Cleveland, Ohio – October 1, 2017 LEARNING BY DESIGN has released its much-anticipated Fall 2017 edition, showcasing the nation’s best education design and construction projects, from pre-K to 12 to college and university facilities. Five top education facility design projects were awarded Grand Prize Awards, six Citation of Excellence Awards, and six Honorable Mention Awards.

A distinguished panel of six architects, and education administrators and facility professionals reviewed 68 outstanding submissions and selected five Grand Prize Award-winning facilities that “are simply amazing projects.” Each of the five projects combined all the elements that make a learning environment successful—transparency, connectivity, safety, sustainability, great interiors, purposeful functional design, and sophistication.

The five Grand Prize awards where bestowed on:

  1. CTA Architects Engineers, (Denver, CO) for Laramie County Community College (LCCC)--Flex-tech Building (Cheyenne, WY); 
  2. Eppstein Uhen Architects, (Madison, WI) for Waunakee Intermediate School(Waunakee, WI); 
  3. Grimm + Parker Architects, (Calverton, MD) for Discovery STEM Academy(Newport News, VA); 
  4. NAC Architecture(Seattle, WA) for Hazel Wolf K-8 ESTEM School(Seattle, WA); 
  5. Perkins Eastman DC(Washington DC) for Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School(Washington, DC).

 Some of the juror’s comments included:

  • Discovery STEM Academy (Grimm + Parker Architects) – “A lot of nicely varied innovative hands-on educational spaces appear to be provided inside and out: outdoor classroom, outdoor learning area, amphitheater, student vegetable garden…”
  • Hazel Wolf K-8 ESTEM School (NAC Architecture) – “Love the outdoor learning and play areas. Very relevant program and mission”
  • Laramie County Community College (LCCC)--Flex-tech Building(CTA Architects Engineers) – "The design  nicelysupports the functions and the balance of visual interest with durable materials.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School (Perkins Eastman DC) – “Beautiful restoration and renovation of old High School achieving the stated goals to undo past damage while creating truly modern learning environments; great sustainability story!
  • Waunakee Intermediate School (Eppstein Uhen Architects) – “Neighborhood/village concept and ties to the farm community are evident.  Feels 'elevated' and sophisticated but also connected to region and landscape.”



  • Pathways Innovation Center and Roosevelt High School (Casper, WY), Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Denver, CO)
  • Stuart-Hobson Middle School (Washington, D.C.), Hughes Group Architects (Sterling, VA)
  • Richland Two Institue of Innovation (Columbia, SC), LS3P (Columbia, SC)
  • Canadian Valley Technology Center - El Reno Campus(El Reno, OK), MA+ Architecture, LLC (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Mandarin Immersion Magnet School (Houston, TX), PBK (Houston, TX)
  • Grand Rapids Community College Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory (Grand Rapids, MI), Stantec Architecture Inc. (Berkley, MI)

 Fall 2017: HONORABLE MENTION Awards

  • Butler Elementary School (Cottonwood Heights, UT) - VCBO Architecture (Salt Lake City  UT)
  • Capitol Federal Hall (Lawrence, KS) – Gensler (Chicago, IL)
  • Central Washington University, Science II (Ellensburg, WA) - Integrus Architecture (Spokane, WA)
  • Emeryville Center of Community Life (Emeryville, CA) -Nexus Partners - dsk | Concordia | MKThink (New Orleans, LA)
  • Prairie Winds Middle School (Mankato, MN) - Wold Architects and Engineers (St Paul, MN)
  • Ross Shaw Sterling Aviation High School (Houston, TX)- Stantec (Austin, TX)


LEARNING BY DESIGN, published in the Spring and Fall each year, circulates to more than 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. For details and to access the magazine’s digital edition, visit

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