Acclaimed designer, urbanist, and sustainability leader Brad Wilkins has joined the Austin studio of Perkins and Will as a design principal. Under Wilkins’ leadership, the Austin studio will expand its capabilities to design beautiful places that uplift, inspire, and delight local communities. Wilkins will work across the studio’s corporate commercial, K-12, higher education, and urban design practices.
“Austin is a vibrant, engaging city in an exciting period of growth,” says Wilkins. “I was drawn to its distinctive character, and am excited to be a part of a team that is helping to push the boundaries.”
Localized Design with a Global Influence
In the last 25 years, Wilkins has lived in more than a dozen cities across Europe, Asia, and North America, participating in over 100 design commissions across 20 countries.
“One of the hallmarks of our studio is being able to take best practices in architecture and design from around the world and apply them locally,” says Stephen Coulston, a principal. “As we continue to grow, Brad’s global design experience will complement what we offer our clients in Texas and the Southwest, ensuring our work resonates with the communities we serve. We’re excited to have him on our team.”
A Sustainable Future
Wilkins has lectured worldwide at conferences and universities about sustainability research and implementation strategies, and is the only architect to hold the distinction of Fellow of the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy (ELEEP) program of the Atlantic Council (US) and the Ecologic Institute (EU). He was among the first 2% of LEED Accredited Professionals in the world.
“Perkins and Will has always appealed to me because of its reputation for design excellence and dedication to sustainability,” says Wilkins. “I hope to build on a history that includes the once-highest scoring LEED Platinum office building globally, by designing projects that foster community engagement and contribute positively to Austin’s unique landscape.”
Brad holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Utah, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and is a LEED Accredited professional.