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Male, US, born 1937-03-27

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects

Professional History


Partner, Bohlin and [Richard] Powell, Architects, Wilkes-Barre, PA, c. 1971-1979.

Partner, Bohlin, Powell, [James D.] Brown Architects, Wilkes-Barre, PA, c. 1980-c. 1982. This arrangement of partners seems to have functioned during the early 1980s at the same time as Bohlin, Powell, Brown, Larkin, Cywinski, Architects.

Partner, Bohlin, Powell, Brown, Larkin, Cywinski, Architects, Wilkes-Barre, PA, c. 1980.

Partner, Bohlin Powell Larkin Cywinski, Wilkes-Barre, PA, c. 1981-1991. This firm's work was largely located in PA, although some scattered commissions were done in nearby states, such as CT, NY, MD, and MA.

Partner, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), Architects, Wilkes Barre, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Philadelphia, PA, Berkeley, CA, and Seattle, WA, 1992-present; one of the earliest commissions done for the BCJ outside of PA-NY areas was the design for the Bill and Melinda Gates Guest House in Medina, WA, c. 1993. At about this time, Peter Bohlin obtained a residence on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Professional Activities

Chair, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Committee on Design, 1984-1985.

Member, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Seattle, WA.

Bohlin delivered the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture in 2010.

The architect spoke before the AIA Southern AZ Chapter on 11/06/2017. (See, "Southern Arizona Lecture + Chapter Meeting: Peter Bohlin, FAIA," accessed 06/18/2018.)

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Architects, received the AIA Firm Award in 1994.

Bohlin received the 2010 AIA Gold Medal, the Institute's highest individual award for an architect's "exceptional contextual use of materials."



B.Arch., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 1958.

M.Arch., Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

College Awards

Inductee, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni Hall of Fame, Troy, NY, 2011.



Bohlin was born in Mount Vernon, NY, in Westchester County, on 03/27/1937. In 1940, his family resided at 3844 Pratt Avenue in the Bronx, NY. According to this census form, the family resided in the same house in 1935. Peter may have been born in the adjacent city of Mount Vernon, but he resided during his early years in this section of the East Bronx. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, Bronx, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02478; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 3-694, accessed 06/18/2018.)

In 07/1963, at the time of his marriage to Anne Heckert, Bohlin lived in Bear Creek, PA.

In 1989, an address of 182 North Franklin Street, Wilkes Barre, PA, was listed for Bohlin.

In 1993, Bohlin had a property on Carbondale Road in Waverly, PA. This house and guest cottage was renovated in the 2000s.

Between 1995 and 2002, he resided at 15680 Point Monroe Drive NE on Bainbridge Island, WA.


His father was Eric Bohlin (born 09/23/1909 in NY-d. 01/24/1995 in Palm Harbor, FL), his mother, Anna Wehmeyer Bohlin (born 08/23/1907 in NY-d. 05/29/2005 in Palm Harbor, FL). They married on 05/19/1935 in the Bronx, NY. (See, Source Information New York, New York, Extracted Marriage Index, 1866-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014, accessed 06/18/2018.) Anna's father and mother had immigrated to the US from Germany in 1881 and 1894, respectively.

Eric Quarfordt Bohlin retired as the President of the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. In 1940, the Bohlin household included his parents, Peter, and Richard Bohlin (born c. 03/1940 in NY). Eric's parents were both born in Sweden, and immigrated to the US in 1901, according to the 1930 US Census. (See, Source Citatio Year: 1930; Census Place: Bronx, Bronx, New York; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0898, accessed 06/18/2018.)


He married Annie Heckert Sanders on 07/06/1963 in Howe, IN. She worked as a textile designer at the time of her marriage. (See, Source Citation Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Series Number: 89-204; Year: 1963 Jul; Certificate Range: 070001 - 077099, accessed 06/18/2018.) New York Times writer Rita Reif said of Annie Bohlin in 1971: "Annie Sanders Bohlin, Peter's wife, is the designer‐weaver who does the most notable of Edward Field's rugs and is responsible for the botanical motifs of Arzberg china that inspired a recent trend in dinnerware." (See Rita Reif, New York, "The Architect Knew the Needs Of Both Clients—His Parents," published 05/25/1971, accessed 06/18/2018.) This marriage ended in divorce.

Bohlin wed Sally Edwards Preate (born c. 1940) in 1991 in Crystal Lake, PA. She had worked as the Vice-President for Development of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Her parents were Vivian B. and Mary Dartt Edwards. Vivian was a former Vice President of Scranton's Northeastern Bank of Pennsylvania. She had been married previously but was divorced, as well. (See New York, "Sally Edwards Preate Is Married To Peter Q. Bohlin in Pennsylvania," published 1991, accessed 06/18/2018.)


He and his wife Ann Sanders Bohlin had a daughter, Eve (born c. 1966).

Biographical Notes

His parents belonged to the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church (aka "The Church of Sweden").

Associated Locations

  • Mount Vernon, NY (Architect's Birth)
    Mount Vernon, NY

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