Recognizing Leadership: Our Firm. Our People

Announcing emerging leaders in our Vancouver office

Perkins+Will congratulates the following emerging leaders in their Vancouver office, and announces the firm’s continued commitment to being one of Canada’s top places to work.

"We are pleased to announce this year’s newest Associates," says Susan Gushe, managing director of the Vancouver office. "These individuals have shown outstanding leadership in design, innovation, technical skill and client engagement, and we are proud to recognize their contributions to the firm."

Sarah Stanford, Associate, Interior Design Lead
Optimistic, confident and engaging, Sarah Stanford leads the interior design team with a keen eye for creativity and innovation. With over a decade of experience, Sarah is particularly talented at creating spaces that have a meaningful impact on teams, business and culture.

Achim Charisius, Associate, Project Architect
Dedicated, thoughtful and refined, Achim Charisius is an accomplished architect adept at balancing design excellence with sustainability and technical delivery. With 14 years of international experience, Achim has contributed to an exceptional range of projects that continue to advance the Vancouver practice forward.

Melissa Sachs, Associate, Marketing Manager
Inspired, strategic and resourceful, Melissa Sachs leads a talented marketing team who work collaboratively to bring marketing ideas to life. A member of Perkins+Will since 2004, she is proudest of finding solutions that marry creativity, efficiency and effectiveness.

In addition to welcoming the office’s new associates, Perkins+Will is honoured to announce that it has been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the eighth consecutive year, as well as one of BC’s Top Employers for the fourth consecutive year.

“Perkins+Will understands that companies must evolve to attract top talent,” adds Susan Gushe, Managing Director at Perkins+Will's Vancouver office. “We make a concerted effort to foster a workplace culture that attracts and inspires excellence in people. We are committed to progressive thinking, resourceful solutions and services which provide the best environment for our employees.”

The editors’ reasons for selecting Perkins+Will as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers highlight that the firm provides health and transit subsidies, maintains a number of environmental initiatives, and boasts many industry firsts, while their reasons for selecting the firm as a BC’s Top Employer include that the firm matches RSP contributions, invests in ongoing employee development, and offers year-end bonuses and profit-sharing for everyone on staff.