University of Oregon

Historic Preservation Program

2013 William J. Hawkins III

William J. Hawkins III receives the 2013 McMath Award

Preservation architect and author William J. Hawkins III

Portland architect William (Bill) Hawkins III is the 2013 George McMath Awardrecipient and is honored for his dedication to preservation through both his architectural career and scholarly work. The University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program and Venerable, Inc., present the McMath Award annually to an individual whose contributions in Oregon have raised awareness and advocacy for historic preservation.

William J. Hawkins IIIBorn and raised in Portland, Bill Hawkins earned a bachelor’s degree from Reed College and a master’s degree from the Yale University Graduate School of Architecture. He received a Fulbright scholarship for post-graduate study in Rome. He worked in the New Haven-based firm of Paul Rudolph prior to returning to Portland to work for Wolf Zimmer Gunsul Frasca. He joined George McMath in partnership (Allen, McMath, Hawkins) in 1967.

Hawkins was elected to the A.I.A. College of Fellows in 1990 for, among other things, significant contributions to the literature of his field, havingauthored the books The Grand Era of Cast-Iron Architecture in Portland andClassic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850–1950.He founded the Portland Chapter of Friends of Cast-Iron Architecture. He is associated with restoration of significant buildings in Portland including The Old Church, Pioneer Courthouse, New Market Theater, and the Jacob Kamm House, in which he located his independent practice after 1985.

William Hawkins III - Pioneer CourthouseWilliam Hawkins III - New Market TheaterWilliam Hawkins III - Blagen Block

Hawkins served on the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation from 1985-1993. He was honored with an Architectural Heritage Award in 2000 from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center, which in 2010 established the William J. Hawkins III FAIA Internship in honor of Hawkins and his exemplary contributions to historic preservation.

His new book about the history of Portland’s parks is under way.

Because of his advocacy for Portland parks, Hawkins’ efforts in landscape preservation became known nationally and he was invited to serve on the National Association of Olmsted Parks (NAOP). 

“His dedication to the parks of his native Portland, Oregon, and indeed to parks everywhere, has been an inspiration to all,” landscape historian and NAOP board member Ethan Carr says of Hawkins. “Bill has devoted much energy to compiling all the Olmsted firm plans (for Portland) as a basis for park preservation in a way that serves as a model for other communities. Bill’s commitment, good humor, and professional knowledge have been deeply appreciated at the National Association for Olmsted Parks. The McMath Award honor is richly deserved.”

William Hawkins III - Kamm HouseMedernech BuildingWest Block: Architectural Heritage Center