The Perkins+Will Research Journal is dedicated to presenting practice-related research associated with buildings and their environs. The aim of this journal is to capture and document research questions and methodologies that arise prior, during and after the design process. Original research articles, literature reviews and case studies have been incorporated into this publication. The unique aspect of this journal is that it conveys practice-oriented research projects aimed at supporting our design teams. This is the first issue of the Perkins+Will Research Journal.