Perkins came to the Frank Lloyd Wright house following a seven-year tenure as the curator of collections and exhibitions at Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Okla. The Arts Center is housed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1956 Price Tower, the architect’s only realized skyscraper design.
Before working at the Price Tower Arts Center, Perkins taught in the Department of Art and Design at Parsons: The New School for Design, New York City, and practiced interior design in New York and Chicago.
Perkins has been a co-author, contributor and editor for many essays, publications and catalogues. His recent book, “Building Bartlesville, 1945-2000,” explores the post-World War II architectural impact of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff and William Wesley Peters. In 2013, his essay on Zaha Hadid's 2002 museum expansion project for the Price Tower will appear in Richard Longstreth's “Additions, Subtractions, and Adjacencies: The Challenges of Change to the Work of Frank Lloyd Wright.” Perkins has also served as Guest Editor and contributor to “Save Wright,” the magazine of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
Perkins’ most recent exhibitions include “Lights! Camera! Fashion: The Film Costumes of Edith Head” (2010), “Fellowship: 75 Years of Taliesin
Box Projects” (2010), “Once Upon an Island: Twin Towers Rising” (2011), “Marco Sassone: Architecture and Nature” (2012) and “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home” (2012), a nationally touring exhibition celebrating an Indiana Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian design still occupied by its original owner.
A Wisconsin native, Perkins is a doctoral candidate in Design History at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture in New York City, where he received his Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy in the
same field. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
Perkins sits on the Board of Directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.