As Founder and Managing Director of CL3 Architects Ltd. (CL3), William Lim brings over 20 years of experience to his projects. An acclaimed architect and artist, William graduated from Cornell University and has spent the past two decades at the forefront of architecture, culture and art.
With a keen appreciation of humanities and art, William’s designs are distinctive and contemporary. “Architects have a social obligation to improve urban environments,” explains William. “Architecture is about people. I always feel that architects are only doing part of the job—the rest is really shaped by the occupant using the space. We treat every project as a unique challenge and pay attention to every single detail – from the architecture to the interior detailing-- to create human-oriented and quality designs with artistic value.”.
Since founding CL3 in 1992, William has established a notable presence on the global design scene. The studio’s diverse, award-winning portfolio includes architectural and interior projects for hotels, restaurants, retail, corporate, residences and art installation design.
William is also active in the art space with a focus on public art. Throughout his career he has held several solo exhibitions showcasing his public art installations, most notably the Lantern Wonderland 2003 & 2011, Venice Biennale’s International Architectural Exhibition in 2006 & 2010, as well as Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in 2007, 2009 and 2017. His works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Chengdu, the United States and Holland. More recently, his signature piece, “West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre”, was awarded the Grand Award and Special Award for Culture in Design for Asia Award in 2013.
Committed to promoting culture and education, William is currently the Advisory Council Member of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and a Member on the Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee for Tate. Closer to home, he is also among the Gallery Advisory Committee Members for The Asia Society Hong Kong Center and Museum Expert Advisers for the Hong Kong Museum.
Professional Qualifications Massachusetts USA, Registered Architect National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Registered Architect The American Institute of Architects, Fellowship member Hong Kong Institute of Architects, member Hong Kong Architects Registration Board, Registered Architect The Association of Architectural Practices Ltd., member Hong Kong Designers Association, member The Interior Design Association Hong Kong Ltd., member National Administration Board of Architectural Registration, PRC Class I Registered Architect Qualification
Professional Achievements Honorary Doctorate of Arts and Sciences - Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Master of Architecture - Cornell University, NY, USA (minor in Photography) Bachelor of Architecture - Cornell University, NY, USA
Other Involvements President of American Institute of Architects, Hong Kong 2003 & 2013 Co-chairman of Para/Site Art Space 2011 – 2013 Advisory Council Member of College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University. Member of China Advisory Board, Cornell University Member of Board of Trustees, Cornell University Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee member of Tate Museum, UK The Gallery Advisory Committee Members for The Asia Society Hong Kong Center Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive Museum Expert Advisers 2014-2020, Hong Kong Museum Board Member, The Art Basel Cities Advisory Board 2016 Member of Economic Development Commission – Working Group on Manufacturing Industries, Innovative Technology, and Cultural and Creative Industries Government of The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 2013-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Architects, The University of Hong Kong Guest Professor, Faculty of Art, Sichuan University Chinese Design of the Year 2017 Honorary President of the Hotel Design Research Institute 2018-2020, International Ecological Environment Design Alliance