Davis Brody Bond is recognized for its contributions to the urban fabric of major cities. Founded in 1952, the firm’s work has combined social responsibility with design excellence. Commissions include important cultural, academic and civic buildings such the award-winning Watha T. Daniel/Shaw and Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Libraries for the District of Columbia Public Library system, the restoration of the historic main branch of the New York Public Library, and the design of the National September 11th Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center. Davis Brody Bond is a founding member of the design team collaborating on the new National Museum of African American History and Culture for the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall. Other current projects include the renovation and expansion of the South African Embassy, as well as the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore. Collaborating with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, the firm recently won a national design competition to reimagine Union Square in front of the U.S. Capitol on the National Mall.