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Turan Duda and Jeffrey Paine’s commitment to people-centered design prepares the firm for exciting 2021

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Duda|Paine Architects, a premier international design firm, is heralding the end of a busy 2020. During a universally tumultuous year, the firm completed construction on five projects, was awarded three new projects and earned several prestigious awards, all while promoting several members of its staff and design team.

“I am incredibly proud of how our staff quickly repositioned our business to adapt to delivering design projects during a pandemic and answering changing client needs,” said Jeffrey Paine, FAIA and Principal of Duda|Paine Architects. “Our team has generated innovative strategies that are defining the future of academic, workplace and health and wellness-focused buildings. The firm’s collective experience is proving invaluable to bringing intelligent, safe, healthy and sustainable solutions to our clients and their projects both now, amidst the pandemic, and into the future.”

Completed Projects & Earned Awards

Duda|Paine Architects began designing health and wellness buildings early in the firm’s inception. They are responsible for cutting-edge spaces that promote mind-body wellness such as Duke Integrative Medicine and the Quiet Room at Duke University Cancer Center. These projects, and the many Duda|Paine has designed since, have provided the firm with knowledge critical to today’s reality, where health and wellness are at the forefront of everyone’s thinking. Examples include the Center for Health & Wellbeing in Orlando, Florida, and Duke Student Wellness at Duke University, which won a national AIA Healthcare Design Award in 2020.

With design for health and wellness already at the core of Duda|Paine’s expertise, when the pandemic hit the firm was well-positioned to proceed with projects already underway because health and wellness features had been incorporated into the original design. During 2020, the firm completed five buildings including Insight Global’s new headquarters at Twelve24 in Atlanta, Georgia, and 3800 Glenwood/Advanced Auto Parts Tower in Raleigh, North Carolina. Master plans for the University of North Carolina Asheville and Western Piedmont Community College were also completed.

“Our clients are incredible partners who have been forward-thinking in responding to the pandemic,” said Turan Duda, FAIA and Principal of Duda|Paine Architects. “Our clients, across all market sectors, understand that the built environment can support and enhance the overall health and wellness of individuals, communities and workplaces. Together, we moved to complete projects in construction and revise design work despite extraordinarily challenging circumstances.”

Over the past year, Duda|Paine has earned 11 awards for its interior and exterior work on academic, workplace and health and wellness-focused buildings. Most notably, Duke University’s Student Wellness Center was one of eight projects to earn a national 2020 AIA Healthcare Design Award in the Built category and the Emory Student Center earned ENR’s Best Project Award of Merit, Build Design + Construction 2020 Platinum Award and an Association of College Unions 2020 International Facilities Design Award.

Shifting Work with Health & Safety in Mind

For projects in design and under construction early in 2020 when the pandemic hit, Duda|Paine rapidly shifted to at-home virtual workstations with robust technological capabilities. Research already underway became a top priority for the firm, which added a new hub to provide architects with knowledge on the latest data and analysis surrounding COVID-19. The shared document, first produced by firm leaders, allowed for developing intelligence and insight gained during the pandemic to be incorporated into project design. Additionally, the firm established a committee responsible for staying current on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and creating policies and best practices based on those recommendations. Policies for returning to the office are geared to do more than protect staff from the virus—they provide peace of mind by communicating that the health of each employee and the collective health of the firm are vital.

“While the pandemic brought collaboration challenges, our studio adapted and embraced a new way of working. While apart, we’ve come up with ways to feel connected, whether by maintaining our regular Monday all-staff meetings or through virtual Friday happy hours. Every all-staff meeting begins with someone sharing a personal story or update on life during the pandemic,” said Paine. “Turan and I are extremely proud of our team’s response to the pandemic and everyone’s enthusiasm for retaining our firm’s culture virtually.”

A Look Ahead

Duda|Paine was awarded three new projects in 2020, including office projects 121 Fayetteville and One North Hills in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as a new gateway facility for the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina. In spring of 2021, Duda|Paine will release Shaping Place, the firm’s third book. In alignment with the firm’s 25th anniversary, the book will feature a portfolio of completed and in-process projects as well as insight into the people and design philosophies that have shaped the firm.

“Looking ahead to 2021, we see clients having high interest in spaces, features, technology and building systems that will improve and enhance human health,” said Duda. “This trend was growing before the pandemic, but interest in design for wellness and sustainability has risen exponentially since March. The built environment faces many challenges because of the pandemic, resource conservation and our changing climate. We believe creativity, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary, cross-market thinking can generate the design solutions needed to face those challenges head on.”

For photos and renderings of the projects listed above, click here.

About Duda|Paine Architects

Duda|Paine Architects provides a full complement of design, interior design, architectural, planning and master planning services to a diverse array of international and national corporate, academic, wellness and cultural arts clients in the U.S. and abroad. The firm’s enduring success results from an idea-based design process that engages participants and fosters inspiration to achieve visionary built work. For additional information, please visit


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