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:
Architects | April 20, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Rachel Casanova and Christine Dansereau
We have been preaching “good design matters” for a long time, demonstrating the connection between the physical environment and employee satisfaction,...
Retail Centers | March 31, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Kristen Hall
For the most part what you see is streets that have been designed with the car in mind—at a large scale for a fast speed.

Branding a library can take on significant importance as these spaces shift from providing more traditional services.

Library | March 16, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Derek Jones
Libraries fulfill a new vision—community kitchens for experimentation with new ideas, problem solving and entrepreneurship, and creating experiences t...
K-12 Schools | February 22, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings John Poelker
Anderson-Livsey is a K-5 school located about 30 minutes East of Atlanta in Gwinnett County and has an enrollment of 785 students. 
Office Building Design | February 02, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Hakee Chang, Denise Darrin, and Lisa Weeks
An authentic culture cannot be forced, but can be encouraged and supported.
Higher Education | January 09, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings David Sheehan
These environments have less, but more efficient, personal space with more shared and amenity space, writes Perkins+Will's David Sheehan.
Virtual Reality | December 08, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Iffat Mai
In a world with many plays on ‘-reality’ what do they all mean and how best can they be deployed?

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Hotel Facilities | December 05, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Tom Hupe
The bed has been both physically and metaphorically pushed to one side in hotel design, in many cases along with the prerequisites of a good night’s s...
Higher Education | November 09, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Derek Newby
Universities value an active and vibrant campus, and wish to create places that welcome newcomers and offer support.
Architects | September 21, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Rachel Dumas
While heads-down work continues, the changing nature of learning and work has resulted in a shift toward frequent and spontaneous exchanges.
Higher Education | August 17, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Rebecca Ramsey
The two themes that were consistently woven into different topics were institutional transformation and connection with students.
For employees, certain design strategies can lessen stress, improve health, and promote a greater sense of community connectivity, writes Perkins+Will project manager Jon Penndorf.

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Seismic Design | July 05, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Jon Penndorf
For employees, certain design strategies can lessen stress, improve health, and promote a greater sense of community connectivity, writes Perkins+Will...
Buildings that invest in wellbeing see healthy returns

Nixon Peabody in Washington, D.C. All images courtesy Perkins+Will. 

Office Building Design | June 10, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Janine Grossmann
Healthy workers are more productive workers, but fitness can be tough when employees at the office for 50 hours a week. Perkins+Will's Janine Grossman...
5 steps to creating high-performance communities

Perkins+Will’s Chaudiere Island Master Plan in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd/Courtesy of Perkins+Will.


Urban Planning | May 16, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Noah Friedman and Kristen Hall
Perkins+Will's Noah Friedman and Kristen Hall break down the essential ingredients to create a neighborhood that's accessible, comfortable, and vibran...
The sustainability culture shift: 8 steps for success

Toronto. Image courtesy Perkins+Will.

Sustainable Design and Construction | April 08, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Jon Douglas
Perkins+Will's Jon Douglas has eight strategies that will start an organization on the path to embedding sustainability into its culture and begin the...

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Office Building Design | February 29, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Jessica Wolkoff
Check out this fun infographic that explains Perkins+Will's ambitions, findings, and next steps for the future home of the firm's Minneapolis office....
Dear Architecture: Create a level field for female designers

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Architects | January 12, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Vershaé Hite and Brittany Eaker-Kirkland
If architecture took one moment to be introspective, it would discover appalling imbalances between the opportunities for women and men, as Perkins+Wi...
Creating flow in a multi-level workspace

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Office Building Design | January 06, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Sarah Stanford
Successful workplaces enable a clear progression of ideas and people, which can be challenging for workplaces that occupy multiple levels. Perkins+Wil...
5 ways architecture defines the university brand perkins+will

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Architects | October 16, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings David Damon
People gravitate to brands for many reasons. Campus architecture and landscape are fundamental influences on the college brand, writes Perkins+Will's...

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

Architects | September 21, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Ken Higa
Companies need entrepreneurial and creative workers that possess critical thinking skills that allow them to function in collaborative teams. STEAM (s...
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 | June 29, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Heidi Costello
Through thought-leading design, medical schools have the unique opportunity to meet the needs of today’s medical students and more fully prepare them...
Tech's influence on the workplace: 4 lessons from the field

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Office Building Design | June 03, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Hakee Chang
Beyond space and programmatic considerations, four tenets highlight today’s tech workplaces: strength of story, design empathy, technology presence, a...
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 | May 28, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Noah Friedman
Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront cities with freezing winter months c...
 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 | May 06, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Tony Layne
Perkins+Will's Tony Layne discusses three key trends driving the shift to workplaces that offer greater flexibility and choice for employees.
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 | April 28, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Tinka Rogic
According to a 2014 Gallup poll, our school system not only kills children’s creativity, but also takes its toll on their motivation, writes Perkins+W...
The new Vo-Tech: transforming vocational workshops into 21st century learning labs

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K-12 Schools | March 18, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Patrick Glenn
It’s no secret: the way students learn today is different. But facilities are adapting to the increasing demands of technology, collaborative learning...
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 | March 15, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Carsten Stinn and Devin Kleiner
In a first-of-its-kind curtain wall installation, triple-pane VIP glass panels provide an astonishing R-40 insulation value at the university's new st...
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 | February 23, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Rachael Dumas and Anne Johnson
In response to rapidly changing conditions in K-12 and higher education, institutions and school districts should consider these five trends to ensure...
Why the mobile workplace isn't always mobile

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

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Architects | January 09, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings
P+W's Janice Barnes shares some of most unexpected lessons from her firm's work on office design projects, including the importance of post-occupancy...
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