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At Ellis Island, BBB has made a cultural and historical symbol of American immigration accessible to generations of visitors.

BBB’s planning and design for NYU’s “Broadway Block” creates an overall identity for the Tisch School of the Arts while still maintaining the unique character and requirements of each department.  

BBB's capital needs survey and master plan captures current and future programmatic needs for the various constituent arts organizations at New York's renowned performing arts campus.

BBB’s decade-long commitment to planning for the City of Fort Lauderdale establishes a design-based vision for a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented downtown, and a public realm plan to activate the Riverwalk and Arts & Entertainment District, all reinforcing the New River as the city’s central public space.

BBB's transformation of a 1904 gymnasium building creates a contemporary identity for Denison University's Art Department and promotes the cross-fertilization of visual arts disciplines under one roof.

BBB's work on the Lincoln Center Promenade creates a vibrant, new cultural corridor that better connects the Performing Arts Center with the surrounding cityscape.

BBB's work at Union Depot restores a grand public building in St. Paul to its original use as a train station, re-establishing an architectural icon and providing an engine for economic and urban revitalization.

A comprehensive Campus Plan for Princeton University establishes a multi-disciplinary framework for accommodating significant academic expansion while preserving the intimate, park-like character of the campus, and creating a new regional Arts and Transit hub.

BBB's upgrades to the landmark Beaux-Arts lobby of 230 Park Avenue brings 21st century functionality into a magnificent early 20th century space.

BBB completed a Comprehensive Building Plan for Washington DC’s premier performing arts center, a roadmap for capital planning.

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The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785. For more than 200 years, the General Society has selected four New York architects to highlight iconic buildings and landmarks of social, historical and cultural significance at their Labor, Literature and Landmarks Lecture Series. The Lecture Series pays tribute to the art of craftsmanship by featuring master artisans who lecture about the intricacies of their specialized crafts. The lectures are held in the General Society’s Library, founded in 1820, the second oldest library in New York City and one of three remaining private membership circulating libraries.

Adding to an existing building, compared with ground-up new construction, isn’t always so glamorous.

The Following Function series explores projects in Europe and the US that pioneer the creative reuse of redundant industrial sites, and considers the implications for heritage conservation and post-industrial communities.

The TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport has been honored with a prestigious American Architecture Award, bestowed by the Chicago Athenaeum in recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism in the United States.

“It was thrilling to experience this first great milestone in the realization of a plan that will transform what has long felt like the back of the Princeton community and the University campus into a new front door – a gateway to the Princetons, a center for the arts, and a vibrant nexus of campus and community life. We are grateful to be a part of an incredibly dedicated team, to realize the University’s bold vision for a new neighborhood.”

-Neil Kittredge, Partner

Detroit has become a symbol of post-industrial distress. Ruin voyeurs photograph scenes of overwhelming decay and the uncanny incursion of nature into spaces once dedicated to the manmade. But just as they overlook the underlying sadness of dereliction, so they ignore the vibrancy of an active city with a population working to translate loss into opportunity.

Architectural Musings: Hand and Word is a series of thoughts and sketches inspired by travel, design currents and other worldly observations. Installment #1 is an excerpt from BBB Managing Partner Fred Bland’s introductory remarks at the second annual Fitch Foundation symposium, “The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers & the Future of Historic Preservation,” held on October 17, 2014 in New York City. Fred, who serves as the Chairman of the Fitch Foundation, shares his reflections on the evolution of the preservation movement.

On April 2, BBB’s New York office hosted award-winning writer Witold Rybczynski in a panel discussion of his recent book, How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit. As significant as Witold Rybczynski’s visit were the conversations that members of the BBB community had in the studio about the book, and in the days leading to and following the event many interesting ideas came to the fore. Here are some of the great questions posed that the panel did not have time to address. They are valuable as open-ended subjects for reflection.

Washington Post Architecture Critic Philip Kennicott explores the past and future public face of the State Department with a look at Beyer Blinder Belle’s design for the new U.S. Diplomacy Center, currently in construction.

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“Our most vibrant cities are complex and multi-faceted, equal parts preservation and new design. Thoughtfully combined, and well planned, these are the building blocks for reinvigorating urban communities.”