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Stan Williams touched a lot of lives over the years. We would love to hear how he touched and influenced your life and experiences.

  1. Stan was one of the first people I worked with at Cooper Carry when I joined long ago. He was one of a few I frequently went to for help in determining the proper way to detail something, proper architectural responses to the client and/or contractor and architectural advice. He was always well respected and knowledgeable.
    Though, one of my favorite moments with Stan was when he would get ready to head home at the end of the day, he would say “Time to ride down that dinosaur tail!” Yabba Dabba Doo Stan!

  2. I worked on many proposals with Stan over the years. While his knowledge and experience stood for itself, it was his kindness, humor and quiet helpfulness that always made the process that much easier. And the process isn’t always easy! I’m no longer at Cooper Carry but learned from him. He showed me a great deal of patience and kindness, to which, I was so grateful.

  3. Stan instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in all of us at Cooper Carry who had the opportunity to work with him. His keen perspective for detail helped shape those projects he worked on. For me, his extraordinary contributions started with a strong sense of self and the ability to lead and mentor others in creating the built environment – which Stan did quite well.

    In his early years at Cooper Carry, I recall he was one of only a handful of Architects that was on the forefront starting Cooper Carry out in using our first computer technology and in putting together a construction set of drawings using Mictostation – in the late 1980s! What a cutting edge architect he proved to be back then.

    We worked together on various projects – NSI, ADTRAN, Intergraph, State Farm, and his ambition and determination in providing professional design and detail for all of his built projects was endless. It truly was a pleasure having worked with Stan, a gifted architect and fine person who’s time came too soon.

    I extend my deepest sympathies out to his family, friends, and his project Team who will truly miss him. May He Rest In Peace.

  4. I have worked with Stan on many projects over the years. He always taught me something new and that helped me make the project more successful. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Can’t believe that Stan is no longer with us. We worked and collaborated on many projects and got to know him well on the many hours we travelled together to Huntsville.

    Good bye Stan.

  6. Although Stan had been a colleague for 14 years, I know him best through my wife Rebecca and the stories she has shared for she worked directly with Stan for many years. Cooper Carry is ever evolving and was certainly different at that time. The Corporate Group was essentially a 3 person strong team, Rich, Stan, and Rebecca. They worked together on 500,000+ square foot headquarters, small office renovations, and everything in between. Through those stories, I learned Stan was always patient, supportive, a mentor, a resource in practice and in life, and in many ways a professional standard, measured. He was also practical, had a great sense of humor, loved to cook, and was at once both reserved and adventurous. I will always remember Stan by way of the young architects he mentored and how talented and sought after they became through Stan’s tutelage. I trust our many thoughts and prayers bring solace and shared stories assuage the family’s grief over a loss so overwhelming.

    Joshua 1:9

  7. It was my privilege to have known and worked with Stan since he joined Cooper Carry in 1984. He was a brilliant designer and the consummate technical architect. Rock solid, Stan was 110% reliable. He did things right, and did the right things. We at Cooper Carry, and the profession of architecture, will miss Stan sorely.

  8. I love this photograph of Stan. It captures his solid nature and in the background the great Bauhaus School Building that exemplified modernism, collaboration and education. Stan was a staunch proponent of all these. I will miss you my brother.

  9. I have worked with Stan for many years. He was one of my favorite architects to work with. Stan was an avid race car fan especially with Formula One. We would talk before and after every race. I am going to miss my F1 buddy.

  10. I have had the pleasure to work with Stan over the last two years on the State Farm Projects. Stan was always fun to be around and always enjoyed getting the job done. I will miss our water cooler chats. May he rest in peace.

  11. As Stan’s latest assistant in our Corporate Studio, I can honestly say that he rarely asked for help. He was very self-reliant, confident and independent. Such a good and kind man! I will miss our morning chats in the Executive Kitchen, as he prepared his “all-too-familiar” cup of Earl Gray tea! He will truly be missed….rest in peace, Stan.

  12. I worked with Stan in the corporate studio for a couple of years (on the State Farm Corporate HQ project). During that time, Stan was very gracious with his time, and would round up the younger Interns and Architects and share the details of shop drawings, blueprints, specifications, contracts, and the workings of successful projects. This always put a smile on my face to have someone of his calibre and experience trying to bring all of us up to his level. ~ Stan will be missed by many at Cooper Carry, and I will always appreciate the time he spent making each one of us better. My kind regards to his family, and blessing on his continued good energy.

  13. I worked with Stan on the ADTRAN complex leading the construction while Stan led the design. Both of us at the same age and level in our own industry, we learned from each others viewpoints as an architect and a contractor that influenced us throughout our careers. We kept ip with each other over the years and we have shared our stories many times.

    My greatest memories of Stan was the passion that he had in every aspect of his designs and how that passion spilled over to those team partners working with him to reach great results like the ADTRAN project. He always listened to those contributing to a project whether an associate or a contractor like myself.

    For a period of time for Christmas holidays, Stan would personally design his cards and I was fortunate to receive one for several years. Each one is very dear to me, while one sits in my office and I look at it daily, the others are displayed at my home.

    While God is the Architect of All Things, you my friend are the Architect that influenced so many people over your career leaving us a lasting part of you in your designs and in our hearts that will continue on forever.

    I am sadden that I will not have such a lasting friend to share good memories from our past and present. The next time we see each other, you and I will have much to talk about. God bless you and may he watch over your family.

  14. I worked with Stan off and on when I helped with corporate projects. He would always have great advice and would support you and the vision for the design and would help to defend the integrity of the design.

    He was always willing to talk cars and racing and would really open up when those topics were brought up. I will miss those talks.

  15. It was a great honor to have worked with Stan. He always stood out as a true professional. His devotion to architecture and the young architects he mentored through out his career is a testament to him as a individual. He will be greatly missed.

  16. I am very sad to learn of Stan’s passing. My condolences to Stan’s family, friends and colleagues.

  17. I worked with Stan on many projects during my tenure at CCA but there was but one that put us on the same page for close to 10 years…Adtran. The project is a testament to his skill as an Architect and his determination to get things right. As many of you have already noted, he was a consummate professional, a fabulously talented architect, and, above all, a great friend. We’ll miss you, Buddy!

  18. I first met Stan at the kick-off of the State Farm Hub Project, almost exactly 4 years before his death.

    Stan was a real joy to work with. He was so knowledgeable and experienced and had such a can-do attitude. He was an amazing teammate.

    We last saw Stan at a change order work session on the Thursday before his death. Following the work session, we all adjourned to a nearby TexMex place for lunch and fellowship. We enjoyed Stan’s company so much. What a good memory.

    We will miss Stan more than I can say. We are thankful for having known and worked with him.

    Jim George

  19. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with Stan on both Intergraph and State Farm. Other than the knowledge that he shared, I will really miss the following:

    – my constant goal to make him crack a smile while we passed each other in the hallway
    – talking to him about his latest cuisines
    – complimenting him on his Chuck Taylor high tops
    – watching him use his “vintage” iPhone that was in perfect condition

    We all miss him so much. Condolences to Stan’s family and friends.

  20. Stan Williams was an incredible architect and fast friend. We miss him so much. Stan and worked literally side by side on National Service Industries’ corporate headquarters at Pershing Point in Atlanta. We had a blast goofing with one another; he had a unique sense of humor! What about the detailing? It was clean, thorough and connected. What about the building science? It was compliant, sound and accurate. What about organization and process monitoring? Are you kidding? Nailed down… Stan had a wonderfully balanced stool; design, technical and organizational. I believe he was most respected. We miss you, our friend. God bless you and keep you.

  21. I worked with Stan for nearly 20 years and thought I knew him…it turns out there was so much more to Stan beneath the surface. Beginning in 2014, Stan and I had an opportunity to work together on a multi-year project in Huntsville, Alabama. Not quite far enough away to fly, Stan and I ended up driving together…4 hours each way…well over 20+ trips. After over 160+ hours in the car together you begin to really know a person, what interests them…what they are passionate about…their views on the world…and so much more. I really met Stan for the first time during these trips because he felt comfortable to share so much from beneath the surface. While architecture and design was always out front with Stan, he loved so much more about the world. Food, cooking, wine and how it all tied together was a deep passion for him and he shared so much with me about what he loved to cook, how to really prepare a steak and more. Another major focus for Stan was the world of Formula 1 and racing in general. I had little or no interest in F1 when our trips together began but after months of hearing from Stan about it he convinced me to give it a try. Week in and week out he coached me on how to ease into the sport, learn its players and rules and better understand the politics. After my first full season I was hooked. We now had this together as a connection that we shared for next several years…talking at great length about the past weekends race or a great article we read, Stan I continued to solidify our friendship and bonding over our shared interests. I finish by saying that Stan was an amazing man, with many layers and depth of character. He was loved by all who knew him and he will forever be a part of who I am. My prayer is that Stan is now in an amazing place and I only hope to see him again when my time comes.

  22. I only knew Stan for about a year and a half, but as his accountant, we had many discussions and met on a regular basis. He knew what he was doing when it came to project management and even more importantly, the management of people. In the various fields I have worked, I’ve found that to be an extremely rare quality. Personally, he was very kind to me and was always willing to explain the backstory of his projects which helped me to do my job. I can relate to the stories of his mentor-ship of young architects because I experienced that myself. He never acted as if I had asked a dumb question and always made me feel I was doing a great job even when I made a mistake. He would come and sit by me as we went over his dreaded red folder, updating me on State Farm, Riverwood, and others. Before he would walk away, we would always end up laughing about something. The lack of years of knowing Stan is surpassed by the quality of the time we spent together. Even in his quiet way, he certainly made an impression, and I will miss seeing and laughing with him.

  23. As this year draws to a close, I reflect on how very much I am enriched by having been Stan’s friend and colleague for many, many years. How I shall always treasure our work together, Stan’s humor and even the occasional good cigar. Our firm will always be grateful for the fine body of work that is Stan’s lasting gift.

  24. Stan was a dear friend and trusted colleague. I will miss him dearly.

    The first set of specs I worked on was with Stan on Adtran and he taught me so much and continued to share his knowledge with for 25 plus years. I could ask him anything and he was always willing to help.

    He was quite, but when he spoke everyone listened. He was well traveled and loved his cars and cooking.

    We reminisced about all the Projects we worked on together over the years and just caught up the Friday before his death and I will always treasure that.

    Rest in peace my friend!!!


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