Convergence of Design, Technology
and Research


At Perkins+Will, we've created a practice where design, technology and research converge to create places that improve how we live and work. To help keep us at the forefront of innovative design, we believe that it is essential to make focused investments in thought leadership in order to solve our clients' increasingly complex challenges and advance our profession.

Three examples of this at Perkins+Will are:

Our Research Group pursues innovation of materials, tools and processes to create a new generation of ideas. By digging deeper into research, we're reaching higher to improve the performance of our buildings and the health of our environment. Our biannual research journals document some of these investigations.

Our Innovation in Project Delivery Initiative is dedicated to advancing the way we work, seeking improved quality in accelerated and integrated project delivery processes. We're using technology and tools to improve communication, collaboration and workflow. We're also promoting integrated design and construction supported by Building Information Modeling. And we're building partnerships to extend these efforts beyond our firm to the construction community.

Our Innovation Incubator program then fosters an invigorating culture of innovation by supporting small, focused research projects proposed by staff members through micro-grants of money and time. These micro-grants provide incentive for proactive idea exploration, technical development and design collaboration. Results of this research further our design work as well as contribute to the knowledge base of our industry.

We're researching and exploring because this is what drives our ability to deliver extraordinary ideas and buildings.