Initial Design Team Shortlist Announced for New U.S. Embassy Project in Brasilia, Brazil

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 21, 2015

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted six design firms in stage one of its two-stage selection process for the New U.S. Embassy Compound in Brasilia, Brazil. The firms are:

  • Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
  • Morphosis Architects
  • Pelli, Clarke, Pelli Architects
  • Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • Steven Holl Architects
  • Studio Gang Architects

Forty-eight firms were accepted for consideration to compete. The shortlisted firms will assemble their technical teams and submit qualifications for the second stage of evaluation.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities represent U.S. values and the best in U.S. architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at or (703) 875-4131, or visit