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An Inside Look at the Studios of Perkins+Will

CEO Khai Intela
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a renowned architecture firm founded on the belief that design can positively impact society. With a focus on creating spaces that respond to the environment and the well-being of people,...

Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a renowned architecture firm founded on the belief that design can positively impact society. With a focus on creating spaces that respond to the environment and the well-being of people, they have become one of the world's top architecture firms.

Natural History Museum, Shanghai Caption: Natural History Museum, Shanghai_©Perkins+Will

Guiding Principles

Perkins+Will's practice is guided by several key principles:

  • Sustainability: They prioritize high-performance systems, energy efficiency, and healthy building materials to create designs that are symbiotic to the environment.
  • Design Excellence: Their focus is on creating healthier and prosperous built environments with quality of life as the utmost priority.
  • Resilience: They design places that not only sustain but thrive in the face of disruptions.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: They promote diversity in design to create an equitable, just, and inclusive world.
  • Social Purpose: They address the social needs of communities through various programs and projects, placing humanity above all.
  • Living Design: They explore the ecological realm where biodiversity flourishes and human life thrives, creating a holistically healthy environment.
  • Well-being: Their comprehensive design connects users to the physical and spiritual environment, enhancing the overall user experience.

Historic Emancipation Park, Houston, Texas Caption: Historic Emancipation Park, Houston, Texas_©Perkins+Will

With over 1600 professionals worldwide sharing the same core values, Perkins+Will aims to create a better world to live, work, heal, and learn. Let's take a closer look at three of their architectural studios:

1. Chicago Studio - Headquarters

Chicago Office Caption: Chicago Office_©Perkins+Will

Designed to foster creativity and teamwork, the Chicago office occupies the top floors of the historic Wrigley Building. The design process of the studio involved input and collaboration from the employees, making it user-centric. The multi-floor design offers various workspace options to encourage movement and interaction. The studio's materiality and active design contribute to a healthy living environment. Notably, the 18th-floor lounge area, known as "The Cloud," takes inspiration from the iconic clouds painted inside the Wrigley Building's cupola. It serves as an open café, promoting social and work-related collaboration.

2. New York Studio

New York Studio Caption: New York Studio_©Perkins+Will

The new New York studio stands as an innovative approach to workspaces. Designed adaptively to accommodate changing needs, it stimulates growth and collaboration. The studio challenges the traditional office environment by introducing spaces that retain human connection through permeability while providing isolated spaces for focused work. Unassigned workspaces promote interdisciplinary interaction. State-of-the-art IT/AV infrastructure facilitates design thinking and improves productivity. The studio's resilience and flexibility allow spaces to adapt to different situations, embracing the values of community, work, and life.

3. Austin Studio

Austin Studio Entrance Caption: Austin Studio Entrance_©Perkins+Will

Located in the heart of East Austin, the studio's design is inspired by the city's street art culture. Reflecting the firm's ideologies, the office centers around people, context, relationships, and experience. The design engages users in exploration and innovation through a series of vignettes, colors, and textures. Painted columns with pop colors define different work zones while maintaining a neutral palette for ongoing projects. The studio seamlessly integrates core principles while celebrating warmth, health, life, and culture. It embodies Perkins+Will's commitment to a people-centered design approach.

Perkins+Will's studios are more than just workspaces. They exemplify the firm's values, foster creativity, and contribute to a better world through innovative and sustainable design.

Note: The original article was written by Perkins+Will.