William Bates, FAIA, NOMA

Adjunct Professor

Carnegie Mellon University

William J. Bates, FAIA, NOMA

Bill is a retired Corporate Architect with global real estate and property management experience. He has served as a partner in an architectural practice, a Fortune 100 corporate design manager, a regional bank vice president, a high tech startup executive, and hospitality chain executive. He is passionate about leveraging architecture to advance equity, diversity, the built and natural environment. Bill currently teaches architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.

Bill’s volunteer leadership history includes roles as former Board Chair of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation’s for-profit Landmarks Development Corporation; a founding member of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation; and former Vice President of the Allegheny Land Trust. Board Chair of USGBC’s Green Building Alliance; and Founding President of the NOMA Pittsburgh Chapter.
Bates has remained an active leader within the American Institute of Architects for 40 years and served as the organization’s National 2019 President.

He is currently the Vice Chair of the Presbyterian Senior Care Network Board. In 2020 he was elected to the Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Architects Licensure Board.

Bill holds a Bachelor's of Architecture Degree from the University of Notre Dame. He has also studied Construction Management at Pennsylvania State University, Harvard University and received an Honorary PhD from the Boston Architectural College.