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HBA’s Jeffrey Williams Passes Away

SINGAPORE—Jeffrey M. Williams, architecture managing director at Hirsch Bedner Associates, has died. An architect for 30 years, Williams was registered in New York, lived in Singapore and traveled extensively serving clients worldwide.

According to HBA, Williams was known for his global expertise with architecture and interior design. He specialized in luxury urban hotels, urban resorts, destination resorts and branded residences gained from established business relationships with international hotel operators and their brands, including: Conrad, Crowne Plaza, Fairmont, Hilton, Hyatt Regency, Intercontinental, Kempinski, Marriott, Park Hyatt, Raffles, Shangri-La, Sofitel, St. Regis, Swissôtel, Peninsula and Westin.

Williams simultaneously launched HBA Architecture in Singapore and Shanghai on Oct. 10, 2012. Prior to working for HBA, he was the co-founder and director of Studio Aria, a global architecture and interior design practice that launched on Jan. 1, 2010 with studios in New York City, Shanghai and Sydney.

Williams received a degree in Architecture from the University of Tennessee. There he participated in a student exchange program where he studied at the School of Architecture at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. After graduation he worked for Emery Roth & Sons and Welton Becket. He worked for the firm, BBG-BBGM for more than 24 years. 

“Jeffrey was my great friend and colleague and I feel his loss deeply,” said Ian Carr, co-CEO of HBA. “He brought so much joy to his work and passed on his wisdom freely to all that collaborated with him. Jeffrey created a body of work around the world that defines his professionalism and reflected his character. Strong in character and true – with room for a little unexpected flourish. Jeffrey will be missed by all who knew him.”