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Envision Design Joins Forces with Perkins+Will

Partnership establishes one of the most sustainable corporate interiors practices in the industry

Envision Design, an award-winning design firm specializing in sustainability, announced today that it is joining global multidisciplinary firm Perkins+Will. The 15-person practice will move in with Perkins+Will’s Washington DC office, managed by Stephen Manlove. Ken Wilson and Diana Horvat will join the company as Principals.

Envision’s experience spans multiple sectors, and is widely recognized for its exceptional work for associations and nonprofits, including Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense Fund, International Interior Design Association (IIDA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Recording Industry Association of America. Additionally, the Washington DC–based firm has completed high-profile projects for Al Gore and his investment firm Generation IM, Apple, CoStar Group, APCO Worldwide, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. The company has been published in a number of top-tier design publications and has received more than 90 regional and national awards, including Firm of the Year in 2009 by the National Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

"Envision is constantly setting the bar when it comes to sustainability and high-quality design, and is one of the industry front-runners," said Manlove, Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s Washington DC office. "Their unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility and social well-being made them a natural fit to join Perkins+Will. Together we have the ability to design the most innovative spaces—that not only result in striking interiors, but more importantly, improve the lives of the people who inhabit them."

"Over the years, we’ve carved out a niche in the Washington DC area," said Wilson, who was Contract Magazine’s "Designer of the Year" in 2005 and IIDA’s first Sustainability Advisor, founding its Sustainability Advisory Council in 2004. "By joining Perkins+Will, we’ve aligned ourselves with one of the greenest design firms in the business. Our mutual commitment to deep green, innovative, high design makes this new partnership a game changer in the DC area and beyond. Together, we’ll be able to offer existing and potential clients a broader range of services on a larger platform."

This acquisition is part of Perkins+Will's ongoing strategic development in talent, services, markets, and geographical presence, which enables the firm to bring more meaningful design to its clients while positively impacting society and the environment. The addition of Envision Design further strengthens Perkins+Will's already well-established presence in corporate interior design. Envision is primarily known for its expertise in cutting-edge, green corporate interior projects; however, its portfolio also includes renovations, base buildings, master planning, graphics, and product design.

Every professional at Envision is LEED accredited, creating an unparalleled focus on the integration of sustainable design practices. From the company’s founding in 1999, this has been something that has set Envision apart from its competition—the idea that good design and green design are one and the same. Another distinguishing factor that has contributed to the firm’s success is its deep commitment to clients, with Wilson and Horvat involved in every step of the design process.

About Envision Design
Envision Design, PLLC (www.envisionsite.com) was founded in 1999 by Ken Wilson in Washington DC. Through the partnership and guidance of Ken Wilson and his partner, Diana Horvat, the firm grew into a thriving practice serving clients across the United States. The diversified practice includes projects in the areas of commercial interiors, residential, hospitality, and retail/entertainment, and services include interior design, renovations, base-building architecture, graphics, and product design. The firm’s work has been published in over 65 publications and has won more than 90 design awards. At the core of Envision’s practice is a deep commitment to environmental and social responsibility; in fact, the firm assisted in writing the LEED rating system.

About Perkins+Will
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global multidisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 24 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types and grounds its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world’s top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm’s outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations. With pioneering tools to advance sustainable design practices, the largest green-building portfolio in North America, more than 1,000 LEED® Accredited Professionals, and a commitment to the 2030 Challenge, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms. For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com.