Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence
in Architecture and Planning

Design Philosophy

Architectural Design

The design philosophy of RBB is based upon a process of open communication that leads to highly developed aesthetic and functional design. With the participation of all team members and the client, user needs are specifically defined and analyzed. Among the most prominent issues are functional program analyses and site reviews. As ideas are conceptualized during the design process, they are realized through three-dimensional models and sketches.

The advent and implementation of new technology have complemented these methods with three-dimensional computerized modeling. This offers alternative design solutions and concepts to be visually shared and explored in a brief time frame, with the client, as well as the entire team. Understanding the character of a site or campus evokes the opportunity to create a unique building design.

Each project is approached individually and reflects the particular conditions of the building site and its function. An aesthetically pleasing and inviting ambiance, relating to both the exterior and interior of a structure, is responsible for our successful building designs. Inherent in each new project is also the use sustainable building practices to achieve energy and cost efficiencies over time.

Master Planning

A highly analytical and strategic approach to planning and space programming is the basis for RBB's master planning philosophy. The client's input throughout the project is considered to be at the core of the planning process. The orderly organization of new and future structures is the most important element of the master planning process. In order to achieve flexibility for future growth and change, early provisions for "land banks" are key to the continued success of the campus. Capital and operational costs, as well as environmental awareness also play an early and major role in the assessment of appropriate planning, design and systems selection.

Interior Design

RBB's interior design approach ensures continuity between the exterior design of the building and the interior architectural design. We strive to create environments sensitive to the needs of diverse clients. Some need to stimulate and energize their occupants, while others might require a soothing and healing approach. The use of natural light, materials, textures and color are key factors in achieving a successful interior ambiance.

Healthcare Planning

Almost 60 years of planning and design of over 10,000 healthcare facilities form the core of RBB's expertise and experience. Emphasis on the human component of each design is of particular concern in the design of healthcare facilities. RBB is also especially cognizant of the changing patterns in the domestic and global delivery of healthcare systems. This awareness is reflected in our planning and design solutions.


RBB has designed numerous University Projects, which reflect our planning, design creativity and diversity. We understand the importance of minimal disruption to the surroundings, scheduling the routines of students, faculty and other staff while projects are under construction. Throughout the design process, we lookout at new challenges and innovative solutions to the rigorous demands of today's University environment.

Laboratory Planning & Design

RBB has designed over one million square feet of research, medical and teaching laboratory space. The uniqueness and complexity of laboratory design are factors which require additional effort in partnering, developed standards, commitment to program verification and compliance, as well as provision for future change.

Sustainable Building Practices

RBB Architects is highly committed to sustainable building practices and materials. RBB is a member of the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and all of our principals and key personnel are LEED accredited. RBB provides ongoing in-house education on sustainable design related to healthcare architecture and reimburses employees for accreditation and education expenses. Our in-house sustainable design committee utilizes the LEED Green Building Rating System and Life Cycle Analysis as "benchmarking" tools, balancing energy and cost efficiencies throughout the design development phase. We also work closely with review board programs such as Savings by Design.

Lean, Evidence-Based, Green Design

RBB supports the goals of the Green Guide for Health Care program and the Center for Health Design's EDAC program. The firm has long upheld an integrated design approach between the A/E group and the owner. We address the shared mission to create a patient-centered healing environment while achieving economic benefits from reduced operating costs, energy efficiency and thoughtful design that contributes to improved staff productivity. Through user group studies, we have achieved innovative Lean design solutions that effectively reduce square footage and construction costs while positively impacting the hospital workflow environment.

Enhancing the occupants' health through improved air quality and thermal and acoustic comfort has also been central to our practice for many years. RBB integrates natural elements as sunlight, breezes and landscape features in a holistic approach to high performance buildings. We continue to expand our use of new engineering systems, and technologies and materials that yield less waste and no toxic by-products. As State funding programs offer incentives for energy savings, these standards of good practice and are increasingly attainable. Sustainable healthcare buildings are financially feasible, with a concentrated team effort among all disciplines and most importantly the Owner's support.

U.S. Green Building Council Member