EDGE studio, GBBN announce merger

Firm will go forward using GBBN branding.

September 09, 2013 |

GBBN Architects and EDGE studio of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are very pleased to announce the merger of their firms under GBBN Architects effective September 1, 2013. Gary Carlough and Anne Chen of EDGE studio will become Principals of GBBN, joining Todd Dunaway of GBBN in local firm leadership. GBBN will be located in EDGE studio’s current office at 5411 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Carlough, founding partner of EDGE studio, says, “While we’ve built a strong design reputation here, we have seen a number of quality design commissions awarded to firms outside of Pittsburgh. GBBN offers Anne and me the opportunity to add tremendous depth and resources to support our design philosophy. Together with GBBN we become a global, hometown practice able to execute the most significant projects in our community.”

GBBN President, Greg Otis, explains “the values, strengths and culture of our firms are remarkably aligned around the ability of design to improve lives and enrich our hometown communities.” He adds, “We empower our local principals to engage their clients with outstanding service and high quality design to meet their business objectives.”

EDGE studio is a perennial design award winning firm and is best known for their design of Gateway Station, the PNC Legacy Project, the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-East Liberty. GBBN has focused on expanding their work in Pittsburgh with UPMC Mercy Hospital, and Magee-Womens Hospital. The firms are currently collaborating on the renovation of the Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh.

“GBBN integrates the spectrum of planning and design services that bring contemporary architecture to life, says GBBN CEO, Matthew Schottelkotte. “We believe design is a strategic imperative in today’s experience economy,” adding, “Our mantra, Designing for Life, represents our belief in the importance of design to the health of our communities around the world.”

“We recognize that what we do influences the experiences of those that live, work, learn, and play in the environments we create,” says Schottelkotte. “Our combined 130 design professionals collaborate globally across 4 offices, including Louisville, KY and Beijing, China, sharing their experiences to improve the knowledge of the whole. Our goal is to design places that are cherished by their owners, their users, and by their communities for generations.”

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