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Perkins+Will Chicago Celebrates Promotions, Welcomes New Hires

Global architecture and design firm recognizes leadership, prepares for continued growth

Committed to innovation and responding to clients’ needs, the Chicago office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will is pleased to announce its newest promotions and the addition of key human resources team members. The new leaders bring diverse and wide-ranging expertise in planning, design, management of projects and teams, technology, human resources, and financial controls.

“We are thrilled to recognize the contributions and leadership of our 2014 principal and associate principal promotions, and we welcome new hires to our Chicago office,” said Managing Director Gina Berndt, IIDA, ASID, LEED AP. “Our experienced Chicago team is dedicated to working in our clients’ best interests and delivering the highest quality design in Chicago and throughout the world.”

Promotion to Principal:
Michael Reinhart, LEED AP ID+C, Interior Design Principal, joined the firm nearly 20 years ago, and is an expert at managing teams and budgets. Reinhart leads some of the firm’s most technologically complicated projects and has extensive experience in trading environments.

Four Promotions to Associate Principal:
Aimee Eckmann, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Architect, has more than 19 years of professional experience, ranging from planning and concept development to construction administration. She has a specific expertise in K-12 education planning and design, where her role has been integral as both a planner and a client liaison.

Christopher Hamric, Financial Controller with more than 15 years of accounting and finance experience, manages much of the firm’s financial reporting and analysis and regulatory and audit compliance. Since joining the firm in 2007, he has worked closely on a number of the firm’s business acquisitions and subsequent financial integration.

Michael McPhail, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Architect with expertise in master planning and design, brings nearly 20 years of architectural experience in all phases of the construction process, ensuring proper implementation of his client’s design objectives. At Perkins+Will, he has been particularly involved in healthcare, workplace planning, and corporate design.

Kristin Rosebrough, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Architect, applies her design talent and technical capabilities across a variety of building types including K-12 education, higher education, civic, and mixed-use projects. In her 14 years with the firm, she has been a valuable member of several of the firm’s most challenging projects, consistently developing thoughtful and solid solutions.

New Hires
Elizabeth Chappelear, Director of Benefits, will provide strategic oversight and manage all aspects and activities pertaining to the administration of health and welfare benefit plans for Perkins+Will in North America. She joins the firm from Loyola University Chicago, where she was Benefits Manager.

Hannah Brown, Human Resources Manager, will concentrate on strategic recruiting and hiring, and continue to strengthen and enhance a well-established workplace culture. Brown was previously employed with Group One Trading, LP, where she was Human Resources Manager, and also worked at Leo Burnett.

The Chicago office of Perkins+Will is the firm's founding office. Established in 1935 by Lawrence Perkins and Philip Will, Jr., the office remains the largest in the firm, harnessing the expertise of more than 250 architects, interior designers, and planners. The office's multi-disciplinary work spans nearly every sector including higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, corporate, commercial, civic, and science and technology. From its acclaimed Crow Island School to the award-winning Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower, the Chicago office has a legacy of award-winning design excellence. The Chicago office has garnered hundreds of awards from prestigious industry publications and organizations in the region and around the world.