Schmidt Hammer Lassen Joins Perkins+Will
Perkins+Will was established in 1935 and now boasts more than 2,000 employees in over 20 locations. Last year, P+W merged with Denver's Sink Combs Dethlefs to create its 24th international design studio. The P+W website indicates their "family of partner companies includes retail strategy and design consultancy Portland; sustainable transportation planning consultancy Nelson\Nygaard; healthcare technology planning firm Genesis Planning; and luxury hospitality design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon(PYR)."
Bjarne Hammer, founding partner of Schmidt Hammer Lassen, also said:
Part of what makes this partnership so special is that Perkins+Will and Schmidt Hammer Lassen share a common set of values: design excellence, sustainability, innovation, and the highest level of client service. We also maintain the same design ethos, believing that exceptional architecture is always democratic and in the service of the greater good. We’re compatible at every level.
As reported at Architect magazine, "As part of the deal, technically an acquisition, [CEO Bente] Damgaard and all Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s founding and practice partners will continue to lead the Denmark studio, which will retain the Schmidt Hammer Lassen name."
Our firms share a clear mission: through architecture and design, we make a positive difference in the world and in the lives of others. We both believe strongly in the transformative, healing power of design to address some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. And, we both thrive in a design culture that encourages collaboration.