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Now headquartered in Minneapolis, NELSON Worldwide was founded in 1977 as an interior design firm. Currently in its second generation of ownership and leadership under Chairman & CEO John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., NELSON has experienced tremendous growth in revenue, teammates, and its national and global presence. After becoming CEO of NELSON in 2003, Ozzie led the firm to expand its reach, adding new service lines and practice area specialties through more than 45 strategic mergers. Today, NELSON enjoys a tremendous track record with a broad range of clients from diverse industries. We work with more than 40 percent of the companies on the Fortune 500 list.


In 1987, immediately upon graduating from college with a degree in Business Administration, Ozzie entered his father’s 15-person interior design firm. Over the following years, he expanded the firm’s core design business with emerging technologies and consulting capabilities to create a compelling service delivery platform for large corporate clients. Under his direction, the firm expanded from a single discipline to its current 10 fully integrated service lines.



We are a full-service, multi-disciplinary architecture firm that takes built environments and transforms them into innovative and compelling experiences. Our approach is based on business and brand strategy, and serves as the cornerstone for everything we do. Every building we create incorporates forward-thinking technologies and best practices, giving your brand a strong foundation from the ground up. Our team delivers smart solutions for all the places we work, live, shop, dine, play, serve, heal, and thrive.


Consistently rated among the top interior design firms in the country, our interior design practice serves a wide range of markets including workplace, retail, hospitality, mixed-use, healthcare, and more. This diverse expertise allows us to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to every new project. We thoughtfully infuse human-centered design into even the smallest details.


Our talented design team understands how to translate brand strategy into design systems that enhance physical surroundings. Environmental graphics serve a unique role in elevating an experience, creating a sense of place, and promoting engagement. They also enable wayfinding, communicate essential brand and product information, and translate brand assets, messaging, and values into a variety of touchpoints.


A brand’s visual identity drives its recognition and differentiation in the marketplace, and in the minds of its consumers. Our graphic design team is well-versed in developing design systems that translate brand strategy into clearly communicated and ownable assets for some of the world’s largest brands. We understand how to communicate to various audiences and specialize in bringing brand expression to life throughout an experience. From uniforms, packaging, logo design, and interactive touchpoints we create compelling collateral that tells your message to the world.


We believe insights and strategy have the power to crystallize, redefine, and transform brands, shaping how they manifest in culture. Our team guides the strategic direction for global brands, serves as a bridge between businesses and users, shapes our approaches, and translates strategies into creative activations.


We focus on data-driven, design-centric, and partnership-based solutions that improve the employee experience while optimizing the use of real estate assets. Our team works with a range of clients across industries, both mature companies and fast-growth start-ups, who are all focused on becoming more agile organizations. We offer a comprehensive menu of services and expertise, from strategies that will help shift and adapt your workplace for the future, to facilities management techniques that will transform the way you manage your real estate portfolio.


Sustainably designed buildings and spaces are breathing new life into cities and towns globally. Our teams are actively partnering with our clients to incorporate sustainability from the inside out – to create healthier spaces for occupants as well as energy-efficient structures that save money and minimize broader environmental impact. We provide expertise in LEED, WELL, and Fitwel certification, but also tailor sustainable design solutions to fit any budget regardless of certification goals.


Our Design Visualization team makes it possible to walk through a space before a single wall is built. Using state-of-the-art technology, we bring to life realistic models of architectural design concepts in a wide array of digital mediums to improve communication, enrich comprehension, and enhance visual character and appeal. We customize a visualization experience to suit a variety of needs, from pre-viz to photorealistic, interior and exterior renderings, stylized imagery, video and animation, and virtual and augmented reality.


Windward is an NMSDC certified MBE offering engineering services nationwide. Our ownership group made up of The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), NELSON Worldwide, and Jason Booth (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), allows us to offer clients a unique opportunity by providing AE and real estate consulting services, helping you achieve your diversity goals and broaden capital spending.  We are proud of the long-standing trust our teams have earned from more than six decades of experience.

Engineering the future, one space at a time.


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1201 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States