Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz honored with 2023 AIA Education Facility Design Award for UIC Academic and Residential Complex

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University of Illinois at Chicago, Academic and Residential Complex (UIC ARC); Photo: Steve Hall

AIA honors cutting-edge designs with 2023 Education Facility Design Award


WASHINGTON – April 10, 2023 – The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is recognizing 13 projects for state-of-the-art designs of schools and learning centers.

The Education Facility Design Award jury selected four facilities for its Awards of Excellence and seven projects for its Awards of Merit. Complete details for each project are available on AIA’s website.

In order to be eligible for AIA’s Awards of Excellence, the architect must demonstrate exemplary practice. Additionally, the design must meet a host of criteria, including enhancing learning in classrooms; 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. Awards of Excellence were bestowed upon the following:

Award of Excellence:

Siebel Center for Design |Bohlin Cywinski Jackson | Champaign, IL

Powell Elementary School | ISTUDIO Architects | Washington, DC

Harvey Mudd College, Scott A. McGregor Computer Science Center | Steinberg Hart | Claremont, CA

Thaden Bike Barn | Marlon Blackwell Architects | Bentonville, AR

Award of Merit:

Kent State University, Design Innovation Hub | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson +   Domokur Architects | Kent, OH

Boston Arts Academy | Perkins Eastman Architects + Wilson Butler Architects | Boston, MA  

Health Sciences Innovation Building | CO Architects + Swaim Associates | Tucson, AZ 

American School Foundation of Guadalajara High School | Flansburgh Architects + GVA Arquitectos | Guadalajara, Jalisco     

Ehrman Crest Elementary and Middle School | CannonDesign | Cranberry Township, PA

Columbia Business School | Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborative | New York, NY

University of Illinois at Chicago, Academic and Residential Complex | Solomon Cordwell Buenz | Chicago, IL

Founders Hall, Foster School of Business | LMN Architects | Seattle, WA

Southeast Community College Academic Excellence Center | Multistudio, Design + BVH Architecture | Beatrice, NB

Visit AIA’s website for more information on the Education Facility Design Awards.

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Image of a building against a blue sky with a sidewalk leading up to it.
Image of an exterior facade with sun shading and louvers.
Interior of a room looking out with four seats.
Interior of a classroom with windows and desks in the foreground.

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