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Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley Breaks Ground, First Look at Interiors

MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors, a specialty studio within the BBGM family focused on design for the luxury hospitality and residential markets, is proud to share that the developer of the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley, Five Star Development, has officially broken ground on the property. MONOGRAM is serving as Interior Designer for the project.

New renderings from MONOGRAM give viewers a sneak peek at the exquisite luxury planned for the community’s interiors, including both the resort areas and the residential villas and private club.  With news of the groundbreaking, various press outlets around the valley have begun to pick up the story, going so far as to send out drones for aerial footage of the development site. 

As covered by local CBS affiliate 3TV, Arizona’s Family and the Phoenix Business Journal, the project comprises a 200-key resort complex, including luxurious guest amenities, event spaces, and individual casitas, in addition to 81 Residential Villas and associated Private Club for residents. 

The Phoenix Business provided comment from Herve Humler, Chairman Emeritus with Ritz-Carlton:

“This iconic property will enhance the glamour of Paradise Valley, in a way that blends the natural beauty and elegance of the area with the desires of today’s most affluent travelers,” said Herve Humler, Chairman Emeritus of the Ritz-Carlton.

The property will boast one of the longest pools in North America, coming in at nearly 400 feet in length.  The project is currently estimated for delivery in fall 2019, completed with stunning views and lush courtyards.  Stay tuned for additional project details as they are released.


Read the full article from Phoenix Business Journal

View news coverage from 3TV - Arizona's Family

Check out MONOGRAM’s design for the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley

BBGM Announces Promotion, New Director of Workplace Interiors


WASHINGTON, DC – February 26, 2018:  BBGM, an internationally renowned Architecture & Interior Design firm, announced today that Alfred Gooden III has been named Director of Workplace Interiors, leading Workplace design efforts out of the firm’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  In making the announcement, BBGM President Bahram Kamali commended Gooden's important contributions to the continued growth and success of the firm.

As a senior leader at BBGM, Gooden has provided design leadership and oversight on a vast number of interior architecture and interior design projects.  Some of his recent notable work includes multiple renovations at the HUD headquarters, new offices for the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and the new headquarters for Clark Enterprises in Bethesda.  Gooden is a University of Maryland alumnus and actively involved with the DCBIA, NAIOP, IFMA and Loudon County Economic Developments Design Cabinet. 

The firm’s methodology for the execution of successful services is based on more than 30 years of collaborative commercial experience. BBGM’s specialized Workplace Interiors Studio is renowned for creating design solutions that incorporate sustainability, and reflect a unique inspiration for each individual project. 

While tailoring the design approach for each client, the BBGM Workplace Interiors Studio takes great pride in being able to support the individual missions of client companies and associations by echoing their values and improving their bottom line through innovative design solutions.

About BBGM

Founded in 1987, BBGM has full-service offices in Washington, DC and Scottsdale, Arizona that provide services both domestically and internationally. BBGM and MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM are recognized leaders in their design fields and consistently rank among the top design firms worldwide. From luxury interior design to large-scale urban projects, we design projects that respect and reflect the distinct social, cultural and architectural traditions of their communities. Additionally, BBGM maintains a strong commitment to creating design solutions that are individually tailored to suit the specific criteria for each project.

Media Contact: 

Bill Pelham 

(480) 565-4800

BBGM Ranked Hotel Sector Giant for 2nd Consecutive Year

BBGM made the list of Top Hotel Architecture Firms for the second consecutive year.  As part of the 2017 Building Design+Construction Giants 300 Report, BD+C culled this year's list down to the Top 60 Hotel Architecture Firms.  BBGM ranked #33 on the list of Hotel Sector Giants. 

To those familiar with BBGM’s work, the ranking comes as no great surprise.  BBGM has completed several notable projects over the past year, including the InterContinental DC Wharf, which just celebrated its grand opening, the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, the Hampton Inn Ballpark Hotel, and the dual-branded NoMa Homewood Suites & Hampton Inn – and that’s just in Washington, DC.

In addition to the firm’s strong portfolio of completed and ongoing work in the DC Metro area, BBGM recently announced that design is underway for the Residence Inn Silver Spring, while their MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors team has several exciting projects on the boards.

Stay tuned for further rankings from the Giants 300 Report and the latest news on upcoming projects from BBGM and MONOGRAM.

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Bahram Kamali Named President of BBGM

BBGM is proud to announce that Bahram Kamali has been appointed by its board of directors to serve as the firm’s new president. With the announcement of the board’s unanimous decision, BBGM further positions itself as an industry leader for years to come.  As President, Kamali will be responsible for the firm’s overall operations, providing executive leadership and strategic guidance for initiatives in all offices.

Mr. Kamali is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is registered in numerous states and territories.  As a published Architect and McGill University alumnus with teaching experience, Kamali offers a wealth of knowledge to complement his extensive experience in the design and construction industry, solidifying the trust and confidence of clients around the globe.

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Boutique-Style Living in One of DC’s Hottest Neighborhoods

BBGM provided Architectural services for 13 U, JBG Smith’s newest multi-family mixed-use project, located in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC – one of the hottest nightlife areas in the city.  

BBGM, in conjunction with David M. Schwarz Architects, stepped up to deliver a high-end product that embodies the essence of U Street.  Navigating a challenging process for the approval, design and planning stages, the development team managed to deliver a unique project that maintains the historical integrity of the overall neighborhood.

The high-end residential development offers 129 luxury units in a meticulously detailed brick and cast stone building, paying homage to the area’s rich architectural history with traditional charm.  A series of setbacks and projections were created in the building’s façade to effectively break down the overall scale, creating a seamless addition to the U Street Historic District. 

In order to attract the building’s target market, all members of the project team were challenged to deliver a residential product that would attract the most sophisticated tenants in an already competitive market.  In addition to the task of delivering a successful luxury residential project, the team was also charged with the unique challenge of maintaining operations of retail outfits currently in operation while the building remained under construction.

The project team delivered.  

Residents are drawn to a boutique-style living, featuring elegant finishes embraced by warm lighting.  The intimate lobby is reminiscent of smaller high-end hotels, while the individual residential units are nothing short of spectacular.  With an average unit size over 1,000 square feet and balconies or terraces in 60% of the units, the project team hit the mark for the high-end, sophisticated rental market, while successfully navigating project challenges.

Retail operations were also successfully maintained throughout the duration of the project, with the operating outlet being relocated to a complex throughout construction, and returning to a new turn-key store with upgraded finishes.  Over 15,000 square feet of retail space occupies the ground floor, which is already 100% leased.  

Residential units are leasing at a break-neck pace, well ahead of initial projections for the building.  One of the penthouses has already been leased as well. JBG Smith is managing and leasing the building and has confidence that any decision to sell would beat their own records, and potentially those of the DC market in general.

MONOGRAM on the Boards: Design Sneak Peek

MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM serves as a go-to resource for clients when it comes to renovations.  Breathing new life into a hotel property can be tricky business, but the MONOGRAM team specializes in navigating these waters to deliver a successful project for clients and memorable experiences for guests.

We’ve pulled together a few sneak-peek snapshots to give our readers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the MONOGRAM designs that are currently under way.  Projects currently in design phases include branded properties such as Marriott, Omni, and Kimpton as well as several independent hotels.

(JW Marriott)


(Rita's Kitchen)


(Omni Hotels & Resorts)


Stay tuned for further releases as these exciting projects come closer to completion.

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BBGM Turns 30, a Look Back

Our 30th Anniversary

In honor of BBGM's 30th anniversary, we'll be digging through the archives, pulling out all the gems, throwbacks and achievements we can get our hands on. For this first installment, a brief look at the rise of BBGM.  


Honorably Decorated

In our latest 30th Anniversary highlight, we're turning the clock back - 10 years to be precise.

2007 marked an interesting time for BBGM, and the world at large. Just prior to the 2008 recession, business was booming.  BBGM was a well-established leader in the Architecture & Design industry by this time, with a strong foothold in the hospitality industry.

Although BBGM is widely known as a leader in hospitality design, the firm's repertoire also carries a wide array of projects for federal, state and local government entities. By 2007, BBGM had amassed an impressive list of high-profile projects in the DMV region, with projects ranging from Quantico to the Pentagon.  Notable projects that received BBGM design services in 2007 included the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia, the Pentagon Library & Conference Center, several structures at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, the Aircraft Research Support Facility in Patuxent River and the National Maritime Technology Information Center in Bethesda, to name a few.



In addition to completing notable projects in this timeframe, BBGM designs garnered no less than a dozen awards – in a single year – with merits from multiple organizations in several sectors.  BBGM industry rankings and awards came in from around the world, recognizing both new construction and rehabilitation projects, including the following honors:

  • Thailand Best Development, 
  • CNBC International Property Awards 2007
  • Merit Award, Built Category
  • AIA Western Mountain Region 2007
  • Special Award in Preservation
  • Providence Preservation Society
  • Honorable Mention: Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation
  • 2007 White House Closing the Circle Award
  • Sustainable Design & Construction at the Pentagon
  • 1st Place, Best Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration Project
  • National Capital Chapter of Design-Build Institute of America
  • Best National Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration Project
  • National Design-Build Institute of America National Design-Build Award
  • Project of the Year Award, 
  • ABC Chesapeake Chapter
  • Excellence in Construction Award (Best Development Project), 
  • ABC Chesapeake Chapter
  • Award for Excellence – Best Mid-Atlantic Adaptive Reuse Condominium Community
  • Delta Associates
  • 2007 Outstanding Project Award
  • Greater New York Construction User Council
  • Pillar of New York Award
  • Preservation League of New York State


We take great pride in these accomplishments, and in providing services to those organizations that support our great nation. If the first few months are any indication, we believe that 2017 will be a stellar year, for BBGM, our associates and the industry as a whole.

Until next time, here’s to another successful decade of exploring, innovating, creating and growing.

Conference Rewind: 2017 HD Expo

It’s common for most of us in the design arena to receive follow-ups, recaps, and highlights from many of the vendors we come across during the major conferences throughout the year.  We thought it might be interesting, or even helpful for some of our wonderful vendors, to hear some feedback from our MONOGRAM team who attended this year’s HD Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.


If one thing is for sure, vendors who exhibited at this year’s HD Expo brought their ‘A’ game.  From furniture to fabrics, everyone came to play. There was no reservation when it came to making bold statements through color and the use of unique fabrics. We caught up with MONOGRAM Senior Interior Designer Heather Chilton, who attended the conference.  “This was the first time I had attended HD in quite some time, and I was not disappointed,” said Chilton.  “The market is strong, and you could feel the positive energy amongst the vendors and exhibitors.  The ability to see new product and build stronger or even new relationships made the trip all worthwhile.” 

Outdoor Blossom

HD is known for bringing a wide variety when it comes to the types and styles of furniture and manufacturers throughout the expo.  This year’s outdoor furniture displays can be summed up in a single word: strong.

Chilton elaborated, “Compared to previous years, I feel as though outdoor areas are finally getting the notability they deserve.  It’s no longer your basic teak or aluminum frames.  Outdoor areas are environments of their own and this year vendors really went beyond the boundaries to provide iconic, flexible and comfortable pieces that are suitable for a wide range of styles.”

Vendors brought unique materials to the table, making the fresh looks more resilient than ever. Take it from us in Phoenix, the outdoor furniture is no place to skimp on the design – and with the selection presented this year, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Carpet Tech

With the constant stream of technology announcements in today’s digital world, it’s easy to miss tech updates that impact manufacturing, durability, and implementation of common décor elements.  Carpet is a big-ticket item specified on a majority of hospitality design projects, and its importance cannot be understated. This year’s presentation of carpet solutions met the challenge head-on, delivering carpeting options that capitalized on impressive advances in production technology, translating to a strong selection for designers to choose from.

“I feel as though the colors and saturations presented this year, from woven carpets to prints, departed from stark trends that have become stale in multiple markets,” Chilton stated. “With the expansion of capabilities in designing a carpet, manufacturers have given designers the gift of endless possibilities.  Our designers can more easily adapt to the level of imagination appropriate when developing schemes, from printing a portrait directly onto carpet, to creating a handwoven forest with tufted rugs.”

Reality in Design

As many in the A/E/C industry have been anticipating, the use of Virtual Reality in the design process is taking hold.  This was abundantly clear at this year’s HD Expo, with a number of vendors exhibiting VR solutions that would allow for designing, decorating and touring all within the virtual environment. 

The ability to design, select products and even print a copy of the VR experience was particularly notable. 360 cameras have also come into their own, particularly as prices become more affordable on base models for this solution.  That being said, there is no rival to the immersive experience of VR, especially when conveying a design concept to a client or potential guest.

At the end of the day, feedback from this year’s HD Expo has been positive all around.  A strong showing from vendors makes for a great year ahead, full of exciting projects.  We look forward to continued advances in our industry, and seeing everyone in 2018! 



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