Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings

Perkins+Will is a firm of remarkable people who are driven by discovery – through their relationships, research, and design. In the simplest sense, our ideas are the precursors for all of our design work. Ideas + Buildings, Perkins+Will’s blog, features emerging thought leadership from across the firm, inviting an even greater global dialog around learning, wellness, workplace, sustainability, and everything in between. Visit the blog at:

Attendees at the Continuum of Learning Symposium, held at Drew Charter School. Photo courtesy Perkins + Will

Architects | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | September 21, 2015
Companies need entrepreneurial and creative workers that possess critical thinking skills...
Ensuring today’s medical education facilities fit tomorrow’s healthcare

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences building is organized around large learning communities that create spaces for socializing and collaboration. Rendering: Perkins+Will

Healthcare Facilities | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | June 29, 2015
Through thought-leading design, medical schools have the unique opportunity to meet the...
Tech's influence on the workplace: 4 lessons from the field

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Office Building Design | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | June 03, 2015
Beyond space and programmatic considerations, four tenets highlight today’s tech...
4 ways cold-climate cities can make the most of their waterfronts

Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image: Chris Foyd courtesy Perkins+Will

Mixed-Use | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | May 28, 2015
Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with...
 Is the office lobby the workplace of the future?

The recent building repositioning of Capella Tower in the heart of downtown Minneapolis embraces new design trends and provides innovative spaces for collaboration and concentration. All images courtesy Perkins+Will

Office Building Design | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | May 06, 2015
Perkins+Will's Tony Layne discusses three key trends driving the shift to workplaces that...
Creating an environment where students want to succeed

Four panelists discussed how the decline of motivation in many of the country's education systems affects students. Image: Perkins+Will

K-12 Schools | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | April 28, 2015
According to a 2014 Gallup poll, our school system not only kills children’s creativity,...
The new Vo-Tech: transforming vocational workshops into 21st century learning labs

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K-12 Schools | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | March 18, 2015
It’s no secret: the way students learn today is different. But facilities are adapting to...
Building tech breakthrough: Vacuum insulated panels keep University of Alaska students cozy in sub-zero temps

Students cozy up to the windows for the first time, thanks to innovations in curtain wall technology that allows for high-performance insulation. Images: Perkins+Will

Glass and Glazing | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | March 15, 2015
In a first-of-its-kind curtain wall installation, triple-pane VIP glass panels provide an...
Future-proofing educational institutions: 5 trends to consider

The ‘digital-native’ generation has developed unique modes of assimilating and comprehending information. Learning space design has evolved alongside these changes. Photo courtesy Perkins+Will

Architects | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | February 23, 2015
In response to rapidly changing conditions in K-12 and higher education, institutions and...
Why the mobile workplace isn't always mobile

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Architects | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | February 18, 2015
Perkins+Will’s Janice Barnes addresses the nuance in mobility types and explains the...

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Architects | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | January 09, 2015
P+W's Janice Barnes shares some of most unexpected lessons from her firm's work on office...

In a recent symposium hosted by Perkins+Will, experts in health sciences and education gathered for a deep dive into the evolving world of medical education and allied health/science fields. Photo: Perkins+Will

Architects | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | November 18, 2014
Things are changing in healthcare. Within academic medicine alone, there is a global...

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Architects | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | October 09, 2014
Like office workers escaping from the perceived confines of cubicles, today’s scientists...

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Airports | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | September 22, 2014
Perkins+Will's Janice Barnes covers the four steps that designers should take to create...

The Earth Sciences Building at the University of British Columbias Vancouver campus. Photo: Martin Tessler

Architects | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | August 25, 2014
Timber has been largely abandoned as a structural solution in taller buildings during the...
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