Chuck Choi Amherst College New Science Center in Amherst, Mass., by Payette

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

Michael Grimm Photography

Charles Library at Temple University
Joint Venture between Stantec and Snøhetta

Eric Staudenmeir

Geffen Academy at UCLA
Los Angeles
Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Timothy Hursley

The Lamplighter School Innovation LabDallas
Marlon Blackwell Architects

Robert Benson Photography

Linde Center for Music and LearningLenox, Mass.
William Rawn Associates, Architects

Gayle Babcock, Architectural Imageworks

Reeds Spring Middle School
Reeds Spring, Mo.
Dake Wells Architecture

Costea Photography

Tarbut V’Torah Expansion
Irvine, Calif.

Awards of Merit

Chuck Choi

Amherst College New Science Center
Amherst, Mass.

Bill Timmerman

Canyon View High SchoolWaddell, Ariz.
DLR Group

Peter Vanderwarker

MIT Theater Arts
Cambridge, Mass.
DesignLab Architects

Iwan Baan

The Mubuga Primary School
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
MASS Design Group

Lara Swimmer Photography

Salish Coast ElementaryPort Townsend, Wash.
Integrus Architecture