Tim Williams is Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
On the 4th of May 2015, at the Consulate general of France in Sydney, H. E. Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, has conferred upon Mr. Timothy Williams the insignia of Knight of the Order of the Arts et Lettres.
Mr. Timothy Williams who has done a part of his career in France, is a member of the art/architecture collective ‘Campement Urbain’ with Sylvie Blocher and François Daune. The collective has won the Australian Award for Urban Design 2012, Large scale Concept category with their project “The Future of Penrith, Penrith of the Future”.
Being the architect of several projects both in Australia and in France, Timothy Williams is particularly interested in the urbanistic French project of « Le Grand Paris ». In his views, several aspects of the project could echo in Australia.
Passionate with French culture, Timothy Williams is part of the team Williams, Abrahams and Lampros from Cox Architecture who will design the Sir John Monash interpretive Center at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. The Centre whose opening in 2018 has been announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott when he was in Villers-Bretonneux on the 26th of April 2015 will be the central point, the anchor, of the existing Australian Remembrance Trail (the Trail) on the Western Front. The Trail, developed in partnership with French and Belgian local, and regional authorities, links First World War sites of significance to Australia, including museums, battlefields, memorials, and cemeteries.
The Order of Arts and Letters was created on the 2nd of May 1957 by André Malraux. It is given to recipients in recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields, in France and abroad.