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Biography/History: 

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is one of the leading design firms in Pittsburgh. The firm was founded by Peter Bohlin in 1965, and was known for many years as Bohlin Powell Larkin Cywinski. BCJ now has offices in Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia and Seattle. The firm's work is found primarily in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and now the state of Washington, where the firm is designing a residential compound for Microsoft magnate William Gates. The Pittsburgh office has tended to focus on buildings for high-technology, including substantial work for Carnegie Mellon University.

BCJ was named 1994 Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects, honored for their "rigorous eclecticism and democratic vision." BCJ's buildings are carefully designed for specific programs and sites, with consistent fine detailing.

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Records acquired from the Pittsburgh office include numerous sketches and schematic drawings for projects dated 1982 to the present including Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute, the Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh buildings at the Pittsburgh Technology Center, and the Winchester-Thurston North School.

Select Bibliography: 

The Architecture of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Architects Press, 1994.