CHICAGO—The founding studio of Perkins&Will, signaling the transition of leadership to a new generation, has named Lindsey Peckinpaugh as Managing Director and Bryan Schabel as Co-Design Director. Peckinpaugh, who leads the studio’s Sports, Recreation and Entertainment practice, succeeds Gina Berndt, who takes on a new global role as Chief Marketing Officer for the firm, the second-largest architecture and design firm in the country. Schabel, whose work has won multiple design awards, joins Ralph Johnson— one of the world’s most recognized architects—as Co-Design Director.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to be leading the Perkins&Will Chicago studio,” says Peckinpaugh, who is recognized within the firm and among clients for her dedication to innovation, experimentation, and collaboration. “As the founding office and one of the largest studios, Chicago sets a high bar for design excellence, project delivery, and culture firmwide,” she adds.
Schabel, a protégé of Johnson, says he will build on the studio’s legacy of design excellence. “I look forward to creating an exciting culture that heightens the design energy, inspiring people to get more involved in projects and in design discourse—in the studio and in the community,” he says.
The elevation of Peckinpaugh and Schabel underscores the firm’s commitment to continuity and promoting from within, and recognizes their roles as team leaders, mentors, and award-winning designers of projects in the U.S. and globally.
“I’m proud of the job Perkins&Will does developing talent and providing opportunities for people to grow,” says Berndt. “Lindsey and Bryan bring unique skills to the firm and to the studio and position us exceptionally well for the future.”
Berndt and Johnson continue their leadership roles in the Chicago studio and firmwide on key projects and strategy development.