In Memoriam: C. William “Bill” Bevins

Past President C. William “Bill” Bevins, FAIA, of Pineville, North Carolina, passed away in September 2021. Bevins served as NCARB president in 2002, overseeing several of NCARB's efforts to facilitate international reciprocity for architects.

Bevins was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Architects in 1989 by then-governor Gaston Caperton. He was elected to the NCARB Board of Directors in 1995 as the director of NCARB’s Region 2 and went on to serve in several officer positions on the Board before being elected president.

As president, Bevins focused on streamlining the path to international reciprocity by negotiating agreements with Canada and Mexico as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Bevins was also instrumental in the development of NCARB’s Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program, which allowed architects licensed outside of North America to seek NCARB certification.

In addition to his service to NCARB, Bevins was elected president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in 2006, where he was instrumental in the development of the NAAB’s Substantial Equivalency process for international program recognition. He also served two terms as a public member on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Board of Directors, where he was able to bring an architectural accreditation, registration, and practice perspective to the engineering accreditation process.

Bevins graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and became owner/vice president of ZMM, Inc., a Charleston, West Virginia-based architectural and engineering firm. He relocated to North Carolina in 2002, and most recently worked as a senior manager at Atriax, PLLC, a firm offering planning, design, and construction services.

In 2002, Bevins was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) College of Fellows in recognition of his service to the profession. He was also awarded a president’s medal by both the Royal Institute of Canadian Architects and the Federación de Colegios de Arquitectos de la República Mexicana.