DesignShare Logo


Our Current Featured Education Group:
Directory Case Studies Articles Awards Program Language of School Design
Membership E-Newsletter Events About Contact Home
"Section 2: 2007 Awards Program Summary"

“…the Jury was challenged to look further than ‘the image’ to award projects that focus on learning…”

Awards programs–regardless of industry–provide an opportunity to reflect on the state of practice, the year’s innovative trends, and key projects deemed to be the best-of-the-best. The 8th Annual DesignShare Awards Program pushes the concept one-step further by combining two disciplines–education and design–to focus on designing innovative environments for the future of learning.

The 2007 winning projects include:

  • four Honor Awards
  • seven Merit Awards
  • five Citation Awards
  • thirteen Recognized Value Awards
  • The collective projects submitted to the Eighth Annual DesignShare Awards Program represent a dynamic spectrum of typologies, from urban to rural, new facilities to reconstructions, conservative to progressive, modest to elaborate, and cover a range in student groupings from pre-school to higher education (and even one church). Interestingly, the winning projects also represent 9 countries, providing an excellent snapshot into both educational and design practices across the United States and around the globe.

    The DesignShare Awards program recognizes projects that–by design–support the learning process, anticipate change, and inspire unimagined possibilities. For the jury, the selection process has proven to be a rewarding experience. As the team shared professional ideas and discussed projects, informative and fascinating conversations among educators and architects revealed that some projects were important to educators, while others caught the attention of the planners and architects. The projects that ultimately received awards, captivated both sets of professions. Each sparked lively conversation and highlighted the importance of collaborative conversations among architects and educators during the planning and design process.

    In the evaluation, the Jury was challenged to look further than ‘the image’ to award projects that focus on learning, learners, as well as built environments designed to enhance the educational experience. Likewise, teams of educators and architects submitting projects were asked to describe ideas that enhance learning, and what innovations in planning, programming and design facilitate the educational ideas.

    In other words, the Jury asked: What was the positive result of the creative dialogue between both educator and architect?



    1. Introduction
    2. Summary of 2007 Program
    3. 2007 Patterns of Innovation
    4. 2007 Honor Awards – Full Description
    5. 2007 Merit Awards – Full Description
    6. 2007 Citation Awards – List only
    7. 2007 Recognized Value Awards – List only
    8. 2007 Jury Team
    9. 2007 Jury Conversation #1


    What is DesignShare? DesignShare is the central address for the very best in educational facilities and their impact on the learning process. DesignShare provides an invaluable service as a facilitator of ideas and resources about best practices and innovation in schools from early childhood through the university level. Who is DesignShare’s audience? DesignShare reaches a truly global community of professionals. More than 150,000 architects, planners, educators, and facility decision makers visit the site each month. Architects who specify products for schools and universities make up over half of DesignShare’s total readership. Who are our sponsors?
    Fielding Nair International: Architects and Change Agents for Creative Learning Communities
    VS America, Inc.: Ergonomic educational and office furniture.

    Become a SPONSOR by Joining the "Partners in Education" Program.

    Recent Articles Kids LOVE Their New School! Liberated Spaces: Purposeful School Design Says Goodbye to Cells and Bells Leaner, More Effective Schools Douglas Park School Opens in Regina Exploring Six Principles of Sustainable School Design A Variety of Voices: Innovative Learning Spaces Transform the Hartland-Lakeside School District Transforming Schools for the 21st Century The Classroom Is Obsolete: It’s Time for Something New Suggested Links EdVisions Schools Schools for Life
    School Construction News
    Education News A Tribute to Dr. Jeff Lackney
    (Please note that DesignShare does not own the rights to most of the images on our web site. If you want to use an image in your own work, you must contact the architectural design firm directly in order to get permission.)
    Membership | Reprint Policies | About | Contact | Home
    © 1998-2016. All rights reserved.