John Haymaker, Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP, serves as Perkins+Will’s Director of Research, overseeing the firm’s formal investigations into material performance, design process, building technology, resilience, regeneration, and human health and wellness in the built environment. John works closely with a team of researchers, designers, and academics to expand the firm’s knowledge base in pursuit of state-of-the-art design solutions. He also oversees Perkins+Will’s Research Labs, Innovation Incubator program, and nonprofit research arm, AREA Research, which conducts studies on the built environment and publishes its findings for free public use. Previously a professor of civil engineering at Stanford University, and a professor of architecture and building construction at Georgia Institute of Technology, John has contributed more than 80 professional and academic articles on topics such as design process communication, optimization, and decision-making. A frequent speaker at industry and academic events, his research has earned top honors from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Civil Engineers, FIATECH, and the National Academy of Engineering.