Bill is an architect and urban designer who has contributed to the design of many of the most significant New Urbanist projects of the past 25 years. He maintains his own firm – B. Dennis Town & Building Design in Providence, Rhode Island – and is affiliated with Sargent Town Planning, serving as lead designer for selected projects.
Working on his own and collaborating with urban planning firms around the country, Bill has designed hundreds of sustainable, walkable neighborhoods, villages and towns, and has led charrette teams in New England, California, the Southwest, and China. For each project Bill he applies the timeless principles of place making and traditional neighborhood design to new communities of all types, to the revitalization of struggling downtowns, to transformation plans for outmoded transportation corridors and employment centers, and strategies for neighborhoods in transition. His work is based on the certainty that the design of a town or neighborhood can enrich all of the patterns that encompass our lives, integrating places of work, shopping, civic participation, recreation and home. Bill’s architectural design work includes all housing types, mixed-use retail, and civic buildings.
Bill has won numerous awards for his planning and architecture work. He is a founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and his work has been recognized with several CNU awards. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on urbanism and sustainable development, has taught at the Boston Architecture Center, and has been a Guest Critic at Harvard University, Roger Williams College, and the Rhode Island School of Design.