NBBJ Selected Projects

History of NBBJ and Company Culture

NBBJ is a top global architecture firm that helps their clients drive innovation by creating highly productive, sustainable spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play.

NBBJ was named among the most innovative architecture firms by Fast Company three times in the past five years, they make news by partnering with like-minded companies including Google, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft and Tencent. Their clients also include institutional leaders such as University of Cambridge, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford University. Founded in 1943, NBBJ has locations all over the world. Their 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 esidesign.com.


As humans, we are dependent upon a thriving natural world to be our best; as designers, we seek to honor that relationship. As the built environment impacts our planet, we see it as our duty to confront climate change and build sustainable communities, no matter the scale, location or end-user.

NBBJ architects and designers regularly work to minimize carbon emissions, conserve natural resources and pioneer new strategies to continually raise the bar across fields of design. We also seek to create healthy places with fresh air, daylight and green materials–which result in better cognitive performance, reduced onset of chronic disease and greater wellbeing.

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As you scroll through the following three projects they have created, consider all of these design techniques and ideas they have implemented.

NBBJ Projects

University of Pittsburgh – Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering has driven engineering-based innovation for over 100 years. With strengths in energy, bioengineering, nanosystems, computational modeling, and advanced materials, today its faculty and students collaborate in ways that require a radically different approach to research facilities. Yet this research model was hindered by Benedum Hall, the school’s 1960s Brutalist-inspired building, which was designed for segmentation, not collaboration. It required a bottom-to-top renovation and expansion.

Photos by NBBJ

Paul Brown Stadium

Paul Brown Stadium, a defining element of Cincinnati’s skyline, is the only football stadium ranked as one of America’s favorite buildings by the American Institute of Architects. The stadium’s most striking element is its cantilevered steel-structured roof, clad with translucent fabric that covers the upper deck and focuses attention toward the game. The open-air facility provides the highest standard in team amenities and advances current thinking about professional sports stadium design.

Inspired by a strategy to reduce end-zone seating, Paul Brown Stadium opens on both ends and allows spectators to interact with the city, taking in the game and the sights along the riverfront. By “breaking up the seating bowl,” the stadium eliminates undesirable corner seats, a standard drawback of traditional stadiums, and ensures that visitors experience an intimacy with the field. The stadium also includes 114 suites, 7,600 club seats, 56 concession stands and 8 stores.

Photos by NBBJ

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NBBJ designed a new home for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, consolidating five leased offices into a LEED Platinum campus that enables its workforce to focus on their mission: giving all people a chance to live healthy and productive lives. The foundation sought to give physical presence to its mission and to create a campus that inspires and creates optimism and hope. Their new home needed to act as a hub for innovation and to facilitate gatherings of experts from many fields, perspectives and countries. A combination of design research, workshops and prototyping resulted in the creation of a 40/60 closed/open workplace strategy. Design principles focused on designing a healthy and connected workplace for all staff with the goal of increasing collaboration within the Foundation and with external grantee partners.

Photos by NBBJ

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