Bill Truex was a founder and managing partner for more than 35 years of TruexCullins Architecture & Interior Design, an international design firm, in Burlington, Vermont. He graduated with honors from Tabor Academy, Dartmouth College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He met Paul Bruhn in the late 1960’s. Bill, Paul and pal Pat Robins are considered the Founders of the iconic Church Street Marketplace in Burlington. In addition to serving on the board of the Preservation Trust of Vermont in the 1980’s, Bill bonded for life with Paul and their mutual friend and Industrial and Graphic Designer Henry Huston when on a lark, they acquired a historic, fifty-foot, thirty-five passenger, 1920’s Thousand Island Tour Boat, called Uncle Sam VII. They motored Sam from Clayton, NY to Lake Champlain in 1982. Over several years, Sam became the occasional meeting place for PTV and other organizations such as the VT Chapter of the AIA.
In addition to numerous honors and awards for his architectural projects, Bill served his profession and community with passion throughout his career. He served as a national director of the 65,000 member American Institute of Architects (AIA). Bill became an AIA Richard Upjohn Fellow and was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by his peers. He served as a national director of the 8000 member, fifty-seven chapter, international Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). He was instrumental in creating the France Chapter, the first chapter located outside of North America.
He has recently served on Burlington’s Public Investment Action Program, as Chairman. He currently serves as a board member of PTV’s Preservation Realty Holdings Board, the Lake Champlain Chapter of ACBS Board, and Wake Robin, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Shelburne, Vermont.
Bill and his wife Jill Williams reside in Burlington, Vermont.