September 12, 2023

JacobsWyper Architects Receives Women’s Business Enterprise Certification

JWA Partners

August 12, 2023 (Philadelphia, PA / Raleigh, NC / Austin, TX)

JacobsWyper Architects is honored to announce that we are certified as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's leading third-party certifier of businesses majority owned and operated by women.

We believe that fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusivity is crucial for our growth as individuals, as a firm and as a community.  As planners, designers and architects, we play a role in shaping built environments that are used by a diverse population, and inclusive design should enable and draw on a full range of human diversity.  We are committed to forming strategies to embed diversity, equity and inclusivity into all aspects of the way that we operate; the designs that we create; and the partners that we work with.  To this end, we are honored to offer our clients and partners the option of including JWA as a women-owned business in their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs, which in turn empowers a more diverse, balanced, and sustainable economy.

We are proud of the diverse team that makes up both our leadership and the entirety of our three offices. It’s this breadth of talent and knowledge that engages a range of perspectives from different lived experiences that contributes to our success. As we launch this next chapter, we are thankful to be grounded in our over 40 years’ experience and the continuity of a strong partnership of eight including our founding partners.

“When I started in architectural school in the 1970’s, 10% of my class of 50 were women. Today, woman represent 50% of students in architectural schools, although only 17% of registered architects.  We are very fortunate to have so many woman partners in our firm, who have excelled and become national leaders in both design and in the highly technical sectors for which our firm is renowned. Our new WBE certification reflects that talent and ability and continues the growth and success of our 41-year-old firm in helping our clients succeed through great design solutions”. -Terry Jacobs AIA, Founding Partner

“How fortunate we have been to have a dynamic and creative cohort of next generation leaders in our offices to launch our next stage of development. The four women in the partnership now manage the firm and lead different sectors of the practice, and while Terry and I will remain, the torch has been passed to very capable and proven hands”. -Jamie Wyper AIA, Founding Partner

About JacobsWyper Architects
JacobsWyper Architects is an award-winning architectural, planning, and interior design firm founded in 1981. Headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in Raleigh, NC and Austin, TX, our work has taken us both across the U.S. and the world. We are drawn to complex projects – those that combine high-design, high-technology, and human-centered values.

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women. Through the Women Owned initiative, WBENC also is a leader in supporting consumer-oriented female entrepreneurs and those who do business with them by raising awareness for why, where and how to buy Women Owned. For more information, visit and


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