NBBJ announces first ever non-US partner

NBBJ has announced that David Lewis, currently head of the practice’s London office, is to become a Partner of the U.S owned firm. With over 700 staff worldwide, NBBJ has grown to become a leading force in science, education, healthcare and office projects worldwide. David will be the first non-U.S based Partner in a formal acknowledgement of both his personal contribution to the practice, as well as the increasing importance of the London office to NBBJ’s international profile.

Based in London’s vibrant Tech City area near Old Street, NBBJ are experts in creating working environments for their clients, many of whom work in the rapidly changing worlds of science, health and education. Recent high profile wins for the London office include Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Dumfries and Galloway hospital, Cambridge Forum and the Centre for Food and Health Research facility in Norwich.

David Lewis, Partner at NBBJ, commented:

‘The London studio of NBBJ is growing from strength to strength. Work in our existing sectors continues to develop and we are successfully diversifying into new sectors. My appointment as a Partner reinforces NBBJ’s commitment to the thriving UK market.

Personally speaking, this is part of the fantastic journey I have been on since joining NBBJ, and I am very much looking forward to the influence the London office can have on the international practice of NBBJ.’

In addition to the appointment of David Lewis, NBBJ has announced that Rebecca Mortimore will be made a Principal at the firm, leading its work in the science and higher education sector. Rebecca was responsible for delivering NBBJ’s Materials Science & Metallurgy building at the University of Cambridge, one of the highest performing laboratory facilities in the world, and is currently leading on the new Centre for Food and Health.

Rebecca Mortimore, Principal at NBBJ, said:

‘I’m delighted to be leading the work of the practice in this rapidly growing sector. Solving the complex challenges presented to us by clients working at the cutting edge of technological change, research and discovery is hugely rewarding. NBBJ are working on buildings that are highly functional, but beautiful too.’


David Lewis has over 20 years’ experience designing healthcare, sports, higher education and office projects, working with the organisations and education bodies such as University of Cambridge, King’s College London and the Wellcome Trust. The design lead for the UK office, David strives to create innovation, functional solutions and promote a better way of working and living in all his projects.

David is especially interested in how positive planning and design can enhance a city’s health and wellbeing. One of his key projects at the moment is designing a major new hospital for Liverpool, which looks to regenerate an important part of the city, linking the new hospital to existing buildings and infrastructure as well as introducing large new areas of public realm.

Rebecca Mortimore has over 20 years’ experience of science and education projects and has worked for university, institutional and government clients across the UK and Europe. Heading up the science and higher education team in London, Rebecca steers a collaborative design process with the team where close engagement with building occupants and a detailed understanding of scientific needs, helps create inspiring and sustainable architecture for technically complex buildings.