Katherine Williams, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP is a native of Virginia and grew up in Chesterfield. Her introduction to architecture came at a Girl Scout career fair in elementary school. Encouraged by her mother, Williams attended various design camps to learn about the design industry and the profession. Following her graduation from Howard University, Williams worked in architecture firms in Virginia. She worked on projects in historic preservation, municipal facilities, and adaptive reuse.

When an opportunity arose to do work that was community centered, Williams took it and moved to the west coast to become a Rose Architectural Fellow. There she was a Project Manager at the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation. Her primary role was as client representative for the construction of an affordable condo project and predevelopment of new projects. Williams currently manages construction for commercial office projects in Northern Virginia.

Outside of the office, Williams has served on the AIA Richmond board, as a Girl Scout troop leader, as editor of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) magazine, and chair and member of the American Institute for Architects Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community advisory group. She has been published and presented at numerous conferences over the past 15 years. She was a recipient of the 2013 NOMA Founders Award and the 2016 AIA Virginia Emerging Professionals award.

As one of 450 (as of 01/15/2019) African American licensed women architects in the US, about .4% of all US licensed architects, Williams has a unique perspective that is not always represented in mainstream media. Very little research and statistics exists on what these women are doing in their career, and how to increase this number. She helps track the statistics and write about the numbers. Most recently Williams has been working on the Black Women in Architecture Network with others. The effort has included organizing an annual brunch in DC for black women in the profession for the past three years to offer a place for women to network with each other.

Williams works to provide excellent buildings and spaces for clients, as well as, support for others building their careers.