Bill, a founder of Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects (now ANF Architects), earned a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors degree in Arts and Humanities from Emory University. Since 1980 he has headed ANF projects for Christian Brothers University, EdR, International Paper, University of Tennessee, and Memphis College of Art. Outside of ANF, Bill has been involved with Les Passees Center for Children and Families, Arts Memphis, CBU Visual Arts Committee, International Facility Management Association, Memphis University School Alumni, AIA-Memphis board, and as board chair of TheaterWorks, The Shepherd's School, AIA National Practice-Education Workshops, and Memphis Regional Design Center.


Bill values:

Exploring spaces, architectural and natural

Fields, streams, shores, estuaries

Contemporary design woven from its historical materials & sense of place

Porches, stairs, alcoves, rhythm, scale

My bride, our family

Texture in changing light, color

Hasan Fathy’s “Architecture of the Poor” and its regional skills and materials


Differing understandings of the same thing

My year as a construction laborer

Hunting, fishing

Connectivity, synthesis, juxtaposition

Design that catalyzes, energizes, calms, delights