Davis Brody Bond is known for innovative solutions to complex design challenges. Our work encompasses cultural facilities, academic, research, civic, corporate, industrial and residential buildings. The firm’s extraordinary contributions to the field of architecture have been recognized by more than 200 major design awards and honors, including the American Institute of Architects Firm Award, the highest honor given to an architectural practice and the Presidential Award for Design Excellence. Our work is regularly published in the national and international design press.
The firm’s portfolio includes such diverse projects as 181 Mercer, a new 750,000 sf multi-use building for New York University; the new residential tower at One Hudson Yards; research and education facilities for Harvard University, Columbia University, and Princeton University; a new infill building and the restoration of the historic New York Public Library; industrial facilities in Central and South America; the headquarters for the US Census Bureau; and new US Embassies in Mexico City, Jakarta, and Pristina, Kosovo. We were the Design Architect for National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, and as Associate Architect, we oversaw the design of the Memorial site. We are also Executive Architect for the new Perelman Performing Arts Center, currently under construction at the northeast edge of the WTC site. As part of the collaborative design consortium Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, we were integral in bringing to life the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
DC Office. Established in 2006 and led by Robert Anderson, the Davis Brody Bond DC office collaborated on the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the modernization and expansion of the Embassy of South Africa, and the National Great Blacks Wax Museum. This work follows the recent completion of two new neighborhood libraries within the DC Public Library system, Height / Benning Library and Watha T. Daniel / Shaw Library.
History. In 1952, Lewis Davis and Samuel Brody founded the firm, Davis, Brody and Associates. The firm’s reputation was established with the design of the Waterside and Riverbend housing complexes in New York City, and the US Pavilion in the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan. In 1990, the firm merged with Bond Ryder and Associates, with the late J. Max Bond, Jr. becoming a firm partner. Through the strength of this partnership, Davis Brody Bond grew into one of the nation’s leading architectural design firms.