International design and architecture firms Perkins Eastman and Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (EE&K) have agreed to merge their practices, and consolidate their New York, Washington DC, and China offices. This will create a combined practice totalling nearly 600 employees.
Both firms believe that the design of the built environment is critical to the quality of life and that skilled architects play a critical role. Both have a portfolio of large-scale developments that share a set of common values: the objective of creating new urban places that foster vibrant public communities.
Bradford Perkins FAIA, chairman of Perkins Eastman, notes, “EE&K brings an internationally respected large-scale architectural design practice as well as a 50-year record of innovative educational facility design, a distinguished portfolio of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and a growing practice in China and Vietnam. This merger will be transformative for both practices, and will create an international firm with expanded reach, enhanced capabilities, and value for our clients.”
Stan Eckstut FAIA, Chairman of EE&K, furthers, “We have wanted to expand our architectural capabilities. One of our special strengths has been the conceptualization and design of large-scale mixed-use urban projects. Perkins Eastman-as one of the largest architectural firms-provides proven capabilities in all of the major building types that make up our large-scale designs so that we can implement more of those projects. Moreover, they bring added strength to our core interests in educational facilities, campus planning, and building design as well as our growing international practice.”