Beyer Blinder Belle was founded in 1968, in the wake of the urban renewal movement in the United States, when the social fabric of cities, communities, and buildings was compromised by the prevailing attitudes about planning and architecture. The firm pioneered and defined a different approach to the design of the built environment that focused on architecture empowering people — their interaction with each other on streets and in neighborhoods, their pleasure in moving through the city, and their connections to the surrounding physical fabric. This mission has guided the firm for four decades and shaped a broad and award-winning practice — now 155 professionals in New York City and Washington, DC, engaged in architecture, planning, and interior design. Many of the firm's projects still involve the stewardship of historic buildings in sensitive urban sites — the work for which Beyer Blinder Belle has become best recognized. The firm's deep sense of identity and evolving perspectives on design have guided its practice in new construction as well as master planning and urban design.