Bill Hammer, MAUD '68
As founding principal of HKT Architects Inc., Bill Hammer’s background includes planning and design of college facilities as well as large-scale residential, medical, recreational and municipal projects in addition to historic preservation. Most projects are located in the northeast with the exception of one project in Shanghai. HKT was among the first firms to embrace sustainable design. Two of the first three LEED Gold projects in Massachusetts were designed by HKT. Two of Bill’s recent notable projects in Cambridge are the Cambridge City Hall Annex and the additions and restoration of the Saint John the Evangelist Anglican monastery on Memorial Drive.
Bill was an undergraduate at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated in 1965 when he worked in London for Fry, Drew and Partners before coming to the GSD.
In addition to Bill’s professional activities, he is an honorary trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design. During his ten years on the board, he has been involved with a $100 million capital campaign, served on the Committee on Trustees and the Selection Committee that chose John Maeda as the new president in 2008. Bill has also served on the boards of the Atrium School and the Palfrey Street School, both in Watertown, MA. Bill has also served on the Cambridge Green Zoning Task Force and the Cambridge Hospital Community Advisory Committee.
Bill and his wife Nancy are very happy empty nesters who live in Cambridge where they have brought up their two daughters Georgia and Jane.