John Haymaker, Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP serves as Perkins+Will’s Director of Research, overseeing areas of inquiry including materials, design process, building technology, resiliency, and regeneration for their education, workplace, laboratory, healthcare, and urban design practices. John works closely with the firm’s principals, knowledge managers, and designers to advance the firm’s knowledge-bases to enable state of the art of design. He collaborates with researchers and donors outside the firm to expand and communicate Perkins+Will’s knowledge. He oversees the firm’s Innovation Incubator, practice-based knowledge centers and research initiatives. John also leads AREA Research, a non-profit organization that conducts research related to the built environment for public benefit.
Previously a Professor of Civil Engineering at Stanford University, and of Architecture and Building Construction at Georgia Institute of Technology, John has contributed over 80 articles to professional literature in the areas of design process communication, optimization, and decision-making. A frequent speaker at industry and academic events, his research has earned major honors from the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, FIATECH, and the National Academy of Engineering.