Beyer Blinder Belle


Beyer Blinder Belle was founded in 1968, in the wake of the urban renewal movement in the United States, when the social fabric of cities, communities, and buildings was compromised by the prevailing attitudes about planning and architecture. The firm pioneered and defined a different approach to the design of the built environment that focused on architecture empowering people — their interaction with each other on streets and in neighborhoods, their pleasure in moving through the city, and their connections to the surrounding physical fabric.

A persistent exploration of historic, cultural, and civic meaning guides their work, while their design is contemporary and reflects the materials and technology of today. Many of the firm’s projects involve the stewardship of historic buildings in sensitive urban sites — the work for which they have become best recognized. The firm restored the TWA Flight Center and helped reposition it into the award-winning TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, maintaining the integrity and legacy of the 1962 structure designed by Eero Saarinen. The firm’s deep sense of identity and evolving perspectives on design have guided their practice in new construction as well as master planning and urban design.

Photo Courtesy of TWA Hotel/David Mitchell

Contact: Michelle DiLello