We are SCB

Peter Williamson

Associate | Project Designer

How long have you been at SCB?

I have been with SCB for four and a half years.

How did you end up at SCB?

I was referred to SCB by a close friend and classmate, and was drawn to SCB’s breadth of work and commitment to design.

What initially attracted you to study design or pursue a career in design?

Working with my hands to create – a passion my family instilled in me early on in my life.

What is the most interesting thing you have worked on in the past couple of weeks?

Working with peers to retool our in-house design workshops and events. Design isn’t just an aspect of our projects, it’s a big part of our work culture and who we are.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Walk to work and catch a beautiful sunrise. Iterate, collaborate, and learn as much as possible until it’s time to head out. Walk home and catch a beautiful sunset. Take at least one photo of something that catches my eye. Look for the beauty hiding in the mundane.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working in SCB’s Campus Environments practice provides a tremendous opportunity to positively impact the living and learning experiences of students across the nation. It’s hard to beat knowing you have created a space that will support students and educators in their academic goals for years and years to come.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your career?

Challenge assumptions and take risks. It’s far too easy to stick with what you know. Do something different and learn from it!

What advice can you give to young or future designers and planners?

Don’t limit yourself to be inspired only by other architects or planners. Expose yourself to as many types of art and design as you can; inspiration can be found everywhere.

What was/is your favorite/most rewarding project you have ever worked on and why?

The Charney Hall of Law at Santa Clara University has been the most rewarding project for me, as the final result reflects a true commitment to the design concept, the campus context, and collaborative design processes necessary to deliver such an impactful project.