Founding and Early Years


Niles Bolton establishes the firm as a sole proprietorship. The times are challenging—some 50 percent of Atlanta architects are without work—but Niles forges ahead anyway.


Bill vonHedemann joins college roommate Niles Bolton at the firm. Despite the economy, business is making headway and we move into real offices on Mathieson Drive.


NBA incorporates and hits double-digit number of employees. When NBA opened its doors, only 10 firms in Atlanta had more than 20 people. The growth confirms Niles’ belief that if you do a good job, clients will hear about it.


NBA acquires CAD (computer-aided design) systems. Generating drawings more quickly and accurately is a boon for architects, designers and clients.

Growth Spurt


We celebrate our 10th anniversary and establish the Landscape Architecture Group. The ability to integrate outdoor planning and design into a project provides clients with a bigger-picture view.


NBA offers stock to senior associates. As the firm prospers, we want to share the good fortune with the people who are important to our success.


We add an Interior Design Studio and an office in Alexandria, Virginia, to serve our Mid-Atlantic and Northeast clients. NBA can now offer a wider range of clients more comprehensive services.


On the move again to our current offices in One Buckhead Plaza. We need more space since we experience a nearly 25 percent growth rate in the late ‘80s.

Adding Achievements


NBA-designed Olympic Village opens on time for 1996 Summer Olympics. The success opens new doors for NBA and we’re able to branch out and develop business in university, military and other institutional housing.


We expand our services by acquiring Diedrich Architects. The acquisition helps as we grow and further diversify into recreational facilities, transit and urban infill.


Our first project in China begins and our third office opens in San Jose, California, to better serve the West Coast. Expanding our global reach, today NBA has clients and projects in 16 countries, including China, Egypt, Japan and Russia.


We complete the nation’s first LEED certified apartment community in Silver Spring, Maryland. Since then, NBA has designed 5 million sustainable square feet more and 60 percent of our design professionals are LEED accredited.


NBA is growing again—we expand in One Buckhead Plaza and break ground in China. Significantly, the China projects are a chance not just to grow but to learn and experiment.

Continuing to Innovate


We’re voted one of the Best Places to Work by Georgia Trend magazine. The accolade affirms that doing work you love in a supportive atmosphere is a winning combination.


NBA begins using advanced architectural software to implement detailed Building Information Modeling. We’re continually looking to serve clients efficiently and effectively by refining our systems and tools.


NBA adds a 47th state—Montana—to our resume as we commence work on a new project. The last word on our success: fun.


NBA was awarded the AIA-Atlanta Silver Medal for “excellent design, client service, internal and external education for the industry and the community, and staff engagement over a sustained period of time”. 


We celebrate another anniversary… our 40th.