Architectural Record—Good Design is Good Business, Perkins+Will Offices

For a global firm like Perkins+Will, with more than 20 offices across four continents, each year offers the chance to rethink spaces as leases expire and real-estate needs change. When it came time for a fresh look at its studios in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Seattle, the firm took the opportunity to lead by example, pushing the boundaries of workspace design.

“We think of our offices as living laboratories,” says CEO Phil Harrison. “We’re testing ideas on ourselves before we recommend them to our clients.” Instead of creating a showroom to demonstrate the latest trends, each of the four offices directly addressed the needs of their employees: commute times and neighborhood amenities for three offices that were moving (Chicago, Minneapolis, and Seattle) and, for all four, cuttingedge technological services and wellness-promoting moves in line with Fitwel guidelines, which were developed by the General Services Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help create healthier workplaces.

Read the article in Architectural Record.