Education Facility Design Awards 2022

Recognizing the best in today's learning spaces

King Open-Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex-03

King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex by William Rawn Associates and Arrowstreet Inc., establishes a new model for school design that integrates social and family service programs for students & the surrounding community.

Education continues to evolve, and the projects from this year’s Education Facility Design Awards program—presented by AIA and its Committee on Architecture for Education—showcase innovation across the entire learning continuum, displaying how architects are creating cutting edge spaces that enhance modern pedagogy.

From early childhood facilities to higher education and throughout the learning continuum, architecture can be used to inspire learners, educators, administrators, and campus communities alike. This year’s seven Awards of Excellence and five Awards of Merit were vibrant examples of contemporary educational architecture.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

Blakely Elementary

Nestled into a forested site on Bainbridge Island, this project offers pre-K through fourth grade students an innovative indoor/outdoor learning environment.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Northeastern University

Built on a brownfield, this new academic building is the first major project informed by the university’s institutional master plan.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

John Lewis Elementary School

Designed as the DC school to achieve net zero energy, LEED Platinum, and WELL, John Lewis Elementary School has set a new benchmark for educational facilities.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

John W. Olver Design Building, UMass Amherst

This project fosters new synergy across the disciplines of architecture, building and construction technology, and landscape architecture on the UMASS campus.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex

This project establishes a new model for school design by integrating social and family service programs for students, families, and the surrounding community.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

Little Star Montessori Infant & Toddler

The new building is reflective of Little Star’s guiding principles, which champion the needs of young children first.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios, UCLA

The 48,000-square-foot LEED Gold–certified building unifies new and old to house the disciplines of the university’s MFA program.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

Reels Building, Thaden School

Evoking the form of an Ozark chicken house, this project is a light-filled, academic building where narrative and visual communication come alive through filmmaking.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

Science and Environmental Center, Nueva School

The new net zero carbon Science and Environmental Center is the embodiment of The Nueva School’s mission to spark a passion for lifelong learning.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences Middle School

This new middle school harnesses verticality to leverage a limited site and connect the academy more deeply to the surrounding community.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

TIDE Academy

From its location in Silicon Valley, the new STEAM-focused TIDE Academy radiates an attitude of enterprise and invention.

2022 Education Facility Design Awards

Whitcomb Art Center, Knox College

The center is a high-performing workhorse shaped with simple industrial materials, reflecting the college’s self-described scrappy and unconventional community.

Image credits

King Open-Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex-03

Robert Benson Photography