Education Facility Design Awards 2022
Recognizing the best in today's learning spaces
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.
Nestled into a forested site on Bainbridge Island, this project offers pre-K through fourth grade students an innovative indoor/outdoor learning environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Little Star Montessori Infant & Toddler
The new building is reflective of Little Star’s guiding principles, which champion the needs of young children first.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From its location in Silicon Valley, the new STEAM-focused TIDE Academy radiates an attitude of enterprise and invention.
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.
Robert Benson Photography