May 7, 2018
The California-based firm Dougherty Architects, founded by CED alumni Betsey Olenick Dougherty and Brian Paul Dougherty, recently merged with top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman. The merger will significantly build upon established practices with an emphasis on K-12 and higher education design, and diversify their combined expertise, particularly in California. The combined firm will total more than 1,000 employees, adding enhanced resources, client value, and opportunities for employees.
The Doughertys earned their undergraduate and master’s degrees in architecture from UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, and have continued to emphasize the College’s core values of sustainability, positive community impact, and beautiful design.
Betsey Dougherty sees the merger as way to expand the Dougherty’s practice and principles in California: “The merger of Dougherty with Perkins Eastman represents the perfect alliance of a highly respected international design firm with a regional hands-on studio. Both firms share a common cultural commitment to personal service, quality, technology advancement, sustainability, and community-based quality of life projects.”
Both firms were founded with similar beliefs: that architecture can have a direct and positive impact on people’s lives, achieved through close collaboration with the client and community. In particular, the award-winning K-12 and higher education portfolios of both firms reflect a commitment to the planning and design of high-performance environments that enhance educational outcomes for students and communities.
As Dougherty Architects approaches its 40th year of regional practice, it is most appropriate to secure an exciting and promising merger with Perkins Eastman to offer to our clients and our staff the broad array of resources available through PE’s international presence, reputation, and portfolio. Dougherty’s goal is to offer the best of both — the depth of resources and talent of Perkins Eastman with the personal service and intimate studio culture of Dougherty. Both firms share a compatible portfolio, a dedication to sustainable design, a commitment to our communities, and the joy of providing a creative studio-based environment for our respective clients and staff. As this transition takes place, the dougherty.us website content and social media channels will merge with Perkins Eastman’s online presence.
Perkins Eastman is an award-winning 1,000-person global design firm networked across 15 locations. The firm was founded on the belief that design should enhance the human experience in the places where people live, work, play, learn, age, and heal. Perkins Eastman’s portfolio comprises work in a wide range of specialized project types: primary & secondary education, higher education, civic & cultural, healthcare, hospitality, large scale mixed-use, office & retail, planning and urban design, residential, science and technology, senior living, sports and exhibition, transportation and infrastructure, and workplace. For more information, visit perkinseastman.com.