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OBO is hitting the road to announce the upcoming release of our A/E Design Services RFP!

Our next A/E Design Service RFP will be for those firms interested in contributing to several of OBO’s future modernization and renovation projects. This roadshow will help firms familiarize themselves with OBO Design Standards and be more prepared for future IDIQs.

For our program to continue to deliver facilities that represent American values and the best in American architecture, design, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution we are continuously seeking to expand the pool of firms who contribute to the program.

Curtis Clay, OBO Director of Architecture, will be spreading the word about the upcoming RFP. He will share previous submission requirements and lessons learned in the solicitation process. He hopes to provide insight into the OBO A/E program to those who are interested in working with OBO and the U.S. Department of State. Check below to find a city/event near you.

Upcoming Locations

New Orleans, LAOctober 18
1000 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
Host: AIA New Orleans

Presentation: 5:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m. CDT
Networking: 6:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. CDT

Kansas City, MOOctober 25
2140 Washington, KC, MO 64108
Presentation: 5:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m. CDT
Networking: 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. CDT
Register here 

Kansas State UniversityOctober 26

St. Paul, MNOctober 27
Bell Museum (Nucleus Room, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113)
Host: AIA Minnesota
Presentation: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CDT
Networking: 6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. CDT
Register here 

Austin, TXNovember 16
Texas Society of Architects Office (500 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702)
Host: AIA Austin
Presentation: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
Networking: 1:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m. CST
Register here 

Virtual EventDecember 15


OBO 2022 AE Design Services Virtual Industry Roadshow Recording 
OBO 2022 AE Roadshow Presentation [40 MB]


Curtis Clay

Director of Architecture

Curtis Clay is the Director of Architecture at the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.  Mr. Clay is responsible for overseeing a wide range of architectural project design functions that support the design, construction, and renovation of diplomatic posts overseas.

Mr. Clay is a licensed architect in Virginia and the District of Columbia and supervises all phases of architectural design and construction.  He has over 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry including government, commercial, institutional, and private work.   

 OBO is the single real property manager for all U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world, managing a portfolio of properties in over 289 locations around the world, valued at over $75.9 billion.  OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support its staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives.    

U.S. Department of State

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