Join Perkins+Will at its office for drinks, conversation, and a behind the scenes look at their ongoing work. The League’s First Fridays are monthly opportunities for League members to visit the offices of leading design practices to see work on the boards and learn more about the offices’ organization and design processes. These informal social gatherings feature brief office tours and presentations along with happy hour drinks arranged by the host office.
Founded in 1935 by Lawrence Perkins and Philip Will in Chicago, Perkins+Will today operates 20 offices and 10 research centers worldwide. The firm “approaches design challenges with a particular focus on sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, mobility, and social responsibility,” and has amassed a portfolio of work that includes a range of institutional, commercial, residential, and planning projects.
In recent years, Perkins+Will completed large-scale projects such as the Integrated Science Center at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou, China; the East 37th Street Residential Tower in New York; and the headquarters of Autotrader.com in Atlanta.
The firm’s work has received numerous awards, including the AIA National Honor Award for Skybridge at One North Halsted in Chicago and the “Good Design is Good Business” Award from BusinessWeek and Architectural Record for Haworth Headquarters in Michigan. Perkins+Will has also been recognized by the American Planning Association and National Building Museum.