William O'Keefe

Principal
William O'Keefe

William O’Keefe is the voice of reason and the man behind the curtain at Cope Linder Architects, responsible for all of the business aspects of professional practice. Bill handles internal and external accounting, finance, legal, insurance, and human resources with calm efficiency.

When Bill exited architecture school, he enrolled immediately in business school and earned an M.B.A. Only then did he pursue architectural licensure and design practice. Bill’s demeanor and pragmatism lent itself to construction administration, but he found that business development and business management were his strengths.

He joined CLA to handle practice management and admits he enjoys his role tremendously. It gives him exposure to the field and activity of architecture while letting his financial acumen and organization skills shine.

Despite not being involved in design and documentation at the office, Bill has experience with several single-family house projects. The self-proclaimed Mr. Type A loves tinkering and keeping things orderly. He enjoys golf, bridge, and spending time with family. He is a member of the Philadelphia Athenaeum and past treasurer of Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Bill holds an M.B.A. and B.Arch from Cornell University and is registered in Pa. and N.J. He joined CLA in 1985.

Cope Linder Architects merged operations with NELSON in 2017.

FOCUSING ON Architecture in the Bay Area

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After a string of recent national moves, NELSON, a global architecture and design firm, announced it has merged operations with WK design group.

FOCUSING on doing good deeds  

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Core to NELSON’s mission is our commitment to partnering with the communities where we work and live to sustain them, as well as creating positive change through civic engagement and socially responsible behavior.

FOCUSING on Architecture in healthcare design  

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In a move that will significantly expand architectural services in the southeast, global architecture, design, and consulting services firm, NELSON, is merging operations with Miami-based architecture firm, MGE Architects. The deal is effective immediately.

FOCUSING ON Design From the Outside In 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON DESIGN FROM THE OUTSIDE IN 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON Cloud-Based DatA

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To stand out from competitors, attract and retain top talent, and reflect their culture, cloud-based data company, Civis Analytics, retained NELSON to design their new 29,000 SF space.

CREATING New Solutions

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Tactix retained NELSON to provide interior design services for their new location in Center City Philadelphia. The team worked closely with executives to develop new design solutions to fit their needs.

 
 

FOCUSING ON TAMI Solutions

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NELSON announced its intent to launch TAMI (Technology, Advertising & Media, and Information Business) Practice Area. 

 

CREATING innovative design

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Capital One selected NELSON to help them design their Rolling Meadows location. The NELSON team worked with Capital One’s Design Team and Key Leaders to create their vision of an urban chic work environment.