Higher Education

At Perkins+Will, we believe in the power of education to elevate the human condition – to create innovators and leaders who can resolve the challenges of the 21st Century. We believe in the power of great design to shape the educational experience and to inspire human success.

We believe innovation is fostered by intentional exposure to a broad range of ideas regarding the best practices in education. Many of these ideas come from our clients - college and university professionals along with next generation students. Others are refined by our unique intersection of deep expertise that brings together best practices in teaching and learning pedagogy; in student life and wellness; in academics and research; and in workplace strategies, hospitality, and branded environments. We fortify our higher education design practice through independent research that ‘checks the pulse’ and understands the technological, societal, economic, environmental, and legislative issues affecting higher education today. Viewed through the lenses of diversity and innovation, and in the context of ever-accelerating change, we leverage a broad range of specialists from across our firm to provide fresh perspectives and solve unique challenges. This is how we develop planning and design solutions that anticipate flexible, sustainable, and creative responses to the unforeseen issues of next generation teaching and learning.

We apply the disciplines of architecture, interior design, planning, strategic research, and branded environments to create sustainable places that inspire communities of knowledge and development. During the past three decades, we have worked with over 300 colleges and universities across the country and around the globe. Our clients range from community colleges and liberal arts institutions to research universities, and business and medical schools. Our goal is to assist each institution to optimize their greatest assets, accomplish their academic goals, and thrive in learning, research, and community engagement.