Cope Linder Architects Expands Global Reach By Merging Operations With NELSON

Cope Linder Architects will merge operations with global design firm NELSON in a deal effective June 1, 2017.

Known as one of the premier, award-winning firms in Philadelphia, Cope Linder Architects brings extensive experience in commercial architecture, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, to the top 10 Design Giant. The move will add a fully staffed architecture team with extensive large scale and high-rise capabilities to NELSON network, bringing the total Philadelphia presence to nearly 125 people, making it NELSON’s third-largest studio.

“This move is the culmination of years of deliberate work to bring NELSON from its roots as a strictly interior design firm to a full-service design operation,” says Nelson. “Not only will we bring a size and scale of architectural design capability to our existing clients, we can bring NELSON’s superior relationship-driven service to a new sector of clients.  CLA also allows us to launch NELSON’s newly formed Hospitality Practice at the same time – bringing creative and innovative interior design approaches to an increasingly competitive industry.”

The merger reflects NELSON’s commitment to expand their strategic position and service offerings on a global level. Cope Linder will be the third merger for NELSON in Philadelphia since 2012, and twelfth overall in the past five years.

For Cope Linder Architects, joining operations with NELSON gives them access to a global network of Teammates and resources.

“Joining with NELSON gives us channels to take the work we are so passionate about, and expand it beyond our current boundaries and network,” said Ian Cope, Principal at Cope Linder. “We also gain the addition of a truly innovative interior design firm to bring to our clients, giving them an all-in-one design solution.”

One of the first projects slated to be completed under the combined company is the W and Element Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. The 51 story, 295-room W Philadelphia and 460-room Element Philadelphia hotel will be 773,500SF and a LEED Certified project featuring panoramic views, an outdoor pool bar and terrace and prime retail space. It will open in 2018. CLA has also recently completed the award winning, 31 story 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street.

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About Cope Linder Architects

Cope Linder Architects is an award-winning architecture firm with a 50-year history of projects for hospitality, gaming, entertainment, workplace, multi-family residential, community, and institutional clients. Their depth of experience and understanding of these markets allows them to provide successful design services that balance economics for their clients. For more information, visit