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News Release: Perkins and Will Strengthens its North Carolina Health Practice with Key Leadership Hire


February 11, 2020

Jonathan Miller, an alumnus of the firm, rejoins as principal in North Carolina to oversee the design and delivery of area hospitals and healthcare centers

DURHAM, N.C.—Global architecture and design firm Perkins and Will welcomes architect Jonathan Miller to its North Carolina practice to oversee the design and delivery of a strong portfolio of healthcare projects. Miller, who worked in the firm’s New York studio in the late 1990s, has more than 25 years of extensive experience in the field, and has worked alongside some of the country’s most acclaimed health and wellness institutions.

“For many years, I thought I would follow in my grandfather’s footsteps as a physician, but after having visited architectural works by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn, I couldn’t resist the draw of architecture,” says Miller, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “I’m thrilled to be able to combine two of my passions—design and healthcare—and delighted to return to the Perkins and Will family in North Carolina.”

The North Carolina practice has a long history of leading the design and planning significant healthcare projects in the region, including the Duke Medicine Pavilion in Durham; the WakeMed Ambulatory Surgery Center and Medical Office Building in Raleigh; University of North Carolina (UNC) REX Community Hospital in Holly Springs; and the Hopeway Foundation Regional Mental Healthcare Facility in Charlotte. Miller now leads the practice’s project teams on Atrium Union West Hospital in Charlotte and various projects with Duke Health in Durham and Cary.

“We’re honored to have Jonathan as a part of our team,” said Zena Howard, principal and managing director of the North Carolina practice. “His passion for design that inspires wellness, as well as his experience specifically with healthcare districts, will be invaluable to the communities we serve.”

Prior to returning to North Carolina, Miller worked in New York with some of the nation’s most highly regarded healthcare systems. There, he mastered the art of designing sophisticated, healing environments despite having limited space. He is particularly skilled, too, at transforming aging healthcare facilities into state-of-the-art destinations for care.

In addition to his work in healthcare, Miller has led design projects for clients across a wide range of market sectors, including aviation, commercial development, education, entertainment, hospitality, and commercial interiors. His work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) New York, Baltimore, and California chapters.

For more than five years, Miller co-chaired the AIA New York’s Design for Health Committee (formerly Health Facilities Committee), an organizational voice comprised of architects and healthcare industry partners that provides thought leadership programs and guidelines for planning, design, and construction of healthcare facilities. He holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University.


About Perkins and Will

Perkins and Will, an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm, was founded in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives. Guided by its core values—design excellence, diversity and inclusion, research, resilience, social purpose, sustainability, and well-being—the firm is committed to designing a better, more beautiful world. Fast Company named Perkins and Will one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Architecture, and industry rankings consistently place Perkins and Will among the world’s top design practices. With an international team of more than 2,700 professionals, the firm has over 20 studios worldwide, providing services in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design and landscape architecture. Partners include Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen; retail strategy and design consultancy Portland; sustainable transportation planning consultancy Nelson\Nygaard; and luxury hospitality design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR).

The North Carolina practice of Perkins and Will is a collaborative and diverse team of 72 professionals based in studios in downtowns Durham and Charlotte. They take a research-based design approach that reveals the context and story of a place and allows them to shape encounters that promote understanding of self, appreciation of community, and empathy for others.

For more information, please visit www.perkinswill.com.

Media Contact:
Cary Cox, ccox@fwv-us.com, 919-277-1167

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