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William Massie

Architect In Residence William Massie

William E. Massie received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Architectural Studies from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY. He subsequently received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. Upon graduation he worked for Robertson + McAnulty Architects and James Stewart Polshek and Partners. In 1993 he started his own company while simultaneously accepting a teaching position in the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University where he was appointed as the Coordinator for Building Technologies Research.

William is currently the Architect-in Residence / Head of Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Tenured Professor of Architecture at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He has taught at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and Parsons School of Design in New York City. He has participated as a visiting critic at many institutions nationally including, Harvard, Yale, California Polytechnic Institute and Lawrence Technological University. In 2005 he participated as the Keynote Speaker and appointed Bruce Goff Chair at the University of Oklahoma on the future of technology and digital processes in architecture and architectural education.

William Massie American House 08
American House 08
2008, various materials
single family home

William Massie’s work utilizes computer applications and digital information as a way of redefining “formal architectural construct” - a synthesis of ideas linked to construction in conjunction with the development of a theoretical position, all in support of an attempt to redefine architectural practice and making.

His research in computer applications in architectural construction has been recognized by Architecture Magazine in back-to-back Research Awards - “Augmented Reality in Architectural Construction” in association with Tony Webster, Steve Feiner and Ted Kreuger and “Virtual Model to Actual Construct.” Massie has also received Progressive Architecture awards from Architecture Magazine for the design of the “Big Belt House” located in the foothills of the Big Belt Mountains in Montana and for the design of “A House for a Photographer.” He has been an invited lecturer at over 50 national and international institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Massie was selected as the winner of the Museum of Modern Art’s Young Architects Program Competition for his project “Playa Urbana / Urban Beach” which was installed in the courtyard of the P.S.1 Museum located in Long Island City, New York. The Museum of Modern Art acquired a scaled model of the "Big Belt House" as part of their permanent collection. Massie’s has been included in many museum exhibitions including: The National Building Museum in Washington, DC., and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Germany and, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


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Big Belt
Big Belt House (West elevation)
2001, concrete and glass
single family home




Big Sky
Big Sky House, Montana
2000, concrete and steel
single family home



Ear (W.P.S.1 – Internet Radio Station)
2003, Orange acrylic, white steel
20 x 30 feet