Perkins+Will Welcomes Vandana Nayak as Regional Education Practice Leader

DALLAS – Oct. 24, 2017 – The Dallas office of Perkins+Will, a global architecture and design firm, has hired Vandana Nayak to lead the K-12 and Higher Education practice in Texas and the Southwest U.S.  Nayak, who brings more than twenty years of experience delivering next-generation educational environments, will lead regional strategy and client engagement in education across Texas, and will oversee the Dallas office’s education studio.

 “Vandana’s ability to understand exactly what a client wants and then convert that vision into an executable plan will be an invaluable asset to our office,” said Managing Director Tom Reisenbichler. “Her business acumen, coupled with her design insights, will make her a knowledgeable resource for clients and a strong leader at Perkins+Will.”

 A graduate of Bangalore University in Karnataka, India, Nayak specializes in working with diverse constituent groups to reach solutions that address the most critical issues faced by modern schools, colleges and university facilities.  Her insights are frequently sought by the region’s premier industry organizations, including recent presentations to the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO), the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) and the Texas Society of Architects.

 “I’m excited for the opportunity to join Perkins+Will and dive into projects that are pushing boundaries and bringing fresh ideas to education in Texas,” said Nayak. “The Dallas office is raising the bar by providing creative solutions, innovative thinking and effective strategic planning for our clients, and I’m eager to contribute to and further our growth across the state.”

 Nayak’s body of work includes a number of educational institutions across north Texas, including Frisco ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, McKinney ISD, Lewisville ISD, Denton ISD, Texas Woman’s University, Dallas County Community College District, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas, and Texas A&M University.


About Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935. Founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities, we collaborate with clients all over the world to create healthy, sustainable places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. More than 2,000 professionals across over 20 Perkins+Will offices include some of the brightest minds in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, and landscape architecture. Clients consistently turn to us for our leadership and expertise in areas like sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and mobility. Additionally, our 10 Research Labs catalyze innovative design technologies and solutions that result in better, smarter, more competitive built environments. The recipient of hundreds of design awards each year, and a progressive leader in corporate social responsibility, Perkins+Will is consistently ranked among the world’s top design firms. Our family of partner companies includes retail strategy and design consultancy Portland; sustainable transportation planning consultancy NelsonNygaard; healthcare technology planning firm Genesis; and luxury hospitality design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR).

The Dallas office of Perkins+Will was established in 1988 and is one of the largest in the firm, harnessing the expertise of more than 180 architects, interior designers and planners. The office’s multi-disciplinary work spans nearly every sector, including healthcare, higher education, corporate, commercial, civic and K12 education. Recently completed projects from the Dallas office include The Richards Group’s new headquarters, Dallas Fire Station 27, UT Southwestern Medical Center Radiation Oncology, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, DISD’s Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School and Southern Methodist University’s Harold Clark Simmons Hall School of Education.  The Dallas office’s work has garnered hundreds of awards from prestigious industry publications and organizations in the region and around the world.

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