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Activating the workplace
Office Building Design | January 03, 2018 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Mary Baker

Here's how active work stations impact how you think, perform, and feel.

Education Facility | November 16, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Jessica Figenholtz and Andrew Broderick

There are three driving issues behind this next generation: demographic change, behavioral change, and the power to choose.

Kids walking outside of a school
K-12 Schools | September 20, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Rachael Dumas

School structures offer a unique opportunity as they can often double as community centers and serve as shelters in the event of an emergency or na...

Green | June 23, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Kate Kerbel

Since its development in the 1990s, the LEED rating system has been applied to over 19.1 billion total commercial square feet. 

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 satisfacti...

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 experience...

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’...

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+W...

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 Gross...

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 vib...

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...

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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 offic...

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...

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+...

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...

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...

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 th...

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...

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 month...

 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 Perkin...

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 learn...

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