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The Education Facility Design Awards provides an opportunity to engage in critical evaluation and experimentation, not as an end in itself, but in the context of our clients and their needs

Education continues to evolve and we must evaluate and measure our successes, and have an arena in which to test ideas. The Education Facility Design Awards provides an opportunity to engage in critical evaluation and experimentation, not as an end in itself, but in the context of our clients and their needs.

Recognized projects represent state-of-the-art learning environments, including early childhood, K-12, alternative, community and technical colleges, schools of higher education, corporate or other specialized training centers and non-traditional learning environments such as community centers, museums, libraries, nature centers, and interpretive centers.

This awards program is sponsored by the Committee on Architecture for Education, an AIA Knowledge Community.

The jury evaluates candidates based on how well they meet program criteria:

  • a demonstration of excellence in architectural design
  • an enhancement of the client's educational program through the thoughtful planning and design of facilities
  • an integration of the local environment as an integral part of the design and learning experience
  • an integration of function and aesthetics in designs that also respect the surrounding community and context
  • an understanding of social and emotional needs of learners and the corresponding manifestation into physical spaces
  • a planning/design process that is educational, collaborative, and builds the capacity of the learning environment and its community to support its students
  • a commitment to sustainability through a holistic and integrated design approach
  • an understanding of the connection between the built and natural environment
Special considerations

The jury will give special focus to how individual projects further the client's mission, goals, and educational program. Submissions should convey how the project has been conceived, planned, designed, built, inhabited, and interpreted. The jury will look for quality within both the process and the product.

The best submissions will exhibit authentic collaboration between the design team, the client, and the community as they work together to fulfill the project’s goals. These are projects that show exemplary care in serving the client and ensuring a quality built environment, both functionally and aesthetically.

For those projects that have a specific element or elements that set them apart, the path of experimentation and discovery should be conveyed. Engaging the imagination of the participants through the process of conceiving, planning and designing should be apparent in the result.

Of particular interest are projects which generate new thinking in learning environments. Special attention will be given to projects that have made a significant contribution to the uniqueness and effectiveness of learning through the physical environment.

Deadlines for submissions

Ongoing
Early
Unavailable
Regular
6/29/18
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Extended
Unavailable

Eligibility

U.S. Only

Price

$500 - $750