The American Institute of Architects has announced the winners of its 2020 Education Facility Design Awards, recognizing 11 "state-of-the-art designs of schools and learning centers," according to an AIA press release. This year, AIA selected six projects as awards of excellence, each of which met criteria including enhancing classroom learning; 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. AIA named the remaining five projects as awards of merit, each of which were "recognized for being of superior quality."
The jury for the 2020 Education Facility Design Awards comprised chair Judith P. Hoskens, Assoc. AIA, of Cuningham Group Architecture in Minneapolis; Malcolm Holzman, FAIA, of Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture in New York; Dina Sorensen, Assoc. AIA, a learning environment project designer and research liaison in Washington, D.C.; Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA, of Page Southerland Page in Austin, Texas; and Amy Yurko, AIA, of BrainSpaces in Chicago.
Awards of Excellence
Charles Library at Temple University
Joint Venture between Stantec and Snøhetta
Geffen Academy at UCLA
Koning Eizenberg Architecture
The Lamplighter School Innovation LabDallas
Marlon Blackwell Architects
Linde Center for Music and LearningLenox, Mass.
William Rawn Associates, Architects
Reeds Spring Middle School
Reeds Spring, Mo.
Dake Wells Architecture
Tarbut V’Torah Expansion
Awards of Merit
Amherst College New Science Center
Canyon View High SchoolWaddell, Ariz.
MIT Theater Arts
The Mubuga Primary School
MASS Design Group
Salish Coast ElementaryPort Townsend, Wash.