Perkins+Will’s Boston Office Appoints New Design Director, Principal, Richard Kuhn

New leadership will elevate culture and design.

The Boston office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will today announced Richard Kuhn as principal and design director. Kuhn brings more than 25 years of experience and an impressive award-winning design portfolio of civic, academic, and cultural institutional projects throughout the United States, Asia, and the Middle East.

In his new role, Kuhn will elevate the culture of design within the Boston office of Perkins+Will by overseeing a collaborative process on every project that reinforces our commitment to meeting our clients’ needs through innovative and thoughtful design solutions.

“His work is dramatic and rational with a focus on high-performance envelopes, relation to the land, and metaphor driven ideas inspired by the client or site,” says Robert Brown, principal and managing director at Perkins+Will’s Boston office. “Rick’s design leadership will advance the exploration of contemporary, idea-driven work and strengthen our passion for the innovation and sustainable-driven architecture that our clients have come to expect from us.”

Kuhn believes design needs to have purpose and meaning, linked directly to the institution it represents. “While my own work strives to be timeless and contemporary, each project is always driven by a vision linked directly to the client, place and program, which continually perpetuates a diverse architecture within my own portfolio.”

Prior to relocating to Boston, Kuhn was Design Principal and Lead Designer at Freelon Architects which recently joined forces with Perkins+Will’s North Carolina practice. He has earned 40 national, regional and local AIA Design Awards for design excellence and sustainability, including a recent BSA Honor Award for the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Located in Boston and serving clients throughout New England and beyond, Perkins+Will's Boston practice is anchored in their ability to unite existing context with transformative design. They design for the future "sustainably and flexibly" while honoring the cultural and physical context of each project’s location. They are known for their design ingenuity, technical expertise, and unswerving commitment to their clients, including University of Massachusetts, Bentley University, Smith College, Colorado State University, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

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