The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has revealed its pick of five outstanding educational and cultural facilities for this year's annual CAE Educational Facility Design Awards.
The awards are intended to highlight outstanding places of learning, and this year's US-based recipients include two schools, a classroom building, a wellness center, and a university student recreation facility.
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Sandy High School, by Dull Olson Weekes - IBI Group Architects, is an attractive build located on a hillside plot. The school blends into the landscape with several green roofs, while the interior features floor-to-ceiling glass, which connects common rooms and classrooms visually.
California State University's Northridge Student Recreation Center, by LPA Incorporated, is the probably the most environmentally-focused of the five. In addition to recreation and sporting facilities, the center also includes natural lighting, rainwater collection, and natural ventilation.
Mesa Community College, by SmithGroupJJRR, involved the conversion of a former industrial building. The structure retains its industrial charm, but is now a space more suitable for study.
The Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building, by Duvall Decker Architects, serves as an extra academic building for Hinds Community College. The building contains classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices.
Cranbrook Kingswood Girls' Middle School, by Lake Flato Architects focuses on providing a secure and safe learning environment for students. The school features several common spaces to aid collaboration.
Head to the gallery to check out the buildings in full.
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