2014 Architectural Portfolio commentary: Bold thinking

This fall, four jurors from around the country met to judge this year’s Architectural Portfolio. When determining citation winners and other outstanding designs, this year’s jury decided upon the following criteria:

  • Facilities should embrace environmental stewardship through both mechanical and cultural means.
  • Indoor and outdoor social spaces that engage students in learning are critical to successful design.
  • Comfortable and flexible learning spaces foster student ownership of the school environment.
  • Innovative programming that brings together partners to form community allows vital resources to be directed to students and families.
  • A design process bringing together multiple stakeholders can lead to powerful architecture that can positively impact learning outcomes.
  • Holistic design solutions aim to promote health, a sense of wellbeing and connection to the outdoors.
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