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.

FOCUSING ON Architecture in the Bay Area

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After a string of recent national moves, NELSON, a global architecture and design firm, announced it has merged operations with WK design group.

FOCUSING on doing good deeds  

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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.

FOCUSING on Architecture in healthcare design  

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In a move that will significantly expand architectural services in the southeast, global architecture, design, and consulting services firm, NELSON, is merging operations with Miami-based architecture firm, MGE Architects. The deal is effective immediately.

FOCUSING ON Design From the Outside In 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON DESIGN FROM THE OUTSIDE IN 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON Cloud-Based DatA

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To stand out from competitors, attract and retain top talent, and reflect their culture, cloud-based data company, Civis Analytics, retained NELSON to design their new 29,000 SF space.

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.

 
 

FOCUSING ON TAMI Solutions

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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 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.