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William J. "Bill" Pressley

William J. "Bill" Pressley
  • December 25, 1940 - February 19, 2018
  • Newton Centre, Massachusetts

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“Bill Pressley helped make Boston, Cambridge, Lowell and other Massachusetts cities more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically pleasing with his...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Todd Larson - Watertown, MA

“Dear Marion, Elaine, and extended Pressley family, Please accept my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy on your loss. Bill was my first...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: John Amodeo - Boston, MA

“So sad to hear, ohhh no you were such a good person to us, kind,lovely and happy.We shall miss you.RIP ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Harriet Nakamanyisa - Waltham, MA

“Dear Family of Bill:I worked at Northeastern University for 35 years, retiring as Senior Vice President for Development. Bill transformed the Boston...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Gene Reppucci - Wayland, MA

“Ibby and I were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Ibby and Jose Lizardo ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: jose lizardo - plymouth, MA

“To Mariam, family and associates; My wife and I were stunned to hear of Bill, passing. He was an extraordinary practitioner, full of creative...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Melvin Wesley - Pawtucket, RI

“Bill was a longtime business associate. His knowledge, professionalism and friendship will be greatly missed. Bill and I did work the Quincy Market...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Robert DeSantis - Andover, MA

“It is hard to believe that he is gone. He will live forever in the hearts of those who loved him and in his designs. He has made the world a better...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Diana Mollema - Colts Neck, NJ

“Marion,Bruce and I are so saddened to hear about Bill's passing. We have such fond memories of you both from back in the old days when you first...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Ann Creager

“The Board of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum sends its deepest sympathies to our colleague and friend, Marion. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Metropolitan Waterworks Museum - MA

“The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is saddened to learn of the loss of the husband of our esteemed colleague and Museum Trustee, Marion. Our...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Metropolitan Waterworks Museum - MA

“My husband, John, and Bill worked together on many projects. He was a talented landscape architect. John had great respect for him and enjoyed the...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Judy Schumacher - Chatham, MA

“Saddened to hear of Bill's passing, he was a lovely man and one of the nicest people that I had the privilege to work with in the Cambridge Avenue...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Fiona Chamberlain - Coworker


William Pressley FASLA LEED AP, Landscape Architect
Bill Pressley of Newton Centre, MA passed peacefully on February 19, 2018 at the age of 77. Beloved husband, best friend, and business partner of Marion Pressley. Bill was the devoted father of Elaine Johnson and her husband Ronald L. Johnson, and much loved grandfather of Ryan Lee Johnson and Rowan Louis Johnson of Valencia, CA. Brother of Carolyn Pressley and her husband Marshall of Belfast, ME, Sam (James) Pressley of Bisbee, AZ and Patty Steele and her husband Glen of Camilus, NY.
Born in 1940 on Christmas Day in Trenton NJ to Walter and Wilma Pressley, Bill enjoyed biking and golfing and classic cars, but was defined by his love of design and its ability to improve the lives of everyone.
A graduate of the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York, in 1967 with a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture Bill dedicated his life to the built environment. Bill was a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and member of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, the Society for College & University Planning, and the Urban Land Institute. He was the President and founder of Pressley Associates, Landscape Architects. Working with his wife and partner, Marion Pressley, developed a reputation as an innovative design firm capable of inventive and sensitive responses to challenging site programs. As a LEED-accredited practitioner, Bill brought his commitment to sustainability and green design to a broad range of academic, institutional, corporate, and residential work.
Bill's early years of practice included the current footprints of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Marketplace Center in Boston, for which he received special recognition at the White House. In 2009, the American Institute of Architects bestowed the prestigious Twenty- Five Year Award on Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In 1992, Bill was honored at the White House for his work in transforming the Northeastern University Campus (Boston) to a beautiful urban, pedestrian and transit-oriented campus.