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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

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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...

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...

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 ens...

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-occupan...

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 | November 18, 2014 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings

Things are changing in healthcare. Within academic medicine alone, there is a global shortage of healthcare professionals, a changing policy landsc...

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Architects | October 09, 2014 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings

Like office workers escaping from the perceived confines of cubicles, today’s scientists have been freed from the trappings of the typical lab benc...

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Airports | September 22, 2014 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings

Perkins+Will's Janice Barnes covers the four steps that designers should take to create POEs that provide design direction and measure design effec...

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

Architects | August 25, 2014 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings

Timber has been largely abandoned as a structural solution in taller buildings during the last century, in favor of concrete and steel. Perkins+Wil...

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