Global design firm Perkins Eastman (New York) and architectural and urban planning firm Via Architecture (Seattle) have announced a merger.

Via, which has more than 70 employees and specializes in infrastructure architecture, transit systems alignment design, mobility-oriented development, and urban planning, will now be known as Via – A Perkins Eastman Studio and will continue working from its offices in Seattle; Oakland, Calif.; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The merger will allow the two firms to collaborate across disciplines and studios. Perkins Eastman plans to boost its market presence on the West Coast and Canada while Via will draw on Perkins Eastman’s market credibility, resources, and geographic reach.

With 1,100 employees, Perkins Eastman’s portfolio includes projects on five continents in 60 countries in several sectors, such as healthcare, senior living, large-scale mixed use, hospitality, workplace design, and urban design.