william kirwan

William Kirwan, AIA, LEED® AP, Principal, received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland with High Honors. After being a student in Stephen Muse’s studio in graduate school and having been exposed to his thoughtful context based approach to architecture and urbanism, William joined Muse Architects upon graduation in 1987. In the ensuing years he served as Project Architect and Project Manager for many of the firm’s award winning residential and institutional commissions. Following 15 years of employment from Intern to Senior Associate, he was elevated to Principal of the firm in 2003.


William has been an adjunct faculty member of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation of the University of Maryland, and has been a member of the Washington Chapter/AIA Board of Directors as Director for Design Issues. In 2007, he became an accredited professional with the U.S.Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. In 2009, William was appointed to the Montgomery County Maryland Historic Preservation Commission and served as its Chair from 2014 until stepping down from the Commission in 2019, after 10 years of service.