The Henry Ford Innovation Project

Innovator: Will


Will is a throwback. Spend five minutes with this plainspoken high-school student at Henry Ford Academy and you quickly learn he is an old soul.

Frank Sinatra’s crooning, 1950s-era design, Charles and Ray Eames, and urban planning are all at the center of his universe.

Will grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, with an insatiable curiosity and early interest in building. Like so many students coming from a tough middle school environment, Will was eager to find a more welcoming high school alternative. For him and his single-income family, Henry Ford Academy was the only real choice.

Fascinated by Legos, Epcot Center and video games like SimCity, it seemed natural that his road would lead to a future in architecture and urban design. Will’s dream is to attend the University of Michigan School of Architecture, where he will continue to pursue his life’s dream — designing the real Tomorrowland. Will’s mantra is “Dream Big. Don’t Quit.” He picked that one up from The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. It’s no surprise — he’s a super fan.



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