Civic & cultural architecture

Elevating everyday public spaces for thriving communities

Foundations for a brighter future

Great civic architecture requires great responsibility as stewards of taxpayer dollars – but this doesn’t mean civic structures are limited to the bare bones of design. Government projects present a wealth of opportunity, beginning with employee and community wellness. Exceptional civic spaces can empower citizens, support local needs, and ignite city-wide pride. JLG’s Civic studio simplifies your decision-making journey to achieve goals that elevate the everyday. We gather community and staff input, navigate design concepts and capital choices, explore sustainable design to reduce operational costs, and facilitate fundraising.

Thriving cities are ever evolving, requiring civic structures to expand and grow with the community. We work with cities and government bodies to create flexible design that consolidates departments, converts existing spaces, preserves historic character, and fuses fragmented systems. Civic design also has the power to engage and educate – removing barriers and inviting community inside to explore the processes and services that power our cities 365 days a year. 

Areas of expertise

Airports, traveler lounges, baggage claims, and all back-of-house spaces.

View Aviation Portfolio

Churches, museums, interpretive centers, libraries, and theaters.

View Cultural Portfolio

Publicly-owned spaces for community gatherings, weddings, performances, meetings, galas, markets, and more. View Event Center Portfolio

City halls, visitor centers, public safety centers, fire houses, and public utilities.

View Public Works Portfolio

Courthouses, police stations, crime labs, and corrections facilities. View Justice Portfolio
Community centers, wellness centers, aquatic centers, YMCAs, and field houses. View Recreation Portfolio
Jennifer Burke Jackson
Civic Studio Director

Building civic pride

Communities are created through shared spaces, values, and experiences. These essential environments connect public service to the core of our purpose – being a catalyst for growth and connectivity.

The latest in civic architecture

From public transportation solutions to city courthouses and hybrid water treatment plants, JLG’s Civic studio is setting the bar for sustainable growth. Discover innovative, community-driven solutions that are inspiring the next generation.

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DEADWOOD — A proposed second parking garage in Deadwood is one step closer to reality, as June 20, the Deadwood City Commission granted permission to…
GRAND FORKS — The Olive Ann boutique hotel and event center broke ground on Thursday, May 26, at a ceremony in downtown Grand Forks. The…

Design for Life

Design for Life is JLG’s unique approach to creating nurturing, supportive, and inspiring spaces that help vibrant communities thrive. This approach defines solutions that elevate core values, empower public servants, and connect diverse communities.

New Grand Forks hybrid water treatment plant

JLG Architects share a few of the plant’s unique features and amenities.

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