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AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award
AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award, Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 11 exemplary educational projects to receive its 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Awards. Representing projects from across the United States, the eleven projects also include a variety of types of educational facility, including a child development center, elementary schools, high schools, college and university buildings and a library.

The AIA awards projects which it believes "further the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

Check out all the winners after the break

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc. Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman + 33

Baltimore Design School / Ziger/Snead Architects

Baltimore Design School / Ziger/Snead Architects. Image © Karl Connolly
Baltimore Design School / Ziger/Snead Architects. Image © Karl Connolly

A combined Middle and High School with a focus on fashion, architecture and graphics, Baltimore Design School was created in the shell of an abandoned factory building.

Baltimore Design School / Ziger/Snead Architects. Image © Karl Connolly
Baltimore Design School / Ziger/Snead Architects. Image © Karl Connolly

Despite the minimal budget for the project, the school is an excellent example of best practices in adaptive reuse and restoration.

Baltimore Design School / Ziger/Snead Architects. Image © Karl Connolly
Baltimore Design School / Ziger/Snead Architects. Image © Karl Connolly

Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex / VMDO Architects

Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex / VMDO Architects. Image © Alan Karchmer
Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex / VMDO Architects. Image © Alan Karchmer

The aim of this design was to promote connectivity, creativity, health, and well-being in response to the national childhood obesity epidemic.

Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex / VMDO Architects. Image © Alan Karchmer
Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex / VMDO Architects. Image © Alan Karchmer

Using evidence-based design principles, the design promotes healthy eating, nutrition education, and physical activity.

Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex / VMDO Architects. Image © Alan Karchmer
Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex / VMDO Architects. Image © Alan Karchmer

Drexel University College of Media Arts and Design (CoMAD) URBN Center / MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.)

Drexel University College of Media Arts and Design (CoMAD) URBN Center / MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.). Image © Lara Swimmer 2014
Drexel University College of Media Arts and Design (CoMAD) URBN Center / MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.). Image © Lara Swimmer 2014

This design respectfully re-purposes a building by Venturi Scott Brown Associates, bringing together various departments within the college to promote cross-disciplinary learning.

Drexel University College of Media Arts and Design (CoMAD) URBN Center / MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.). Image © Lara Swimmer 2014
Drexel University College of Media Arts and Design (CoMAD) URBN Center / MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.). Image © Lara Swimmer 2014

The designers "embraced the realities of the shed" to create a building that was both a reflection of the building's original design principles, but also features adaptable, non-prescriptive space to open up a variety of learning possibilities.

Drexel University College of Media Arts and Design (CoMAD) URBN Center / MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.). Image © Lara Swimmer 2014
Drexel University College of Media Arts and Design (CoMAD) URBN Center / MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.). Image © Lara Swimmer 2014

University of Chicago Child Development Center – Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects

University of Chicago Child Development Center – Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing
University of Chicago Child Development Center – Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing

The brief for the Child Daycare Center effectively needed the architects to answer the question "How do you design a day care for the children of future Nobel laureates?"

University of Chicago Child Development Center – Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing
University of Chicago Child Development Center – Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing

Their response was a building which allows the children to learn by engaging with the natural environment and materials, rather than prescriptive and cliched bright colors and soft furnishings.

University of Chicago Child Development Center – Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing
University of Chicago Child Development Center – Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing

Wilkes Elementary School / Mahlum

Wilkes Elementary School / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Wilkes Elementary School / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

The location of classrooms in this elementary school creates a circulation pattern that prevents the feeling of isolation, and also group the classrooms into four 'learning clusters' which support flexible teaching arrangements.

Wilkes Elementary School / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Wilkes Elementary School / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

The arrangement of the school thus addresses both the educational and emotional needs of the children.

Wilkes Elementary School / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Wilkes Elementary School / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR

Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman
Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman

This college campus represents a significant investment in a town that has recently struggled economically, being labelled "a bedroom community boomtown gone bust."

Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman
Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman
Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman
Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman

Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC

Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc.
Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc.

This college campus focuses on sustainability, achieving a LEED Gold rating through features such as storm water management, natural ventilation, green roofs, living walls, and maximized daylight.

Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc.
Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc.
Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc.
Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc.

James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta

James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto
James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto

The design of this library emphasizes the stairs to create a social environment and opportunities for chance encounters, away from the more focused study areas of the main library floors.

James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto
James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto

The building meets LEED Silver requirements through external shading, ceiling-mounted active chilled beams and rain gardens and green roofs.

James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto
James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum

Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

This extension to the school's original 1960s building provides flexible learning spaces while respecting the rhythm of the original structure.

Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto
PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto

The goals of the PAVE leadership team were to create a community school that encouraged significant parent involvement, supporting the 'high needs' community which it serves in Red Hook.

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto
PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto

This required a school which catered for students who would often need to stay long hours, arriving for breakfast and spending much of the day with periods of learning and play that mitigate their difficult home situations.

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto
PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto

Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects

Located in an area with a prominent aviation industry, the school aims to give students paths into engineering and other STEM careers.

Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

The design therefore includes multiple labs and state-of-the-art learning facilities. This aim is also reflected symbolically in the design, with the form of the school inspired by a plane's wing.

Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
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Cite: Rory Stott. "AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award" 05 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/545315/aia-rewards-11-projects-with-the-2014-educational-facility-design-excellence-award/> ISSN 0719-8884
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