Adapting a historic framework with spaces to gather, focus, explore and create

A wooden framework guides circulation around the atrium.
© Adam Rouse

Partnering with a previous workplace client on its new Oakland offices, we were inspired by the character of the historic site, a former department store, completed in 1929, that offered generous floor area and ceiling heights. Within this framework, we were excited to create a healthy and intuitive workplace that addressed a range of occupant needs — from new spaces for focused individual work to access to natural light and improved circulation.


The University of Florida’s Malachowsky Hall for Data Science and Information Technology will provide a central campus hub for students, faculty and researchers working on advances in computing, communication and cyber-technologies. When completed in early 2023, the 263,000 square-foot building will include diverse collaborative spaces where occupants will apply research to a range of disciplines including health care, pharmacology, security, and fundamental science.

Malachowsky Hall © Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

As construction continues, we recently celebrated an exciting milestone with a site visit to review a full-scale prefabricated panel mockup of Malachowsky Hall’s signature façade. Comprised of a series of angled, trapezoidal windows and electrochromatic glass, the…


Annual reporting to the AIA 2030 Commitment allows us to track and measure firmwide progress in meeting the goals established in the 2030 Challenge. By evaluating the impact our design decisions have on the energy performance of a wide range of projects, we continue to improve our process, reinforced by a data-driven approach. We recently completed our fifth year of reporting all-practice portfolio data to the AIA 2030 Commitment. In 2020, energy performance was modeled for nearly half of the total GSF reported.

Highlights from the 2020 reporting year include two fire stations for the city of Bellevue, Washington, both…


The design world has undergone tectonic shifts since our practice’s founding in 1965, but perhaps none more monumental than what we’ve experienced in the last few years. The diligent work of many to build capacity and advocate for change over decades swelled into a rallying cry in response to acts of racially motivated violence like the murder of George Floyd and rising hate crimes against the AAPI community. Set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fundamental inequities that were amplified and made clear to a wider audience than ever before, environmental justice and economic inequality has never…


Friends of the North Philly Peace Park gathered on Saturday, May 15 to celebrate a milestone in the growth of this North Philadelphia ecology campus, founded in 2012 by a group of neighborhood residents, activists, designers, organizers, and educators. The event featured a performance by Urban Shaman, remarks from Dr. John Churchville and Empress Jazmine Nicole Umm Ummah, and food from Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods.

Images from the May 15 groundbreaking © Alex Gilliam/TinyWPA and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The Sala Keturah S.T.E.M. Pavilion — a solar-powered facility containing two classrooms and a kitchen — was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in close collaboration with the park community, and will host classes, tutoring…


The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh community gathered virtually and in person to celebrate the official opening of its new eighth-grade classroom building, Heartwood Annex, during its annual May Fair last weekend. It was the first opportunity for parents and many students to tour the new classroom.

Waldorf School of Pittsburgh students, parents, and faculty gathered for the socially-distanced celebration.

The classroom’s name emerged from an exploratory process with students, who were inspired by heartwood as the strongest part of a tree. The 1,000 square-foot project occupies a central place on the Waldorf School’s campus, facing onto the primary green space adjacent to its main building, a city-designated historic landmark.


Centering wellness in the design process can reframe our approach to creating spaces that meet a diversity of occupant needs, including physical, environmental, social, emotional, and spiritual health. In a recent virtual event, we convened clients and collaborators from Atelier Ten, Okta, Inc., the Rodale Institute, and the Center for Active Design to hear their unique perspectives on creating places that support, inspire, and educate.

Allen Kachel, AIA LEED AP, a senior associate in our Wilkes-Barre studio and moderator for the event, noted a renewed conviction to “design the world that we hope for” as we emerge from the…


A new eighth-grade classroom for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is pursuing both Core Green Building Certification and WELL Building Standard. © Nic Lehoux

At Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, we believe that exceptional architecture and sustainable architecture are one and the same, and that the role of the architect includes careful stewardship of the built environment for future generations. Since 2015, we have been a signatory firm to the AIA’s 2030 Commitment, whose goal is to support firms participating in the 2030 Challenge to achieve carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030. …


© Nic Lehoux

We are pleased to announce that ANSYS Hall at Carnegie Mellon University has earned LEED Gold certification as established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). A hive for teaching, prototyping, and implementation, the 36,000 square-foot project completes the College of Engineering’s “Maker Ecosystem” that includes nano-, micro-, and macro- fabrication. From the adaptable high-bay makerspace to collaborative classrooms, the building was designed to evolve with changing technologies and allows for flexibility to maximize its long-term potential.

A holistic design approach is essential to the success of a high-performance facility like ANSYS Hall. We worked with Carnegie Mellon University to…


The Design Innovation Hub (DI Hub) at Kent State University © Ed Massery

Beyond providing the tools for researching and testing new ideas, college makerspaces offer a framework for students to collaborate across disciplines and areas of focus. Working with Carnegie Mellon University on the design of ANSYS Hall, a new maker hub for its College of Engineering, we strengthened connections between engineering environments while addressing the needs of a range of users, from software company ANSYS, Inc. to engineering clubs. When finished this spring, the Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will provide a home for human-centered design and multidisciplinary collaborations. …

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Designing buildings that inspire connection and wonder in every person who experiences them.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store