By focusing on high profile renovations and large, new space installations throughout the 1980s, the firm won national and international awards for interior design and lighting under the direction of John Nelson Sr. As corporations globalized and focused more on core competencies, many companies chose to minimize the number of firms they engaged for outsourced services and sought out partners with an expertise in multiple disciplines. NELSON responded to this trend at the onset and was an industry leader in developing its Integrated Services Solutions model that ultimately resulted in the development of seven services including Architecture, Interior Design, Strategies, Workplace Services, and Information Services.
During the 1990s, the firm began to experience consistent, rapid growth. Beginning at that time, while Mr. Nelson Sr. continued to focus on the firm’s design practice, there was also a renewed focus on developing the firm`s consulting practice. As a result, the firm was awarded a string of strategic merger integration studies and integrations for large corporate clients, data warehousing services, and a host of ongoing services on a national basis. These services and new directions were led by John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr. who joined the firm in 1987.
As we entered a new century, NELSON also entered a new era officially under Ozzie’s leadership. The firm has expanded its reach, services, and practice area specialties through over 30 strategic mergers.
NELSON's New York presence was expanded through the acquisition of Planned Space Interiors
NELSON expanded its operations in the Carolinas by increasing the size of its Charlotte team, including the addition of several principals of a Charlotte-based architectural firm
NELSON merged with Design Management Corporation, a design and architectural firm servicing the greater Boston metropolitan area and E Design, a design and architectural firm servicing the Twin Cities and surrounding metropolitan area
NELSON merged with Atlanta-based Geheber Lewis Associates (GLA), a design firm specializing in Multi-Family Housing
NELSON merged with GHK, a nationally renowned Interior Architecture and Workplace Services company based in Chicago; with AE Pragmatics, based in Northern California just outside of San Francisco; and with ASA in New York City
To further enhance reach and scope, NELSON formed a strategic business relationship with SPACE that creates a service network with locations throughout the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, Japan, China, India, Europe and the Middle East
NELSON merged with Furnstahl & Simon Architects, LLC in New York and Eiger Consulting in Washington, D.C.
NELSON merged with Black Cow Architects in Boston
NELSON merged with Torchia Associates in Chicago
Additionally, in 2012, a significant portion of the H2L2 academic and architecture practices joined NELSON.
Space Design Incorporated Teammates transitioned to NELSON in Philadelphia
NELSON merged with RipBang Studios, a Los Angeles based branding firm
NELSON merged with The Mufson Partnership in New York
NELSON merged with WCL Interiors in Minneapolis, MN
NELSON merged with EHS Design in Seattle, WA
NELSON merged with VeenendaalCave (VCave) in Atlanta, GA
NELSON merged with Marvin Stein Associates in Seattle, WA
NELSON merged with AAI in San Jose, CA
NELSON merged wtih Wilson & Associates in Minneapolis, MN
NELSON merged with Cope Linder Architects in Philadelphia, PA
NELSON merged with KA Architecture in Cleveland, OH
NELSON merged with MGE Architecture in Miami, FL
NELSON merged with WK design group in San Francisco, CA
Today, NELSON enjoys a tremendous track record with a broad range of clients from diverse industries. We work with more than 20 percent of the companies in the Fortune 100. Our success has led to several top industry rankings, including #17 on the Building Design + Construction Architecture/Engineering Giants list, in the top ten overall Interior Design Magazine “Design Giants," and #3 on the Interior Design Magazine Giants focused on workplace design.
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