Perkins+Will Milestones

1930s – 1940s
1935
Lawrence B. Perkins and Philip Will, Jr. (A) found Perkins & Will in Chicago, IL
1936
E. Todd Wheeler joins the firm now called Perkins, Wheeler & Will
1937
Phil Will designs his own award winning home in Evanston, IL
1938
Perkins, Wheeler & Will partner with Eliel and Eero Saarinen and are awarded the Crow Island School project
1939
Perkins, Wheeler & Will are established residential architects having designed over 50 houses, many in the North suburbs of Chicago
1940
Crow Island School (B) in Winnetka, IL is completed and widely publicized
1942
Larry Perkins and Phil Will work for Eliel Saarinen in Birmingham, MI to design housing for employees of the Ford Willow Run Bomber Plant
1945
The Second World War has ended and Larry Perkins and Phil Will focus on developing a marketing strategy including the notion that their work should better the living conditions of all they encounter – clients, users and staff
1946
Perkins & Will moves to 309 West Jackson, Chicago, IL where the staff quadruples to almost 25 people
1947
The firm hires its first staff structural engineer
1948
William Brubaker takes a summer job at Perkins & Will
1949
Perkins & Will is hired by Cornell University, the firm's first Higher Education client

thumb: Lawrence B. Perkins and Philip Will, Jr. (1935)
Fig. A

thumb: Crow Island School (1940)Fig. B

1950s – 1960s
1951
The Perkins & Will Partnership establishes mechanical and electrical engineering departments in Chicago as well as a regional architectural design office in White Plains, NY
1953
Perkins & Will designs its first $1M building, Keokuk High School (A) in
Keokuk, IA while Heathcote Elementary School (B) in Scarsdale, NY is completed – an important post-war project for the firm
1954
Keokuk High School and Norman High School are awarded AIA National Honor Awards; Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, IL, the firm's first large healthcare project, is completed
1957
Perkins & Will's first high rise office building, the Lutheran Brotherhood in Minneapolis, MN, is completed
1960
Perkins & Will celebrates its 25th Anniversary; the Chicago office's department of 8 interior designers forms ISD Incorporated
1962
A regional office in Washington, DC is established
1963
Perkins & Will begins work on its first significant international project – the National College of Agriculture in Chapingo, Mexico
1964
Perkins & Will, in association with C.F. Murphy Associates, is commissioned for the First National Bank of Chicago; "Hospital Design & Function" by Todd Wheeler is published

thumb: Keokuk High School (1953)
Fig. A

thumb: Heathcote Elementary School (1953)Fig. B

1970s – 1980s
1971
Perkins & Will establishes a presence in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and opens an office in New York, NY
1972
Larry Perkins and Todd Wheeler retire from Perkins & Will
1973
Perkins & Will International, Ltd. opens an office in Tehran, Iran
1975
Larry Perkins receives the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators
1980
Perkins & Will opens an office in San Francisco, CA
1983
Ralph Johnson is named "Young Architect of 1983" by the Chicago AIA and William Brubaker is named "Planner of the Year"
1984
333 W. Wacker Drive (A) wins an AIA National Honor Award, as associate architect to KPF, the project helped to establish Perkins & Will's corporate practice
1985
Perkins & Will with a staff of 250 celebrates the firm's 50th Anniversary; Perkins & Will is acquired by Dar Al-Handasah
1989
Desert View Elementary School in Sunland Park, NM receives an AIA National Honor Award

thumb: 333 W. Wacker Drive (1984)Fig. A

1990s – 2000s
1990
Perkins & Will acquires Russo & Sonders expanding its presence in NY
1993
The International Terminal at O'Hare International Airport is completed and 100 N. Riverside in Chicago, IL wins an AIA National Honor Award
1994
Troy High School in Troy, MI receives an AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture
1995
Perkins & Will begins a strategic acquisition process joining forces with the following firms from 1995-2009: Nix Mann & Associates, Nix Mann Shive, The Wheeler Group, DTS Shaw Associates, Marsters & Partners, Eva Maddox Branded Environments, CRa, B2HK, Busby & Associates, Ai, MBT, Fuller & Associates, CNI, Rozeboom Miller Architects, Guenther 5, The Environments Group, SMWM, and Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners
1999
Perkins & Will is awarded the AIA Firm of the Year Award; Henry Mann becomes CEO
2003
Phil Harrison becomes President and CEO
2004
Perkins & Will undergoes a re-branding effort resulting in the new firm identity of Perkins+Will
2008
Perkins+Will wins the CoreNet Sustainable Leadership Award for Sustainable Development and Haworth Headquarters (A) in Holland, MI is awarded the BusinessWeek and Architectural Record "Good Design is Good Business" Award
2009
Great River Energy Headquarters (B) in Maple Grove, MN and Synergy at Dockside Green in Victoria, BC are named AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects
2010
Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners (Toronto) joins Perkins+Will
2011
Vermeulen Hind Architects (Dundas and Ottawa) and Hinthorne Mott (Seattle) join Perkins+Will
2012
Signer Harris Architects (Boston), Envision Design (Washington, DC) and Pringle Brandon (London) join Perkins+Will; Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos (Sao Paulo) form partnership with Perkins+Will
2014
The Freelon Group (Research Triangle Park) joins Perkins+Will
2014-
Today, Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm with over 1,500 employees serving clients from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Dundas, Honolulu, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Ottawa, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seattle, Shanghai, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is ranked as one of the top global design firms. Perkins+Will is recognized among the industry's preeminent sustainable design firms due to its innovative research, design tools, and expertise. Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of Perkins+Will's culture and every year the company donates 1% of its design services to pro bono initiatives. The firm practices architecture, interiors, branded environments, planning + strategies and urban design with clients in the civil + cultural, corporate + commercial, healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, science + technology, sports + recreation, and transportation markets.

thumb: Haworth Headquarters (2008)
Fig. A

thumb: Great River Energy Headquarters (2009)Fig. B