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Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA was honored with the ‘Distinguished Arts Award,’ at a ceremony recognizing all 2012 Governor’s Awards For the Arts nominees held in the historic Warner Theatre, Erie. The Governor’s Awards for the Arts represent a Pennsylvania tradition begun in 1980. In 2012, awards were presented in five categories, including the Distinguished Arts Award; the Patron Award; Arts Innovation Award; Artist of the Year Award; Arts Leadership and Service Award. Gov. Tom Corbett presented the awards.

The ‘Distinguished Arts Award’ recognizes a Pennsylvania artist of international fame, leadership or renown whose creations or contributions enrich the state. Bohlin, founding partner of the architecture, planning and design firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson will receive the award during Thursday’s ceremony. He is the first and only architect to be honored with this recognition and one of three architects to be honored since the program’s founding. Other notable recipients include the author, John Updike, artist, Jeff Koons, and playwright August Wilson.

“Pennsylvania’s wild forests, streams and fields, its history and architectural heritage have been so central to my love of design; it is what my life has been about, “ says Bohlin. “Architecture at its best can touch and shape people; give dignity, ease, comfort, and delight. To be among the other recipients of this award and to have my work seen within the purview of the arts is a great honor.”

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, founded in 1965 has offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco, and a staff of nearly 200. The firm’s work is known for extraordinary design, a powerful aesthetic based on a quiet rigor that is both intellectual and intuitive.

The firm’s work ranges greatly in scale and circumstance. Its architecture is alive to the subtleties of place, man-made or natural, to the varied natures of client and user, to the character of institutions, and to the full range of environmental issues and considerations. Notable projects include the Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia; classroom, research and student life buildings for many colleges and universities across the United States; Seattle City Hall; the Peace Arch U.S. Port of Entry between Washington State and British Columbia, Canada; Apple Stores in cities worldwide; and a number of private residences. The firm’s work is published regularly in professional journals and industry-related media worldwide.