Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co.
Perkins+Will Canada employees from the firm's leadership group meeting in the Vancouver head office

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co. was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2016):

  • Perkins+Will Canada offers referral bonuses to employees who successfully recruit new candidates (to $2,000) and lets everyone share in the company's success with year-end bonuses and profit-sharing for all -- the firm also encourages employees to save for the longer term with matching RSP contributions
  • Perkins+Will Canada invests in ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses, subsidies for professional accreditation along with a range of in-house and online training programs -- and reaches out to the next generation through apprenticeships, paid internships and a formal mentoring program
  • Perkins+Will Canada is a recognized green architecture firm that walks the walk with transit subsidies, secure bike storage and shower facilities to encourage self-propelled transportation -- 95 percent of head office employees ride, walk, take transit or carpool to work
Perkins+Will Canada winners of the firm's internal architectural drawing competition
Perkins+Will Canada atrium in the Vancouver office
Perkins+Will Canada employees during the company's Wellness Week


Industry Architectural Services
Established in Canada 1937
Parent company Perkins+Will
Parent company head office Atlanta, GA, USA
Full-time employees in Canada 165
Part-time employees in Canada 8
Average age of employees in Canada 40.6
Longest serving employee 31 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Perkins+Will Canada's Vancouver office implemented a number of environmental initiatives that have been replicated across the firm, including the "Pass the Trash" competition which recognizes the office with the highest diversion rate, a composting program complete with a manual and resource guide (over 70 percent of office locations now compost), and the "Perkins + Will Energy Cup" competition, a unique online competition that pits virtual office race cars against each other with the more power saved the further the race car travels -- 6.25kms for every 1kWh of energy saved
  • Perkins+Will Canada completed 240 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects and has over 300 LEED registered projects -- the firm employs over 1,000 LEED accredited professionals worldwide and encourages unaccredited personnel to pursue designation within six months of hire
  • Perkins+Will Canada provides health and transit subsidies of up to $900 per year and offers secure bike storage and shower facilities to encourage alternative modes of transportation -- 95 percent of head office employees ride, walk, take transit or carpool to work
  • Perkins+Will Canada boasts many firsts in its industry, including designing the first LEED Platinum-certified multi-family residential building in North America, the highest-scoring LEED Platinum certified new building in Canada, and the first LEED Gold Certified new building in Canada -- the firm also pushes beyond LEED, currently designing two projects to the "Living Building Challenge" as defined by the International Living Future Institute, a standard set to ensure buildings have a net positive impact on their surroundings
Perkins+Will Canada's Vancouver head office features a living wall in the light-filled atrium
Perkins+Will Canada employees on a design retreat at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability


Full-time employees in Canada 165
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Research
Formal strategy/policy name SDI Strategic Plan (long term plan to become the world's leading sustainable design firm) and the Green Operations Plan (guides the firm's day-to-day operations)
Unique green initiatives Perkin + Wills Energy Cup (unique online competition between office locations that features virtual office race cars that compete against one another, the more power saved the further the race car travels), in-house "Pass on Trash" competition (offices compete to divert the most waste from landfill), committed to the industry-led "2030 Challenge" pledging that all projects will be designed to be carbon neutral by 2030, sustainable cleaning policy (covering cleaning products used as well as procedures), serves fair-trade coffee served
In-house waste reduction and recycling composting organics, transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
External environmental audit yes
Green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, Commuter Challenge, Climate Smart (emissions calculator for travel to offset travel emissions), Canada Green Building Council (the firm's Managing Director, Peter Busby was a founding member and was instrumental in bringing the LEED rating system to Canada)
Head office LEED Pending
Building footprint includes passive ventilation and cooling during summer months, living green wall to improve air quality

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