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Rafael Vinoly Architects

Main Office:
50 Vandam Street
New York, NY 10013

Additional Offices:
4 additional US offices in Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Chicago, and Cleveland
2 International offices in London, England, and Abu Dhabi, UAE

Master Planning
Health Sciences Residential

Rafael Vinoly Architects was founded in 1983 by the Uruguayan Rafael Vinoly. The firms first office was located in New York, NY. Rafael Vinoly Architects has now grown to include three additional US offices as well as two international offices. Rafael Vinoly Architects first major project was the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. In 1989 the firm won the competition for the Tokyo International Forum, this became another project that would help the firm receive national media and notoriety.

Selected Projects:

Raffles City- Bahrain Manama City, Brahrain

Tokyo International Forum- Tokyo, Japan

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center- Boston, Massachusetts

Carrasco International Airport- Montevideo, Uruguay

Edificio Acqua- Punta Del Este, Uruguay


Written by Charles Beckendorf

January 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Cannon Design

Main Office:
360 Madison Ave. 11th Fl
New York, New York 10017

Additional Offices:
15 additional US Offices
2 International Offices located in Shanghai and Mumbai

Sustainable Design
Construction Services

Cannon Design was founded in 1945 by John Cannon. John Cannon ran Cannon Design for over five decades and is responsible for growing a 15 man firm to a 326 person firm with offices in five cities. By 1995 Cannon Design had offices in nine locations through the Unites States and employed over 400 employees.  By early 2005 the firm grew to 700 employees and gained an additional our US offices.

Selected Projects:

Stata Center – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Richmond Olympic Oval – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Graduate Chemistry Reasearch Building- Yale University, New Haven, CT

Student Recreation and Fitness Center- University of Maine, Orono, ME

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center- Cleveland, OH

Written by Charles Beckendorf

January 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

HKS, Inc.

Location: Dallas, Texas

Main Office:
HKS Inc.
1919 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201

Additional Offices:
22 Offices within the United States
Global Offices in Mexico City- Mexico, Sao Paulo- Brazil, London-England, Abu Dhabi- UAE, New Delghi- India, Chennai- India, and Shanghai- China

Planning & Developement
Project Management
Structural Engineering
Interior Design
Graphic Design
Clinical Solutions
Medical Technology Planning
Research (CADRE)
Sustainable Design

Harwood K. Smith founded HKS, Ins. in 1939 in Dallas Texas. In 2002 HKS decided to go global and opened HKS Arquitectos in Mexico City, and HKS Architects Limited in London.  In 2008 HKS expanded its territory and opened office in Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo, and then in 2010 they opened an office in Shanghai. The firm now has 29 offices around the world, and employes over 850 people.

Selected Projects:

Lucas Oil Stadium- Indianapolis, Indiana
Frost bank night
Frost Bank Tower – Austin, Texas
Picture 4
Cowboys Stadium- Arlington, Texas
Westin Hotel, Times Square – New York, New York
Louis Vuitton North American Headquarters (LVMH) Tower – New York, New York

Written by Charles Beckendorf

January 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Main Office:
8 West Market Street
Suite 1200
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18701

Additional Offices:
San Francisco

Architecture and Planning
Interior Design

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) was founded in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania  in 1965 when Peter Bohlin and Bernard Cywinski decided to merge their two small firms. Since the merger, BCJ has grown to over 200 architects lead by 12 principles. BCJ has also added four additional offices in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle, and San Francisco. The firm believes in a collaborative way of doing business rather than a hierarchy model of business, because of this there is no private offices in charge of each studio, everyone is allowed to work together and collaborate among each other (1). Bohlin believes that an “interactive, balanced, more egalitarian, more collegiate” studio organization, where employees are encouraged to “[cycle] through all types of projects so they can draw lessons” (1). This has allowed BCJ to become a firm which has a vast range of projects. Their work varies from small residential households, such as the Forest House in Connecticut, to massive cooperate headquarters, such as the Pixar Studio Headquarters in California. BCJ’s “work is known for exceptional design, for its commitment to the particularity of place and user, and for an extraordinary aesthetic based on a quiet rigor which is both intellectual and intuitive” (2). Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has received over 420 awards, including the AIA Architecture Firm Award in 1994, and cofounder Perter Bohlin received the AIA Gold Medal in 2010.

Peter Bohlin:
Peter Bohlin is the unofficial president of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Bohlin received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and then went on to receive his Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy. After Bohlin received his masters he decided to return home to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and, along with Bernard Cywinski, founded Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Peter Bohlin has had a great influence on a majority of BCJ’s projects; his favorites include Seattle City Hall, several Apple stores, the Forest House, the Shelly Ridge Girl Scout Center, and Ballard Library and Neighborhood Service (1). In 2010, Peter Bohlin was awarded the AIA Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects. Bohlin is just the 66th repentant of this very prestigious award; previous winners include Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Buckminster Fuller (3). Peter Bohlin is one of America’s true great Architects, and at the age of 74 is still a very valuable part of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

Selected Projects:

Seattle City Hall

Ballard Library and Neighborhood Service Center

Liberty Bell Center

Apple Store, Fith Avenue

Grand Teton Discovery and Visitor Center

Written by Charles Beckendorf

August 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Posted in Architects