Education Facility Design Awards 2017
The year's best school and college facilities, presented by the AIA's Committee on Architecture for Education
Education continues to evolve, and the projects from this year’s Education Facility Design Awards program—presented by the AIA and the Committee on Architecture for Education—represent the state-of-the-art learning environments being developed in today's learning spaces. These projects showcase innovation across the entire learning continuum, displaying how today's architects are creating cutting-edge spaces that enhance modern pedagogy.
From early childhood facilities to higher education and throughout the learning continuum, architecture can be used to inspire learners, educators, administrators, and campus communities alike. This year’s five Awards of Excellence and seven Awards of Merit were vibrant examples of the contemporary educational architecture.
Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, Vassar College, Integrated Science Commons
Spanning over a creek and connecting two sides of campus, the Integrated Sciences Commons creates a cohesive science precinct that redefines the sciences at Vassar College.
Kohler Environmental Center, Choate Rosemary Hall
Designed to achieve net zero energy usage, this environmental center is both environmentally responsible and perfect for teaching environmental responsibility.
Music and Arts Center
The visual and performing arts are intertwined in life and can now be found under one roof at Wenatchee Valley College.
Northwood Elementary School
This school’s design is an eco-system of ﬂexible and ﬂuidly connected spaces that promote active learning and support the Next Generation Science Standards.
University of Oregon Allan Price Commons Research Library Remodel-Expansion
After a redesign, this library has become a technologically robust, dynamic environment for learning and discovery that reflects a modern-day paradigm.
Advanced Technology Center
This technology center integrates student, faculty, project, and instructional areas to nurture student growth in STEM and broadcast technologies.
Chengdu International School
This structure was transformed from an elementary school for Chinese students to an international school providing a Western-based educational model for foreign nationals.
Cherry Crest Elementary School
This school’s integrated experiential environment stimulates both the curriculum and student engagement by offering a variety of learning spaces.
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
This project is designed as both a team-based educational space and a compelling symbol of the university’s commitment to enlightened, sustainable innovation.
The Winsor School, Lubin O'Donnell Center for Performing Arts and Wellness
This new mixed-use facility serves as the home for the performing arts, athletics, and wellness education at the center of the school’s historic campus.
University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
This 230,000-square foot building was designed with maximum energy efficiency in mind, becoming arguably the most sustainable laboratory classroom in the world.
Stephen A. Levin Building
This building identifies itself as an iconic gateway into campus and celebrates a new life sciences precinct by defining a new academic quadrangle.
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