It’s you before us

We design spaces that inspire, we build dynamic relationships that endure. We regard our clients as partners, and value their voices and insight in the design process.

Shepley Bulfinch was established in 1874 as the architectural practice of noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson. The firm carries forward Richardson’s vision of innovation and his legacy of design excellence.

For nearly 150 years, Shepley Bulfinch has countered the status quo to produce forward-thinking architecture and interior design that inspire living, learning, and healing. We’re a nationally women-owned business with studios in Boston, Durham, Hartford, Houston, and Phoenix, the first firm of our size with a woman CEO. Today, our team of designers are shaping the future across several industries and disciplines, including healthcare, education, libraries, mixed use, and science and technology.

We design beyond what’s expected. Our value proposition is both a statement and a promise. “Design beyond what’s expected” speaks to an ingenuity and passion for design that pushes boundaries. These high-level qualities define our passion for design, our relationship with clients, and our culture.

We are challengers of convention

We are challengers of the status quo on a quest to seize what hasn’t happened yet, tackling complex projects with boundless creativity.



We embrace the collaborative spirit

We design spaces that inspire, we build dynamic relationships that endure. We regard our clients as partners, and value their voice and insight in the design process.

We push the champion idea beyond, together

Our passion for design is what unites us. It’s not about who owns the big idea; we believe the best idea wins when you have a team of inspired minds working together.


The result is uniquely customized projects that fit our client’s specific place and culture. Thorough analysis reveals underlying patterns, needs, and environmental conditions that we integrate into our thinking and the design. Shepley Bulfinch approaches every project with an open mind. We do not bring a pre-determined program or preferred architectural aesthetic, but rather an intellectual rigor and the curiosity to find the greatest and best solution to meet the needs of our communities.

Our approach to the design process is one of inclusion and collaboration. We combine these elements to create new and innovative buildings that reflect the values and aspirations of our clients by prioritizing expertise over ego and ideas over fads.

A legacy like ours is something few architecture firms can own. Our values have guided us through eras of adaptation, reinvention, and evolution into the transformative practice we maintain today.


We invite you to learn more about our work and our values.


Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion



Let’s build something together.

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