EJ Williams is a practising architect and researcher based in Berlin and the UK, interested in new imaginings for spaces of solidarity.
Williams’ architectural practice has focused on housing in the form of collective housing (with the Mietshäuser Syndikat), social housing and private housing, and on healthcare buildings in various forms. As an architect, Williams takes a keen interest in the execution and construction management phases, connecting planning with making. Williams has collaborated on cultural, educational, sustainable energy and participation-led projects of differing sizes, complexities, and construction methods, ranging from GDR-prefab, to rammed earth, realised in France, Germany, Morocco and the UK.
Williams has worked widely in artistic spheres, as participant in numerous exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale for Architecture, and as invited architectural critic at the Technical University, Berlin and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nüremberg.
Williams has contributed to developing experimental approaches to collaboration, most recently co-creative directing the symposium, Hermitage Gathering: working on the viability of creative and collaborative practices in nonmetropolitan areas, hosted by Onassis AiR, Athens, 2022.
In 2019, Williams travelled to North Kurdistan, south-eastern Türkiye to research the earthen flat roof vernacular. In 2022-2023 this investigation has formed the basis for working on the concept of Soil-Knowledge presented within the framework of the Zozan Archive Project, at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Vienna, which will be published later in 2023.