Brian Perkins

Brian Perkins

Santa Monica, CA, US



Passionate designer in the LA area interested in helping firms grow and suceed in our challenging market.  20 plus years of experience in Architecture, Urban Design, Interiors and furniture design.  Many successful projects that I would love to share with interested firms. 


HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates - Americas, Santa Monica, CA, US, Senior Designer/ Project Director

I was brought in for my office/hotel planning experience, I redesigned the 30 year old Santa Monica world headquarters for HBA. With a fresh perspective we were able to update the office with a clean contemporary look. Openness and communication were key objectives accomplished while bringing in more natural daylight and views to the exterior. As an international hotel design firm, I had the opportunity to work on a couple of high-rise residential towers in China doing the show flats for several units. The company also made a push to break into high-end custom residential. I completed the interiors for a 10,000 s.f. house in Park City, Utah and worked on concept designs for a 100,000 s.f. (private resort) house in Scottsdale. I also consulted with a HBA team attempting to revitalize interior healthcare design through a Kaiser Permanente competition.

Sep 2010 - Jun 2011

HKS, Inc, Beverly Hills, CA, US, Director of Design

My role included Design Leader of the Los Angeles Regional office and the Michigan office. I also worked closely with our San Francisco and hospitality leaders in our Palo Alto offices (Hill Glazier). I do this through a highly collaborative process and a strong passion for great design. My responsibilities include proposal preparation, interviewing and winning strategic projects as well as setting design direction. Mentoring and design reviews continue to be key tools in creating success with focused teams. I create a collaborative environment to marry the interior and exterior on many projects including King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, a ten story, two tower hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE, a 250,000 s.f. replacement hospital for Kaiser Permanente, W Hotel / Condos / Apartments in Hollywood, a 100 room boutique hotel on Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica, the five star Miramar hotel’s resurrection in Montecito and the Ketchum Lodge in Idaho.

Sep 2007 - Feb 2010

Leo A. Daly, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Principal

As growing office in a large international firm, my work grew by doing local/regional projects, and projects in China and Japan. In leading our design group, I worked to increase the Hospitality and Healthcare presence in the LA area. We expanded the Hotel Bel Air with a new spa and 15 hillside villas. We incorporated a new hotel in two high-rise residential towers in downtown LA (Park Fifth) and added a boutique hotel to the Variety Arts Theater near LA Live. My work also included a mixed use project in the Washington Blvd development district and other key sites near LA Live. Other clients included an Eco Resort in Santa Barbara County, LAX Tom Bradley International terminal, Kaiser Permanente, Several Los Angeles Community Colleges and LAUSD High Schools.

May 2006 - Sep 2007

BBGM, Washington, DC, US, Director of Design

I pushed design excellence and achieved some great work. Our work primarily focuses on high rise/mid rise hotels and residential with a complement of office, restaurant/retail, spas and governmental projects. I assembled an energetic team of designers who shared a vision for designs of our time. Raising the design level of the firm became my objective through inclusive design reviews and mentorship initiatives. My direct responsibilities included a 12 hotel complex in New York focusing on sustainable design with Nicolas Grimshaw and Gehry Technologies. A hotel, spa and condo for Canyon Ranch are at the heart of a retail development that we did with Jerde Partnership. I worked closely with the DC Historic Preservation Review Board on two mid rise condominiums in sensitive areas. Instrumental in our QA/QC process, I insisted on continued design excellence through construction by increasing our communication.

Sep 2004 - May 2006


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, BArch, DAAP - School of Architecture

I really enjoyed the architecture program and Co-op internships at the University of Cincinnati's School of Architecture in the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. This 6 year program for a Bachelor's of Architecture also included 2 years of internship training called Co-op. This allowed the college to focus on Design and Theory with a background in the basic core principals of Architecture while giving the student first hand knowledge of how it was applied to real architectural offices in practice. This program also allowed for travel to various Jobs and architectural site seeing around the country.

Sep 1984 - Jun 1991

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