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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: http://blog.perkinswill.com.
Resiliency | February 27, 2019 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Maria Roldan and Yanel de Angel

Conceived in the Boston studio of Perkins+Will, the ResilientSEE team developed a resilient planning framework that can be applied to other neighbo...

Office Building Design | November 28, 2018 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Adam Glaser

The big HQ2 takeaway is how geography and mobility are becoming major workplace drivers.

Resiliency | September 04, 2018 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Kimberly Seigel

Resilient design, much like all projects in the built environment, requires funding.  

Office Building Design | August 13, 2018 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Christine Dansereau

A study found that contrary to popular belief, the open office did not encourage—but rather, inhibited—face-to-face communication.

Virtual Reality | April 13, 2018 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Yanel De Angel

There’s no question that, as opposed to a top-down process, an open process is best for an office like ours.

Architects | March 22, 2018 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Breeze Glazer

Achieving integrated design usually means operating under a strong relationship. 

How to solve the housing crunch on college campuses

Pictured: The efficiency unit design for the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (left); research prototype by Perkins+Will (right)

Higher Education | March 14, 2018 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings David Damon and John Long, Principals, Perkins+Will

A growing number of public and private academic institutions are turning to designers and architects for alternative housing strategies—particularl...

Office Building Design | February 23, 2018 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Yukari Yamahiro

Evidence shows that companies that hire on or emphasize cultural fit struggle to innovate and change.

Urban Planning | January 24, 2018 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Peter Baird

Aside from the roads being wider and the lack of infrastructure for bikes and pedestrians, there seemed to be some deeper unpredictability in the m...

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

Illustration courtesy Perkins+Will

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...

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