Perkins + Will Architect Profile

Perkins+Will Architect Profile

Perkins+Will has been engaged for space planning, design and construction administration for the build out of the College of Natural and Computational Sciences at Waterfront Plaza and to develop plans for the College of Health and Society and the one-stop student service center at Waterfront Plaza.


Established in 1935, this award-winning American architecture and design firm was founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives. Perkins+Will infuses creativity and innovation into its client’s vision and needs to transform their client’s businesses and missions, helping to make them leaders in their fields. The firm believes environments should reflect context, history, cultures, communities and the natural environment while incorporating advanced technology.


A deep dedication to sustainability and social responsibility is fundamental to the outlook, work and culture of Perkins+Will. The firm is committed to creating regenerative designs which heal their environments and enhance quality of life, and they possess more Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) accredited professionals than any other design firm in North America. They are committed not only to their individual clients, but also to elevating the state of the art for design professions and improving society for future generations. Notable sustainable projects in the higher education sector include University of Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA.


Perkins+Will believes in the power of education to elevate the human condition – to create innovators and leaders who can resolve the challenges of the 21st Century. They develop planning and design solutions that anticipate flexible, sustainable and creative responses to the unforeseen issues of next generation teaching and learning. During the past three decades, Perkins+Will has worked with over 300 colleges and universities across the country and around the globe including institutions such as Cornell University, Duke University and University of California, Berkeley. Their goal is to assist each institution to optimize their greatest assets, accomplish their academic goals, and thrive in learning, research and community engagement.


The firm’s academic sciences building and spaces are shaped by leading-edge approaches to scientific research and education and by unique environmental and institutional factors such as institutional mission and culture, curriculum and pedagogy, resources, technologies and relationships with allied academic and civic communities.

Perkins+Will has executed over 40 higher education science projects including Stanford University’s James H. Clark Center, State University of New York’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and Cornell University’s Upson Hall.