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Perkins+Will Canada launches as unified firm with addition of Vermeulen Hind Architects

Perkins+Will Canada is now a unified national practice by the merger of Ottawa and Hamilton (Dundas)-based Vermeulen Hind Architects with Shore Tilbe Perkins+Will and Vancouver-based Busby Perkins+Will. The combination marks the official launch of Perkins+Will Canada, establishing the firm among the pre-eminent interdisciplinary design practices in the nation.

“The addition of Vermeulen Hind supports the Perkins+Will strategy to grow by targeted merger, creating a larger pool of expertise and talent in key practices that complement our existing strengths,” said Peter Busby, managing director, Vancouver. “The establishment of Perkins+Will Canada translates into greater access to the Canadian and international marketplace, while maintaining our commitment to the local communities where we operate.”

“Now is the right time to solidify the Perkins+Will brand in Canada,” said D’Arcy Arthurs, managing director, Ontario. “Not only does the Vermeulen Hind merger expand our Ontario market with highly regarded healthcare experience, something we’ve been anticipating for some time, but it gives us a strategic foundation to build a broader presence across the country and across specialties.”

Founded in 1992, Vermeulen Hind’s portfolio ranges from smaller, adaptive re-use and restoration health care projects to larger, multi-phase institutional transformations. Vermeulen Hind, along with Perkins+Will’s current Toronto office, will comprise the Ontario practice of Perkins+Will Canada.

“Each Perkins+Will Canada office shares a common philosophy of design excellence, and combining the knowledge, expertise and resources of our legacy firms will result in one of the strongest and most innovative architecture practices in North America,” said Fred Vermeulen, Healthcare Market Sector Leader, Ontario. “By collaborating with our colleagues across Perkins+Will, we will be able to strengthen our offering and better meet the growing needs of our diverse client base”

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