Perkins+Will Adds Top Tech Laboratory Planner To Award-winning Science + Technology Practice; John Weinman Brings Expertise in Nanotechnology Facility Design
"John is one of the top laboratory experts in the world, and we are delighted to add his expertise to our Science + Technology practice," said Dan Watch, who leads that sector nationally at Perkins+Will. "John is well-versed in the highly technical demands of laboratories of all types - including complex interdisciplinary laboratories used in nanotechnology research."
“Nanoscience and Engineering labs have very different look than basic science labs”
"I'm looking forward to being part of a great team that brings together talent from many diverse disciplines and locations," said Weinman. "Perkins+Will has a worldwide reputation and their organization allows for seamless collaboration among all its talented personnel. It's the best of all worlds."
Weinman spent the past nine years at Research Facilities Design in San Diego, where he was principal and partner. There he was involved in the visioning, design and development of engineering and interdisciplinary laboratories, as well as nanoscience and nanotechnology laboratories.
Nanotechnology is an emerging science, in which structures and materials are built on a molecular level. Nanoscience typically involves particles smaller than 100 nanometers (billionths of a meter), and laboratory requirements for this kind of technology are still being developed.
"Nanotechnology is a very new field," says Weinman. "It has roots in the semiconductor industry, but it has evolved beyond that. It also incorporates fields like biomedical and chemical engineering, merging them with basic sciences such as chemistry, physics, and biology. The interdisciplinary nature of this science requires a different approach to the design of laboratory facilities and its building systems."
Weinman's experience with complex research laboratory design began in 1984, when he worked as a laboratory consultant to Motorola and Intel in the design of industrial clean rooms. He has participated in more than a dozen academic and federal government clean rooms reflecting the unique requirements and restraints of this complex research laboratory type. Examples of research cleanrooms at academic institutions are the University of California San Diego, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, University of Virginia, University of Texas, Austin, and University of Texas, San Antonio. Federal government projects include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Other Nanoscience projects include University of California Riverside, Northwestern University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
"Nanoscience and Engineering labs have very different look than basic science labs," said Weinman. "These newer labs must blend elements of both. Interdisciplinary labs combine wet labs - chemicals, exhaust, etc. - and computational laboratories. We're putting together research people. The problems they're solving have integrated solutions that require a different approach to design systems."
Before beginning his professional architectural experience in 1975, John received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California (Political Science/Philosophy) and the University of Illinois (Architecture, five-year degree).
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