Henderson-Hopkins School

Architect: Rogers Partners

Owner: East Baltimore Community School Inc.

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Category: Award of Excellence

The Henderson-Hopkins School is the first new Baltimore public school in nearly 30 years. A 125,000-square-foot K-8 partnership school and early childhood center run by Johns Hopkins University, Henderson-Hopkins is a progressive learning environment for children and a laboratory for the next generation of educators.

The school is a cluster of “containers for learning” inspired by East Baltimore’s row houses, stoops, and social civic spaces. Through its intentionally porous, safe, urban plan, and the craftsmanship of light, materiality and performance, its design respects history and supports the future of education and of its neighborhood.

"Aldo van Eyck meets Alejandro Aravena in Baltimore. Neighborhood urbanism as pedagogy is a radical approach to this problem. The diagram of the houses is compelling in its simplicity and organization of learning space (both formal and informal) and its connection to outdoor spaces. Interior spaces are well-scaled and use color as an organizational device. The school serves as a resource and is an extension of the fabric of the community." ~ Jury comment

Additional information

Structural Engineer: Faisant Associates, Inc.

MEP+FP Engineer: Global Engineering Solutions

Landscape Architect: Floura Teeter Landscape Architects

Lighting Designer: Flux Studio

Data, AV, Voice, Security, Acoustics: Spexsys, Llc

Geotechnical Engineer: EBA Engineering, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Phoenix Engineering, Inc.

Sustainability: Terra Logos: Eco Architecture

Food Service: Cini-Little International, Inc.

Theater: Fisher Dachs Associates

Signage Designer: Salestrom Design

Construction Manager/Builder: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


Karina Ruiz, AIA, (2016 Chair), DOWA-IBI Group Architects

Cristina C. Alvarez, Ed.D, Delaware Design Lab High School

Helena L. Jubany, FAIA, NAC/Architecture

Bruce Lindsey, Washington University in St. Louis

Zachary Neubauer, University of Portland

Steve Ziger, AIA, Ziger/Snead Architects

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