To start off this 30-year celebration, we are taking a look back at the very beginning.
Brad Nelsen started his career in Dallas in 1980 with the firm of Shepherd & Boyd, where he became partner in 1986. As the Texas real estate market collapsed in the late 80’s, Brad’s role in business development and as a lead project designer took him to projects in Arizona, Hawaii, and Australia, where he eventually established offices.
In March 1990, Brad Nelsen founded Nelsen Architects International (now Nelsen Partners) through the acquisition of his former firm. Erston Senger, who had worked with Brad since 1981, was onboard from the beginning and they were soon joined by George Melara and Phil Crisara in the Phoenix office. After returning to Austin to be with his family, Phil came back to the firm to head up the new Texas location, now the company’s headquarters. Together, through Brad’s creative and strategic leadership, these four have grown Nelsen Partners to the successful organization it is today.
We hope you enjoy a photographic peak at the early days.