NELSON Worldwide Promotes Two to Co-Lead National Mixed-Use Practice

Seasoned Leaders Eric Arter and Rhett DeBuys will Head the Firm’s National Practice


Minneapolis, MN — October 14, 2020 — Award-winning architecture, design, and strategy firm NELSON Worldwide is pleased to announce that Eric Arter and Rhett DeBuys will serve as Co-Leaders for the firm’s National Mixed-Use Practice. The two have a combined 50+ years of experience in the industry, and will bring fresh, new perspectives to NELSON’s Mixed-Use Practice.

Arter based in the Cincinnati office has been with NELSON for more than 20 years, most recently serving as vice president within the Mixed-Use Practice for the past 7 years. From 500,000-square-foot mixed-use developments, to shopping centers, hotels, and restaurants, Arter’s experience spans several different markets. His notable client base includes Simon Property Group, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Brookfield, Washington Prime Group, and more. Arter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

Most recently serving as the Director of Global Architecture for Popeyes, DeBuys brings with him more than 30 years of experience and has performed on over 500 projects in new construction and renovation. DeBuys has been part of several of NELSON’s most notable mixed-use projects including The Battery Atlanta, Fenton, and Riverton. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tulane University, and then went on to receive his Master’s degree in Architecture.

“We are thrilled for Eric and Rhett to form the vision and future for our Mixed-Use Practice,” said Chief Operating Officer of NELSON Worldwide Sheryl Moore-Marlette. “The two have contributed to much success over the years, and we’re excited to combine their holistic experiences across retail, restaurant, multi-family, hospitality, and beyond, to create dynamic destinations of the future.”

This announcement marks an exciting step forward for NELSON and their mixed-use practice. Together, Arter and DeBuys will lead a multi-disciplinary team, and continue to deliver innovative design solutions tailored to meet clients’ individual business and brand goals. 


About NELSON Worldwide

NELSON Worldwide is an award-winning firm delivering architecture, interior design, graphic design, and brand strategy services that transform all dimensions of the human experience, providing our clients with strategic and creative solutions that positively impact their lives and the environments where they work, serve, play, and thrive. Our collective network includes more than 1,100 teammates in 25 offices, combining industry experience, service expertise, and geographic reach to deliver projects across the country and around the world. Client partnerships across the NELSON network include: Hilton, Macy’s, Comcast, Simon Property Group, Prologis, Yum! Brands, Boston Consulting Group, T-Mobile, Emory Healthcare, SAP Fieldglass, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Kroger, Hyatt, Bayer, Target, and many more. Visit to learn more.