John Nelson Sr.

Founder of NELSON, Principal of Design
John Nelson Sr.
John Nelson, Sr. founded NELSON in 1977. In the firm’s first 20 years, as President and Design Director, NELSON became nationally ranked, and he would go on to win and design a string of high profile projects including the award winning renovation of the landmark Beaux Arts building which is now Wells Fargo at Broad and Walnut in Philadelphia, Sun Oil Headquarters Building in Philadelphia, the previous world headquarters of CIGNA insurance and SmithKline Beecham (now Glaxo Smithkline) in Philadelphia, well over 2 million square feet for EAB (now CitiBank) throughout Manhattan and Long Island, and numerous prominent projects for Bank of America nationally including the award winning landmark 720 15th Street Building in Washington D.C. In the years following, with his encouragement and support, the firm expanded significantly as he continued to serve as Chairman and Principal of Design.
Mr. Nelson’s body of award winning work is uniquely diverse. The breadth of his experience spans all types of projects, including corporate and executive offices, call centers, trading rooms, conference centers, educational facilities, hospitals, restaurants, retail space, branch banks, and showrooms. His achievements also include a strong portfolio in product design for manufacturers in the commercial industry. Most recently his design of the Prima Collection for TUOHY was selected for an Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year award.
Today, as Founder and Principal of Design, he is a valued advisor in building global recognition for NELSON’s creative solutions and innovation. He is a respected and admired source for keen design insights and industry perspectives for the firm’s most seasoned designers, most junior designers, and all levels in between.
Mr. Nelson continues to be active in industry conferences and seminar panels nationally. He is a guest lecturer and critic at the college level and participates as a juror in numerous national design competitions. He is also active in various civic and community groups.

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.

Fieldglass Inc

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