and capital planning at several campuses including SUNY Dehli, SUNY Maritime, and Orange County Community College.
In addition to building a successful architectural practice, William Hall was very active in professional associations, serving as president of the New York State Association of Architects in 1986. A Fellow of AlA New York, he served on a variety of committees including: Educational, Fees and Contracts, Housing, Overseas, and Government Buildings. He chaired the Public Agencies Committee and served on the National AlA Historic Resource Committee. William Hall also was a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, New York Chapter and the New York Society of Architects.
True to his Midwestern roots, William Hall was active in his community as well. A member of the Board of the 23'd Street Association, he served as its president for 3 years. He was an active member of the Association for a Better New York and a Board member of the McBurney Branch YMCA.
Now in our second generation of leadership, Hall Partnership remains dedicated to the core values established by our founder, William A. Hall: honesty, uncompromising Integrity and a commitment to serving clients.