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Engine Company 16 FireHouse / DLR Group

  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Location: 3901 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, USA
  • Area: 20000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of DLR Group

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Top 50 U.S. Architecture Firms

NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners © Paul Warchol
NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners © Paul Warchol

Diné College Library / DLR Group

  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Location: Shiprock, NM, USA
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0
  • Photographs:  Courtesy of DLR Group

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Community-Oriented Architecture in Schools: How 'Extroverted' Design Can Impact Learning and Change the World

© Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
© Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

You’ve considered every detail: re-thought the spatial configurations of the classrooms to account for over 40 students, ensured that the noise from outside doesn’t drown out the teacher, perhaps even adjusted the storage to kid-friendly heights. As an architect, you live in the skin of the people who will daily occupy your buildings. And of course, the impact of physical conditions should never be underestimated, especially in the design of a school. Study after study has cited that the correct environment can greatly improve student engagement, enrollment, and even general well-being. [1] However, there is another vital way in which design can impact learning. An approach that recognizes the power of society and culture, that aims to create a school not only permeable to the community around it, but charged with positive symbolic value.

Panther Lake Elementary School / DLR Group

  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Location: 34424 1st Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003, USA
  • Architect: DLR Group
  • Area: 45000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Chris J. Roberts

© Chris J. Roberts © Chris J. Roberts © Chris J. Roberts © Chris J. Roberts

Marysville Getchell High School / DLR Group

  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Location: Marysville, WA, USA
  • Architect:  DLR Group
  • Project Year: 0
  • Photographs:  DLR Group

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2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards

© Eduard Hueber
© Eduard Hueber

AIA recently made us aware of this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities. Check out the list of 13 after the break, including several of the firms we have previously featured.

Brokaw Early Learning Center / DLR Group

  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Location: Oswego, Illinois, USA
  • Architect: DLR Group
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: KJWW
  • Structural Engineer: TGRWA Engineering
  • Civil Engineer: Cowhey Gudmundson Leder, Ltd.
  • Site, Core And Shell Contractor: L.J. Dodd
  • Interior Fit Out Contractor: R.L. Sohol
  • Owner: Oswego Community Schools 308
  • Area: 39800.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: James Steinkamp

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Betty Fairfax High School / DLR Group

  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Architect: DLR Group
  • Engineer: DLR Group
  • Owner: Phoenix Union High School District #210
  • Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
  • Area: 345000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Mark Boisclair

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Metea Valley High School / DLR Group

  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Location: Aurora, IL, USA
  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Engineer: DLR Group; KJWW Engineering; Roake and Associates, Inc.
  • Owner: Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Contractor: Turner Construction
  • Area: 464200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: James Steinkamp

© James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp