Firm Overview

We design for life.

We Embrace and Empower Meaningful Change

NBBJ is a different kind of design practice, one that helps our clients drive innovation by creating highly productive, sustainable spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play.

The world’s leading organizations look to our experts to help them design environments that disrupt the status quo and effect real, meaningful change at all levels. Named among the most innovative architecture firms by Fast Company three times in the past five years, we make news by partnering with like-minded companies including Google, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft and Tencent. Our clients also include institutional leaders such as University of Cambridge, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford University.

Founded in 1943, NBBJ has locations in Boston, Columbus, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Pune, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Our global network of “renaissance teams” includes more than 800 researchers, strategists, nurses, architects, planners and interior designers who generate ideas that have a profound and lasting impact.

In 2020, NBBJ acquired ESI Design as its New York experience design studio to seamlessly weave the physical and digital worlds together to create immersive experiences with enduring impact. To learn more about NBBJ’s New York experience design studio, ESI Design, please visit

Together, we offer a comprehensive, end-to-end host of services including:


  • Campus Planning
  • Facility Planning
  • Institutional Master Planning
  • Land-Use Planning
  • Urban Design


  • Architecture
  • Environmental Graphics
  • Experience Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Landscape
  • Lighting


  • Change Management
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Medical Equipment Planning
  • Operational Improvement
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • Transition Services
  • Workplace Strategy
  • Clients

    We work with 5 of the top global high-tech companies, 14 of the U.S. News and World Report Top Hospitals, and 4 of the top 10 highest-ranked learning institutions.
  • Design Firm Ranking

    We are ranked as the sixth largest architecture firm in the U.S. by Building Design + Construction. The benefit of size to us means more ability to think globally and act locally.
  • Design Excellence

    In 2019, we won 38 awards for real estate, architecture, planning, lighting, graphic design, marketing and construction excellence.
  • Expertise

    We have been named most innovative architecture firm by Fast Company, a firm redefining architectural practice by Architectural Record, the architect of choice for tech companies by Wired and Firm of the Year by Healthcare Design.
  • Globally Connected

    Our first office opened more than 75 years ago in Seattle. Over the years, we’ve opened 12 offices across North America, Europe and Asia, including our newest location in Washington, D.C.
  • Sustainable

    We were early adopters of the Architecture 2030 challenge. We designed the world’s largest LEED Platinum non-profit building, Japan’s first LEED Gold workplace, China’s first LEED HC Gold hospital and along with our partners received a $1.2 million Department of Energy grant to study ways to reduce hospital energy use.
  • Highly Responsive

    In 2010, we launched the Change Design Lab to take our full-scale rapid prototyping on the road. Recent ports of call include Christchurch, New Zealand; Baltimore, Maryland; and Mountain View, California.
  • Experience Design

    In 2020 NBBJ acquired experience design studio ESI Design, signaling a new era in which buildings will be transformed into immersive and interactive digital experiences that engage and delight.

Our Ideas Have Impact. Our Work Works.

Like other firms, we apply the latest science and research to make our buildings stronger, more sustainable and more efficient. But we dig deeper to understand how the spaces we design will impact human behavior. Our people-centered, holistic process empowers us to understand, envision and design solutions that create meaning and value.

We gather all perspectives and consider every angle. This depth of understanding allows us to deliver the right solutions to the right problems, so our clients arrive prepared to unleash their full potential from their very first day on site.

We take the abstract — what is ideal — and make it real.

Our Values

More than words on a page, our values sustain our culture drive our actions, and impact every level of our practice. In our work, we never settle for the status quo and always strive to live by our values in service to our clients’ organizations, our profession, our society and ourselves.

  • We exist to create enduring value for our clients and society.
  • We fulfill our legacy through brilliant design, steward leadership, and enabling rewarding careers.
  • We know that our people are the lifeblood of our firm — and essential to our humanistic heart and soul.
  • We embrace the power of teams and collaboration to unleash breakthrough creativity.
  • We are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through listening, learning, and humility.
  • We are a leadership intensive and role based firm.
  • We prize innovation, never stop learning, and seek to share what we know.
  • We are dedicated to the realization of resilient and sustainable outcomes.
  • We all share in the realization of our “design, people, business” triple bottom line.
We deliver design excellence — and we design for life.

NBBJ takes a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. Click here for our complete Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement.