We are deeply saddened to learn of the June 8, 2019, passing of our dear friend and colleague Bill Bain Jr., a longtime leader at NBBJ and the son of founding co-partner William Bain Sr.
Bill joined the firm in 1955 after graduating from Cornell University and serving in the Army Corps of Engineers. Throughout his 64 years at NBBJ, Bill held numerous leadership positions, making a significant impact on the growth and success of the firm. Bill was awarded the American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter, Medal of Honor in recognition for his remarkable achievements throughout his career.
Described by those who know him as the “heart and soul” of NBBJ and “Mr. Seattle,” Bill’s devotion to architecture and city-building has had a significant impact on Seattle. It’s impossible to separate the work of the firm from the leadership of Bill Bain Jr. From the realization of Seattle’s iconic Two Union Square high-rise, and Pacific Place, to the U.S. Federal Courthouse, Bill has been instrumental in helping NBBJ grow into a firm that is among the most innovative in the world.
Bill was deeply committed to our community. He served as past president of the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects, president of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chair of the Downtown Seattle Association. He served on the board of Arts Fund, was proud of his relationship with the Architectural Institute of Japan, as well as being a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Our hearts go out to Bill’s wife Nancy, his family and all those who had the pleasure of working with him throughout his storied career. His spirit and legacy lives on through our work, and will continue to shape a world that is dynamic, beautiful and relevant to the needs of our clients and society.
On behalf of the Partners