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William Rosenthal

Assistant Professor of Practice

School of Architecture

A native of south Louisiana, Will’s early research focused on the complex interconnections that climate, construction, and culture have in urban areas of the Gulf Coast region and American South. Today, Will works professionally at the intersection of architecture, urban policy, and real estate development, on projects that create more accessible, affordable, and resilient urban neighborhoods. Most recently, Will’s work focuses on the role of housing as a tool of large-scale and acupunctural change in contemporary urban neighborhoods.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Will was a lecturer at Tulane University and teaching assistant at Harvard University. He co-founded Openworks, a community design + development practice based in Nashville, in 2015. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute where he sits on Nashville’s Housing Action Council and Capital Market’s Action Council.

Contact Information


Openworks, Design + Development

Expertise & Interests

Urban Design

Real Estate Finance

Housing Policy

Housing Development