Join Perkins+Will at Events in May 2018

Connect with our people throughout the month

Plenty of chances to connect with us on the road this month. We hope to see you!

Thursday, May 3
Jeff Doble will be on the panel ‘How to Drive Innovation in Transit Delivery’ as part of the Urban Transit Infrastructure West Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Learn how transit authorities use innovation to deliver public transit in major urban centers, given increased demands, tight deadlines and cost constraints.
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Jennifer Cooper-Sabo will present ‘Bioblitz! Citizen Science Supporting Urban Biodiversity’ at the Living Future Conference in Portland, Oregon. This session will lead participants in a ‘bioblitz’ taking to the streets and parks of Portland to document existing biodiversity utilizing a crowd-sourced platform called iNaturalist. Bioblitz leaders will then analyze the data collected and work with participants during hand-on session in designing to support biodiversity. Come and unleash your inner naturalist!
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Friday, May 4
Max Richter and Mary Dickinson will present ‘Opportunities for Innovation: Green Chemistry Challenges for Building Products’ at the Living Future Conference in Portland, Oregon. This session will present the challenges that designers and owners are facing in trying to find the best solutions to product selection for projects pursuing the Living Building Challenge. The panel will explore what we can do to focus green chemistry innovators on the challenges in the building product marketplace today - providing the industry with a roadmap of opportunities.
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Derek Newby will be part of the panel ‘Imagining Space and its Impact on Learning’ at the BC TEAL Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The panelists will discuss how various conceptions of space, beyond the physical, can impact the learning experience. By considering how other professions conceive of space in their work, this session will challenge you to rethink your use of space and how it can contribute to a positive learning environment.
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Tuesday, May 8
Alex Minard will be on the panel ‘Nailed-it! Introducing the Design Guide for Nail-Laminated Timber’ at the WoodWorks workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Growing interest in mass timber has led to increased use not only of cross-laminated timber, but nail-laminated timber (NLT or nail-lam)—a lesser known but more common material option. NLT is created by fastening pieces of dimension lumber, stacked on edge, into one structural element with nails or screws. It offers a unique aesthetic, flexibility of form, fast erection and a light carbon footprint, and is a cost-effective option for designers looking to expose wood structure. Using lessons learned from real projects, this workshop will provide practical strategies and guidance for the safe, predictable, and economical use of NLT. Discussion will include architectural and structural considerations, envelope and fabrication details, and key information from the Nail Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide, which was authored by the speakers.
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Breeze Glazer will be on the panel ‘Low Energy to Net Zero: The New Normal’ at the CleanMed Conference in San Diego, California. A new generation of health care buildings are demonstrating that a universal net zero, carbon-neutral future can be a cost-effective reality today. This session will connect attendees with case studies from some of most energy efficient health care projects in North America, as presented by the involved architecture and engineering firms, as well as the facilities director for a California academic medical center with a 2025 carbon neutrality goal. The projects span the acute care and ambulatory environments and incorporate the technologies and energy strategies needed to meet the level of energy performance required for net zero and carbon-neutral design.
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Wednesday, May 9
Alex Minard will be on the panel ‘Nailed-it! Introducing the Design Guide for Nail-Laminated Timber’ at the WoodWorks workshop in Baltimore, Maryland. Growing interest in mass timber has led to increased use not only of cross-laminated timber, but nail-laminated timber (NLT or nail-lam)—a lesser known but more common material option. NLT is created by fastening pieces of dimension lumber, stacked on edge, into one structural element with nails or screws. It offers a unique aesthetic, flexibility of form, fast erection and a light carbon footprint, and is a cost-effective option for designers looking to expose wood structure. Using lessons learned from real projects, this workshop will provide practical strategies and guidance for the safe, predictable, and economical use of NLT. Discussion will include architectural and structural considerations, envelope and fabrication details, and key information from the Nail Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide, which was authored by the speakers.
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Ryan Bragg will present on the panel ‘Advisory Design Panels: The Insider's View’ as part of the AIBC Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Design Panels provide an invaluable resource to the governments they serve. However, there is still some mystery about how they operate. Join this panel of experts for a lively discussion of the architect’s role as both panel member and presenter. Topics covered will include the history of design panels in B.C., current regulations and how panels contribute to the built environment.
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Thursday, May 10
Alex Minard will be on the panel ‘Nailed-it! Introducing the Design Guide for Nail-Laminated Timber’ at the WoodWorks workshop in Washington, DC. Growing interest in mass timber has led to increased use not only of cross-laminated timber, but nail-laminated timber (NLT or nail-lam)—a lesser known but more common material option. NLT is created by fastening pieces of dimension lumber, stacked on edge, into one structural element with nails or screws. It offers a unique aesthetic, flexibility of form, fast erection and a light carbon footprint, and is a cost-effective option for designers looking to expose wood structure. Using lessons learned from real projects, this workshop will provide practical strategies and guidance for the safe, predictable, and economical use of NLT. Discussion will include architectural and structural considerations, envelope and fabrication details, and key information from the Nail Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide, which was authored by the speakers.
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Saturday, May 12
Join our Vancouver Studio from 1-4 pm as part of Vancouver Design Week. Visit our studio to see a collection of our recent work as well as a series of discussions and activities regarding transportation futures and the new public realm. Join us for a debate – are autonomous vehicles a force for good or bad? Our team will lead a collective movement to map Vancouver’s transportation and commute patterns. An interactive session where you will help us draw a future vision of Vancouver block by block.w

Tuesday, May 15
Kathy Wardle will speak at the event ‘Deciphering the BC Energy Step Code’ hosted by the Urban Development Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia. The BC Energy Step Code, which was enacted in 2017, signposts the road to have all new buildings reach a net-zero-energy ready level of efficiency by 2032. The newly published BC Energy Step Code Design Guide outlines strategies to help buildings across the province comply with the Energy Step Code, and includes a supplement on compliance with the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan. Join the expert panel for an informal conversation at the launch of this new guide to learn how it can help local governments, architects, and developers and spotlight the key strategies and approaches to meeting the Energy Step Code in larger residential buildings, and similarly for buildings with other occupancies.
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Wednesday, May 16
Gerry Tierney will be part of the panel ‘Threat or Savior: Adjusting Urbanism to Autonomous Vehicles’ at the Congress for the New Urbanism in Savannah, Georgia. Connected Autonomous Vehicles will have profound impacts on cities. They offer the potential to improve the safety and efficiency of streets, allowing for more walkable, vibrant places. In this workshop participants will learn the likely unintended consequences of autonomous vehicles and the steps city and state governments must take now to avoid the worst outcomes, and ensure technology is in the service of the public good.
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Tierney will also be part of the panel ‘New Mobility and the Future of Our Streets’ at the Congress for the New Urbanism in Savannah, Georgia. Ridehailing, on-demand shuttle services, and other private mobility services are providing new alternatives to personal vehicle ownership, but the popularity of these services poses significant challenges for cities. Transportation planners, transit agencies, urban designers, and policymakers alike are wrestling with questions related to parking, curb management, street design, and transit ridership. How do we ensure that these changes don’t bring about a new era of auto-centric design?
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Tuesday, May 22
Iffat Mai will be a part of a panel discussion, 'Enhanced Realities and Immersive Experiences,' as part of Architect's Newspaper's TECH+ Conference in New York, New York. TECH+ presents cutting-edge products that range from virtual reality-aided design tools, mobile apps, sensors and software platforms to rapid prototyping and fabrication.
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Wednesday, May 23
Brigitte Preston will be part of the panel ‘Converting Legacy Buildings to Meet Modern Workplace Needs’ at the ICFF Conference in New York, New York. In pursuit of a “triple bottom line” of financial, social, and environmental success, more and more developers are investing in projects that benefit communities — in particular, many are seeking flexible, multi-use projects that can be adjusted to satisfy multiple tenants and changing neighborhoods. However, many of these projects are outdated buildings that fail to meet the modern person’s needs. If 1980s buildings struggle to attract new tenants, should they be renovated, redeveloped or razed? Amidst a myriad of issues—financing, programming needs, public opinion and more—this session will explore repurposing underperforming real estate using design concepts that are more affordable and sustainable than building ground-up, one floor at a time.
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