Indian Springs School

Architect: Lake|Flato Architects in association with Architecture Works

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Category: Award of Merit

Founded in 1952 on the motto, “Learning Through Living,” Indian Springs School is a place of exceptional people and purpose. The 350-acre boarding and day school campus, originally planned by the Olmstead Brothers, was functional and serviceable but aging facilities were inhibiting the growth of educational programs and opportunities.

This first phase of a comprehensive master plan includes new academic and administrative buildings and complementary landscapes that create a memorable, meaningful place. The new academic heart of the campus recalls its original vision with a contemporary overlay of teaching methodology, technology, aesthetics and performance that make a unique learning environment—Springsian in every way.

"This is a different type of campus planning, where the buildings and landscape define each other. It is a beautifully sited, culturally and architecturally sensitive addition to the campus. These buildings are pure buildings that provide rich, warm exteriors and interiors. The approach to daylighting within the building is well-handled and provides for more diffuse light from above.  The building connects to its place and makes the exteriors an extension of the interior experience." ~ Jury comment

Additional information

Landscape Architect: Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects

Civil Engineer: Walter Schoel Engineering Co., Inc.

Structural Engineer: MBA Engineers, Inc.

MEP Engineer: BBG&S Engineering Consultants, Inc.

General Contractor: BL Harbert International, LLC

Sustainability Consultant: Lake|Flato Architects, Inc.


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

Image credits

Indian Springs School

Casey Dunn

Indian Springs School

Casey Dunn

Indian Springs School

Casey Dunn

Indian Springs School

Casey Dunn