In 1952, Lewis Davis and Samuel Brody founded the firm Davis, Brody & Associates.
The firms reputation was established with the design of the Waterside and Riverbend Housing complexes in New York City and the U.S. Pavilion in the 1970 World's Fair in Osaka, Japan. In 1990, the firm merged with Bond Ryder and Associates (Designers of such important cultural facilities as the Martin Luther King, Jr.Center for Nonviolent Social Change), with the late J. Max Bond. Jr. becoming a firm partner. Through the strength of this partnership, Davis Brody Bond grew into one of the nation's leading architectural design firms.