Industry icons Lawrence Perkins and Philip Will met while studying architecture at Cornell University; together they opened Perkins&Will in Chicago in 1935. Today, Perkins&Will is one of the world’s largest architecture firms with 26 studios across the globe and over 2,000 employees designing projects as varied as the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C. to the Chase Tower in Chicago. The firm began working with mass timber in 1995 and to date has completed more than 30 mass timber projects worldwide.
Beyond design excellence, Perkins&Will is a purpose-driven company focused on sustainability, well-being and diversity initiatives. Their nonprofit, AREA Research, includes seven research labs designed to partner, discover, and apply new knowledge across the design profession, including recent insights on the COVID-19 pandemic.