Perkins and Will’s New York Studio Promotes Interior Design Director
Brent Capron is a champion for interdisciplinary design, with clients in finance/tech, law, media, consumer projects, insurance, publishing, fashion, and healthcare
Global architecture and design firm Perkins and Will announces the promotion of Brent Capron, Interior Design Director of the firm’s New York studio, to principal.
Since joining the firm in 2017, Capron has been an invaluable addition to the leadership team for New York’s Corporate Interiors practice. Capron was promoted from associate principal through the Perkins and Will Leadership Program, which recognizes individuals who have a positive impact on the firm’s culture and client work through innovation and design excellence.
A champion for interdisciplinary design, Capron’s inherent creativity, strategic thinking, and long-term outlook has enabled him to advise clients on new design models as the global workforce experiences an unprecedented shift in workplace culture and behaviours.
Having influenced the design of over 1 million square feet of interior space in Manhattan alone, and another 500,000 feet nationally, Capron has led the creative vision on some of the studio’s most high profile corporate interiors projects, including the corporate headquarters for Penguin Random House, Viacom’s expansion in Midtown Manhattan and the relocation of Guardian Life’s global headquarters to Hudson Yards.
“It’s an honor to lead such an extraordinary team of interior designers in our New York studio, and to work with such creative clients every day,” says Capron. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to grow our portfolio while helping best-in-class organizations embark on new beginnings in spaces that embody their brand essence.”
“Both our studio and clients have benefited tremendously from Brent’s incredible talent and affinity for collaboration,” adds Bill Harris, Managing Director of the New York studio. “Each project he’s touched has been influenced by his poetic and intentional design choices, and his emphasis on longevity and end-user experience. He is skilled at translating client goals and aspirations into exceptional interior spaces.”
The Corporate Headquarters of Penguin Random House in New York City.
Born and raised in Colorado, Capron comes from a long line of landscape architects.
Boasting a bi-coastal background, he worked in Los Angeles for several years before relocating to New York in 1999, where he first began his career. Since then, Capron has improved the corporate workplace experience for thousands of people across multiple continents, including multiple global offices for Indeed, Bloomberg’s Regional Distribution Centre in London, and MetLife’s global headquarters.
Capron’s appointment to principal comes at a pivotal time for the workplace, as organizations worldwide are looking to designers for resilient response strategies to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Capron, the challenge represents an opportunity to re-examine existing design models and create new approaches that are truly flexible, resilient, and receptive to accelerating trends in workplace behaviors and changing cultural norms, as boundaries blur between home and office.
“As the world continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s imperative that workplace strategists continue to rethink what we thought we knew while actively pursuing opportunities for greater resilience and flexibility,” says Capron.
“Perkins and Will prioritizes convergence between sectors – whether it be healthcare, workplace, or science and technology – and this strategy has equipped our studio with a truly holistic perspective that is invaluable to our clients in the current climate.”
Capron is a member of the AIA and holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Viacom’s Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan (Photo credit: Eric Laignel)
About Perkins and Will
Perkins and Will, an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm, was founded in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives. Guided by its core values—design excellence, diversity and inclusion, research, resilience, social purpose, sustainability, and well-being—the firm is committed to designing a better, more beautiful world. Fast Company named Perkins and Will one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Architecture, and industry rankings consistently place Perkins and Will among the world’s top design practices. With an international team of more than 2,700 professionals, the firm has over 20 studios worldwide, providing services in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, and landscape architecture. Partners include Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen; retail strategy and design consultancy Portland; sustainable transportation planning consultancy Nelson\Nygaard; healthcare technology planning firm Genesis; and luxury hospitality design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR). For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com.