LEARNING BY DESIGN is the premier source for education design and innovation excellence. Published twice each year, this prestigious magazine recognizes the nation’s preeminent architectural firms by publishing outstanding pre-K to 12 and college/university projects. There is no better way to showcase education design excellence in this billion dollar market than by submitting a project to LEARNING BY DESIGN.

The award-winning publication circulates to 50,000+ leaders and decision makers at all levels of education—from early childhood and elementary schools to career-technical, college, and university-level institutions. Subscribe to LEARNING BY DESIGN and LBD E-News today!


Circulation and Frequency

Each year, LEARNING BY DESIGN publishes a Spring Edition (April) and a Fall Edition (October). The award-winning magazine circulates to 50,000+ leaders and decision makers at all levels of education who control education facility budgets—from early childhood and elementary schools to career-technical and university-level institutions. Plus, with pass-along distribution of three additional readers per copy, LEARNING BY DESIGN showcases projects before more than 200,000 decision makers.


Who Can Enter

Architectural, engineering, and design firms—and others related to the field, including educational institutions—may submit entries completed in the past five years or significant works in progress to be considered for review.


How Projects Are Reviewed

A select jury of architects and educational facility planners reviews all entries for inclusion in the issue and identifies the top projects to receive Grand Prize Awards, Citations of Excellence, and Honorable Mentions for both pre-K to 12 and university projects in each edition. Check out the most recent honorees.


Judges evaluate each project based on the completeness of the submission and the quality of these components:

  • Innovation: The extent in which the design meets specific project challenges and goals by use of innovative solutions
  • 21st Century Learning: The manner in which the design supports and enhances 21st Century learning components and or the student experience
  • Community Needs: How does the design demonstrate flexibility and adaptation to meet the community's needs? Is the design appropriate in the context to the local economic demographics and site locations?
  • Interior: Do interior photographs demonstrate the buildings primary use. Is the interior design of contemporary standard?
  • Sustainability: The extent which sustainable design concepts or other measures were used to improve the facility's operational ROI and environmental impact.
  • Functional Design: How did the design meet the organization's strategic goals and bottom line while supporting the needs of the key stakeholders and the fundamental components of contemporary education design?
  • Photography: Do the visuals (photography, video, renderings) properly showcase the entire project and where site and floor plans provided?


How to Enter

For information contact Mark Goodman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 216-896-9333.


Volume 26/Spring 2017 

Check out the digital edition 

Review all Articles & 59 Award Winners:




05.17.2017 - 05.20.2017
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The School Without Walls  

Winning the Grand Prize in LEARNING BY DESIGN demonstrates that all of the hard work by the school, our client, and our city to renew the School Without Walls was worthwhile. Everyone is thrilled and honored.”     

Matthew Bell, AIA, principal

Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects

2010 Grand Prize Winner, School Without Walls,

(Washington, DC)

The award-winning publication circulates to 50,000+ leaders and decision makers at all levels of education—from early childhood thru high schools to college and university-level institutions.

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