Timothy Hursley

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

John Horner

Belmont Day School Barn in Boston, designed by Utile

Lincoln Barbour

Bluestone Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Va., designed by VMDO Architects

Cris Costea

Environmental Nature Center Preschool in Newport Beach, Calif., designed by LPA

Timothy Hursley

Home Building at Thaden School in Bentonville, Ark., designed by EskewDumezRipple in collaboration with Marlon Blackwell Architects

Robert Benson Photography

Lafayette College Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center in Easton, Pa., designed by Payette

Bruce Damonte

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., designed by Ennead Architects with Bora Architecture & Interiors

Awards of Merit

Paul Murdoch

Flight 93 Visitor and Learning Center in Denver, designed by Paul Murdoch Architects

Benjamin Benschneider

Grant High School Modernization in Portland, Ore., designed by Mahlum Architects

Corey Gaffer Photography

Minnehaha Academy Upper Campus in Minneapolis, designed by Cuningham Group Architecture

Chris Cooper

Pace University Student Landscape in New York, designed by FXCollaborative

Alan Karchmer

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.