The New York studio of global architecture and design firm Perkins&Will is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike McElderry as its new architectural design director. Mike will overlap with the current design director Robert Goodwin until September, when Rob will move into to the role of design principal, where he will continue to lead the design of marquee projects for the firm.
With more than 15 years of experience as an architect and team leader, McElderry has helped navigate a range of complex projects collaborating with both public and private clients such as the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business and the City of Minneapolis’ New Public Service Building, as well as The Shed at Hudson Yards. His professional process is driven by collaboration, mentorship, and an acute ability to identify and convert challenges into innovative and intelligent architectural solutions.
“This appointment comes at a period of exciting growth for the New York studio, enhancing our ability to deliver our clients design-forward solutions,” says Bill Harris, managing director of Perkins&Will’s New York studio. “The studio’s commitment to design excellence is bolstered by Mike and Rob’s shared understanding of how great design can improve the lives of people and the planet. We’re excited to have both act as design leaders and mentors for our incredibly talented team.”
“Mike McElderry is joining the New York studio at a strategic time, expanding our bandwidth as we navigate a period of growth. I look forward to working alongside a designer of Mike’s caliber as we work to establish and cultivate the next generation of designers and design leadership in the studio,” says Mr. Goodwin.
McElderry has spent a large part of his career leading and designing iconic projects in a range of sectors, including mixed-use, cultural, institutional, and commercial development, and has developed a keen understanding of the nuanced and complex atmosphere in which these projects take shape. Throughout his career, McElderry has played a critical role in building consensus within and between municipal departments and the community through leading key stakeholder engagement workshops, council sessions, and public presentations. Prior to joining Perkins&Will, McElderry was the managing director & lead designer for Henning Larsen’s North American office in TriBeCa. He also worked as an associate principal & senior designer in the midtown office of Kohn Pedersen Fox.