Raleigh Transit Operations

About williard stewart Architects

Our practice is dedicated to cultivating a process for designing buildings as if people and natural resources matter.

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Mark Williard established “Mark Williard and Associates, PA” in 1988 to provide conscientious planning and design services to clients who contribute to the well-being of our community.  The firm initially focused its efforts on serving local universities and municipalities, on park facility design, and on historic preservation.  Architect Ola Ferm joined the practice in 1995 and served as Vice President from 2005-2014.   “Williard Ferm Architects, PA” expanded its services and capacities, winning new commissions for public safety, transportation, and maintenance and operations facilities, serving municipal, state, and federal clients.  Ola left the firm in 2014.   Architect Paul Stewart, an associate of the firm since 1999, and Vice President since 2014 has responsibility for design services, quality assurance, and construction administration services.   Now, 30 years since its inception, the firm is known as  Williard Stewart Architects, PA  and continues in its dedication to serve the sectors of government and the institutions of education that protect, serve, and enrich our community.  Mark Williard continues to lead the firm as the senior designer, strategist,  and President of the practice.

About The Team

Our designers don't begin by thinking they know what's best for our clients, but by asking how that can we know what's best.   Seeking the answers leads to meaningful work and meaningful relationships.

Meet The Team

Our experienced architects are independent thinkers who will put their honest ideas on the table and welcome alternative viewpoints as a means for making better decisions and developing more effective design solutions.


Mark williard

Founder and President

Paul W. stewart

Vice President – Partner

Carla luna

CAD/BIM Manager & Designer






Raleigh Central Operations Center
American Public Works Association - 2012 National Competition - Best Project

Raleigh Transit Operations Center
U.S. Green Building Council - LEED Platinum / Sir Walter Raleigh Award

Headquarters - N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
U.S. Green Building Council - LEED Gold / Sir Walter Raleigh Award

Wilson Community College Student Services Building
U.S. Green Building Council - LEED Gold

A.E. Finley Education and Research Center
Sir Walter Raleigh Award

Talbert Shaw Living Learning Center - Shaw University
Sir Walter Raleigh Award

P163 Maintenance Air Support Squadron Headquarters - Cherry Point MCAS
U.S. Green Building Council - LEED Gold  / ABC Pyramid Award 2016


Raleigh Transit Operations