Year Established 
1981
About the Firm 
JacobsWyper Architects is an award-winning architecture, planning and interior design firm in Philadelphia specializing in corporate and academic facilities including pharmaceutical, biotech research and manufacturing facilities, a full range of university facilities including residential and student life, academic, science and performing arts facilities, museums, mission critical/data centers and smart workplace design. | JacobsWyper Architects was founded in 1981 by Terry Jacobs and Jamie Wyper. Headquartered in an historic building in Center City Philadelphia, the firm designs award-winning facilities for global pharmaceutical and biotech companies including Novartis, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, as well as for Amtrak, Wawa and Mars Drinks; for university clients including Princeton, The University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, The University of Virginia and Duke, among others; and for cultural institutions such as The Franklin Institute, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The firm has a long history with sustainable building practices and has many LEED-certified buildings, including the first LEED Gold project for the City of Philadelphia. JacobsWyper has also completed projects abroad in Saudi Arabia, South Korea and China. | SaylorGregg Architects, a firm with a national reputation for award-winning university and museum work, joined JacobsWyper in 2014 and became SaylorGregg, a Studio of JacobsWyper Architects. | Services: Architecture & Engineering (with external partners), Master Planning/Programming/Site Analysis, Space Planning & Interior Design, Project Management | Specialized Expertise: Workplace Strategy & Planning, Laboratory Programming & Design, Process Architecture, cGMP Analysis & Evaluation, Building & Hazardous Code Analysis, Security & Threat Assessment, Historical Preservation & Restoration, Sustainable Design & LEED Certification
Types of Work
Educational Facilities: 
10%
Historic Preservation/Restoration: 
5%
Industrial: 
10%
Institutional Facilities: 
5%
Interiors: 
10%
Lab/Research Facilities: 
20%
Museum/Galleries: 
10%
Pharmaceuticals: 
25%
Planning: 
5%
Firm Personnel
Total Staff This Office: 
32
Architects (Registered): 
8
Interior Designers: 
2
Interns/Draftspeople: 
1
Administration: 
2
Projects 
Swarthmore College - Dana-Hallowell Residence Addition | Independence Visitors Center Corporation - Independence Visitors Center Renovation (*SaylorGregg) | Wawa Inc. - Annex 5/Innovation & Design Center Campus Expansion Project | Mars Drinks - Global Headquarters Renovation | Amtrak - Hunter Yard Maintenance of Ways Facility | The Franklin Institute - Nicholas & Athena Karabots Pavilion Addition (*SaylorGregg) | Northern Children's Services - Merrick Hall Renovation & Restoration | City of Philadelphia - Police Tactical Training Facility | The University of Pennsylvania - The ARCH (Arts, Research and Culture House) (*SaylorGregg) | GlaxoSmithKline - Leadership and Wellness Hub Workspaces | The Chemical Heritage Foundation - Museum & Conference Center (*SaylorGregg)
Awards 
IIDA Awards, Best of Education - Swarthmore College, Dana-Hallowell Residence Addition (2016) | Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, Grand Jury Award - Northern Children Services, Merrick Hall (2015) | Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, Grand Jury Award - University of Pennsylvania, The ARCH (2015) | AIA Philadelphia, Honor Award - Nicholas & Athena Karats Pavilion, The Franklin Institute (2014) | ISPE, INTERPHEX and Pharmaceutical Processing Magazine, Facility of the Year Award (Facility Integration) - Merck & Co., Global Clinical Supplies Manufacturing, Packaging and Warehouse Expansion (2011)
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