Award-winning architecture, design, and strategy firm NELSON Worldwide will acquire the architect of record (AOR) business from CGL Companies (CGL), a leading justice consulting and maintenance firm headquartered in Miami, FL.

On or before December 31, 2023, CGL will convey current architectural projects and associated architectural staff to NELSON. The move aligns with NELSON’s strategic plans to significantly grow its existing Civic & Justice practice.

“NELSON prides itself on its diversity of work and extensive reach. We recognize the growing importance of criminal justice and mental health reform in today’s industry. And while we are deeply involved in this sector, we view the CGL team as a pivotal addition to further expand this area of our practice. We look forward to collaborating with their vast expertise and talent,” said John “Ozzie” Nelson, Chairman and CEO, NELSON Worldwide.

NELSON’s Civic & Justice practice focuses on social impact that empowers local communities through innovative and functional design, creating environments and experiences that foster development and growth through comprehensive planning that exceeds the aesthetic, functional, and financial objectives of our clients. CGL brings more than 40 years of experience focused on Justice work, having designed more than 250 facilities around the world.

Founded in 1977, NELSON has been one of the industry’s most aggressive integrators in the AEC industry, offering a breadth of services across the globe that transform and touch all dimensions of the human experience, including architecture, interior design, graphic design, and brand strategy. The firm creates and delivers brand experiences, compelling environments, and smart solutions across the spaces we interact with daily—where we work, shop, dine, stay, serve, live, play, and thrive.

Both firms are committed to managing a seamless transition for employees and clients, who will continue to receive the same level of service and attention to detail they have come to expect from both organizations.


About NELSON Worldwide

NELSON Worldwide is an award-winning firm, boldly transforming all dimensions of the human experience through architecture, interior design, graphic design, and brand strategy. With more than 700 teammates across 20 offices, the firm’s collective network provides strategic and creative solutions that positively impact where people work, serve, play, and thrive. The team combines industry knowledge, service expertise, and geographic reach to deliver projects across the country and around the world. Visit to learn more.

About CGL Companies

CGL is a leading justice firm dedicated to providing criminal justice consulting and maintenance worldwide. With a team of highly skilled professionals, the company provides comprehensive consulting and advisory solutions to justice clients across the globe. CGL is committed to delivering excellence and making a positive impact in the field of justice.