AIA Recognizes State-of-the-Art School, Learning Center Designs

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is recognizing 11 projects for state-of-the-art designs of schools and learning centers.

Selected projects 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. Selected projects include:

Belmont Day School Barn, Boston | Utile Inc.
Bluestone Elementary School, Harrisonburg, Va. | VMDO Architects
Environmental Nature Center Preschool, Newport Beach, Calif. | LPA Design Studios
Home Building at Thaden School, Bentonville, Ark. | Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Lafayette College Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, Easton, Pa. | Payette
The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at University of Oregon, Eugene | Ennead Architects
Flight 93 Visitor and Learning Center, Denver | Paul Murdoch Architects
Grant High School Modernization, Portland, Ore. | Mahlum Architects
Minnehaha Academy Upper School Reconstruction, Minneapolis | Cuningham Group Architecture
Pace University Student Landscape, New York | FXCollaborative
Virginia Wesleyan University Greer Environmental Sciences Center, Virginia Beach, Va. | VMDO Architects

Visit AIA’s website for more information on the Education Facility Design Awards.

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