Sargent Visiting Professor Jackilin Hah Bloom is a spring 2015 critic in the Syracuse Architecture NYC studio along with Florencia Pita. Jackilin is the principal of JHB Studio and partner of Pita & Bloom. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from the USC School of Architecture and a Masters of Architecture degree from the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Jackilin has worked for Daly Genik Architects (currently Kevin Daly Architects) in Los Angeles, and Greg Lynn Form in Los Angeles, where she completed ten years of experience in the office’s pioneering digital design and fabrication work. She currently teaches design studios at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Pita & Bloom is an architectural design collaborative based in Los Angeles. Started in 2010 by two experienced practitioners, Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom focus their shared sensibilities on the production of figurative yet reimagined and unexpected designs. Pita & Bloom aim to represent the current attitudes of contemporary culture while addressing each project’s specific challenges. Embracing the exuberant and prolific, Pita & Bloom utilize vivid color and reconfigured ornamentation with unexpected forms to challenge traditional material conventions. The work of Pita & Bloom to date includes competition proposals for world-class buildings such as the Taichung City Cultural Center in Taiwan, an urban housing ideas project in Maribor, Slovenia and an urban park scheme in San Francisco, California. In January of 2014, Pita & Bloom were called “two female visionaries” in Architecture Magazine’s Next Progressives. They were one of five finalists of the prestigious MoMA PS1 YAP competition in 2014 and recently gave a lecture at Sci-Arc titled Colorforming. Both Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom are active in architectural academia and currently teach design studios at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.