Brodie Bain, Robert Goodwin, and Bill Schmalz Appointed AIA Fellows

American Institute of Architects Honors Three Perkins+Will Leaders

Perkins+Will’s Campus Planning Director, Brodie Bain, Design Director Robert Goodwin, and Principal Bill Schmalz have been appointed Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA’s Fellowship recognizes members who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. The 2015 Fellows will be honored with a ceremony on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the 2015 National AIA Convention.

Brodie Bain has over 25 years of design and planning experience, almost exclusively in higher education. By helping clients and institutions think strategically and intentionally about near and long term project planning decisions, she enables institutions to achieve their mission through the creation of supportive physical environments. Her comprehensive understanding of colleges and universities through campus planning, space programming, utilization studies, and pre-designs for a variety of project types and scales brings a comparative perspective that is invaluable to clients. Her approach stems from a passion for listening carefully to leadership, stakeholders, and users and translating those needs and priorities into workable space – all within the context of physical opportunities and operational constraints. The final plan, no matter the priorities, must integrate function, placement, and image into campus open space, connections and context. Brodie has worked across the country for state universities, private colleges, and community colleges, and most recently has developed and lectured on innovative approaches to sustainable campus planning. She is an active member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), and currently sits on the Seattle Design Commission.

Robert Goodwin is the architectural design director for our New York office. He has practiced architecture for more than 20 years and brings a unique design sensibility to projects ranging in scale from complex mixed-use towers to signature light fixtures. His approach begins with an investigation of the culture, context and climate and then he integrates this analysis with a thorough understanding of function that allows him to create a unified and meaningful architectural response. Rob's design solutions are inventive and thoughtful, with a strong emphasis on the integration of space, light and nature. He creates a unique sense of place and identity for each project using an architectural approach that avoids superficial notions of cultural reference and formulaic environmental responses. His work explores an "expressive sustainability", in which innovative solutions to environmental demands become a source of aesthetic inspiration. Recently, his work was included in the Height exhibit at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona. Among other awards, he has won the MIPIM Future Projects award for innovative tall buildings two years in a row. Rob's work has been published in Architecture, Architectural Record, the Architectural Review, the New York Times and the Baltimore Sun. A graduate of Cornell University's School of Architecture Art and Planning, he has co-taught studios at Cornell and RISD and recently lectured at Stanford and MIT about his work.

Bill Schmalz is the Technical Principal of the Los Angeles office of Perkins+Will. His expertise is in project delivery, contract documentation, contract administration, and construction cost management. As a co-chair of the firm’s Excellence in Execution initiative, Bill is a leader in the development of firm-wide technical standards and project delivery processes. He is director of Perkins+Will’s Building Technology Laboratory (Tech Lab), and a technical advisor to AREA Research. He chaired the national Construction Contract Administration AIA Knowledge Community in 2011, and has been on its Advisory Group since 2010. His white papers are posted on the AIA CCA KC website, and he is a contributing author for the 15th edition of the Architects Handbook of Professional Practice. He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is licensed in California and Illinois.

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