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AIA Architecture Award Spotlights the Best in Education Design

    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

    Belmon Day School Barn
    Home Building at Thaden School
    Grant High School Modernization
    Virginia Wesleyan University Greer Environmental Sciences Center