William Callaway
William Byrd Callaway

William Byrd Callaway, a leader in the field of Landscape Architecture, passed away Tuesday November 25, 2014 at age 71. Bill was born and raised on the Courtland California ranch started by his great grandfather. He attended UC Berkeley, receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture in 1966. He also attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design, earning a Master's in Landscape Architecture in 1971. Bill started his career with the SWA Group in San Francisco and worked for the company there and in Sausalito for 45 years. He was SWA President before becoming the company CEO and then Chairman of the SWA Board of Directors.
Some of his notable projects include Electronic Arts in Redwood City, a master plan for Mare Island in Solano County, Beijing Finance Street in China, Syntex Laboratories, Weyerhaeuser Headquarters, The Concord Pavilion, Arizona Center in Phoenix, Hyatt Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Barney Allis Plaza in Kansas City, Oakland City Center, and Fireman's Fund in Novato.
In 1994 Bill was made a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2007, he received the ASLA Medal, the profession's highest honor for an individual. The jury stated that his "personal leadership, charisma, and professional passion inspire designers to retain an idealistic view of the profession and the world."
Also in 2007 he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni award from UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.
Bill is survived by his wife Barbara Meacham and four children: Amy Elizabeth Callaway of Berkeley, Peter William Callaway of Oakland, Catherine Byrd Callaway of Oakland, and Andrew Meacham Callaway of San Francisco, and two grandchildren.
A memorial is planned for January.


Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Dec. 4 to Dec. 7, 2014.
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Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
December 28, 2014
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We have wonderful memories of him and growing up in Courtland. Glen and Angie Bernacett Berry
December 8, 2014
Bill was always the perfect gentleman. His Mother was a special person also. We have only good memories from good ole Courtland HI of Bill. Jimmy and Faye Emerson
December 6, 2014
Bill used just the right words when he spoke to me after my father's death. Now, I cannot find proper words to express in the wake of his death. But I do know that the world is a smaller place due to Bill's passing.
Robert Meacham
December 5, 2014
so sad to hear of bill's passing. He was one year ahead of me. i went to Courtland High School and played football with him. we were at Cal around the same time. we were able to work together professionally from time to time. he will be missed.
-mike murakami
michael murakami
December 5, 2014
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