LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Perkins+Will is pleased to announce that Gabrielle Bullock, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP has recently been named the firm's Director of Global Diversity. As a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Bullock has been a long-standing advocate for advancing diversity initiatives within architecture.
"Diversity within our firm is crucial for continued growth and success," Bullock said. "In order to remain competitive and relevant within an evolving marketplace, it's important that the diversity of design professionals mirror the societies they serve."
As Perkins+Will continues to extend its global reach, it is imperative that project teams possess an array of expertise and backgrounds in order to best serve diverse communities. The results of Bullock's research will help her develop programs and outreach, dovetailing with the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) diversity mission. Over the next few months, Bullock will conduct in-depth research into diversity programs across a wide range of architectural firms and other industries in order to gather data and identify best practices and bench marks. A Perkins+Will diversity council will be identified within the first quarter of 2014.
"Employees from diverse backgrounds bring individual talents and experiences that enrich our work environment," Bullock said. "They offer a greater variety of solutions and viewpoints in order to best serve our clients and our community."
Bullock joined Perkins+Will in 1988 and has held leadership roles in both the New York, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles offices. She most recently served as the Managing Director of Perkins+Will's Los Angeles office for the past 8 years. Throughout her tenure, Bullock provided strategic and financial leadership as well as planning and management of large-scale facilities. Guiding projects from their conceptual phases all the way through to construction, her work includes the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, LA County Harbor-UCLA Master Plan and City of Hope Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Immunotherapeutics and Tumor Immunology, and the King Saud Bin Abdullaziz University for Health Sciences.
"I'm happy to announce Gabrielle's new role as Director of Global Diversity," said Perkins+Will President and CEO Phil Harrison, FAIA, LEED AP. "We are excited to undertake this initiative and I can't think of a more qualified leader than Gabrielle to bring a fresh and impactful look at diversity awareness and offerings. Her hands-on experiences as a leader of global projects have provided her with in-depth knowledge about the importance of diversity in advancing architecture."
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 1,500 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% of its design services to pro bono initiatives. For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com.