Friedrich K.M. Böhm has chosen to live in central Ohio for the last 35+ years, while influencing the world through his firm’s architectural work. Since retiring from NBBJ he has pursued many of his personal, professional and business interests. As the firm’s Chairman until 2006, he was one of the creators of the firm’s mission to help its clients transform their businesses through good design. He not only believes in but also practices the integration of the design business into everyday life and helped to lead NBBJ to becoming the third largest architectural firm in the world.
Mr. Böhm concerned himself with the firm’s long-term strategic direction while championing the renaissance ideal of architect as perceptive and ethical designer, teacher, community leader, and businessman. As city planner, entrepreneur, manager, architect, educator, and diplomat, Friedl Böhm embraces life with a zestful mastery of his eclectic disciplines.
In addition to large projects in cities such as Beijing, Taipei, London, Istanbul and Moscow, Friedl has been credited with helping define the modern character of downtown Columbus, Ohio. As both a community leader and architect, he has helped to set the standards for Columbus’s thoughtful development, with such prominent structures as One Columbus, Three Nationwide Plaza, the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, The Crowne Plaza, Nationwide Arena, and several downtown high-rise structures.
Born in Krems, Austria in 1942, Böhm lived in Austria until 1955. In 1966, he received his Dipl. Ing. from the Technische Universitat Wien. A Fulbright Scholar, he received his Master degree in City and Regional Planning in 1969 at The Ohio State University. His relationship with the school continues today, with recognition in 1988 as a Distinguished Alumnus, and positions from 1969-73 as a lecturer and from 1986-92 as an adjunct professor. He has also served as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the OSU School of Architecture.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Huntington National Bank, currently serves on the board of M.I. Schottenstein Homes, TRC Companies, Allied Resource Corporation, and he is known to have helped many young entrepreneurs start their new ventures. He is a founding Partner of Transmap, The Daimler Group of Developers, and Travel Partners. Böhm also serves the community as current or former board member of The Wellington School (former chairman), Muskingum College, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and The Columbus Museum of Art.
As a diplomat, Böhm has served on the Special Advisory Committee to the Austrian Chancellor, was named Honorary Consul for Austria in 1993, and in 1995 received the Grand Decoration of Honors in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Among Mr. Bohm’s many achievements are his being named an entrepreneur of the year by Inc. Magazine, being named a Fellow to the American Institute of Architects in 1992 and a Senior Fellow to the Design Futures Council in 2004, as well as his receipt of the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award in 2002.