10/23/2014 | Perkins+Will

The Houston office of Perkins+Will, a global leader in architecture and design, recently announced the elevation of Ed Cordes to the key firmwide leadership position of Practice Chair for the Science + Technology market. 

Cordes has previously served as the Regional Science + Technology Leader and project principal for the North Central and Southwest regions of Perkins+Will.  An architect and Principal of the firm with over 25 years of experience, Ed is an energetic leader, detail-oriented, and a skilled manager of complex teams. His areas of specialty include biomedical & biocontainment lab design, chemical, engineering, and academic research projects.  Over the past five years, Mr. Cordes has led many projects, including projects at Texas A&M University, Kansas State University, Texas Children’s, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Baylor University. Current clients include Northwestern University College of Medicine and Louisiana State University College of engineering. 

Cordes succeeds Atlanta-based Dan Watch, who has led considerable growth in the Science + Technology practice for Perkins+Will, in the role.  Cordes and Watch will continue to work together closely to ensure the delivery of cutting-edge planning and design for the firm’s domestic and international client base. Perkin+Will’s research facility portfolio is one of the largest in the world and the science practice is consistently ranked in the top 5 national firms by volume.

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Located in the Houston Central Business District among 25 of the Top Fortune 500 companies, and ten minutes from the world's largest medical center, the Houston office of Perkins+Will is led by a seasoned leadership team who has practiced in the State of Texas for many years. With deep roots in the community, we have built a practice upon the firm's major areas of expertise: science + technology, healthcare, higher education and corporate + commercial + civic. Our architects and designers are recognized for their deep knowledge and innovative approach to research, problem-solving, and project delivery. Our specific expertise includes laboratory design, life science labs, engineering,high-containment facilities, educational facilities and government structures.. Our clients are leaders and innovators in their fields. We are respected for our commitment to design excellence, our leadership in sustainability and social responsibility, and our goal to create value for our clients through innovative thinking and creative problem-solving. These values are as important to the firm today as they were at its founding over 75 years ago.