The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is recognizing 12 projects for state-of-the-art designs of schools and learning centers.
The Education Facility Design Award jury selected seven facilities for its Awards of Excellence and five projects for its Awards of Merit. Complete details for each project are available on AIA’s website.
In order to be eligible for AIA’s Awards of Excellence, the architect must demonstrate exemplary practice. Additionally, the design must meet a host of criteria, including enhancing learning in classrooms; balancing function with aesthetics; establishing a connection with the environment; being respectful of the surrounding community; demonstrating high-level planning in the design process; and integrating sustainability in a holistic fashion. Awards of Excellence were bestowed upon the following:
Blakely Elementary, Bainbridge Island, Washington | Mithun
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Boston | Payette
John W. Olver Design Building, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts | Leers Weinzapfel Associates
King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex, Cambridge, Massachusetts | Arrowstreet Inc. and William Rawn Associates
Knox College Whitcomb Art Center, Galesburg, Illinois | Lake|Flato Architects
Little Star Montessori Infant & Toddler, Winthrop, Washington | Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects
TIDE Academy, Menlo Park, California | LPA Design Studios
Projects selected for the Awards of Merit are recognized for being of superior quality. This year’s recipients include:
John Lewis Elementary School, Washington, D.C. | Perkins Eastman DC in association with Perkins Eastman Architects
Nueva School, Science and Environmental Center, Hillsborough, California | Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences Middle School, Seattle | LMN Architects
Thaden School Reels Building, Bentonville, Arkansas | Marlon Blackwell Architects
UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios, Culver City, California | Johnston Marklee
Visit AIA’s website for more information on the Education Facility Design Awards.
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