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Jonathan Ward, FAIA, LEED AP

As Design Partner at NBBJ, Jonathan’s hallmark is visionary design that challenges commonly held assumptions about program, space and human experience to deliver highly creative built environments. Over the past 18 years, Jonathan has led the design and delivery of a variety of progressive buildings for innovative global clients. His work has taken him to the Americas, Europe and Asia, and his breadth of experience continues to help him bring new thinking to any building type.

Jonathan has been instrumental in the development of computer technology in the design process, leading to new design possibilities and better project delivery. His use of technology to communicate the design to the client, the building team and the public has had significant impact on complex building projects.

His global experience includes work across multiple typologies on some of NBBJ’s most notable and award-winning buildings, such as headquarters projects for Tencent in Shenzhen, Samsung in San Jose and South Korea, Ant Financial in Hangzhou, the Wellcome Trust in Cambridge, Telenor in Oslo and Reebok in Massachusetts, as well as new and renovated sports facilities for Hangzhou, UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Kentucky’s Rupp Arena and more.

His work has received widespread recognition, including the highest honors from the AIA, RIBA, CoreNet, and Interior Design magazine. Leading design magazines in more than 15 countries have featured his projects, and he has presented and served as a guest lecturer, award juror and critic at conferences and design schools around the world.


AIA Los Angeles: Smart Buildings/Smart Cities: Integrated Equity & Resilience, Virtual, February 2021

Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Virtual, October 2020

Fast Company Innovation Festival, New York, NY, November 2019

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Innovation Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2018

Fortune Brainstorm Design Conference, Singapore, March 2018

Cal Poly LA Metro, Los Angeles, CA, February 2018