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Douglas A. Smith Joins Perkins+Will As Managing Principal

Global experience adds to growing urban mixed-use design and planning team

The Chicago office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will announces that Douglas A. Smith, AIA, AICP, is joining the firm as a Managing Principal. With more than 30 years of experience in architecture, design and planning, Smith brings special expertise in urban mixed-used development and master planning on office, hotel, retail, and transportation facilities projects in the U.S., Middle East and Asia.

“As we continue to expand our work in urban design and mixed-use projects, we are thrilled to have Doug join our team,” said Managing Director Gina Berndt, IIDA, ASID, LEED AP. “His extensive work in the US and abroad provides a perspective that will enhance our service to our clients.”

Smith joins Perkins+Will from AECOM, where he was Managing Principal of the architecture practice in Chicago. Many of his projects have won both local and national design awards from the AIA, ASLA, APA and Congress for the New Urbanism. “I have always admired the work of Perkins+Will,” said Smith. “It is very exciting to be part of a growing firm in a global setting with a strong reputation for serving our clients with great work. Perkins+Will is extremely well-positioned to leverage its talent and expertise wherever it is for the benefit of our clients.”

Smith’s featured work in architecture includes: the Albuquerque Plaza Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque, NM and the Dasve Town Center Fortune Hotel, Lavasa, Pune, India. His mixed use portfolio is highlighted by: the Al Yasmeen Mixed Use Development in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the CMA Headquarters Building in the King Abdullah Financial District Riyadh; and the Seawoods Station Mixed Use Development in Navi Mumbai, India. His featured work in urban design and master planning includes: the Ha’il Edutainment District Mixed Use Development Master Plan in Ha’il, Saudi Arabia; the Lavasa Hill Station near Pune, India; Ciudad Mitras Community Master Planned Residential Community in Monterrey, Mexico; and the Confluence Greenway Master Plan in St. Louis, MO. Smith’s transportation portfolio includes: the DART Station designs for Dallas Union Station, CityPlace and Mockingbird Stations in Dallas, TX and the North Central Expressway Urban Design in Dallas, TX.

Smith earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan, from which he also holds a Master of Urban Planning, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Geography. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute Chicago Product Council for Urban/Mixed Use Development.

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.