Perkins&Will’s Houston Studio Welcomes Mide Akinsade, AIA, NCARB, NOMA, RIBA, LEED AP as their new Design Director. Mide is known for his research-driven designs for cultural, higher education, and science/technology clients around the world. This is a high-profile position for Houston. He will ensure all projects meet Perkins&Will’s highest standards.
Asked what it is about his work that matters most, Mide does not mince words: Architecture is the essence of humanity. “It is perhaps our greatest and most enduring contribution to the collective human experience, an expression of our species’ soul and purpose,” he says.
Purpose is a recurring theme in Mide’s life, and it has a powerful sway over his approach to design. What more can a building do for its people? How can design make a community better, stronger? How can architects give back? Listening intently to his clients—and to the people who live, work, play, learn, and heal in the places he designs—ensures a purposeful outcome. For Mide, this is also a successful outcome.
At the heart of his practice are research and discovery. Mide brings to each design challenge a thirst for knowledge and a drive to unearth new solutions. “It’s the architect’s insatiable curiosity that leads to design breakthroughs,” he says. “Inquiry and investigation allow us to defy the notion of what’s possible today and usher in a more sustainable future.”