Civic & Cultural

Celebrating community by
building collective memory.


Civic buildings symbolize our aspirations of government and community. Designed well, they embody the integrity, permanence, tradition, and dignity of the law. Their planning and construction embody good governance and the stewardship of financial, physical, and environmental resources.

Yet these aspirations must constantly balance with a paramount concern for security. They serve and protect a dual public — not only the civic employees who require a comfortable, functional workplace, but also citizens who may visit only infrequently, and who expect a welcoming environment and clear orientation.

With beautiful, secure design, civic buildings celebrate the history and culture of a place, while expressing a shared vision for an optimistic future.


  • Urban Planning
  • Land-Use Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Facility Planning


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Environmental Graphic Design


  • Design Research
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Business and Workplace Strategy
  • Operational Planning
  • Transition Planning
  • Change Management
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • 2017

    Columbus Underground names the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Dublin Branch the city’s best-designed architecture of 2017.
  • 2015

    Fast Company honors the Denny Substation in Seattle with an Innovation by Design Award.
  • 2014

    Bakersfield Courthouse wins Design Citation from General Services Administration
  • 2013

    NBBJ selected to redesign Lexington Center and the adjacent Rupp Arena (home to University of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball).
  • 2012

    NBBJ designs the two fastest constructed courthouses in modern history in Bakersfield, CA, and Billings, MT, in 30 and 27 months.
  • 2012

    NBBJ is one of four firms shortlisted to design the new U.S. Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles.
  • 2012

    The NBBJ-led General Services Administration (GSA) workplace reorganization saves taxpayers $48 million annually through telework.
  • 2009

    With the Yawkey Distribution Center, the Greater Boston Food Bank quadrupled its capacity to serve more than 83,000 people per week.
  • 2001

    The energy-efficient design of the Seattle Justice Center saves taxpayers $300,00 per year in energy costs.