Global architecture and design firm NELSON has merged operations with fellow international design and architecture practice FRCH Design Worldwide. With a combined 25 offices and more than 1,100 employees, the merged firm is now one of the largest in the United States with a focus on consumer experiences where people work, shop, dine, play and live. NELSON CEO and Chairman John Nelson Jr. will remain in his position as chair, but share his title of CEO with FRCH CEO Jim Tippmann.

According to the companies, the merger will bring a new level of diversity to the combined organization, spanning industries from their traditional strongholds in corporate interiors, retail and hospitality to growing healthcare, industrial, mixed-use, government and multi-family residential practices.

“Our growth has always been about responding to our clients’ needs. This merger is an exciting step demonstrating our continued commitment to bring more value to our clients with thought leadership in new practice areas and market segment expertise,” Nelson says. “FRCH’s expertise and 50 years of experience in creating award-winning retail, hospitality, restaurant, entertainment and retail mixed-use environments, and innovative consumer experiences is not only complementary to our organization, but positions us to respond to the changing disruption across multiple industries.”

FRCH Design Worldwide will immediately become FRCH a NELSON Company, and continue to serve current and future clients, and the leadership of both organizations will further integrate their expanded service offering.


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