SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--San Francisco-based SMWM, one of America’s premier, award-winning women-owned architecture, urban design and planning practices, has joined forces with Perkins+Will, a global integrated design firm with 18 North American and 3 International offices.
“Combining the knowledge, expertise and resources of two such professionally complementary and philosophically aligned firms will result in one of the most comprehensive, innovative and integrated design practices in the country,” explains SMWM founding principal Cathy Simon FAIA. “Our strengths in architecture, urban design and planning will add yet another dimension to Perkins+Will’s world-class building planning and architectural capabilities, allowing the two firms together to realize common goals.”
Perkins+Will CEO Phil Harrison emphasizes that the high degree of cultural synergy between the two organizations makes the combined firm particularly compelling. “Both SMWM and Perkins+Will have been fully committed to sustainable design, projects that strengthen social fabric of their communities and architecture that honors the broader goals of society long before these concepts became widely popularized. When two such inventive and complementary firms share the same high level of commitment to achieving critically important societal and environmental goals, joining forces can produce extraordinary synergies and results.”
SMWM has planned neighborhoods, districts, waterfronts and entire communities from the United States to Latin America and Asia. Transformative urban plans have been undertaken in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Los Angeles and San Diego, in addition to San Francisco.
Examples from SMWM’S architectural portfolio include the San Francisco Ferry Building, numerous mixed-use urban buildings, the new San Francisco Conservatory of Music and UC Berkeley’s Hearst Memorial Gym. Prominent academic clients include Harvard, Brown, NYU and Stanford Universities.
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will (www.perkinswill.com) is an integrated design firm serving clients from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Research Triangle Park, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. The firm practices architecture, interiors, branded environments, planning + strategies and urban design for clients in the aviation, corporate + commercial + civic, healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, and science + technology markets. Perkins+Will routinely ranks among the world’s top design firms and has received hundreds of awards, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects’ “Firm of the Year Award.” Social responsibility has been a driving philosophy at Perkins+Will since the firm’s beginnings in 1935. The firm has committed to the 1% Solution through Public Architecture, promising to donate time pro bono to non-profit organizations in need of design services. With more LEED® Accredited Professionals than any firm in North America, Perkins+Will are recognized as the preeminent sustainable design firm in the country. Perkins+Will was the first multi-office company to commit to the 2030 Challenge, in which the firm has pledged that all of our projects be designed for carbon neutrality by the year 2030.