Perkins&Will Welcomes New Health Practice Leader to New York studio

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Laura Morris brings over 20 years of experience to the firm, delivering both healthy buildings and communities throughout her career

The New York studio of global architecture and design firm Perkins&Will announces the appointment of Laura Morris as its new health practice leader. An expert in healthcare interior design, she will help lead the continued growth of the New York studio’s health practice, as it expands its portfolio across the U.S and beyond. Morris, who also joins the studio as associate principal, will lead all health design and planning work connected with the firm’s seven research labs. Her new role will involve the delivery of exceptional client service through the execution of the most advanced strategies, insights and tools.

Morris will also lead the studio’s efforts to guide clients during a time of evolution for the health industry at large. Through rigorous data gathering and scenario planning for a range of revenue models, Perkins&Will provides healthcare organisations with critical metrics that unlock economic opportunities while also optimizing space and patient treatment and recovery.Image courtesy of Perkins&Will

Morris is returning to familiar ground with her appointment to the New York studio, having worked with the practice from 2008 to 2013.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Perkins&Will – a firm who continues to deliver healthcare facilities rooted not only in elevating the patient experience, but the experience of caregivers and families as well,” said Morris. “Now more than ever, delivering truly resilient health facilities demands empathy, critical thinking and a long-term lens. I’m excited to work with a team of experts who celebrate this ethos with each and every project.”

With decades of design leadership experience, Morris has contributed to a variety of notable healthcare projects. During her time at Perkins&Will, Morris’ contributions included John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Einstein Medical Center in Pennsylvania, and the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

Einstein Medical Center – Montgomery, East Norton, Pennsylvania (Image courtesy of Halkin Mason)

John Hopkins Hospital, Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and Sheikh Tower (Image courtesy of Eduard Hueber)

Morris rejoins the New York studio at an exciting time for both the practice and healthcare design at large. As the industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, from advancements in Telehealth to greater awareness around mental health and neurodiversity, Perkins&Will continues to deliver designs that are both flexible and resilient.

Their portfolio of projects include the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Animal Medical Center, located in Manhattan, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, NYU Langone Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  

“Laura brings unmatched knowledge and leadership to our healthcare practice,” said Bill Harris, managing director. “With experience leading the design of many types and sizes of healthcare projects, her knowledge and industry insights will be instrumental as our health practice continues to evolve and grow.”

John Hopkins Hospital, Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and Sheikh Tower (Image courtesy of Eduard Hueber)

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, living design, 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