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How Boston Does Renovations
Blog 3 days ago
How Boston Does Renovations

I began my career as an interior designer, but soon learned that my true talents and passion were in business development and, more recently, in...

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How Vandana Nayak Shapes Buildings
Blog 6 days ago
How Vandana Nayak Shapes Buildings

Born in Bangalore, India, Vandana Nayak left for Dallas in 2000, where she has spent the last 17 years adding to her client list and portfolio. She...

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What We're Reading: New Year's Edition
Blog 1 week ago
What We're Reading: New Year's Edition

Fred Schmidt, Interiors Lead, Chicago: I’m currently reading Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail,...

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Why Rebuilding Will Fail
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Why Rebuilding Will Fail

I was three years into my career when, in the middle of doing some detailing for brickwork, I realized I wanted to do something besides the...

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Suzanne Drake and Mary Dickinson: How Did You Get Here?
Blog 3 weeks ago
Suzanne Drake and Mary Dickinson: How Did You Get Here?

Suzanne Drake and Mary Dickinson lead Perkins+Will’s Material Performance Lab, through which they distill the latest healthy-materials research and...

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Activating the Workplace: How Active Workstations Impact How You Think, Perform, and Feel at Work
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Activating the Workplace: How Active Workstations Impact How You Think, Perform, and Feel at Work

You may want to stand up for this: Research shows that sedentary behavior causes or intensifies a wide range of health problems. Contrary to...

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What We're Reading: Holiday Edition
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What We're Reading: Holiday Edition

Seriously, who doesn't like talking about books? Matt Petermann, Digital Practice Manager, Chicago: I’m really enjoying Algorithms to Live By, by...

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When “Nature Helps Healing,” What's Actually Happening?
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When “Nature Helps Healing,” What's Actually Happening?

By now, it’s pretty much indisputable among health-care designers that hospitals must fold nature into the patient experience. At Stanford, our...

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Image Intelligence: Part 1
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Image Intelligence: Part 1

What is image intelligence? Images are inherently data visualizations. Each digital picture is a big data set in itself, with each pixel a building...

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New Places (and Cute Faces) Enjoying Great Design
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New Places (and Cute Faces) Enjoying Great Design

If I wrote an essay titled “This, I believe”, it would include paragraphs championing topics like working in the margins, community engagement,...

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“This American Life” on Design: My Top 8
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“This American Life” on Design: My Top 8

At Perkins+Will, we have a thousand reasons to love Chicago. For starters, all the best firms are headquartered there. Then there’s Neocon, which...

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Mass Timber: A Primer and Top 5
Blog 2 months ago
Mass Timber: A Primer and Top 5

Wood is gaining momentum as a modern construction material. Wood is also one of the oldest materials known to us, yet we are still expanding the...

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Moving Us Forward, Going Transparent
Blog 2 months ago
Moving Us Forward, Going Transparent

In America, every person is considered innocent until proven guilty. When it comes to our built environment, though, you might reconsider assuming...

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When Still in Drought
Blog 2 months ago
When Still in Drought

One year ago, in response to California’s historic drought, Perkins+Will took action. Tearing out half of the lawn in front of the office, we...

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Gateway to Discovery: Chimp Haven
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Gateway to Discovery: Chimp Haven

Nestled deep in the pine forests of northwestern Louisiana, Chimp Haven, a sanctuary built specifically for rescued and retired chimpanzees, truly...

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Wilderness Wonder: Alaska's Dena'Ina Elementary School
Blog 2 months ago
Wilderness Wonder: Alaska's Dena'Ina Elementary School

Situated on a 10-acre birch-forested site in Wasilla, Alaska, the 400-student Dena’ina Elementary School is a new model for the district with a...

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Spatial Intelligence: Applying Data and Location to Create Insight
Blog 3 months ago
Spatial Intelligence: Applying Data and Location to Create Insight

Note: The following post is abridged from a full feature article. Follow this link for the complete page and interactive elements. WHAT IS SPATIAL...

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Future-Proofing Higher Education: Understanding Generation Z
Blog 3 months ago
Future-Proofing Higher Education: Understanding Generation Z

At Perkins+Will, our learning environments strive to transcend generations and generational trends. And, as a means of future-proofing our higher...

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River Rooms and Six Corners: An Explorative Summer with the 2017 Chicago Intern Class
Blog 3 months ago
River Rooms and Six Corners: An Explorative Summer with the 2017 Chicago Intern Class

The Action Learning Project (ALP) is a Perkins+Will initiative for our summer interns to explore cross-disciplinary work and research solutions to...

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Data and Design: How Information Shapes (Better) Spaces
Blog 3 months ago
Data and Design: How Information Shapes (Better) Spaces

In an era of unprecedented connectivity, we live and breathe information. Data can be—and very likely is—part of everything we do—from purchasing a...

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Data and Design: How Information Shapes (Better) Spaces
Blog 3 months ago
Data and Design: How Information Shapes (Better) Spaces

In an era of unprecedented connectivity, we live and breathe information. Data can be—and very likely is—part of everything we do—from purchasing a...

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One Year On: Reflections on the Anniversary of NMAAHC's Opening
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One Year On: Reflections on the Anniversary of NMAAHC's Opening

One year ago, we joined thousands of people on the National Mall to witness history. Under a blue-gray Washington sky, the 1776 liberty bell from...

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Focus Failing? Workplace Acoustics May Be To Blame
Blog 4 months ago
Focus Failing? Workplace Acoustics May Be To Blame

Even though most people think about themselves as primarily visual beings, neuroscience reveals a complex “connectome” of brain cells that connects...

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Activating Innovation: Trends in K-12 Education
Blog 4 months ago
Activating Innovation: Trends in K-12 Education

More than ever, today’s schools must address complex global issues while anticipating future changes in education and technol­ogy. To help us meet...

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At The Summit Foundation, Form Meets Function
Blog 4 months ago
At The Summit Foundation, Form Meets Function

In view of the White House, just off Farragut Square, sits a little catalyst for big change. The 7,000-square-foot headquarters of The Summit...

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One Day at SAGE: A Future-Ready Learning Environment
Blog 4 months ago
One Day at SAGE: A Future-Ready Learning Environment

“It isn’t just about the walls, it isn’t just about the furniture, it isn’t about the cool carpet colors. It’s about the understanding that when we...

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Paved Paradise? Reclaiming Nature with Park*ing Gardens
Blog 4 months ago
Paved Paradise? Reclaiming Nature with Park*ing Gardens

As Joni Mitchell sang, they “paved paradise and put up a parking lot”—but who said that parking lots couldn’t have redeeming qualities? In our San...

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Designing New Beginnings To Help Local Children
Blog 4 months ago
Designing New Beginnings To Help Local Children

I’ve always loved how branding, when carefully developed and deployed, can shift the way people relate to their work, their communities, and...

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Building on a Legacy in Downtown Durham
Blog 5 months ago
Building on a Legacy in Downtown Durham

A revitalized high-rise punctuates the skyline along West Chapel Hill Street in downtown Durham. This is Legacy Tower. Our Research Triangle Park...

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