Improving life
by designing for health.


We understand the fundamental challenge facing healthcare today: the need to care for more people at less cost, while upholding high quality and service standards. That’s why we employ not only designers, but also clinicians, medical planners, strategic consultants, and other healthcare professionals who work alongside providers to explore new practices and processes, and to challenge long-held assumptions.

Our holistic understanding of care addresses physical, mental, and social wellbeing — of patients, staff, and community alike. Through design, we help our clients capitalize on the relationship between health and physical space in order to streamline operations, enrich the staff and patient experiences, and improve outcomes in healthcare delivery.


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


  • Design Research
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Operational Planning
  • Process Improvement
  • Transition Planning
  • Change Management
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation


  • Institutional Master Planning
  • Land-Use Planning
  • Facility Planning
  • Medical Planning
  • Equipment Planning
  • 2021

    The New York Times covers the design of Ohana Center – a national model for behavioral health facilities that promote choice, movement and nature – calling it “not just pretty, but purposeful.”
  • 2021

    NBBJ opens three high-performance projects that reduce energy use by up to 70% compared to the national baseline: Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Center, St. Michael Medical Center Expansion, Overlake Medical Center Patient Bed Tower.
  • 2020

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, NBBJ teams with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to design a scalable, field-ready ICU that can be rapidly deployed and sustainably reused.
  • 2018

    The Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, a 350-bed hospital inspired by the rural countryside of Southern Scotland, is named a MIPIM awards finalist for Best Healthcare Development.
  • 2017

    NBBJ completes China’s first LEED Gold Healthcare-certified hospital, Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital.
  • 2016

    University Medical Center New Orleans wins an AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award.
  • 2013

    NBBJ named Firm of the Year and NBBJ Partner Joan Saba named Architect of the Year by Healthcare Design.
  • 2011

    Collaboration with Seattle Children's Hospital applied Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) to improve efficiency and reduce building area by 27%.
  • 2009

    First architecture firm to use prefabricated construction on a large scale for a new hospital, with Miami Valley Heart and Orthopedic Center.
  • 2008

    Partnership with Sutter Health cited as industry best practice for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methodology.