Davis Brody Bond

Our partnership with Davis Brody Bond provides us with additional resources to deliver interior architecture and design services at any scale and location to clients across a wide range of sectors.Headquartered in New York and with offices in Washington, DC and São Paulo, Davis Brody Bond is led by five partners: Steven M. Davis, William H. Paxson, Carl F. Krebs, Christopher K. Grabe, and David K. Williams. They direct an experienced senior staff of architects and designers with project management and technical expertise. The leadership of Davis Brody Bond blends their individual sector expertise in a collaborative process to provide holistic solutions to our clients' design challenges.

Davis Brody Bond is known for innovative solutions to complex design challenges. Their work encompasses cultural facilities, academic, 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 2000 Presidential Award for Design Excellence. Our work is regularly published in the national and international design press. 


National Museum of African American History & Culture
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC

The team of Freelon Adjaye Bond (The Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates, and Davis Brody Bond, in association with SmithGroup), was selected from an international field of architects to design the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Washington Mall. Prior to the competition, Davis Brody Bond developed pre-design and programming documents for the museum in association with Freelon.

The museum is located on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History. This will be the only national museum devoted to documenting African-American life, art, history, and culture with collections covering slavery and freedom, military engagement and reconstruction, segregation and civil rights, and cultural expressions of all forms.

As part of its design process, the building’s massing was refined to reduce the above-grade bulk placing two thirds of the building’s 400,000sf program below grade. The stacking of the building placed much of the non-daylit spaces 80ft below, including the centerpiece of the museum, the 50,000sf main history gallery. The museum’s bottom to top gallery relationship provides visitors a chronological experience of past, present, and future as one ascends through the structure. Veiled by the exterior Corona, above grade circulation is placed within a seven story atrium to promote views of Washington DC monuments while contextually anchoring the museum within the greenspace of the National Mall.

The museum was opened in a special ceremony by President Barrack Obama in September 2016.


National September 11
Museum at the World Trade Center
New York, NY

The 9/11 Memorial Museum was conceived as the global focal point for presenting and preserving the history and memories of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of the attacks and exploring their enduring significance. The Museum is located beneath the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center.

Descending nearly 70 feet to the original footprint of the World Trade Center towers, its 110,000 sf interior gives visitors access to the monumental underground site where remnants of the Trade Center’s construction and recovery frame the story of the terrorist attacks and the days that followed. Confronting the physical void left at the end of the recovery process, the spaces of the museum are revealed, progressively disclosing the various elements of collective and personal memory of the event.

Given a fixed set of existing geometries at the site, we were faced with the challenge of translating them into a series of coherent spaces that are punctuated by surface, texture and volume. We chose as the space’s main narrative element a gently descending procession (dubbed “the Ribbon”) that guides visitors from the plaza to the bedrock level where the cut columns of the World Trade Center towers are revealed. The “ribbon” evokes the ramp used to remove debris from the site in the aftermath of the attacks. It also offers multiple views of the slurry wall, the original retaining wall that was built to withstand the lateral forces of landfill and river, and which survived the collapse of the towers. At the end of the ribbon, the descent continues down along the Vesey Street Stair (“Survivors’ Stairs”), which were used by hundreds to escape to safety on 9/11. It ultimately leads to two exhibition spaces and Foundation Hall, the Museum’s culminating space whose sheer scale conveys a sense of the enormity of the site and reinforces awareness of the absence of what once was there.

The Museum was dedicated by President Barack Obama on May 15, 2014 and opened to the public on May 21, 2014.