Chris Morrison Joins the Washington, D.C. Office of Perkins+Will as Managing Principal

Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2014) – 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.

About Perkins+Will’s D.C. Office
Situated in the heart of our nation’s capital, the Washington, D.C. office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will is a diverse practice delivering client-focused, detail-oriented and transformative solutions. Led by Managing Director Steve Manlove and Design Director Carl Knutson, the approximately 75 professionals housed in the District of Columbia location serve long-term and new clients in industries such as civic, corporate, government, health care, higher education, science and technology. Our team strongly believes that the economic imperative for increased efficiency and today’s business climate require the thoughtful consideration of energy, waste and water to remain competitive and assure a healthy environment for generations to come. Underscoring our commitment to sustainable design, the Washington practice proudly occupies award-winning space that has achieved LEED Platinum certification. Additionally, we have designed half of the total LEED-CI Platinum projects in D.C. Our professionals in the District of Columbia are committed to serving the communities in which they live through company-supported volunteer events and initiatives, as well as pro bono services. In accomplishing our work, we promote the values of environmental stewardship, a healthy culture, investment in the community, professional development and sound financial practices. For more information, please visit www.perkinswill.com/offices/washington-dc.

About Perkins+Will
Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935 and founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. Each of the firm’s 24 offices focuses on local, regional and global work in a variety of practice areas. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is ranked as one of the top global design firms. Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms due to its innovative research, design tools, and expertise. The firm's 1,600 professionals are thought leaders developing 21st century solutions to inspire the creation of spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live and learn. Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of Perkins+Will’s culture, and every year the company donates 1 percent of its design services to pro bono initiatives. For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com.


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