San Diego, California - June 26, 2015 – JCJ Architecture today announced the Dehua International Art Center, for which the firm designed all conceptual master plans, has received an Award of Merit for “Best International Site Plan” by PCBC at the 52nd Annual Gold Nugget Merit Awards. PCBC – Pacific Coast Builders Conference – hosts these awards at its annual conference in order to recognize community improvements through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.

With its partner The LCW Group, JCJ master planned 9.7 million square feet of total building area on a 188 acre site for the prestigious project in China – encompassing a convention center, artists village, museum, international K-8 school, low and mid rise residential, retail and a variety of outdoor spaces. The City of Dehua is renowned for its translucent white porcelain that local artists have used to create devotional figures and sculptures since the Tang Dynasty – and this award signifies that JCJ’s design for the Dehua International Art Center authentically connects to history, culture and regional economic development objectives.

“ Dehua is visibly rich with architectural heritage, and we wanted to reassure local residents and artists that new developments could absolutely live up to its ceramic legacy. Ultimately, JCJ’s design for the Dehua International Art Center created a graceful, fluid and refined piece of architecture that reflects the forms of artwork created within. ”
— Mark Griffith, Managing Principal

In addition to this project in China, JCJ has provided planning and design services to clients on international projects in South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Panama, Canada,, US Virgin Island, Mexico and Aruba.

Dehua International Art Center Master Plan

Dehua International Art Center Master Plan

About JCJ Architecture

Founded in 1936, JCJ has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Hartford, New York, Phoenix and San Diego. The firm is recognized nationally as one of the country’s most respected architecture firms, providing clients with comprehensive planning, programming, architectural and interior design, project management and construction administration services. With a long-standing reputation for creativity, excellence and business acumen, JCJ Architecture works across a broad range of building types including mixed use, civic, K-12 and higher education, gaming and hospitality.