Five Projects Honored with the 2013 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Excellence Award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design.

The recipients of the 2013 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award include:

California State University, Northridge Student Recreation Center; Northridge, California
Designed by LPA, Incorporated

Sandy High School; Sandy, Oregon
Designed by Dull Olson Weekes – IBI Group Architects

Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building; Jackson, Mississippi
Designed by Duvall Decker Architects

Mesa Community College Health Wellness Building; Mesa, Arizona
Designed by SmithGroupJJR

Cranbrook Kingswood Girls’ Middle School; Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Designed by Lake|Flato Architects

To get more information or images of these projects, please contact Matt Tinder: mtinder(at)aia(dot)org

The 2013 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards jury includes: Steven M. Shiver, AIA, Chair, NAC Architecture; John R. Dale, FAIA, Harley Ellis Devereaux; Linda Nelson Keane, AIA; Victor Sidy, AIA, Taliesin School of Architecture and C. Kenneth Tanner, University of Georgia.

About the AIA's Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE)
The CAE is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. While a large portion of CAE members practice in the K-12 and post-secondary education markets, they look to serve the needs of those in the entire pre-K to 99 markets. CAE identifies national educational facility issues critical to architects and works to strengthen relationships with allied organizations, client groups, and the public.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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