Visual Arts



Firm Receives Recognition for Square’s San Francisco Headquarters

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San Francisco, CA (January 18, 2018) – National architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) has been honored by the American Institute of Architects with an Institute Honor Award for its remarkable design of Square’s San Francisco headquarters. The project was one of just five interior architecture projects to receive an award this year, with designs ranging from a high-end New York loft to a middle school in Missouri.

‘We are extremely proud of our design collaboration with Square, which enables their company to grow while maintaining their organizational culture and startup roots,’ said design principal Greg Mottola, FAIA. ‘It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the AIA for our work on this project.’

Located in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood, Square’s headquarters spans four floors of a converted Bank of America data center. The BCJ design team utilized urban planning principles to transform the building into a vibrant workplace, with a central boulevard serving as the organizational spine of the 295,000-square- foot space.

A massive amphitheater stair unifies the multiple office floors and provides a venue for a variety of daily activities—from all-hands meetings to individual focus work. Clean lines and predominantly white interiors complement the company’s brand and minimal aesthetic, and reinforces Square’s mission to create a refined, seamless experience for their clients.

‘Architects should make spaces where people can be themselves—to gather, to trade stories, and to create. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been responsible for some of the best manifestations of that in the world, and we’ve been fortunate to feel it every day at Square,’ said the company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, of his collaboration with the firm.

The Institute Honor Awards are the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. Selected from roughly 500 submissions, 17 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City.

This year’s Interior Architecture jury was comprised of chair Brian Caldwell, AIA, THINKTANK Design Group; Joshua Aidlin, AIA, Aidlin Darling Design; Kiyomi Kurooka, AIA, DWL Architects + Planners Inc.; John Paquin, AIA, Statesville; and William T. Ruhl, AIA, RUHL WALKER Architects.

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About Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is a national architecture practice noted for elegant and humane design, ranging from modest houses to large academic, civic, cultural and corporate buildings. To date, the firm has received more than 675 regional, national and international awards, including three AIA Top Ten Green Project Awards and the AIA Architecture Firm Award. The firm is well known for its work with Apple, designing stores such as the iconic Fifth Avenue cube in New York City and flagship stores worldwide. The firm’s portfolio also includes city halls for Seattle and Newport Beach, and headquarters for Pixar, Adobe and Square. For more information, please visit

About Square, Inc.

Square, Inc. is a financial services and mobile payments company that creates tools to empower individuals and small businesses. The company was founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, and the UK. Learn more at

About the American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Visit to learn more.