Robert Benson

From the 2022 Architectural Portfolio: American School Foundation of Guadalajara

Jan. 19, 2023
The 2022 jury awarded the project a Special Citation for its distinctive design.

The new high school is a bold and forward-looking approach to serving 1,500 students at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. The seven-story open-air structure doubles the school's academic space, maximizes green space, and provides state-of-the-art facilities that support 21st-century education. The project’s use of bright colors, sculptural form, natural materials, and crisp design is inspired by Guadalajara’s cultural heritage and rich combination of traditional and modern architecture. Drawing from Mexico’s cortile buildings, courtyards, and public sculptures, the school’s design embraces the city’s architectural history and fosters community identity through themed colors.

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