Lindsey Slay Williams, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, is Director of Community Development at Houston Land Bank and is currently serving on the Texas Society of Architects Board as Associate Director. Lindsey has been a part of the AIA since 2017 and is an active member with the AIA Houston chapter. Learn more about Lindsey in the Q&A below!

What has been your involvement with AIA and TxA?

With AIA Houston, I served on the Board of Directors as the City of Houston Liaison from 2020–2023, while also serving on the JE:DI Collective as co-chair in 2023, and on the WIA Women of Color Steering Committee in 2020. I also received Presidential Citations from AIA Houston in 2021 and 2023. In 2021, I was a speaker at TxA’s 82nd Annual Conference & Design Expo in San Antonio. This year I’m serving on TxA’s Conference Committee as AIA Houston prepares to host the 85th Annual Conference & Design Expo, and I serve on the TxA Board as Associate Director.

What is a professional accomplishment you are proud of?

I am honored to serve as the Director of Community Development at Houston Land Bank. I recently played a crucial role in implementing our organization’s first brownfield land banking agreement. This achievement signifies a significant step in our commitment to address environmental injustice and promote fair opportunities for all communities in Houston, irrespective of their race or socio-economic background. This project is my second project in Houston that focuses on landfill reuse, and I am proud to have been a vital member of both teams. To ensure the project remains transparent and inclusive, we created a public website called This website provides all stakeholders, particularly the surrounding community, with information about the project’s progress, objectives, and potential challenges. We aim to ensure everyone is informed and engaged throughout the project’s life, fostering community and collaboration. This project is a tangible step towards rectifying the historical injustices faced by Black and brown communities in Houston. I feel privileged to have been a part of this landmark project and look forward to continuing my mission of championing equity and justice in the built environment.

How did you become interested in the architecture profession?

I was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. While I love my hometown, I am fortunate to have parents who exposed me to the world beyond our immediate surroundings, greatly influencing my interest in architecture. As a child, I became captivated by the idea of creating spaces that were both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Witnessing unique architectural designs and concepts in various cities and countries sparked my curiosity, igniting my passion. My passion for architecture inspires me daily, driving me to push boundaries and think outside the box to pursue innovative solutions. I am grateful to my parents for playing a crucial role in shaping my path by instilling a curiosity about the world and service to humanity and nurturing my fascination. As the director of community development, I can combine my love for architecture with my desire to positively impact communities.

What surprised you about the architecture profession?

I was really surprised when I had an initial conversation with someone outside the industry and learned that some had the perception of architecture and design as a luxury rather than an essential service. I have always believed that architecture shapes our experiences and well-being. However, some people and entities view it as a frivolous expense that can be cut when times are tough. This misconception not only undervalues the work of architects but also undermines the importance of the built environment. Despite these challenges, I am determined to advocate for change and promote a more inclusive, community-centered approach to architecture. Architecture has the power to transform society for the better, and I am excited to be a part of that change. I know that many in the profession believe and strive for the same.

I am determined to advocate for change and promote a more inclusive, community-centered approach to architecture. Architecture has the power to transform society for the better, and I am excited to be a part of that change.

Lindsey Slay Williams, Assoc. AIA, NOMA

 Share something about yourself that others may not know.

Like many in the profession I love to travel, but while abroad I have an unhealthy habit of seeking a certain level of adventure when the opportunity presents itself. Despite having several significant injuries in my lifetime, I am still a daredevil. I skip the resort-planned experiences and often seek out locals, who have connected me to exploring caves, jungles, and shipwrecks, swimming with sharks, and sky diving, to name a few.

What is your dream project?

I often joke and tell people that “I want all the smoke,” and when it comes to this goal, I’m serious. My dream project would be to work with the communities to design reuse plans for every major Houston former landfill or incinerator site and see the ideas through to implementation. ”Five out of five city-owned landfills (100 percent) and six of the eight city owned incinerators (75 percent) were sited in Black neighborhoods.” —Robert D. Bullard, “The Mountains of Houston”

What legacy do you want to leave?

When it comes to architecture, I aspire to create a legacy of collaboration and passion. I want to be someone who is bold enough to challenge others to think through the lens of equity. My goal is to be recognized for implementing positive changes in the built environment and for helping others align with their purpose and mission. Additionally, I aim to be known as someone who supports and cheers for others. I am fortunate to be surrounded by professionals who are dedicated to making a positive impact for the greater good. If I can help elevate their voices and work, I will feel like I have fulfilled a part of my life’s purpose. Moreover, I strive to be a great mother, friend, sister, and wife who leads with love, truth, and compassion.

Any final thoughts?

I feel incredibly grateful, reflecting on the journey I’ve taken alongside the remarkable individuals I’ve crossed paths with. From dedicated teachers who ignited my passion to supervisors who believed in my potential, from coworkers who shared their expertise to colleagues who offered unwavering support —each person, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or belief, has contributed to my growth.

In my career, I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by a diverse tapestry of souls, united by a shared energy and a collective commitment to progress. Together, we’ve navigated challenges, celebrated victories, and learned invaluable lessons. It’s a testament to the power of human connection and the strength found in the relationships we cultivate.

Amidst it all, I’ve witnessed the profound impact of design, revealing a landscape where individuals in the industry are actively striving for meaningful change. It’s a beacon of hope, demonstrating that through our work, we can shape a more inclusive, equitable world.

As I reflect, I’m reminded that no one walks this path alone. We are fortified by the bonds we forge and the communities we call home. For me, home is not just a place; it’s wherever I am enveloped in love and support. May we all find solace in such nurturing environments, and may we continue to build bridges and foster change, together.

This post is a part of our “Member Spotlight” series, which highlights TxA members who are making amazing contributions to the architectural community. If you know a TxA member who exemplifies our mission of supporting the creation of safe, beautiful, sustainable environments, you can nominate them to be featured here.

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