|Address:||Millennium Library Park, 251 Donald Street|
Bill received degrees in geography and visual arts from the University of Victoria, in 1979 and 1981 respectively. In 1982, after spending a year in Japan, he entered the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia. In his second year, Bill attended a studies abroad program for architecture in Hong Kong and then spent a year living in Manila and Tokyo, working for Rengo Keikakusha on urban design projects for those cities.
Bill graduated from Architecture school in 1987 with a thesis project called "The Museum of Sand", a theoretical zone of touristic and therapeutic spaces set in the dense heart of Tokyo. This project spawned a series of small play gardens and domestic objects called "Souvenirs from the Museum of Sand" which he continues to produce today. Some of these objects have become manifest into larger scales in his designs for urban spaces, cemeteries and public art.
For almost 20 years Bill co-ran an art and design practice with Stephanie Robb, called Pechet and Robb art and architecture. Their studio represented Canada at the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture with a mammoth installation entitled SweaterLodge.
Bill's studio has developed an oeuvre of interests which synthesizes his love of geography, art , architecture, and urbanism. His portfolio of projects vary in scale from small domestic objects and furniture, to set design, public art, gardens, retail environments, residences, plazas, cemeteries, urban design and civic infrastructure.
Additionally, Bill teaches architecture at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. His classes reflect the scope of his interests, working with students on such varied subjects as material invention, the culture of construction, the architecture of public space, and the creative application of building practices into contemporary architecture and urbanism.
|Materials:||Stainless steel, water, lights, fog, weather|