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TECHNOLOGY + INNOVATION

Technological Innovation is fast moving and transforming the way we live and work. The intelligent application of new tools and techniques enables high-performing interdisciplinary teams to bring more value to our design. At Perkins+Will, we foster a culture of ideas that embraces the value from new technology.

Nov 30, 2018

Turning Imagined Designs into Constructed Reality with Robots

Over the course of a year, Perkins+Will's Building Technology Lab designed, programmed, and implemented a robotic arm that communicates digital models into fabricated structures. The robot, equipped with drills, saws, and nail guns built a 14' tall 20' wide pavilion for the Greenbuild Expo in 54 hours. Read More +

Jul 20, 2018

Seeing Double: Creating Visual Seamlessness at Case Western Reserve University

Since 2010, Perkins+Will’s Technical Design Community (TDC) has hosted an annual firmwide competition celebrating design innovation in detailing.  After three rounds of judging evaluating creativity, level of technical difficulty, cost-consciousness, and elegance of the solution, the Chicago studio prevailed to win the 2018 Transcendent Detail Competition with the Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veale University Center double-skin wall taking home the honor.  Read More +

Jul 10, 2018

Convergence 2018: Ideas to Value

This year's Convergence Symposium leveraged the energy and activity happening in Chicago–a hotbed of innovation that often flies under the radar (at least in comparison to its coastal cousins). The symposium brought together six speakers and one dynamic panel discussion that added new thought and perspective to how we conceive of convergence and how ideas are brought to value. Read More +

May 15, 2018

Chicago’s Third Nature

This story begins with a canoe trip and ends with a transformative design proposal for a new beach along the Chicago River. What happened in between? Take a trip with us to discover Chicago's Third Nature. Read More +

Mar 14, 2018

New Realities Mean Virtual Reality

If you’ve ever been part of a new building or existing renovation project, you know how tricky it can be to visualize the user's experience. Advances in VR are changing all that. Read More +

Jan 31, 2018

Convergence: A New Paradigm for New Challenges

Lab spaces have not traditionally been venues for cross-disciplinary thinking. But some traditions deserve a closer look. At a recent conference we organized at MIT, we assembled some industry minds to articulate what convergence means (and looks like). Read More +

Nov 29, 2017

Image Intelligence: Part 1

A run-of-the-mill cropping issue proved to be the ideal testing ground for a new approach integrating machine learning into our processes, saving valuable employee time along the way. Read More +