Jay Williams is an Architect working at Rick Joy Architects in Tucson, Arizona. Priorly he was a Project Designer at the University of Arkansas Design Center (UACDC). Upon completion of a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas in May 2015, Jay joined UACDC. He assists in teaching, research, and planning. His work on urban regeneration of downtown block in Texarkana, TX has been exhibited at the Southeastern Conference of Applied Arts in Atlanta, GA and has been shortlisted in the 2016 World Architecture News Awards for Urban Design. His interests in urbanism began after studying abroad in Rome; a full immersion into a diverse and walkable city fabric. Prior to his architectural work, much of Jay’s time was spent guiding wilderness trips through the backcountry of Colorado. This leadership experience fueled a passion for the “great outdoors” seemingly paradoxical to his architectural studies. Jay researches and writes on the critical intersection of nature / wilderness / architecture.