Improving life
by designing for health.


We understand the fundamental challenge facing healthcare today: the need to care for more people at less cost, while upholding high quality and service standards. That’s why we employ not only designers, but also clinicians, medical planners, strategic consultants, and other healthcare professionals who work alongside providers to explore new practices and processes, and to challenge long-held assumptions.

Our holistic understanding of care addresses physical, mental, and social wellbeing — of patients, staff, and community alike. Through design, we help our clients capitalize on the relationship between health and physical space in order to streamline operations, enrich the staff and patient experiences, and improve outcomes in healthcare delivery.


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Branding
  • Environmental Graphic Design


  • Design Research
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Operational Planning
  • Process Improvement
  • Transition Planning
  • Change Management
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation


  • Institutional Master Planning
  • Land-Use Planning
  • Facility Planning
  • Medical Planning
  • Equipment Planning
  • 2014

    NBBJ named “most admired” healthcare firm amongst peers by Interior Design for the seventh time.
  • 2013

    NBBJ named Firm of the Year and NBBJ Partner Joan Saba named Architect of the Year by Healthcare Design.
  • 2012

    NBBJ is recognized by Engineering News-Record as the #1 green healthcare architecture firm.
  • 2011

    Collaboration with Seattle Children's Hospital applied Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) to improve efficiency and reduce building area by 27%.
  • 2010

    NBBJ publishes study with the University of Washington's Integrated Design Lab, proving that hospitals can reduce energy costs by up to 60% using conventional and new design approaches.
  • 2009

    First architecture firm to use prefabricated construction on a large scale for a new hospital, with Miami Valley Heart and Orthopedic Center.
  • 2008

    Partnership with Sutter Health cited as industry best practice for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methodology.
  • 1999

    NBBJ launches rapid prototyping lab.
  • 1990

    World's first hospital-based Proton Beam Cancer Treatment and Research Facility opens at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
  • 1980s

    NBBJ leads the profession in adding clinicians and RNs to design staff.