William studied in Bristol, Rotterdam and Lund, gaining bachelors and masters degrees in graphic design and anthropology. His masters thesis linked the complex series of interactions between the research site of urban design, and the laboratory. The text looks at the complexity of architectural research in contrasting environments, it draws on first-hand fieldwork undertaken in Brazil and Switzerland. Prior to coming to UCLA William was visiting researcher at HKDI DESIS Lab, investigating urban density and self-built communities, and project member of Urban Transition Øresund (Malmö and Copenhagen municipalities). He has lectured, taught workshops and served in the jury at Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong University, ETH Zürich, Malmö University, Berlin University of the Arts, Ardhi University Dar es Salaam and SESC São Paulo.