Perkins Eastman

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Perkins Eastman is an international architecture, interior design, urban design, planning, landscape architecture, graphic design, and project management firm. Headquartered in New York City, United States, the firm is led by founding Principals Bradford Perkins and Mary-Jean Eastman.

Perkins Eastman
Founders Bradford Perkins and Mary-Jean Eastman
Headquarters New York City, United States


Bradford Perkins and Mary-Jean Eastman met at Llewelyn-Davies International, where Perkins served as the Managing Partner of the New York, Toronto, and Caracas offices. Both moved to Perkins + Will, where Bradford Perkins became the Managing Partner of the Eastern offices, and Eastman ran the major design studios.

In 1981, Perkins and Eastman left Perkins + Will and founded Attia & Perkins. In 1984, Attia & Perkins was reorganized as Perkins Eastman. Practice areas of the firm include: housing, higher education, hospitality, primary and secondary education, public, office and mixed-use, corporate interiors, research, religious and cultural facilities, and urban design.[citation needed]


In addition to Bradford Perkins and Mary-Jean Eastman, the firm is led by other Principal and Executive Directors: J. David Hoglund, Daniel J. Cinelli, Carl Ordemann, Alan Schlossberg, Shawn Basler, Jeffrey Brand, Nicholas Leahy, and Erich A. Burkhart.[1]

Growth and expansion[edit]

Attia & Perkins has expanded into other practice areas by acquiring smaller firms. In 1999, the firm was merged with Susan Black Architects to create Perkins Eastman Black, the Toronto-based office of the firm.

Perkins Eastman's Charlotte, North Carolina, office combined with Healthcare Interiors, Inc. (HCI) in September 2004. In August 2005, Akol Architects of Oakland, California, merged its practice with Perkins Eastman. That same year, Perkins Eastman also acquired the creative staff at Larsen Shein Ginsberg Snyder LLP (LSGS) of New York City.

Today, Perkins Eastman is one of the largest New York-based design firms per Crain’s New York Business, one of the largest architectural firms in the United States,[2][3] among the 25 largest architecture firms in the world according to BD World Architecture 100, and the 16th-largest interior design firm.[4] The firm maintains offices in: New York, (1981); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1995); Stamford, Connecticut (1998); Charlotte, North Carolina (2001); Chicago, Illinois (2002); San Francisco, California (2005); Washington, DC (2005); and Boston, Massachusetts (2008). Internationally, Perkins Eastman operates in Toronto, Canada (1999); Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2006); Guayaquil, Ecuador (2008); Mumbai, India (2008); and Shanghai, China (2003), as a wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE). In 2011, Perkins Eastman and Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (EE&K) merged their practices. In 2015, the firm merged with California-based healthcare design firm Lee, Burkhart, Liu (LBL Architects).


Sustainable Design[edit]

In 2015, the U.S. Green Building Council called Perkins Eastman's new building for Dunbar High School (Washington, D.C.) a "masterpiece of a green learning environment" and announced that it had achieved the highest score of any school certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.[5] The same year, Perkins Eastman appointed architect Lance Hosey as its first Chief Sustainability Officer.[6]

Senior Living[edit]

Perkins Eastman started with a focus on senior living and healthcare design. Perkins Eastman's senior living practice began with the design of six buildings for The Jewish Homes of Miami campus.[7] This project led to a referral for MorseLife in West Palm Beach, where Perkins Eastman refined what is now the widely used bi-axial room. These projects were widely published and visited by other sponsors, and contributed to the firm's growing reputation as innovative designers and strategic problem solvers with a distinctive understanding of a senior living provider’s programs, operations, financial resources, and technical needs.

Perkins Eastman has developed expertise in the design of continuing care retirement communities; active adult developments; independent and assisted-living apartments, villas and cottages; long-term care and memory support environments; geriatric healthcare and short-term rehabilitation facilities; and Small House and Green House® communities. Innovative prototype designs include Woodside Place (1991), a community for persons with Alzheimer's disease, in Oakmont, Pennsylvania; House for Betty (2010), an experimental housing community designed for active adults who may be predisposed to Alzheimer's disease; and The Green House Project (2012), intentionally small communities for groups of elders and staff.

The firm's recent portfolio includes: Moorings Park, Naples, Florida, USA; Camphill Village, Ghent, New York, USA; C.C. Young – The Overlook, Dallas, Texas, USA; Atria Hacienda, Palm Desert, California, USA; Bivins Foundation: Childers Place, Amarillo, Texas, USA; VA Illiana Health Care System Community Living Centers, Danville, Illinois, USA; Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehab Neighborhoods, Ohio, USA; Sun City Yokohama, Japan; Sun City Kashiwa, Japan; Sun City Takatsuki, Japan; and Landgent Shuangjing Exhibition Center for Senior Living, Beijing, China.

Notable Senior Living Projects


One of Perkins Eastman's first projects, New York Foundling Hospital (1988), helped launch the firm's healthcare practice. This practice grew significantly in 1996, when the firm began to work with one of its most important clients, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which helped transform Perkins Eastman from a national to an international healthcare practice. Today, the firm works for most of the major medical centers in New York City, as well as for clients in New Jersey, North Carolina, Connecticut, Arkansas, California, Ontario, and Israel. Some of its recent significant projects include: Beijing University International Hospital, Beijing, China; Duke University Hospital Emergency Department, Durham, North Carolina, USA; Saint Vincent's Medical Center Modernization, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA; and the University of Pennsylvania Health System: Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. In 2015, the firm merged with California-based healthcare design firm Lee, Burkhart, Liu (LBL Architects).

The firm's portfolio of international healthcare projects continues to grow. Projects currently in development are located in: Turkey, China, Ecuador, Nigeria, and The United Arab Emirates.

Notable Healthcare Projects

  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Breast and Imaging Center, New York, New York, USA
  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  • University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
  • Mt. Sinai Center for Advanced Medicine, New York, New York, USA
  • New York Hospital Queens, Queens, New York, USA


Canterbury Green (1987), a highly visible mixed-use project that contained the first new rental housing units in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, gave the firm its start in the housing market, as it received several design and planning awards. The firm continued to grow this practice area by completing a variety of housing projects, ranging from affordable housing projects to high-end residences. Currently, the firm is engaged with large-scale housing projects, like Avalon Riverview (2002), a project in Queens with more than 800 rental units along the East River opposite the United Nations, for Avalon Bay Communities.

Notable Housing Projects

  • Cielo Residential Tower, New York, New York, USA
  • Avalon Riverview North, Queens, New York, USA
  • 34 Berry Street, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Centria: 18 West 48th Street, New York, NY, USA
  • Metro Green Apartments, Stamford, Connecticut, USA

Higher Education[edit]

Perkins Eastman took advantage of the New York State University Construction Fund (1997–present) to establish its presence in higher education. The firm's first project was the College of Mount Saint Vincent, for which it designed a new library in 1990. In 1998, the firm converted a former Bloomingdale's department store into the new Stamford campus of the University of Connecticut, an award-winning project that helped the firm to bolster its higher education practice. Other recent projects include the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (2006) in Nanjing Jiangsu, China; a planning project for the new campus of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China; and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University (2011) in Stony Brook, New York.

Notable Higher Education Projects

Primary and Secondary Education[edit]

In conjunction with its higher education practice, Perkins Eastman also developed its primary and secondary education practice with projects like Green Chimneys (1996) in Brewster, New York, for which the firm provided renovations and additions, and the Solomon Schechter School (2001), a new upper and middle school in Westchester County, New York. Other notable projects include additions and renovations to the Byram Hills High School (2001) in Armonk, New York, the Helen S. Faison Academy (2006) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the new Concordia International School (2007) in Shanghai, China.

Notable Primary and Secondary Education Projects

  • Concordia International School: Elementary School, Shanghai, China
  • Fairfield School District, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
  • Stoddert Elementary School & Community Center, Washington, DC, USA
  • Avenues, The World School, New York, New York, USA
  • Green Chimneys School, Brewster, New York, USA
  • NYCSCA: Mott Haven Campus, New York, New York, USA

Courts and Public[edit]

Starting with the Brooklyn Public Library's Clarendon Branch—the firm's first public agency project—Perkins Eastman has grown its public sector practice to include projects like the Ithaca City Courthouse (1993), a small court building and police headquarters for Ithaca, New York, and the 107th Police Precinct (1993) in New York City. These paved the way for larger projects like the Queens Civil Courthouse (1997), which was widely published and received several design awards, the renovation of the historic Foley Square Courthouse (1999) in New York City, and the Brooklyn Supreme and Family Courthouse (2004), the largest state court project in the country at 1.1 million square feet. The firm is currently working on a 4 million square foot, 50-story twin tower justice complex in Kuwait City.

Notable Public Projects

  • Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, New York, New York, USA
  • Brooklyn Supreme/Family Courthouse, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Chongqing Library, Chongqing, China
  • Ithaca Court House, Ithaca, New York, USA
  • Queens Civil Courthouse, Jamaica, Queens, New York, USA
  • Chongqing Library, Chongqing, China
  • Kuwait Justice Complex, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Office and Retail[edit]

The Republic National Bank Headquarters and Knox Building in New York City marked the firm's first significant office project. This, as well as the Canterbury Green project, allowed Perkins Eastman to grow its office/retail/mixed-use practice. Some notable projects include the World (Wright) Financial Center (1990), Renaissance Technologies Corporation in Long Island, New York (1997), NordenPark (2002) in Norwalk, Connecticut, and the Wanliu Shopping Center currently being designed in Beijing, China.

Notable Office and Mixed-use Projects

  • United Nations Infrastructure Renovations, New York, New York, USA
  • Renaissance Technologies, Stony Brook, New York, USA
  • Daejon Municipal Building, Daejon, South Korea
  • Flushing Commons, Queens, New York, USA
  • Sky View Parc, Queens, New York, USA
  • Kumkang Mixed-Use, Anyang, South Korea


Perkins Eastman's hospitality experience includes urban and suburban hotels, large-scale waterfront resort developments, and clubs. The firm started with planning and design assignments that eventually led to built projects. The firm's portfolio includes six hotels for Embassy Suites Hotels, the Marriott Eastside Hotel in New York City (2000), 4- and 5-star resorts and luxury hotels around the world, and more than a dozen regional private clubs.

Notable Hospitality Projects

  • Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas - Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Park Hyatt Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
  • St. Regis Amman Hotel and Residences, Amman, Jordan
  • Kimpton Eventi Hotel, New York, New York, USA
  • The Quin Hotel, New York, New York, USA
  • The James Hotel, New York, New York, USA
  • The Standard East Village, New York, New York, USA
  • Fairmont Hotel and Residences at Harbor Point, Lagos, Nigeria

Corporate Interiors[edit]

Perkins Eastman has one of the largest interior design and workplace consulting practices in the United States. Responsible for the design of a variety of workplace strategies and corporate office interiors in the financial, consumer product, broadcasting, pharmaceutical, and legal industries, Perkins Eastman has worked with many of the nation's leading Fortune 100 corporations. In addition to early clients like Shea & Gould (1985), Integrity Life Insurance (1989), and Helen Keller International (1993), the firm has done work for notable clients such as General Electric, New York Stock Exchange, UBS, BBC, Fujifilm USA, Pepperidge Farm, Victorinox/Swiss Army, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, TD Securities, Ann Taylor, and The Dannon Company.

Notable Corporate Interiors Projects

  • BBC Worldwide Americas, New York, New York, USA
  • NYSE Trading Floor, New York, New York, USA
  • Victorinox/Swiss Army Brands Corporate Headquarters, Monroe, Connecticut, USA
  • GE Asset Management, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
  • Deutsche Bank, Multiple Locations, USA
  • TD Securities, New York, New York, USA
  • NBC Universal, New York, New York, USA

Science and Technology[edit]

Perkins Eastman's science and technology practice started with several laboratory design projects for Cornell University Medical College. In 1994, the firm designed the headquarters of Consumers Union, and continued to strengthen its reputation in this area with the completion of the University of Arkansas Medical Center in 2001. In 2007, Perkins Eastman completed the largest DNA laboratory in the country: the Office of the City Medical Examiner's DNA Forensics Laboratory in New York, New York.

Notable Research Projects

Cultural Facilities[edit]

The firm's work in educational facilities helped spawn a growing practice in cultural facilities, starting with a pro bono effort to rebuild the Scarsdale Girl Scout House and Art Center (1983) in Scarsdale, New York. Since then, Perkins Eastman has designed churches and synagogues for Saint Ignatius Loyola Church Undercraft (1990) in New York, New York, and Temple Beth Shalom (1996) in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, among others. The firm has also done work for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, New York, and designed the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, one of its first LEED Silver certified projects. Recently, the firm is completed one of its most high-profile projects to date: the new TKTS Booth for the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and Times Square Alliance in New York City.

Notable Cultural Facilities Projects

  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, New York, USA
  • Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, USA
  • TKTS Booth and Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square, New York, New York, USA
  • National Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, New York, New York, USA
  • Chongqing Library, Chongqing, China

Urban Design and Planning[edit]

With their in-house affiliates BFJ Planning, RGR Landscape, and Urbanomics, Perkins Eastman has been providing urban design, planning, and landscape architecture services on projects ranging from a master plan to revitalize the Steelpoint Peninsula area in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to the Hudson Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan for Hudson, New York. Internationally, the firm is working on many large-scale urban design and planning projects in countries such as China, Vietnam, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Ecuador, with projects like the Shanghai World Expo 2010; Jinan South City; an expansive residential community on Al Hamriya, a waterfront development in Dubai; and Bendhi Bazaar Upliftment Project in Mumbai, India. In 2011, Perkins Eastman and Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (EE&K) merged their practices, greatly expanding the firms' urban design and planning capacities and global reach.

Notable Urban Design and Planning Projects

  • The Wharf, Southwest Waterfront, Washington, DC, USA
  • Battery Park City, New York, New York, USA
  • Hanoi Capital Construction Master Plan to 2030, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Arverne-by-the-Sea, Queens, New York, USA
  • Capital Steel Master Plan, Beijing, China
  • Pittsburgh's Hillsides Physical Investigation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Qingdao Harborfront, Qingdao, China
  • Madinaty City Center Master Plan, Cairo, Egypt

Major Awards[edit]


Avenues: The World School, New York, NY
ENR New York, Best Construction Projects in NY: Best Interiors/Tenant Improvement

C.C. Young: The Overlook, Dallas, TX
NAHB Best of 50+ Housing Awards, Independent Living Community Project: Gold

Camphill Ghent, Chatham, NY
AIA Design for Aging Review, Merit Award; Environments for Aging, Citation of Merit

Dunbar High School, Washington, DC
Learning by Design, Excellence in Educational Facility Design: Grand Prize Award

Marian’s House, Rochester, NY
AIA Design for Aging Review, Merit Award

Park Hyatt Saadiyat Beach Resort, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Interior Design, Best of the Year: Merit In Hospitality

Qingdao Harborfront, Qingdao, China
AIA New York Chapter Design Awards, Urban Design: Honor Award

Target Field Station, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Best In Real Estate Award: Transit

University of Pittsburgh: Falk Laboratory School, Pittsburgh, PA
The Council of Educational Facility Planners, Northeast Region: Edward Kirkbride Award


Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
AIA Pittsburgh, Regional and Urban Design: Honor Award

Battery Park City: Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green, New York, New York
Greater New York Construction User Council, Top Green Project of the Year

Danbury Hospital: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Danbury, Connecticut
AIA Westcheser/Mid-Hudson, Design Award: Honor Award

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers, New York
ENR New York, Best Projects: Healthcare

Metro Green Apartments, Stamford, Connecticut
U.S. Green Building Council Connecticut Chapter, Award of Honor

New York Stock Exchange: Next Generation Trading Floor, New York, New York
ENR New York, Best Projects: Interior Design

St. John's on the Lake, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
City of Milwaukee, Mayor's Design Award; ENR Midwest, Best Projects: Multifamily Residential/Hospitality Project; National Association of Home Builders, Best CCRC or Independent/Assisted Living: Silver Award

Stoddert Elementary School and Community Center, Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Education, Green Ribbon Schools


Hanoi Capital Construction Master Plan to 2030 and Vision to 2050, Hanoi, Vietnam
American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York, Design Award-Urban Design: Merit Award

North Capitol Street Cloverleaf Feasibility Study, Washington, DC
AIA DC, Washington Unbuilt Awards

Air Force Villages, San Antonio, Texas
AIA Design for Aging Review, Citation Award

St. John's on the Lake, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
AIA/Leading Age Design for Aging Review

Stoddert Elementary School & Community Center, Washington, DC
AIA DC, Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design


TKTS Booth and the Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square, New York, New York
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

Concordia International School Shanghai: High School, Shanghai, China
AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, CAE Design Awards: Citation Award

Al Maktoum Accident and Emergency Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Best Hospital Design, Hospital Build Middle East 2010 Awards[8]


Chongqing Library, Chongqing, China
AIA/ALA Library Building Award

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Buildy Award

TKTS Booth and the Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square, New York, NY
AIA New York City, AIANY Design Awards: Merit Award in Architecture; Travel + Leisure, Design Award: Best Public Space


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