Eleven projects got the nod in this year’s Education Facility Design Award program, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced. The program, a longstanding initiative of AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education, recognizes schools and other learning facilities based on criteria such as 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. The awards are given in two tiers, excellence and merit.
And the winners are:
Awards of Excellence
Belmont Day School Barn, Boston, by Utile, Inc.
Bluestone Elementary School, Harrisonburg, Virginia, by VMDO Architects
Environmental Nature Center Preschool, Newport Beach, California, by LPA Design Studios
Home Building at Thaden School, Bentonville, Arkansas, by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Lafayette College Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, Easton, Pennsylvania, by Payette
The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, by Ennead Architects in collaboration with Bora Architecture and Interiors
Awards of Merit
Flight 93 Visitor and Learning Center, Denver, Colorado, by Paul Murdoch Architects
Grant High School Modernization, Portland, Oregon, by Mahlum Architects
Minnehaha Academy Upper School Reconstruction, Minneapolis, by Cuningham Group Architecture
Pace University Student Landscape, New York, by FXCollaborative
Virginia Wesleyan University Greer Environmental Sciences Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, by VMDO Architects