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Master of Urban Design, Columbia University in the City of New York

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)

Bachelor of Architecture, Professional Degree, University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts,

Center for Urban Architecture, Portland, Oregon

Will Grimm, Architect, Urban Designer, Urban Planner


For nearly 25 years Will has been helping communities build more inclusive, equitable, and meaningful life experiences through his design work, operating of the belief that a better city exists when people are the focus of design. With an interest in public life and urban revitalization, he adopts a multi-scale approach to design that relies heavily on the process of discovery, conversations, learning, and understanding influences.


Will co-founded FIRST FORTY FEET in response to the need for a more intentional and thoughtful design approach to city design. Starting his career as an urban designer with O’Mahony Pike Architects in Dublin, Ireland, Will was deeply influenced during his formative years with William McDonough + Partners. While with McDonough, he was involved in extremely creative and forward-thinking projects, including the first space station on earth and a house like a tree.


Will’s commitment to the AEC industry extends beyond the workplace. He is an active member of Architecture Foundation of Oregon, participating in the Architect’s in Schools program for many years. He is a Trustee and Board member of ‘The Awesome Foundation’ of Portland, and an academic mentor with Ag-admin, an organization dedicated to providing design mentoring and architectural skills training and career counseling to marginalized students interested using design as a tool to create awareness and change in their communities.


Licensed Architect, No. ARI 11442 State of Oregon


Licensed Architect, No. 21018535 State of Washington


National Council of Architectural Registration Boards


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional


Awesome Foundation of Portland, Trustee and Board Member


Architectural Foundation of Oregon, Architects In Schools


Soldotna Riverfront Revitalization Plan, Soldotna, Alaska

Telephone Hill Redevelopment Plan, Juneau, Alaska

The Heights District Equitable Development Plan, Vancouver, WA


James Center Aviva Crossing Maserplan, Tacoma, WA

Tapestry Square, Vancouver, WA


One-Twenty Up Community Plan, Vancouver, WA


Park 20|20 Cradle-to-Cradle Community, Hoofddorp

Lewiston Trail District, Riverfront Revitalization Plan, Lewiston, ID

Schoolhouse District Plan, Woodinville, WA


Aviva Crossing Redevelopment Strategy, Tacoma, WA


Fisher’s Landing Transit-Oriented Development, Vancouver, WA

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