Global architecture firm NBBJ has acquired US-based ESI Design to further integrate digital experiences early in the design process.
The partnership will enable NBBJ and ESI Design’s multidisciplinary team to provide streamlined services to clients.
As part of the acquisition, ESI Design becomes NBBJ’s 18th studio, and ESI Design founder and principal designer Edwin Schlossberg becomes a partner at NBBJ, leading the studio.
Six ESI Design leaders, Alexandra Alfaro, Angela Greene, Cara Buckley, Emily Webster, Layne Braunstein and Susan Okon, will become principals at NBBJ.
NBBJ managing partner Steve McConnell said: “By integrating the design of architecture and dynamic digital experiences, we will create boundless opportunities to energise the places we live, work, and play to stimulate our senses and inspire discovery, learning, and impact.
“The acquisition of ESI Design brings this vision to life and increases NBBJ’s ability to serve our clients as they activate their brands, create community, inspire wellbeing, and thrive.”
NBBJ will retain the NBBJ New York office at 140 Broadway and ESI Design, an NBBJ studio at 111 Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Earlier, the companies partnered on commercial real estate and corporate workplace projects in Boston and New York City. They will now provide unified solutions as experience design platforms in the country.
Schlossberg said: “NBBJ and ESI Design share a vision that well-designed spaces can bring ideas and brands to life in ways that inform, inspire, and delight.
“Through our partnership, we will push the boundaries of what a building can be and help our clients bring people closer together through shared experiences, by seeking to design in ways that enable the environment to learn from its users so that it, and them, get better with use.”