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May 30, 2019
Apple Store Designs
Article on e-architect drawing together key Apple store designs from around the world, featuring a number of projects by BCJ:

Apple store designs

Apr 23, 2019
Frick Environmental Center Honored by AIA Committee on the Environment, Pittsburgh, USA

The Frick Environmental Center, designed by architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, has received a prestigious 2019 Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Plus Award.

Frick Environmental Center by BCJ

Jan 22, 2019
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Honored with American Institute of Architects Interiors Award


Apple Store, Upper East Side, New York City:
Apple Store, Upper East Side, New York City
photograph : Peter Aaron
Apple Store, Upper East Side, New York City
San Francisco, CA (January 21, 2019) – The American Institute of Architects have selected the Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-designed Apple Store, Upper East Side as one of nine projects to receive its prestigious award. The awards program honors notable achievements in architecturally spectacular interior spaces.

Aug 24, 2018
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Principal Jon Jackson Has Died

Pittsburgh, PA (August 24, 2018) – Jon C. Jackson, FAIA, retired principal of national architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), passed away on August 17, 2018. A Pittsburgh area native, Jon was a highly-respected figure in both the Western Pennsylvania and national design communities, and his life’s work was a major influence in BCJ’s rise to national and international prominence.

Much of Jon’s career was devoted to the realization of large, technically complex projects. He was especially skilled in designing academic spaces and laboratories for scientific advancement, often noted for their vivid architectural expressions. His career also paralleled the emergence of computer science as a distinct discipline, and his work helped to define the interactive workplace that serves as a model for today’s innovative technology companies.

Jon’s buildings were intentionally envisaged as humane workplaces, thoughtfully shaped by his concern for individual and social well-being. He valued the exploration and invention that occurred within these spaces, and often commented that his role—improving humanity through thoughtful design—inspired him far more than awards or accolades. This concern for human nature, embodied in many of the projects he led, has become one of the pillars of the creative workplace movement.

Jon designed buildings for many prominent academic institutions during his career, such as the University of Pittsburgh, Dartmouth, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Washington, Caltech, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Yale, and the University of California. Many of these projects, including the Software Engineering Institute and the Intelligent Workplace at Carnegie Mellon University—both AIA National Award-winners—helped inform the firm’s future and current workplace designs, and set the stage for collaborations with some of the world’s most innovative companies, such as NeXT Computer, Pixar, Adobe, Disney, and Apple.

Fostering the ability and creativity of others was fundamental to Jon’s being. In the words of the late Dick Rittelmann (1938-2015), friend and collaborator, and cofounder of Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann: “The breadth and complexity of BCJ’s work over the years is a testimony to the skills of Jon Jackson as not only a great individual architect, but of a manager, mentor, motivator, and collaborator. Jon has matured from one who creates great architecture to one who creates the environment in which great architecture can occur.”

That environment is perhaps the greatest of Jon’s professional legacies. It was under his leadership that BCJ’s Pittsburgh studio came of age; he also played an instrumental role in establishing the practice’s Seattle and San Francisco offices. Many of the firm’s current West Coast-based principals began their careers with Jon in Pittsburgh, following his lead to take BCJ’s ethos to new levels.

“Without Jon, we wouldn’t be the architects we are today, both individually and as a practice,” remarked Frank Grauman, FAIA, longtime friend and BCJ principal. “I cannot count how often our colleagues and alumni have remarked how Jon’s example touched their personal and professional lives.”

Jon’s interest in advancing the appreciation and understanding of great design also found expression in activities beyond his work at BCJ. He was a passionate black and white photographer, and often exhibited his unique eye for composition at shows throughout the Pittsburgh area. He also lectured on a range of design topics at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jon was a long-time resident of Pittsburgh’s Chatham Village, widely regarded as a landmark achievement in community planning. A major advocate for Chatham Village’s preservation, Jon helped earn the community’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Those wishing to honor Jon’s remarkable life with a contribution are invited to choose their favorite charitable or nonprofit organization dedicated to design and architecture.

Apr 24, 2018
Seattle Fire Station 32, Seattle, Washington, USA
Seattle Fire Station 32 in Washington
photo : Nic Lehoux
Seattle Fire Station 32 Building
City of Seattle Fire Station 32 is an 18,000-square-foot facility located in the heart of the fast-growing West Seattle Alaska Junction neighborhood. This centrally located station houses Engine Company 32, Ladder Company 11, Medic Unit 32, and Battalion Chief 7 serving West Seattle.

Nov 18 + 15, 2016
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Receives Top Honors from AIA Pennsylvania, USA

Renowned firm awarded prestigious Silver Medal, Honor Award and Citation of Merit at state’s annual celebration of architectural excellence.

Three Bohlin Cywinski Jackson projects, including a living and learning facility for 350 students at the University of Pennsylvania, a home for family gathering along Lake Michigan’s northern shores, and a minimalist retreat for architecture and design for students of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Fallingwater Institute, were honored at AIA Pennsylvania’s annual Architectural Excellence Design Awards Gala on November 10. The three projects, which showcase the firm’s aptitude for design at a variety of scales, were selected from a pool of over 150 submissions from a variety of Pennsylvania architects firms.

High Meadow:
High Meadow building
photo © Nic Lehoux

This year’s Silver Medal was presented to the High Meadow design team. Positioned between forest and field on a historic farm above the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fallingwater residence, High Meadow serves as home base for students of Fallingwater Institute’s summer residency programs in architecture, art and design. An addition to an existing house, the four modest dwellings and a shared indoor/outdoor porch feature wood interiors and framed vistas of the meadow and hills beyond. The jury commented, “The scale and materiality of the building is in great contrast to the beautiful background. The graceful addition to the existing structure successfully provides new public and private amenities.”

New College House at University of Pennsylvania:
New College House at University of Pennsylvania
photo © Jeffrey Totaro

University of Pennsylvania’s New College House, a 198,000-square-foot living and learning community, received a Citation of Merit Award. The design includes suite-style residences along with living spaces for faculty, graduate students and fellows, house deans and residential advisors. The building, positioned at a critical gateway to the campus and city of Philadelphia, is strategically designed to enrich the academic life of its students and embody the vibrancy of its urban setting. The jury noted the project’s design features, including a publicly accessible ‘lifted lawn’ anda secure, private courtyard, “beat at the heart of the complex.”

Tusen Takk building:
Tusen Takk building
photo © Nic Lehoux

Tusen Takk, a private, year-round residence bound by a dense forest and the shoreline of Lake Michigan, was selected for an Honor Award. Designed as a place for relaxation and recreation, the residence includes a main house and a separate bunk house that serves as an intermittent home for visiting family and friends. In addition to the project’s “beautiful hand sketches,” the jury remarked: “The floor plan takes you on a journey from beginning to end, culminating with an incredible view of Lake Michigan.”

The annual awards ceremony brings Pennsylvania’s architecture community together in celebration of the creative and innovative work of AIA Pennsylvania member firms.

Nov 8, 2016
Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, California, USA
Design: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson architects / SO – IL, architects
Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Building
photo : Iwan Baan / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
As a new focal point and destination for the entire community, the Manetti Shrem completes UC Davis’ vision for an arts district on the south side of campus, complementing the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Oct 28, 2016
Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA
Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center Washington University in St. Louis
photo : Daniel Lee/Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center at Washington University in St. Louis

Oct 14 + 13, 2016
Apple Store World Trade Center Oculus, Manhattan, NY, USA
Apple Store World Trade Center Oculus
photo : Peter Aaron
Apple Store World Trade Center by BCJ
Apple’s newest Manhattan retail store, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, opened last month in the recently completed World Trade Center Oculus. Prominently positioned in the epicenter of the bustling transportation hub, the new store is the only space to inhabit two levels and a full quarter of the light-filled structure.

Oct 4, 2016
Siebel Center for Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA


Wilkes-Barre, PA (October 4, 2016) – The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign today announced a $25 million gift to establish the Siebel Center for Design. The new two-story building, designed by distinguished architectural practice Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, will be a campus-wide hub for student-focused design thinking and learning.

Prominently located on one of the major campus axes, the new 68,000-square-foot facility will connect the north and south areas of campus and support instruction and research in undergraduate and graduate programs across multiple disciplines. Rather than offer independent degree programs, the Center will help colleges incorporate design principles, concepts and practices into their own offerings.

Siebel Center for Design building
picture Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

“The size and strength of design-related teaching and research at Illinois is a key reason why the Siebel Center for Design will be unmatched in its transformative impact,” said Interim Provost Edward Feser. “A state-of-the-art facility that connects disciplines and helps embed theories and practices of design in the educational experience will position Illinois as the place to go for students who want to prepare themselves to solve grand challenges and make significant change.”

A team from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, office developed the building’s design concept from extensive research based on space planning, organizational structure and building systems created to support a nonlinear approach to instruction. Understanding the type of learning to occur in the Center, which will focus on experience-based discovery processes, conceptualization and prototyping, led to an architectural design and programmatic solution that will maximize teamwork, flexibility and transparency.

The Center will feature five team-based collaboration studios for up to 100 students, including one studio for large-scale construction and graded access for full-sized prototypes. It will also include a workshop for 3D printing, metal fabrication, laser and water-jet cutting, and computer-controlled machining. Two digital media studios will support video and audio recording, as well as technologies for virtual reality applications. There will also be public gathering spaces, meeting rooms and galleries to encourage more informal interaction.

Tom Siebel, who earned an undergraduate degree in history and graduate degrees in business administration and computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, conceives the new Center as a facility and resource to bring students, faculty and external stakeholders from many fields together to solve real-world challenges.

“The combination of top tier academics and entrepreneurial drive at UI is powerful. By infusing all areas of study with the multidisciplinary approaches of design thinking, this facility will create unlimited opportunities for UI students to fuel and nurture that drive,” says Siebel.
Groundbreaking for the Siebel Center for Design is planned for the summer of 2017 with construction expected to take approximately 18 months.

About Thomas M. Siebel
Mr. Siebel is the chairman and chief executive officer of C3 IoT, an enterprise PaaS and SaaS software company that enables companies to design, develop, deploy, provision, and operate large-scale IoT applications. C3 IoT applies the power of big data, advanced analytics, social networking, machine learning, and cloud computing to enable the rapid development of IoT SaaS systems.

Mr. Siebel was the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Siebel Systems, one of the world’s leading software companies, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems rapidly became a leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion.

About the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation
The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, established in 1996, funds projects to support energy solutions, educational and research programs, public health, and the homeless and underprivileged. Thomas Siebel is the founder and chair.

Sep 20, 2016
Apple Store, 247 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Williamsburg Apple Store Brooklyn
photo : Nick Lehoux
Williamsburg Apple Store by BCJ
A 13,700-sqft retail space to complement Brooklyn’s historic industrial past, drawing inspiration from the brick façade and arched openings of the preexisting building. The building has a distinct look and feel compared to Apple’s other New York locations.

Sep 9, 2016
New College House at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
New College House
image from architects
University of Pennsylvania Building in Philadelphia
The opening of New College House, a purpose-built college house in Penn’s college house system designed to bring together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students in a shared community.

Aug 3, 2016

Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Announces Public Unveiling of the Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh

World-class center for environmental education designed to achieve Living Building Challenge standards

Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh
photo : Nic Lehoux

The Frick Environmental Center (FEC), the world’s first municipally owned, Living Building Challenge-targeted project, will be unveiled to the public for the first time in a public celebration on Saturday, September 10. Designed by renowned architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the building will be a world-class center for environmental education.

Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh
photo : Nic Lehoux

Frick Environmental Center Building by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects

Apr 27, 2016

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Award


San Francisco, CA (April 26, 2016) – The Preservation League of New York State has selected the Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-designed Apple Store, Upper East Side as one of two New York City projects to receive its prestigious Excellence in Historic Preservation Award. The League’s statewide awards program honors notable achievements in reclaiming and preserving New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage.

Apple Store, Lower East Side
Apple Store, Lower East Side
photos : Peter Aaron

“Each year, we are impressed by the number and variety of laudable nominations, and this year was no exception,” said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League. “We are delighted to celebrate the rebirth of the U. S. Mortgage & Trust [building] as the Apple Store, Upper East Side.”

Located at Madison Avenue and 74th Street, the project is an adaptive reuse of architect Henry Otis Chapman’s 1922 U.S. Mortgage & Trust building, now home to Apple’s most recently completed Manhattan retail store. The neighborhood is characterized by a mixture of luxury-brand retail shops and several notable landmarks, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Marcel Breuer’s Whitney Museum.

Apple Store, Lower East Side

Apple collaborated with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and its consultant team to restore the building’s general ambiance. The project included exterior restoration that required significant repair to many of the building’s original windows; exterior paint, stone, and grout were also reconditioned. The interior finishes, such as the marble entry, plaster coffered ceilings, and chandeliers, were reconstructed with the help of historic photographs and blueprints.

Apple Store, Lower East Side

Sensitive alterations were made to the building’s original banking hall, which now serves as the store’s main sales floor. To recover the light and airy qualities of the space, partitions and mezzanines were recreated, and columns and thick bearing walls removed. The original vault room, repurposed as a private sales space, allows for a more personal customer experience. In addition, many upgrades to building services were made during renovation.

Apple Store, Lower East Side

“This project required a focus on reinterpreting and recreating the original qualities of the building,” said Karl Backus, design principal from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s San Francisco office. “We’re quite happy with the outcome and proud of the team’s work in restoring the grandeur of the space. We are honored to receive this recognition.”

Apple Store, Lower East Side

This is Apple’s fifth New York retail store to be designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Others include Apple Store, Fifth Avenue (2006, 2011); Apple Store, SoHo (2002, 2012); Apple Store, Upper West Side (2009); and Apple Store, West 14th Street (2007).

The United Nations Campus Headquarters Glazed Façades Replacement project, led by Heintges & Associates, will also be honored during this year’s Preservation League Awards Ceremony in New York City on May 11 at the historic New York Yacht Club.

Apple Store, Lower East Side

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, founded in 1965, is a national architecture practice noted for elegant and humane design, ranging from modest houses to large academic, civic, cultural and corporate buildings. To date, the firm has received more than 650 regional, national and international awards for design, including three AIA Top Ten Green Project Awards and the AIA Architecture Firm Award. Founding Principal Peter Bohlin was also awarded the AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor an individual architect can receive. The firm is well known for its work with Apple, designing stores such as the iconic Fifth Avenue cube in New York City and flagship stores worldwide. The practice has also created headquarters for Pixar, Adobe and Square, and city halls in Seattle and Newport Beach, CA. For more information please visit

Apple Store, Lower East Side

The Preservation League of New York State invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. We lead advocacy, economic development, and education programs all across the state. The Preservation League’s Excellence in Historic Preservation awards program is funded by a generous grant from the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation.

Apple Store, Lower East Side

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Bernard Cywinski

Bernard Cywinski – a major Philadelphia Architect – died on 9 Mar 2011 aged 70, having battled cancer for more than a decade

He was famous for designing Philadelphia’s rebuilt Independence Mall, its new Liberty Bell Pavilion, and its first Apple store.

Bernard Cywinski worked for 30 years at the Philadelphia Architects studio titled Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, led by Peter Bohlin.

Key Projects by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Major design by the practice:

Fifth Avenue Apple Store, New York City, USA

Key Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Projects, alphabetical:

Ginza Apple Store, Tokyo, Japan

The Ledge House, Blue Ridge Mountainsy, USA

The Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, USA

Seattle City Hall, Washington, USA

The William J. Nealon Federal Building & US Courthouse, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

More projects by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects online soon

2010 AIA Gold Medal American Institute of Architects 2010 Gold Medal : Peter Bohlin – winner

Location: 8 West Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18701, USA

US Architects Practice Information

Peter Bohlin is the founder Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has architects offices in five cities

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is famous for designing the Apple stores prototype, including the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in NYC, and for designing a large Seattle home for Microsoft’s Bill Gates.

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson office locations – all in the United States of America:

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Seattle, Washington
San Francisco, California

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Awards

14 national AIA Awards – key prizes include:-

AIA Firm Award, 1994
COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards
AIA Housing Awards
AIA Committee on Education Awards

About Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Founded in 1965, is a national architecture practice noted for elegant and humane design, ranging from modest houses to large academic, civic, cultural and corporate buildings. To date, the firm has received more than 650 regional, national and international awards for design, including three AIA Top Ten Green Project Awards and the AIA Architecture Firm Award. The firm is well-known for its work with Apple, designing stores such as the iconic Fifth Avenue cube in New York City and flagship stores worldwide. The practice has also created headquarters for Pixar, Adobe and Square, and city halls in Seattle and Newport Beach, CA. For more information please visit

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