Truex Cullins. April 12, 2022. It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of our co-founder, mentor and dear friend William H Truex Jr., FAIA. Bill passed away peacefully at his Burlington home on April 10 at the age of 85, with his devoted wife Jill Williams by his side.

Bill was a citizen architect in every sense of the word. In 1968, he joined Gene Alexander and founded a new architecture firm, which merged 4 years later with Bill DeGroot and Tom Cullins. From the beginning, the company focused on urban planning and the design of buildings of public utility.

Bill was dedicated to improving communities through architecture. During his career, he designed numerous Red Cross blood centers across the United States and was the lead designer for such notable sites as the United States Coast Guard Station on the Burlington Waterfront, the visitor center at Mount Independence and the Hoehl Visitor Center. at Saint Michael’s College.

His most transformative creation was the Church Street Marketplace. Bill developed the first design concept for the market in the early 1970s. As Chairman of the Burlington Planning Commission, Bill secured the support of Street Commissioner Pat Robins and Senator Patrick Leahy to close a busy downtown thoroughfare and create a new pedestrian core for downtown Burlington. Church Street Marketplace is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been named one of America’s Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association.

In 2001, Bill was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects – one of only four architects in Vermont at the time to earn this distinction.

In a statement released Monday by the mayor’s office, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger acknowledged Bill’s lasting contributions to the city. “We lost a real Burlington giant this weekend. Bill Truex had a vision for Church Street Market, inspired by pedestrian plazas across Europe, that fundamentally changed our city for the better,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Bill had a great love and appreciation for this city and I am so grateful for the friendship and support of city initiatives that Bill has generously extended over the past decade.”

In addition to his work with the Burlington Planning Commission, Bill has served on countless boards and civic groups, building bridges between the architectural profession and the community. Bill has served as Director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, Burlington City Arts, and Chairman of the Board of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. He has served on the Burlington Design Review Board, the Urban Renewal Agency and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. He has held elected leadership positions in local, regional and national AIA chapters. As Program Director of the New England Area Council’s Vermont AIA Conference, Bill designed and implemented the first group architectural design charette in Vermont history. He was instrumental in the creation of Norwich University’s architecture program and chaired the Advisory Board from its conception to its accreditation. Bill also helped found the Architecture and Building Engineering program at Vermont Technical College and supported that program as an advisor for two decades.

Upon retirement in 2007, Bill embarked on one of his final journeys, sailing America’s “Great Loop”, the Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway on a forty- two feet which is aptly named. Transitions. Most recently, Bill has been involved with the Antique and Classic Boat Society and spearheaded efforts to host this year’s international show in Burlington, scheduled for September 2022.

The architectural firm founded by Bill bears his name, a testament to his legacy. The TruexCullins culture continues to be based on the principles established by Bill: teamwork, respect, community service, a willingness to take bold steps, and a commitment to design excellence.

April 12, 2022, Truex Cullins. Burlington.