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Perkins+Will swallows up Schmidt Hammer Lassen

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US design giant Perkins+Will has bought Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects as it expands its European presence

Perkins+Will, which ranks in the top half of the AJ100 with 52 UK-based architects, employs 2,000 professionals across 20 offices, many in North America.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has 108 architects across offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Shanghai. The Danish firm will keep its name for now, although it is understood talks will be held to discuss a possible future rebranding.

Perkins+Will London studio managing director Steven Charlton said: ‘The merger comes at a fortuitous time for us in London, in particular, as we focus on expanding our architectural practice in the UK and mainland Europe.

‘In Schmidt Hammer Lassen, we have found partners who share our vision for thought-provoking, inspirational design and our desire to bolster our combined presence in international markets.’

Schmidt Hammer Lassen chief executive Bente Damgaard added: ‘We want to be known as a company that is both design-driven and client-focused, as a firm that produces extraordinary designs and delivers them with extraordinary efficiency.

’Merging with Perkins+Will enables us to maintain this critical part of our identity while having the support, technology, and reach of a much larger organisation. It’s a fantastic opportunity.’

Founded in 1935, Perkins+Will has been acquisition-hungry in recent years, taking over London-based branding and design consultancy Portland Design Associates in 2015.

Six years ago the practice merged with Pringle Brandon, then headed by former RIBA president Jack Pringle, and traded as Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will until 2016 when the name was simplified to ‘avoid confusion’.  

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