Education Facility Design Awards 2016
The year's best school and college facilities, presented by the AIA's Committee on Architecture for Education
One of the best takeaways from this year’s Education Facility Design Awards program—presented by the AIA and the Committee on Architecture for Education—was the number of exceptional entries; it appears the education design market has begun its recovery in earnest. This year’s theme of “Visioning and Re-Visioning” provided a perfect foundation for exploring the ways in which pedagogical innovation and cutting-edge design impact and influence each other.
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 six Awards of Excellence and six Awards of Merit were vibrant examples of why the design of space and place matters now more than ever.
Richard Ivey Building
A beacon that signifies the flagship status of Western University, the building's exterior masonry conveys the surrounding Gothic architecture.
Seton Hill Arts Center
The steel frame and metal-clad exterior of Seton Hill University's new performing and visual arts facility channel the Pittsburgh area's heritage.
Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School
This bilingual, sustainability-focused public charter school, located in the District of Columbia, sprung from the renovation of a 1920s-era school building.
Regional Plant 2 Teaching Facility
Serving as a gateway to a community college's campus, this facility provides a unique educational space for its students.
Vol Walker Hall Renovation & The Steven L. Anderson Design Center
These two projects make up a complex but resolute hybrid of a historic restoration and a contemporary insertion and expansion.
The first new Baltimore public school in nearly 30 years, its design was inspired by East Baltimore’s row houses, stoops, and social civic spaces.
GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building
This centrally located facility meshes a bevy of functions—including a student services center and community library—into a single three-story structure.
Fayetteville High School Addition and Renovation
This 36-month restructuring of Fayetteville's high school buildings is the city's largest civic project in 50 years.
Kennedy Child Study Center
Adaptive reuse of this 25,000-square-foot space without natural light led to an open, refined space for learning and engagement.
Indian Springs School
Aging facilities at a 350-acre boarding and day school campus were reworked to create a memorable, meaningful place.
Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center
This sustainable and innovative building exemplifies the school's commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math.
Harvard Business School, Tata Hall
The Ivy League institution extends its reach towards Boston with this addition located on the banks of the Charles River.