Today, The American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education revealed the winners of its 2021 Education Facility Design Award, naming 11 exemplary "state-of-the-art designs of schools and learning centers." This year, five projects of "superior quality" received an award of merit, while six projects received an award of excellence, which recognizes designs that meet "a host of criteria, including 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," according to an AIA press release.
The jury for the 2021 Education Facility Design Award comprised chair Olivia Graf Doyle, Assoc. AIA, Architecture for Education in Los Angeles; Angela Freeman, Reynolds School District in Portland, Ore.; Eve Klein, Assoc. AIA, Pratt Institute in New York; and Matthew Ryan Lowe, DLA Architects in Itasca, Ill.
Awards of Excellence
Belmont Day School Barn in Boston, designed by Utile
Lafayette College Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center in Easton, Pa., designed by Payette
Awards of Merit
Flight 93 Visitor and Learning Center in Denver, designed by Paul Murdoch Architects
Grant High School Modernization in Portland, Ore., designed by Mahlum Architects
Minnehaha Academy Upper Campus in Minneapolis, designed by Cuningham Group Architecture
Pace University Student Landscape in New York, designed by FXCollaborative
Virginia Wesleyan University Greer Environmental Sciences Center in Virginia Beach, Va., designed by VMDO Architects
See more winners of the 2021 AIA Awards here. This article has been updated since first publication.