Who We Are


NELSON is a global architecture, design, and consulting services firm. For nearly 40 years, NELSON has been providing our clients with strategic and creative solutions that positively impact their ideas, goals, objectives and environments. Our integrated service delivery network includes Teammates in 35 locations, which allows us to work effectively with clients on projects across the country and around the world.


NELSON's mantra is Focused on Creation, Passion to Deliver. In everything we do, we are committed to providing exceptional services and delivering outstanding results. We value equally both design and delivery, taking our cues on what to emphasize from what our clients value. Above all, we view our clients as partners and we are committed to our combined success.

Looking to the future, we're excited to discover new ways to bring value to our clients while providing anytime/anywhere service in the most efficient, effective and beneficial ways possible.


  • Our Involvement

    Core to NELSON’s mission is our commitment to partnering with the communities where we work and live to sustain them, as well as creating positive change through civic engagement and socially responsible behavior.

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  • Our Culture

    Every company has its own culture. At NELSON, ours rewards the entrepreneurial spirit that was present when we first opened our doors nearly 40 years ago and it also includes the best aspects of the 17 firms with whom we have joined operations during the past 13 years.

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  • Our History

    NELSON was founded in 1977 by John Nelson, Sr. as an interior design firm. Now in its second generation of ownership and leadership under Chairman & CEO John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., NELSON has experienced tremendous growth in revenue, Teammates, and its national and global presence. It has evolved from its roots into a global integrated services firm focused on design, architecture, and strategic consulting.

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  • Our Mission

    We aim to greatly enhance the long-term effectiveness of our clients' businesses through innovative design solutions, consulting services and superb delivery.

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  • Our People

    Throughout NELSON'€™s history, the company has grown from three people to just under 500. Our areas of expertise also have grown beyond Interior Design to include Architecture, Strategies,...

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  • Careers

    NELSON is a unique and fast growing professional services firm providing Architecture, Interior Design, and Consulting Services to the corporate and residential real estate markets. Named...

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CREATING New Solutions

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Tactix retained NELSON to provide interior design services for their new location in Center City Philadelphia. The team worked closely with executives to develop new design solutions to fit their needs.



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Fieldglass commissioned NELSON to redesign space with a focus on the creation of a more collaborative work environment allowing for a more efficient workflow.

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CREATING innovative design

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Capital One selected NELSON to help them design their Rolling Meadows location. The NELSON team worked with Capital One’s Design Team and Key Leaders to create their vision of an urban chic work environment.



Creating NEw Opportunities

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Effective November 1, 2016, AAI Design has merged operations with NELSON. The fourth merger on the west coast for NELSON, this deal brings the regional count to over 80 and brings the total number of west coast offices to five.



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NELSON announced its intent to launch TAMI (Technology, Advertising & Media, and Information Business) Practice Area. 


FOCUSING on music and design

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Looking for a fresh new concept that not only captured elements of the music industry but also the city of Minneapolis, Pandora Internet Radio turned to NELSON to provide interior design services for the renovation of their existing office in the IDS Tower.


creating design that "takes off" 

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Gogo commissioned NELSON to create a final workplace solution that would allow for aggressive growth and flexibility while considering new ways of working in a collaborative space.




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NELSON and Veenendaal Cave, Inc. Officially Join Operations, establish the Southeastearn USA as a “Super Region”.


NELSON and Veenendaal Cave, Inc. Join Operations