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The Nature of Circumstance

March 17, 2015

Few American architects practicing today are as esteemed by their peers as Peter Bohlin, FAIA, whose iconic works include the 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City, the Forest House in Connecticut, and the Grand Teton National Park Discovery Center in Wyoming. A founding Principal of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, he was awarded the Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor an individual American architect can receive. On Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30pm, Bohlin will give a free-to-the-public talk entitled “The Nature of Circumstance” (Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut Streets) as part of the Architecture & Interiors Department’s Arfaa Lecture Series.

Bohlin and BCJ are known for their deft reinterpretations of modernist aesthetics, uncommon responsiveness to the particularity of place and user, and a sensitivity to material and detailing. The firm is also acknowledged for its egalitarian working environment and the nurturing of creativity among its staff. Bohlin’s leadership and inspiration have created a culture of thoughtful, thorough design thinking.

Bohlin established Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 1965 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, which now has offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle and San Francisco. He has been a guest design critic and visiting professor at a number of leading schools of architecture and he frequently serves as a juror for national and regional design competitions. For more information about the Arfaa Lecture Series, please contact Professor Mark Brack at