MINNEAPOLIS—Architecture and design firm Perkins&Will announces two key leadership transitions in its Minneapolis studio: Jennifer Christiaansen has stepped into the role of Managing Director, and Tony Layne has moved into the role of Design Director. Christiaansen served as the studio’s Operations Director for the last five years, while Layne served as Managing Director for the past six years. The transitions took effect May 1.
“We are living through a moment of disruption that is truly unprecedented, and this gives us a unique opportunity to listen and to change,” says Christiaansen. “We are using this moment to take a fresh approach for our studio and our clients so we can remain bold, innovative, and creative—building upon the strong foundation that Tony, and others before him, have built.”
“We’re aligning everyone’s highest and best use to simplify, clarify, and be authentic with ourselves about what we do best for our clients and for the studio,” adds Layne. “There is no one more qualified to step into the Managing Director role in this moment than Jen. As for me, I’m looking forward to focusing even more on delivering design excellence to our clients.”