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James Williams, PE, CE, SE, LEED AP, FTCA

President, Architect

AE URBIA aka J. M. Williams and Associates, Inc.

James M. Williams is president and founder of AE URBIA / J.M. Williams and Associates, Inc., a diversified Utah based architectural, interiors and structural engineering firm with over 40 employees. James is a Licensed Architect, Professional Engineer, Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with over 35 years of design experience in both residential and commercial projects. Since starting his company in 1992, they have successfully completed over 6,000 projects nationally and internationally. James is licensed in over 20 states and has worked in more than 15 countries. He and his firm have received over 150 design awards. James has also received the ICC Education Award and the ICC Industry Award of Excellence for his contribution to the built environment. James is also a past recipient of the TCA Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award.

James is one of 14 who serves on the ICC General IBC Code Development Committee and has been instrumental in the development of the 2021 and the 2024 building codes. He is the chairman of the National HUD Resiliency Seismic and Earth Task Group. He has served two code cycles for the International Green Building Standard and has been appointed by the Governor of Utah to serve on the Uniform Building Code Commission Advisory Committee. James has served on the AIA’s National Codes and Standard Committee, the AIA ICC Prescriptive Code Task Group and has also served on the executive board of directors for the Tilt-Up Concrete Association for 7 years. He is a past president, vice president and secretary of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah, as well as having served on several SEAU committees.

James has been a national judge for Architectural Record, ENR and the TCA. He has 39 regional and national published articles and seminars including several featured articles in Structures Magazine. He also presented, “New Trends in Multi-Story Office Construction” featuring Tilt-up Concrete at an ACI Spring Symposium and will speak to the ACI Intermountain Chapter on “Innovations in Tilt-up Construction in November.”

James is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in the design and engineering of tilt-up concrete structures, the engineering of specialty water features, and the development of building codes, not to mention a broad portfolio of award-winning projects.

Notable structures include:
The Longest Gondola, steepest funicular, tallest water slide, and largest man-made waterfall in the country. The first 3-story and 4-story modern tilt-up class “A” office buildings that do NOT require any structural steel for lateral resistance, and the first million square foot tilt-up and the first fiber mesh reinforced composite tilt-up buildings in Utah and the surrounding states.

Other notable projects include:
Atlantis Resorts – Nassau & Dubai, Hardrock Hotels – Las Vegas & Hollywood Florida, Jurassic Park Ride – Universal Studios Orlando, The new Universal Studios Epic Universe - Orlando, Whitewater Rafting Parks in Oklahoma City, Ohio and Montgomery, Alabama, the Polynesian Cultural Center Renovation – Oahu, HI, Entrata, Prestige, and Clyde Companies Corporate Offices, the Alder Building, Pirates Cove – Boulder NV, Leadbetter Farms – WA, and many others.

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Contact Information

James Williams, PE, CE, SE, LEED AP, FTCA
909 W South Jordan Pkwy
South Jordan, UT 84095-8898 US
(801) 746-0456


AE URBIA aka J. M. Williams and Associates, Inc.
Join Date: September 28, 2007
Expiration Date: December 31, 2024
Primary Contact: James Williams

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College of Fellows

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David L. Kelly Distinguished Engineer Award

The David L. Kelly Distinguished Engineer Award recognizes those individuals or firms whose commitment to engineering excellence has allowed for industry advancement and achievement.



The award honors the career-long commitment of Dave Kelly to the constant evolution of engineering solutions for the tilt-up industry. Learn more >

Irving J. Gill Progressive Architecture Award

The Irving J. Gill Progressive Architecture Award recognizes an individual or firm whose pursuance of design excellence or application of the tilt-up method to new building types and new markets has propelled the industry to new heights.



The TCA’s Progressive Architecture Award honors Irving J. Gill, a prominent architect in Southern California. Learn more >

Event Participation

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2023 - Tampa
September 2023 | Tampa, Florida (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Icon Tour
March 2023 | La Jolla, California (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2022 - Denver
October 2022 | Denver, Colorado (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2021 - St. Louis
September 2021 | Saint Louis, Missouri (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2020 - Virtual
October 2020 (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2019 - Atlanta
September 2019 | Atlanta, Georgia (Attendee)

BigWig Lunch Talk: Jeffrey Brown, FAIA
October 2018 | GoToMeeting, (Attendee)

BigWig Lunch Talk: Tim Manherz
July 2018 | GoToMeeting, (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2017 - Miami
September 2017 | Miami, Florida (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2016 - Denver
October 2016 | Denver, Colorado (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2015 - New Brunswick
September 2015 | New Brunswick, New Jersey (Attendee)

Winter Tilt-Up Jubilee - 2015
February 2015 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2014 - San Jose
October 2014 | San Jose, California (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2013 - Houston
October 2013 | Sugar Land, Texas (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2011 - Kansas City
September 2011 | Kansas City, Missouri (Attendee)

Tilt-Up Convention and Expo 2010 - Irvine
January 2010 (Attendee)

Committee Membership

Tilt-Up Cyber Roundtable
March 2022 - Present (Member)

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Board of Directors
January 2012 - December 2017 (Director)

Tilt-Up Achievement Awards Jury
January 2011 - December 2013 (Juror)


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