On Jan. 13, 2010, Atlanta-based Perkins+Will announced that it had “joined forces” with Toronto-based Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners. In a press release, the firm said the combination marks Perkins+Will’s 19th office in North America and second in Canada.
“The Shore Tilbe Irwin merger supports our strategy to grow by targeted acquisition, as it represents a pooling of expertise that will bring significant benefits to our business,” said Phil Harrison, Perkins+Will CEO. “Shore Tilbe’s experience in designing recreational environments will be instrumental in developing a new market sector across Perkins+Will’s expansive global network, while our depth in the corporate, civic, education, healthcare, science and transportation space will open the door to new opportunities for Shore Tilbe’s vast client base.”
“Shore Tilbe Irwin and Perkins+Will share a common philosophy of design and practice, and combining the knowledge, expertise and resources of our two firms will result in one of the strongest and most innovative architecture practices in North America,” said Andrew Frontini, design director for Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners. “Our strength in the sports and recreational industry, coupled with our deep insight into the Canadian marketplace, will add another dimension to Perkins+Will’s world-class offering.”