Chris Morrison, FAIA, LEED-AP, has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins+Will, a global architecture and design firm. In his role as Managing Principal, Morrison will lead the D.C. office’s Corporate, Commercial, and Civic market sector.
Morrison has more than two decades of experience in architecture, historic preservation, sustainability, adaptive reuse and planning. He is extremely committed to environmental sustainability, having previously served as the Principal-in-charge for the design and approval of the first LEED-certified condominium building in the District of Columbia.
His practice areas include corporate, commercial, institutional, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, residential, urban design and master planning.
Prior to coming on board at Perkins+Will, Morrison served as a Principal with Cunningham | Quill Architects in Washington. Earlier in this career, he was an Associate at Shalom Baranes Associates and a Project Architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, both in D.C.
“Coming out of a smaller firm like Cunningham | Quill, where I helped expand that practice, it’s exciting to now bring that experience to Perkins+Will, a firm with such a strong legacy,” Morrison says. “Joining Perkins+Will is a wonderful opportunity to assist in furthering its corporate, commercial, and civic base-building group with an exceptional design partner in Carl Knutson and a team of professionals who are profoundly rooted in this design community. The firm’s client roster is quite diverse, which aligns with my background.”
Notable projects include the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, the College of William & Mary’s Tucker Hall, the Roanoke City Market, and Caton’s Walk, The Mather Building and Wormley Row, all in D.C. He’s also played a key role in the Central U.S. 1 Sector/Corridor Master Plan in College Park, the Mount Rainier Mixed-Use Town Center Development Plan, the Pittsburgh Federal Courthouse and Post Office, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in D.C., the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, and the former Sallie Mae corporate headquarters in Reston.
Over the years, Morrison’s projects have received numerous design awards, including, most recently, The Catalyst Award and The Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architect’s (“AIA”) D.C. Chapter; the D.C. Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation; a Merit Award from the U.S. General Service Administration’s Design Excellence Program; and the Custom Home Award from Custom Home Magazine.
Morrison has been deeply involved in the architecture and design community. For example, he served on the AIA National Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, during which time he worked with numerous Perkins+Will’s professionals from across the country. He was recently named a Fellow of the AIA, the highest honor in the architectural profession.
“I am excited by Perkins+Will’s commitment to putting together collaborative teams, no matter where the people are located throughout the firm’s 24 offices worldwide,” Morrison says. “There’s just a prodigious talent level at Perkins+Will, and I’m thrilled about my new position here.”
“With his notable design sensitivity, strong connection to the community, and knowledge of the local marketplace, Chris is a great addition to the D.C. practice,” says Steve Manlove, Managing Director of the Washington, D.C. office.