Drake Wauters Joins Perkins+Will as Technical Director of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. Office

Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2014) – Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will announces today that Drake Wauters, AIA, CSI, IES, LEED AP, has joined the firm as Technical Director and Associate Principal at the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

In his new role, Wauters, who is part of Perkins+Will’s firm-wide Excellence in Execution leadership network, will support each project team in the metropolitan region from inception to design and bidding, and through construction and commissioning. He will also help refine and manage standards, peer reviews, team and systems coordination, and quality assurance.

“I look forward to assisting our teams in making the most effective and holistic decisions throughout each project to help them further succeed for our clients,” Wauters said. “I’m excited to join Perkins+Will. The firm is well recognized as an industry leader on important aspects of the sustainable build environment. Their level of client service is excellent, and I had a strong professional history with the D.C. office dating back 15 years.”

Adds Managing Director Steve Manlove, Associate AIA, LEED AP, “We are quite pleased that Drake has come on board as the Technical Director and an Associate Principal at Perkins+Will’s office in the District of Columbia. He has a tremendous amount of industry experience, and Drake is an extremely resourceful and responsive planner, architect, analyst and manager with an expert ability in putting buildings together, expressing designs, avoiding risk, finding solutions and streamlining construction.”

With nearly 30 years of experience, and having worked on more than 30 million square feet of projects, Wauters has served as an analyst, design-discipline integrator, risk-control adviser and technical resource on many teams through planning, design and construction. He has also worked as a consultant on building and construction-related issues since 1991; served in senior-leadership positions at architecture, construction and engineering firms; and spent more than a decade in executive leadership.

His projects have featured many technically challenging new facilities as well as modernizations, including major corporate, government and institutional headquarters; state-of-the-art laboratories for three federal agencies and a large research university; data centers; clean-room and communications facilities; blast hardening; energy shielding; power-generation complexes; command and control facilities; industry and manufacturing sites; and numerous justice facilities.

Wauters participates in several advisory boards and serves as a member of numerous professional organizations focused on design excellence and sustainable policies.

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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