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"Perkins+Will also shows what the Bay Area has to gain from architecture's new world order: exposure to talents shaped by different cultures." Chron architecture critic John King weighs in on the Chicago-based firm expanding its office in San Francisco, led by recently transplanted Canadian architect Peter Busby. In San Francisco (so far) their portfolio's limited to adaptive re-use, most notably the hugely successful 2004 Ferry Building renovation, a project led by the firm's Cathy Simon. Perkins+Will is a big deal— and very visible— in their hometown of Chicago, but has major projects globally and a lot of work in China. We wonder, is this move a play for more San Francisco projects or Mr. Busby simply wanting better weather? [SFGate/photo via Ferry Building Marketplace]