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Nokia is a leading global company focused on the key growth areas of wireline and wireless telecommunications. A pioneer in mobile telephony, Nokia is the world’s leading developer of digital handsets and wireless data, the world’s second largest manufacturer of all mobile-phones, and one of the two leading suppliers of GSM-based cellular networks.

The Nokia Creation Center in San Diego was designed according to the idea of connection; the connection to the landscape, connection to the sky, and the connection of people and ideas. Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects created a site plan for the campus that encourages interaction among the various research, development and production personnel. FPBA invented an architecture that is as technologically derived as Nokia’s products and incorporated a water feature throughout the property that reflects the Finnish connection to water and serene environments.

A result of this project is a multiple award-winning architecture that has quickly become a regional icon and immediate acceleration of Nokia’s ability to recruit engineers.



San Diego, CA

Square Footage


Team Members

Phil Pape


Orchid – SD AIA and American Society of Landscape Architects of San Diego

Design Award of Merit – CC SARA