Natick, MA (October 4, 2023) – Interdisciplinary design firm HGA acquired brick., a 25-person architecture firm based in Oakland, California. brick.—now HGA Oakland—will maintain a continued focus on designing complex urban infill, mixed-use, community, and other developer-led projects in regional urban cores.

The acquisition further strengthens HGA’s established Bay Area practice that includes offices in both San Francisco and San Jose, and expands HGA’s overall California presence with robust teams in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego.

“We’ve long been seeking the right partner in the Bay Area to grow HGA’s depth and capacity to undertake an aspirational mix of project types in Northern California, and we are excited to have found that and more in brick.,” said Tim Carl, FAIA, LEED AP, design principal and CEO of HGA.

All 25 employees are now part of HGA. brick.’s founding principal, Rob Zirkle, AIA, LEED AP, will become the Public/Corporate Practice Group Leader of HGA Oakland, and his co-founding partner, Matt Combrink, AIA, LEED AP, will serve as the HGA Oakland Office Director. brick.’s second, growing Boston office—where the firm was building a burgeoning corporate life sciences presence—will join HGA Boston.

For more details about this transaction click here.

Morrissey Goodale, a specialized management consulting and research firm exclusively serving the architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting industries, advised HGA in the transaction.

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