Born in Tokyo and raised in Paris and New York, Bill Hanway resides in London with his family and dog, Kojak. His early global experiences proved to be a great influence on his professional life, as he now delivers projects in destinations around the world.
Hanway is an executive vice president and the global sports leader at AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm. Trained as an architect at Washington University and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, his work focuses on large-scale regeneration projects, major sports events planning, and sports venue design.
Hanway’s transition from a purely architectural career to one that also embraced urban design was driven by the scale of change that can be achieved through design by addressing economic and environmental decay. To deliver these complex projects, Hanway works in collaboration with politicians, community leaders, and key stakeholders to build consensus and to identify and leverage capital investment opportunities. Most recently, he has focused on using major sporting events and sports venues as the primary catalyst to effect positive change.
In 2003, Hanway helped lead the competition-winning team to design the masterplan for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The team’s commitment to design a legacy masterplan that would most benefit the surrounding communities in the East End of London was key to their competition victory. The plan included affordable housing, public infrastructure improvements, new schools, thousands of new jobs, and the creation of a new public open space (later named Queen Elizabeth Park) as the centerpiece of the Games.
In addition to the London 2012 Games, Hanway led the AECOM team that delivered the Rio 2016 Games and legacy masterplan. He also advised the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on the Tokyo 2020 Games plan. Hanway currently leads the AECOM team for the Los Angeles 2028 Games, providing design, engineering, transportation, cost, sustainability, and construction strategy services. Along with these larger-scale endeavors, Hanway has been involved in the design of the Golden 1 Arena for the Sacramento Kings (the first LEED Platinum sports facility in the world), and the Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center—the new home of the Los Angeles Clippers.