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. …

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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. …

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Part Two — Gender Inequality & Unconscious Bias

As part of ongoing discussions initiated in 2019 in our practice about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the architecture profession, we have held practice-wide conversations guided by the AIA’s Guides for Equitable Practice. With a desire to hear more diverse perspectives within each studio, we’ve interviewed several female staff about their careers, education, and personal experiences in the field. This conversation is part two of a series, shared last March of 2020, with Senior Associate Lee Clark and Jennifer Lema, a designer from our Wilkes-Barre studio.

This second interview highlights experiences in the workplace shaped by gender roles, gender…

Patricia Culley, AIA, LEED AP, an associate principal in our Pittsburgh studio, has been recognized with a 2021 AIA Young Architect Award, honoring individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural careers.

In her leadership role at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Patricia’s responsibilities include driving engagement, cultivating innovation, instilling trust, mentoring staff, and ensuring accountability. …

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

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.

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…

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