Cooper Carry acquires 505Design

Sep 29, 2023

Will Swearingen

Cooper Carry, Atlanta’s largest architecture firm, has acquired 505Design. Cooper Carry will grow from 320 to 360 employees as a result of the deal and expand its office footprint to Boulder, Colorado, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kyle Reis, CEO at Cooper Carry, said in a news release that 505Design will help his firm “infuse the design of places with the kind of connectivity, story and emotion that leads to long-term return on investment for our clients.”

505Design specializes in mixed-use developments, as well as retail-only and residential-only projects. One recently completed project was for Clear Springs Development’s Kingsley Town Center in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

505Design also has performed interior design work at Market Street in The Woodlands, Texas; Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, California; and the Outlet Connection in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Cooper Carry is the largest architecture firm in Atlanta measured by employed architects with 152 licensed architects on staff. The firm also has offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

Zweig Group – the leading research, publishing, and advisory services resource for firms in the AEC industry – advised 505Design through this transaction. The deal team included Will Swearingen, Zweig Group’s director of ownership transition, and Tracey Eaves, Zweig Group's director of valuation advisory services.

About Zweig Group

Zweig Group, three times on the Inc. 500/5000 list, is the industry leader and premiere authority in AEC firm management and marketing, the go-to source for data and research, and the leading provider of customized learning and training. Zweig Group exists to help AEC firms succeed in a complicated and challenging marketplace through services that include: Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Valuation, Executive Search, Board of Director Services, Ownership Transition, Marketing & Branding, and Business Development Training. The firm has offices in Dallas and Fayetteville, Arkansas.