SAN FRANCISCO, April 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning international architecture and design firm Perkins+Will announced today the appointment of Peter Busby to the role of managing director of its San Francisco office.
Since merging his Vancouver based firm with Perkins+Will in 2004, Busby has been a driving force across the company, compelling its industry-leading sustainable design initiatives. With this newly expanded role, Busby's globally recognized design work and approach, along with his focus on sustainable communities and regenerative design, will integrate with the San Francisco office's distinguished multidisciplinary practice. Russ Drinker, who previously led the office, is now regional director for East/South East Asia.
"Peter Busby's appointment reflects our firm's strategic commitment to the remarkable creative energy of the San Francisco Bay Area," said Phil Harrison, president and CEO of Perkins+Will. "The region's grand-scale innovation is deserving of inspiring environments that reflect and even further invigorate it. Peter's visionary perspective added to our acclaimed San Francisco office leadership and talent will reinforce our ability to provide transformative sustainable design for the businesses, institutions, and organizations behind this enterprising climate."
Busby's extensive portfolio spans market sectors and disciplines. His expertise includes large-scale sustainable urban design and development projects such as Victoria, B.C.'s LEED Platinum Dockside Green mixed-use community, and precedent-setting regenerative facilities including the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre and The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Both buildings are targeting LEED Platinum/Living Building status and are on track to achieve new milestones in North American green building design. In addition, Busby is noted for advancing sustainable education and practices across the northwest region and industry.
"Working in San Francisco and strengthening my connection to this community is a wonderfully meaningful opportunity. Wellness, sustainability, and social responsibility are all qualities the Bay Area is known for--qualities that reflect Perkins+Will's values as well as my own," said Busby. "With our Vancouver perspective, the legacy of the San Francisco team, and the Bay Area's engaged awareness, there's a shared understanding of the expansive and even revolutionary role that sustainable design can play for people, communities, and organizations."
Perkins+Will's San Francisco office offers a vibrant local practice with broad expertise in architecture, interiors, urban design, and preservation and reuse projects in the Bay Area and around the globe. Current notable Bay Area projects include the Computational Research and Theory Facility for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the adaptive reuse of office building 140 New Montgomery in San Francisco, and the Treasure Island Master Plan. Among the office's local portfolio are the Ferry Building, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ohlone College's Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology.
"Peter brings a sensibility that's highly attuned to the kind of thoughtful, impactful work for which we are known," said Allison Williams, design director of the San Francisco office. "With his design philosophy, dynamism, and ability to foster emerging talent, he also aligns with the region's forward-thinking culture."
Peter Busby will address the topic of regenerative design at a public lecture on May 23, 2012 in the Recital Hall of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For more information, please contact Howard Weiss at [email protected].
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global multidisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 24 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types, grounding its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world's top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm's outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations. With pioneering tools to advance sustainable design practices, the largest green building portfolio in North America, more than 1,000 LEED® Accredited Professionals, and a commitment to the 2030 Challenge, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry's preeminent sustainable design firms. For more information, visit: www.perkinswill.com.