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U.S. Department of State shortlists 26 firms to build embassies worldwide

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U.S. Department of State shortlists 26 firms to build embassies worldwide. Pictured here: OBO commissioned Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Davis Brody Bond for the U.S. Embassy Complex in Mexico City. (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects/Davis Brody Bond/Rendering by MARCH)
U.S. Department of State shortlists 26 firms to build embassies worldwide. Pictured here: OBO commissioned Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Davis Brody Bond for the U.S. Embassy Complex in Mexico City. (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects/Davis Brody Bond/Rendering by MARCH)

A division of the U.S. Department of State in charge of constructing and maintaining embassies has selected more than two dozen architecture firms to design those facilities worldwide. Late last month, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) picked 26 firms for its Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Worldwide Design Services solicitation, a shortlist that’s geographically diverse and includes a healthy mix of small-to-medium–sized firms (Marlon Blackwell, 1100 ArchitectLake|Flato) plus giants like Gensler and HOK

This time around, 136 firms vied for a spot on OBO’s list, and the chosen designers are authorized to provide architecture and engineering services for building upgrades as well as new construction. Take a look at the full list, below:

1100 Architect
Allied Works Architecture
Ann Beha Architects
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects
Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Clark Nexsen
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Ennead Architects
EYP, Inc.
Gensler/Black & Veatch
HOK International
KieranTimberlake
Krueck & Sexton Architects
Lake|Flato Architects
Machado and Silvetti Associates
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Mark Cavagnero Associates
Marlon Blackwell Architects
Miller Hull Partnership
Moore Ruble Yudell
Morphosis Architects
Richard + Bauer Architecture
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
SHoP Architects
Studio MA
ZGF Architects

Next, shortlisted firms will have to put together a technical team, assemble information about past projects and team performance, and interview with OBO. Right now, the bureau’s portfolio includes 285 missions around the world, with projects under construction and in design worth more than $7 billion.

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