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Architecture Firms NBBJ and Chan Krieger Sieniewicz Announce Merger

Newly-integrated design firm evolves from three years of successful collaboration

BOSTON, MA – NBBJ, a global architecture and design firm, and Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, internationally-known for urban design and architecture excellence, announced today a merger of the two firms that will create an integrated team of over 700 architects, urban designers, planners and interior designers. The Chan Krieger Sieniewicz team, including its five principals, will continue in their current roles. As part of the transition to the NBBJ name, the Cambridge office will operate as Chan Krieger NBBJ.

“As we worked with our colleagues at NBBJ, we realized we shared the same values and studio culture, only on a different scale.”

More than three years of collaboration as the design team behind the new 530,000-square-foot Building for the Third Century at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) led to a growing interest by principals in both firms to establish a more formal and far-reaching alliance. “We were initially brought together with NBBJ when MGH suggested we team up and combine what the client saw as complementary abilities,” said Alex Krieger, founding principal of Chan Krieger Sieniewicz and professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. “As we worked with our colleagues at NBBJ, we realized we shared the same values and studio culture, only on a different scale.”

Scott Wyatt, managing partner of NBBJ, said “since that introduction three years ago, we learned a lot about each other and came to realize the value we could provide to clients by combining the strengths of both organizations. NBBJ is known for our deep market experience in healthcare, education, corporate and commercial design. Chan Krieger Sieniewicz is known in Boston and internationally for its world-class depth in architecture and urban design. Integrating this experience advances what we can together offer clients, particularly on complex urban projects in the U.S. and overseas.”

The merger gives NBBJ, which already operates a project office in Boston, a larger presence in New England. The Seattle-based firm has offices in several U.S. cities, including Columbus, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Overseas offices include London, Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai.

Recognition of both firms’ work includes numerous AIA design awards; awards in national and international design competitions; Progressive Architecture awards; and top sustainable, real estate and business awards.

“We are excited about merging our practice with NBBJ, and see it as simply an ideal match of corresponding skills and personalities,” said Larry Chan, founding principal of Chan Krieger Sieniewicz and president of the Boston Society of Architects. “The expertise clients are seeking today requires a deep reserve of problem-solving experience. This collaboration allows us to deliver on that need, and to work going forward with the best talent in the industry to advance the strong personal relationships we’ve built.”