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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bernard Cywinski, FAIA


"His contribution is rooted in the breadth of his architectural sensibility: delight in the power and poetry of the idea, an abiding faith in the eye, simple reliance on first principles, and acknowledgement that Architecture is greater than any individual practitioner."
Richard Conway Meyer, FAIA

Through intimate collaboration with career-long partners and colleagues, Bernard Cywinski’s work was a force that guided Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s rise to national and international prominence. Bernie’s eloquent ability to inspire and to unite people worked in magnificent harmony with his eye and drawing hand – powers he carried with humility and grace.

Bernie would remind us that “buildings are made from many hands.” Those extraordinary buildings abound, at colleges and universities, museums, parks, and personal places. While they are densely located throughout the eastern seaboard, his practice took him as well to more distant places, such as the West, to Paris, and most recently, the city of Pamplona in northern Spain. However, in prioritizing his sources of satisfaction, Bernard was most pleased when he could make an important contribution at home, in Philadelphia. There are significant academic buildings at Penn, Temple, Haverford, Loyola, the Episcopal Academy, Germantown Friends School, and Abington Friends School. Even more satisfyingly, the city’s cultural life is enlivened by his work at Independence National Historical Park with its Liberty Bell Center.

Selected Honors

  • American Institute of Architects College of Fellows
  • AIA Pennsylvania Honor Award, Liberty Bell Center
  • Design of Honor Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center Building
  • Green GOOD Design Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center Building