Perkins&Will Canada Architects Co.
Perkins&Will Canada employees meet in the head office's central atrium, which features a living green wall   (Photo credit: Kim Muise)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Perkins&Will Canada Architects Co. was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2022):

  • Perkins&Will Canada maintains a charitable focus on initiatives related to youth, elders, persons with disabilities, women's shelters, and the homeless, and encourages employees to get involved with paid time off to volunteer (the firm donated approximately 1,500 volunteer hours on company time in the past year)
  • Perkins&Will Canada takes a thoughtful approach when helping employees manage unexpected challenges, offering discretionary compassionate leave top-up for those called upon to care for a loved one (to 80 per cent of salary for up to 52 weeks)
  • Perkins&Will Canada invests in ongoing professional development with tuition subsidies for courses both related and not directly related to an employee's current position, subsidies for professional accreditation and financial bonuses (up to $2,000) for some course completions
Perkins&Will Canada employees in the head office's lunchroom   (Photo credit: Kim Muise)

Highlights

Industry Architectural services
Established in Canada 1935
Parent company Perkins&Will
Parent company head office Atlanta, GA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 215
Part-time employees in Canada 6
Average age of employees in Canada 39.8 years
Longest serving employee 28 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 65% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $1,260 each year
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $750 each year
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

COVID-19

Pandemic response provided office equipment for home office set-up and provided ergonomic assessments, implemented a new health care provider to offer additional counselling services, offered additional flexibility for working hours to enable employees to take care of personal commitments

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Perkins&Will Canada Architects Co. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

  • Perkins&Will Canada manages internship programs with interns working on various projects including building cost, project management, site analysis, design development, and materials research (to name a few) -- interns participate in design reviews, client meetings, in-house educational sessions, and social events, and have opportunities to connect with their mentor and project manager throughout their term
  • Perkins&Will Canada also reimburses interns the cost of all mandatory Architectural Institute of British Columbia courses, a non-mandatory BCIT Builders Code course, conferences and seminars, and provides students paid time off to attend courses
  • Perkins&Will Canada offers various in-house training programs including design lunches every third week, biweekly Technical Tuesdays, software demonstrations, lunch and learns, and quarterly "green lunches" on environmental topics
Perkins&Will Canada employees collaborate on a design project   (Photo credit: Kim Muise)

Highlights

Industry Architectural services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 215
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships, orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities extensive and continuous orientation program that includes topics such as technical processes, design processes, ergonomics, LEED, and office technical standards (to name a few), mentorship program, in-house language training, design lunches every third week, biweekly Technical Tuesdays, software demonstrations, lunch and learns throughout the month, quarterly "green lunches" on environmental topics
Dedicated employee resource group Internship Group holds quarterly meetings to discuss licensure and starting out as young architects, Emerging Practitioners group of newly licensed architects that provide guidance to interns
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Perkins&Will Canada Architects Co. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • Perkins&Will Canada is a signatory to the 2030 Challenge, to challenge industry professionals to make all projects carbon neutral by 2030, and works closely with Passive House Canada to develop an industry training program for the design and building of passive buildings -- the firm currently leads other architecture firms with 25 certified Passive House designers in Canada
  • Perkins&Will Canada offers all clients in Western Canada a formal Carbon Impact Statement with every project to help identify carbon reduction measures -- introduced in 2020, the service is provided at no additional cost to the client
  • Along with alternative working options, including working from home, Perkins&Will Canada encourages employees to participate in the Bike to Work Week and consider two-wheeled commuting when coming to the office, with a secure indoor bicycle parking room complete with lockers
A Perkins&Will Canada employee uses the office's secure bike storage room   (Photo credit: Kim Muise)

Highlights

Industry Architectural services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 215
Part-time employees in Canada 6
Employee green team research and sustainability team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name SDI Strategic Plan (long-term plan to become the world's leading sustainable design firm), green operations plan (guides the firm's day-to-day operations)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights sustainable cleaning policy (includes cleaning products as well as procedures), fair trade coffee (and a commercial-grade espresso machine to reduce disposable paper cups), Net Zero pledge to eliminate embodied carbon in all commercial interior projects by 2030 (Toronto and Ottawa)
Noteworthy initiatives health and transit subsidies (to $1,260 annually) that can be used for all types of alternative transportation, with 95% of its Vancouver employees walking, biking, taking transit or carpooling to work
Building footprint includes passive ventilation and cooling during summer months, automatic atrium shading, living green wall to improve air quality, Vancouver office certified under the Living Building Challenge (calls for buildings to have a positive impact on their surroundings)
Extended recycling organics, plastics, plastic bags, batteries, paper, cardboard, in-house Happy Stan's Recycling initiatives to collect broken water glasses, expired hard hats, and much more
Commuter amenities Bike to Work Week, Commuter Challenge, secure bike storage with lockers and shower facilities (Vancouver), Climate Smart (emissions calculator for travel and offsets travel emissions every year), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, transit subsidies
Community partnerships United We Can (employees volunteer to collect returns to raise money for charity), Canada Green Building Council (the firm's founder Peter Busby, is a founding member and was instrumental in bringing the LEED rating system to Canada), firm has completed over 460 LEED-certified projects, the 2030e² Energy Estimating Tool (to help calculate carbon footprint), 2030 Challenge (initiative to challenge industry professionals to make all projects carbon neutral by 2030), Passive House Canada (worked closely to develop a training program for industry professionals on designing and building passive buildings, currently has 5 projects targeting Passive House certification and has 25 certified Passive House Designers in Canada)

The Career Directory

Perkins&Will Canada Architects Co. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Employees at Perkins&Will Canada Architects in downtown Vancouver

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Architectural services
Full-time employees in Canada 101 to 250
Parent company Perkins&Will
Parent company head office Atlanta, GA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Other info for new grads Experience using Revit is required. Rhino and Grasshopper experience is an asset.
Typical new grad positions Junior Designer (Intern Architect), Junior Urban Designer, Junior Interior Designer, Technologist
Starting salary $50K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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