Architectural Awards

Two prestigious honors, the Shirley Cooper Award and the Walter Taylor Award, are given in recognition of the two projects judged most outstanding for educational environments.

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The CAE Design Awards program offers architects, clients and the public examples of proven strategies and the latest trends in the planning, design and construction of educational environments of all types worldwide. With changes to teaching and learning, design of educational environments is rapidly changing responding to new understandings about ecology and new types of communication and collaboration contexts. The jury selected projects that demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural responses that promote learning for people of all age groups. Projects showed an increase in the use of natural light throughout, increased outdoor socializing and learning spaces, expanding learning space typologies in new and exciting ways. It was encouraging to see so many projects demonstrate community collaboration in the design process. In addition, the increase in environmentally connected and energy responsive use of water collection, filtration, green roofs, roof terraces, and sun shading techniques shows a positive trend for the profession. Eighty 2013 submissions represented K12, library, athletic, university, community college, community center and various other learning environments.

This year the award categories were modified to recognize the best in educational design through the CAE Design Excellence Award, and incorporate two prestigious American Association of School Administrators (AASA) awards, the Shirley Cooper and Walter Taylor Awards. The AASA Shirley Cooper Award is presented to the project that best meets the educational needs of its students while the Walter Taylor Award is presented to the project that best meets a difficult design challenge. Seven educational facilities were honored with awards this year; five received an Award of Excellence; one each received the AASA Shirley Cooper Award and AASA Walter Taylor Award.

All of the awards exhibited integration with the local environment as an integral part of the design and learning experience, function and aesthetics that respect the surrounding community and context, and an understanding of social and emotional needs of learners and the corresponding manifestation into physical spaces. Planning and design processes were shown to be educational, collaborative, and built the capacity of the facility and its community to support its users.

Awards and Citations

Two prestigious honors, the Shirley Cooper Award and the Walter Taylor Award, are given in recognition of the two projects judged most outstanding for educational environments. The Shirley Cooper Award is presented to the project that best meets the educational needs of its students. The Walter Taylor Award is presented to the project that best meets a difficult design challenge. The jury, at its discretion, will award citations to other projects of distinction. Recipients of these awards are recognized annually at the AASA National Conference on Education. Plaques are presented to both the architectural firm and the school district at the National Conference on Education.

2015 Winners

Read the press release here.

The Shirley Cooper Award is presented to the project that best meets the educational needs of its students. This year’s honoree is studioMLA Architects for its design of the Penn State University Hort Woods Child Care Center/Lab School in College Park, Pa.

The Walter Taylor Award is presented to the project that best meets a difficult design challenge. This year’s honoree is: Integrus Architecture for its design of the STEM Secondary School in Redmond, Wash.

2014 Winners

>> Read more about the winning designs in the official AASA press release.

The Shirley Cooper Award is presented to the project that best meets the educational needs of its students. This year’s honoree is Dull Olson Weekes—IBI Group Architects for its design of the Trillium Creek Primary School at Wilsonville School District, in West Linn, Ore. The superintendent overseeing this project was Bill Rhoades.

The Walter Taylor Award is presented to the project that best meets a difficult design challenge. This year’s honoree is: Integrus Architecture for its design of the Ingraham High School addition in Seattle, Wash. The superintendent overseeing this project was Jose Banda.

 

2013 Winners

>> Download 2013 CAE Awards Project and Jury Comments

AASA Shirley Cooper Award

Trillium Creek Primary School
West Linn, Oregon
Dull Olson Weekes – IBI Group Architects

 Shirley Cooper 2013 Winner

Children and community were clearly involved in the design of this school. The breadth and diversity of learning spaces provides abundant evidence the children were advocates and participants in an interactive planning process. Discovery centers flow while classrooms are filled with natural light and visually connected between spaces. The clustering of L-shaped classrooms creates varied learning opportunities in a playful yet organized manner.

AASA Walter Taylor Award

Ingraham High School Addition
Seattle, Washington
Integrus Architecture

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This carefully thought out addition to an urban high school could become a catalyst for change in this school. It has provided the opportunity to transform a difficult project into something quite spectacular. Preserving an existing grove of trees connects spaces to the outdoors while shading classroom windows from western sun, creating a culture of environmental respect. Instead of repeating an existing pattern of light wells, a two story atrium is created that offers a casual gathering place for students.

For more information, contact Bernadine Futrell - Director, Awards and Collaborations at bfutrell@aasa.org