Perkins and Will

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Private company
Industry Architecture
Founded 1935
Founder Lawrence Perkins & Philip Will
Number of employees

Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global architecture and design firm with a staff of 1,500 in 24 locations worldwide. The firm serves clients across project types that include aviation, transit, corporate, commercial, civic, healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, science and technology, and sports and recreation.


Lawrence B. Perkins and Philip Will established the firm in 1935. They attracted national attention in 1940 with the Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois, designed in association with Eliel Saarinen and Eero Saarinen.[4] In 1985, Perkins+Will was bought by Dar Al-Handasah, a Lebanese consulting firm.[5] [6][7]

Perkins+Will has offices all over the world, including practices across the United States as well as a presence in Canada, Dubai, the UK, Shanghai, and Brazil. The firm has acquisition of firms [8], including the offices of Ai, CNI Design, Collins/Reisenbichler Architects, Eva Maddox Branded Environments, Fuller & Associates, MBT[9][10], Peter Busby & Associates, and more recently Envision Design, UK-based Pringle Brandon, and São Paulo–based Rocco,Vidal + arquitetos.

In March 2014, Perkins + Will announced its planned acquisition of The Freelon Group, led by renowned African-American architect Philip Freelon. After the close of the transaction, Freelon is expected to join Perkins + Will’s board of directors and become managing and design director of the firm’s North Carolina practice.[1]

Sustainable design[edit]

The firm's website claims to have more Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Accredited Professionals than any other design firm in North America.[2] In 2011, Perkins+Will announced the LEED-ND (Neighborhood Development) platinum level certification for its 100th sustainable building, the Dockside Green Phase Two Balance project, located in Victoria, British Columbia.[3]

Notable LEED projects:

Research and development tools[edit]

  • The Precautionary List - an online database highlights healthy alternatives to materials that may be harmful for humans and the environment.
  • The 2030e2 Estimating + Evaluation Tool helps project teams set energy goals for the 2030 Challenge in four energy areas: efficiency and conservation, on-site renewable energy, off-site renewable energy and green power.
  • The Perkins+Will Research Journal, launched in 2009, is a bi-annual peer reviewed journal presenting practice-related research associated with buildings and their environments.[13]
  • Perkins+Will is a part of Public Architecture’s 1% Solution, committing one percent of the firm’s billable resources to support pro bono initiatives. With Perkins+Will’s size that is equivalent of a 15-person firm working full-time to provide pro bono services to organizations who would otherwise not have such access each year.[14]

Notable buildings[edit]

235 Van Buren



  1. ^ Bracken, David (6 March 2014). "Global architecture firm Perkins+Will acquiring the Freelon Group". The Durham News. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  2. ^ PR Newswire, September 25, 2012, retrieved 2012-09-29
  3. ^ USGBC Dockside Green project page. Retrieved 2013-11-03
  4. ^ Inhabitat July 5, 2011, retrieved 2012-03-20
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  6. ^ Great River Energy, about us, retrieved 2012-03-20
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  10. ^ Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Orthopedic Building Awarded Green Certification, retrieved 2012-03-20
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  15. ^ PROVISO SCHOOL TO SEEK BIDS ON HILLSIDE UNIT; Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963); 22 July 1956; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune (1849 - 1986), ProQuest. Web; accessed 25 July 2009
  16. ^ "Elegant New Music and Performing Arts Center Opens at Tufts University" (Press release). Perkins and Will. 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  17. ^ National Building Museum 2010 Honor Awards, retrieved 2012-03-20
  18. ^ Greenbiz 2010-02-04, retrieved 2012-03-20
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