Perkins&Will welcomes Mike McElderry as new Design Director of the New York Studio

Mike McElderry – Image courtesy of Perkins&Will

The New York studio continues to extend its impact in architecture with a strategic appointment to its design leadership team

The New York studio of global architecture and design firm Perkins&Will is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike McElderry as its new architectural design director. Mike will overlap with the current design director Robert Goodwin until September, when Rob will move into to the role of design principal, where he will continue to lead the design of marquee projects for the firm.

With more than 15 years of experience as an architect and team leader, McElderry has helped navigate a range of complex projects collaborating with both public and private clients such as the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business and the City of Minneapolis’ New Public Service Building, as well as The Shed at Hudson Yards. His professional process is driven by collaboration, mentorship, and an acute ability to identify and convert challenges into innovative and intelligent architectural solutions.

“This appointment comes at a period of exciting growth for the New York studio, enhancing our ability to deliver our clients design-forward solutions,” says Bill Harris, managing director of Perkins&Will’s New York studio. “The studio’s commitment to design excellence is bolstered by Mike and Rob’s shared understanding of how great design can improve the lives of people and the planet. We’re excited to have both act as design leaders and mentors for our incredibly talented team.”

“Mike McElderry is joining the New York studio at a strategic time, expanding our bandwidth as we navigate a period of growth. I look forward to working alongside a designer of Mike’s caliber as we work to establish and cultivate the next generation of designers and design leadership in the studio,” says Mr. Goodwin.

McElderry has spent a large part of his career leading and designing iconic projects in a range of sectors, including mixed-use, cultural, institutional, and commercial development, and has developed a keen understanding of the nuanced and complex atmosphere in which these projects take shape. Throughout his career, McElderry has played a critical role in building consensus within and between municipal departments and the community through leading key stakeholder engagement workshops, council sessions, and public presentations. Prior to joining Perkins&Will, McElderry was the managing director & lead designer for Henning Larsen’s North American office in TriBeCa. He also worked as an associate principal & senior designer in the midtown office of Kohn Pedersen Fox.

“I’ve been lucky to work with people who have always understood the social, political, and cultural influence that can come with being an architect. Early in my career, my mentors consistently reiterated the importance of a quality public realm and human-centric design rooted in social and environmental purpose,” says Mike McElderry, Design Director. “These shared values are what drew me to Perkins&Will, where knowledge-based design, experiential qualities, and social purpose go hand-in-hand. I look forward to working alongside Rob, Bill, and the incredibly talented team in New York and abroad.”

About Perkins&Will 

Perkins&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&Will one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Architecture, and industry rankings consistently place Perkins&Will among the world’s top design practices. With an international team of more than 2,000 professionals, the firm has over 20 studios worldwide, providing integrated 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; and luxury hospitality design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR). For more information, visit