Virtual Open House Series - Perkins&Will

  • Date

    Thursday, September 09 2021

  • Time

    5:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

Join the AIA|DC Urban Design Committee & Technology Committee for our 2021 Open House Series at leading architectural and urban design firms in DC as they virtually showcase projects currently in planning, design, or construction phases. 

Event 2: Perkins&Will Washington, DC Studio 

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00 pm  

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital since 1984, our 70-person Washington DC office is a diverse practice delivering thoughtful, transformative, client-focused solutions. As leaders in the marketplace, we are gratified by our significant roster of long term clients as well as new clients in practice areas such as civic, corporate interiors, government, healthcare, higher education, and science and technology. We are honored to be ranked among the world’s top design firms to have received hundreds of architectural and interior design awards. In fact, the very organizations that serve professional interior designers—American Society of Interior Designers, National Council for Interior Design Qualification, International Interior Design Association—have all chosen our Washington-based designers to create their own work environments.

This event will be hosted on, the details for this event can be found HERE.  Attendees will gain awareness of the changes that are taking place in the AEC industry through design practices. This is an opportunity for the architectural community to see the current and future projects that can potentially transform the District, region, the nation, and the world.

**This series is held on consecutive Thursdays in September**

09/02/2021 Event 1 : Perkins Eastman 

09/09/2021 Event 2 : Perkins&Will

09/16/2021 Event 3 : AECOM

09/23/2021 Event 4 : HOK

You must be registered to attend.

Details for the Perkins&Will event can be found HERE

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Chris Morrison, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C (Principal, Managing Director)

Chris developed a passion for design as a youngster. He’d always loved art and crafts and building things like go-carts and treehouses came naturally to him. After contemplating careers in both carpentry and chemical physics, he ultimately settled on architecture as the perfect blend of his passions and aptitude. He earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland and worked in local firms as an architect for 20+ years before joining Perkins&Will’s DC studio.

Today, Chris embraces both the artistry and business side of design as Managing Director of our Washington, DC studio. He strives to create a diverse and collaborative office environment for both staff and clients, recognizing that the symbiosis of disparate ideas is what drives innovation. He is a Fellow of the AIA and has served on a variety of committees throughout his career. When he’s not tending to business in the studio, Chris—an epicure and a musician—loves hosting friends for feasts, conversation, and music.


Carl Knutson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C ( Principal, Design Director)

Carl brings 25 years of experience to his role as Design Director of the Washington, DC studio as well as a portfolio of projects that have earned dozens of design awards. Born in Mexico City and raised in both Central and North America, his exposure to such diverse environments fostered a fascination with how people organize their communities and express their values through architecture. His interest in different cultures and urban geographies continue to inspire his design even today.

Carl’s design work includes civic, educational, healthcare, and science + technology projects local to the capital region, nationally, and internationally. In addition to leading design teams, Carl has both authored and contributed to various design related publications. He was the Lead Designer for the newly opened Southwest Library for DCPL. Carl earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Lehigh University and a Master of Architecture from The University of Michigan.


Nancy Gribeluk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Associate Principal, Senior Project Manager)

Nancy is an Argentinian born, Israeli and Canadian educated architect who began her career 25 years ago in New York City before moving to Atlanta and then Washington, DC. Living in various countries has influenced Nancy’s approach to design and architecture. Her diverse background helps her connect with a variety of clients and the perspective she brings to each project is rooted in celebrating what is unique to each group. 

Nancy is a member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and enjoys mentoring women in architecture. She is a dedicated, detail oriented professional with a passion for architecture and design. Her leadership and collaborative approach have served many successful projects in various typologies including education, civic, healthcare, corporate, and multi-family. She was the Project Manager for DCPL’s newly-opened Southwest Library project and has completed two award-winning health clinics for Whitman-Walker Health.


David Cordell, ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador (Associate Principal)

David Cordell has served as a project designer and technical coordinator on ground-breaking projects with a particular focus on interior environments and their interaction with occupant health and wellness and sustainability. As an Associate Principal, his experience includes a variety of corporate, non-profit, healthcare, and science & technology projects. With more than 20 years of experience (ten of which, he has been the sustainability leader for the interiors practice in the DC office), David has worked on numerous LEED projects, including the Headquarters for the American Society of Interior Designers, the first project in the world to earn Platinum certification under the WELL Building Standard. 

David speaks regularly on topics related to healthy interior environments, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. His projects have earned multiple awards and have been published in Contract magazine, Interior Design, Metropolis, American Builders Quarterly, and Building Design + Construction. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. 


Brittany McNairy, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, RELI AP (Associate, Technical Coordinator)

Brittany is a technical coordinator and associate in Perkins&Will’s Washington, DC office. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Maryville University of St. Louis. She has experience with corporate, government, and education projects that range from small interior renovations to campus workplace planning efforts. Brittany brings attention to detail and technical expertise to project implementation and delivery.  

Brittany recently completed the design of Perkins& Will’s new office, skillfully navigating the challenge of having architects and peers as clients, with budget and size limitations. In addition, she leads the Washington DC office’s Social Purpose initiatives and has a great interest in promoting sustainable design and social responsibility in her work.


Jim Woody, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Associate Principal, Senior Project Architect/Construction Administration Leader)

While studying architecture at Virginia Tech, Jim worked part-time for a general contractor. Once he graduated and was working as an intern for a firm in Chicago, Jim was introduced to construction administration and was hooked. Working with contractors and coming up with unique solutions cemented his love for the technical side of architecture. As Senior Project Architect in Perkins&Will’s Washington, DC studio, Jim brings to the table his experience in industrial design, architecture design, and expertise in solving complex, technical problems. 

In the past decade, Jim has focused almost exclusively on the construction administration of healthcare facilities in the greater Washington region. He just wrapped up serving as the Construction Administration Lead for The University of Virginia’s new 440,000 SF expansion of the University Hospital. Jim relocated to Charlottesville in 2016 to lead the 5+ year construction duration of this critical project.


Kate Currie, NCIDQ, ASID, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C (Associate, Senior Interior Project Designer)

Kate is one of the lead interior project designers in Perkins&Will’s DC studio and has been a key team member on a wealth of significant projects across multiple practice areas: healthcare, corporate interiors, non-profits/associations, and civic. Kate thrives on collaboration and her cross-section of project types is testament to her ability to be nimble and resourceful on project teams. 

Kate earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Environments from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to her work in the studio, she is actively involved with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and has served on several national task forces and has chaired multiple committees. In 2018, she was named a “Ones to Watch” National Scholar by the ASID. She is also the incoming president for the local DC chapter, which has deepened her connections with thought leaders from the industry.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore how architecture, urban design, landscape design and planning contribute to the vibrancy of the cities
  • Discuss how design projects interact with and contribute to the theme of “happy cities” 
  • Explain and identify strategies for incorporating technology and best practices of design into architectural and planning projects; and
  • Explore how various urban design and architectural projects are transforming the district and other cities around the world.

Organized by: AIA|DC Urban Design Committee & Technology Committee

Sponsored by: Perkins&Will

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