2 Education Design Firms Join DLR Group

DLR Group has announced the acquisition of two design firms—one on the east coast and one on the west.

The mergers of San Diego- based education design firm BakerNowicki Design Studio and Washington, D.C., design firm Bowie Gridley Architects expand education design and specialty services for DLR Group’s K-12 school clients across the country.

Formed in 2011 by architects Jon Baker, FAIA, and Richard Nowicki, AIA, BakerNowicki’s sole specialization is educational architecture, working exclusively with K-12 and higher education clients.

The firm will operate as DLR Group|BakerNowicki to serve K-12 and higher education clients in the San Diego market and join with DLR Group K-12 studios in Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, and San Francisco to serve education clients throughout California.

BGA was founded by Calvert S. Bowie, AIA, and William C. Gridley, FAIA, and specializes in master planning and design for K-12 independent school clients along the Atlantic Coast and throughout the Northeast.

The firm’s expertise in master planning and design of K-12 independent school campuses and learning spaces are a natural complement to DLR Group’s K-12 Education practice. BGA also adds experience in performing arts, museum, preservation, higher education, and hospitality design. BGA and DLR Group will combine operations in a new Washington, D.C. location in spring 2022.

“By joining forces with these exceptional design firms, DLR Group is enhancing our competitive position in K-12 education on both coasts,” says DLR Group Senior Principal Jim French, FAIA. “We’ve added expertise in design and educational funding in California, as well as planning and design for private, independent K-12 school clients in the Northeast to elevate DLR Group as the premier education design practice.”

BakerNowicki brings 28 design professionals and Bowie Gridley Architects adds 24 design staff to DLR Group.

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