William Hames is the Executive Chairman and founder of Hames Sharley. He is a qualified architect, urban designer and land economist with high-level skills in retail and commercial property development, including land development. He has considerable international experience, particularly in South East Asia, where he has been responsible for a number of major retail, resort and residential developments. His forte is placing urban design into a practical, commercial realm and creating vibrant civic spaces. His expertise in urban design and city planning has been recognized in the Design Advisory Committees of the City of Perth and currently the City of South Perth.