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The exterior of the Tusen Takk Guesthouse and Studios, December 2020. © Geoffrey Peckham

Following a successful pilot program, Tusen Takk has selected eleven artists from across the country for solo residencies from March 2021 to June 2022. Tusen Takk residencies provide accomplished artists with the space “to explore new ideas or expand current work that affirms and enriches the human spirit, giving form to chaos and perception to beauty.” Our practice collaborated with the Tusen Takk Foundation to create a studio and guesthouse that would embrace the natural beauty of Northwest Michigan’s Leelaneau Peninsula and provide an inspiring space to work and reflect. Watch a video of the studio and guesthouse environments below.


TCS Hall provides a new campus gateway from the Forbes Avenue thoroughfare

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The eastern facade of TCS Hall, seen from the Tepper School of Business © Nic Lehoux

Since collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University in the 1980s on one of the earliest academic buildings dedicated to computer science, we have worked with colleges and universities across the country to create environments that address the needs of this ever-evolving discipline. Increasingly, we’re also exploring how design can support the interplay between academic research and study and pioneering technology companies, as universities seek to prepare students for diverse professional paths and companies look to forge connections to academic inquiry and innovation.

At Carnegie Mellon University, two recent buildings…


Fallingwater recently held a global mini-symposium to explore sustainability through the lens of organic architecture. Using Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy of and approach to “organic” in his work as a starting point for the discussion, the symposium brought together speakers from Stuttgart to Ohio to offer their perspectives, including Bill James, an architect in our Pittsburgh studio. The symposium included a keynote address from Stefan Behnisch, Founder of Behnisch Architekten in Stuttgart.

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High Meadow at Fallingwater © Nic Lehoux Photography

Symposium co-organizers Justin Gunther, Vice President of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Director of Fallingwater, and John Reynolds, a professor of architecture at Miami University of Ohio, introduced…


Learning Commons are a microcosm of the higher education experience, used in a diversity of ways by all members of the campus community. Our practice has been exploring changes to this layered ecosystem through our work with Ramapo College of New Jersey, where we’re re-envisioning the existing George T. Potter library, recently renamed as the Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons. In addition to significant changes to collections access and technology resources, the design integrates new areas for interaction and collaboration.

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The Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons at Ramapo College of New Jersey © Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

As the project moves toward completion in the summer of 2021, this series will explore the evolution of the learning…


The pop-up shops that welcomed visitors to Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square this holiday season provided local retailers and craftspeople with a way to safely connect with customers. The rhythm of distinctive, sawtooth-shaped shops brought a festive, open-air market experience to downtown, a warm glow in the winter twilight.

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The shops on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square © Nicholas Snyder / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Through its pop-up shop program in recent years, the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce has offered vacant storefronts downtown at a discount to small retailers and craftspeople without a brick-and-mortar presence. …


The pandemic has forced us all to reconsider how we remain engaged with our communities. For many organizations, this has meant re-envisioning existing places of gathering to provide support and developing new ways of responding to changing needs. Our final Year of Gathering event brought together leaders from North Philly Peace Park, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh for a conversation on how each has remained resilient and strengthened community connections this year.

Places of Gathering

Patricia Culley, an associate principal at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, began by asking each speaker to introduce their gathering place. Kirsten Christopherson-Clark…


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© Nic Lehoux

Surrounded by the forests of the Delaware River Gap National Recreation Area, the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is a unique public-private partnership — a non-profit that sits on federal parkland. PEEC has provided a departure point for visitors of all ages to interact with and learn about the natural world for over 40 years. When Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was engaged to design a new hub for visitor activities on the site, we were inspired by PEEC’s commitment to demonstrating our interdependent relationship with nature and its strong connection to the surrounding environment.

The 3,600 square-foot Visitor Activity Center has…


The design of a new classroom building at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh supports its holistic approach to education.

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© Nic Lehoux

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is an independent, K-8 school located on a two-acre campus in the city’s Bloomfield neighborhood. While the majority of the school is housed in a historic Victorian-era mansion, Waldorf asked Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to develop a new standalone classroom for eighth graders, reflective of its core values and responsive to this pivotal stage of student development and growth.

The design team explored Waldorf’s experiential approach to education, which encourages children to learn through their “head, heart…


Fostering Connections at ANSYS Hall

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© Chuck Choi

ANSYS Hall is an example of what is possible when an academic facility is designed collaboratively. It’s about integrating public-private interest, encouraging idea-sharing and embracing opportunities for connection. The 36,000-square-foot mixed-use building, designed for Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, is a partnership with the engineering software company ANSYS, Inc., weaving together a network of makerspaces and uniting its occupants.

The addition of ANSYS Hall on the campus mall unlocks access points and increases functionality, not only for this artfully planned building but the whole ecosystem in which it resides. Acting as a unifier on…


On Friday, October 2, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Associate Garrett Reynolds, AIA LEED AP was honored with a 2020 Young Architect Award by AIA Seattle at its (virtual) President’s Dinner. Young Architect awards are given to individuals licensed fewer than 10 years who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession. In addition to his accomplished design career to date, Garrett was also recognized for his passion for community involvement, research, and writing.

“When he joined Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 2016, Garrett’s exceptional skills made an immediate and significant contribution to our practice on many levels.” …

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