About Our Architecture & Design Firm

Williams Architects is built on integrity, service and of course – great design. We will make sure your project is not only functional, beautiful and contextual, we will make sure the process is straightforward. Essentially, we want our clients to be happy.

As a full-service architecture and design firm, we guide your project from site selection, programming and preliminary design through construction documents, permitting and construction. Our association with our professional consultants and engineers ensures an accurate and comprehensive solution for your project. Our background and experience will guarantee a fresh perspective for every project whether it’s a small residential addition or a multi-million-dollar commercial venture. Our passion for the environment and energy efficiency will lend even more value and impact to seeing your dream become reality on time and on budget.

If you are considering making a change to your current living environment or you are a commercial building property owner thinking about what’s next, please consider Williams Architects as the firm who can make it a reality.

History of Our Licensed Architect Team

James M. Williams, Architect was established in 1991 to service the Central Pennsylvania area with the highest caliber architectural design primarily in the historical, commercial and residential markets. Since then we have completed hundreds of projects and pride ourselves on a high percentage of repeat clients.

In the 2000’s we were Williams & Ports Architecture & Design, Inc. and branched our work into Maryland and Delaware.

Today we are Williams Architects comprised of father and daughter duo. Committed to the best in architectural design and technology. We remain in York County, but have recently moved the primary office location to the area South of Hanover.


James began his architecture career in 1978 working at various architecture firms around Central Pennsylvania. After becoming a licensed architect in 1989 he began his first solo venture in architecture with an office tucked behind the Blue Moon, on West Market Street. Over his career he has designed a multitude of projects that will stand the test. His style could be considered traditional with a touch of edge and always quirky, unique details.

Adrienne became interested in architecture at a young age, having been submersed in design by her father. After an exchange trip to Provence, France she became enthused with historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Her love of cultural immersion proved strong when she studied abroad in Italy for a semester while attending Philadelphia University’s College of Architecture in the Built Environment. Adrienne’s passion is rooted in sustainability and green building which is a nice juxtaposition to her father’s traditional style.