Ocean Home 50: Our Top Coastal Architects of 2015 Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) is noted for elegant and humane design, ranging from modest houses to large academic, civic, cultural, commercial, and corporate buildings. With two offices located in Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh, Penn., the firm’s principals and staff are deeply committed to active collaboration with its clients, emphasizing thorough research and analysis of each situation's particular human, technical, and economic circumstances.

The result is exceptional architecture that resonates within its place, with energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity playing an integral role in the firm’s design culture. “We continually innovate, combining advanced building systems to harvest a site’s distinct climate and place to make the most of the sun for light and heat, wind for ventilation, and the land for insulation,” says founding principal Peter Bohlin. “We view sustainable design as the right thing to do ethically, but also as an opportunity to make a richer, more powerful architecture.”

Since 1965, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has received more than 625 regional, national, and international design awards, including three Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

PCJ is also the recipient of the AIA Architecture Firm Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed upon an architectural practice by the Institute. In addition, Peter Bohlin himself was awarded the AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor an individual American architect can receive.

For more information, www.bcj.com

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