The Education Market Association (EDmarket) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) have teamed up to recognize manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design specifically for the learning environment. EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, facility planners, designers, administrators and dealers to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning.Reserve your booth now and submit your entry to take advantage of this opportunity to gain multi-channel exposure:

  • Exposure for your newest product in the marketplace
  • Editorial coverage in Learning by Design’s spring issue
  • Recognition at the onsite keynote session
  • Branding on EDmarket and IIDA websites
  • Promotion on IIDA social media networks to more than 250,000 followers

This is an exclusive opportunity for EDspaces exhibitors; only companies exhibiting at EDspaces are eligible to enter the competition. The deadline to enter is October 14, 2016. Final judging takes place onsite where products can be viewed by the jury panel.

It's not news that Yale has hundreds of workers building in New Haven, but it might surprise some to learn that the construction is the most expensive project in the university's history — two new residential colleges, at a cost of half a billion dollars.

When the two residence halls open almost a year from now to the newly expanded incoming Yale Class of 2021, they will have cost more than $1,000 per square foot. That's more than three times the average cost per foot of typical college dorms in the northeast and quite possibly the most ever spent, anywhere, to house students.

Yale entrusted the design commission to local talent: Robert A.M. Stern, the recently retired dean of Yale's architecture school. The new residential colleges — to be named Benjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murray College — are a herculean and carefully considered project, beginning with extensive planning that considered all aspects, including environmental, social, academic and aesthetic.

The remarkable cost of the new student residences can be attributed, in part, to the fact that they are more than mere dorms. As residential colleges, hybrid living-learning environments — a model borrowed from Oxford and Cambridge universities in England — they have rooms for faculty and teaching and are faithful reproductions of Gamble Rogers design and so more expensive to build. 


With a focus on collaboration and world-class research, UT Dallas administrators and community leaders recently marked the official opening of the University’s new Bioengineering and Sciences Building (BSB). The 220,000-square-foot structure, built by The Beck Group and designed by ZGF Architects is the University's largest academic building. It houses programs in bioengineering and neuroscience, as well as research space for related programs in biology and chemistry.

The Bioengineering and Sciences Building was designed and constructed following green and sustainable guidelines, and is certified as a LEED Gold building by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building has sustainable wood products throughout and a lighting conservation system that adjusts to the amount of daylight using motion sensors. In addition, the rainwater from the roof is collected and used to irrigate the grounds

Like its neighboring building, the Bioengineering and Sciences Building is built for collaboration, with labs and professors from multiple disciplines housed near one another.

The next major academic facility planned for the campus is a new engineering building, which will be on the site of the Alexander Clark Center. Construction on that building is scheduled to begin this fall, with completion expected by the start of fall 2018.

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium received an award for Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse from the Society for College and University Planning and the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (SCUP/AIA CAE) following the recent $86-million renovation and expansion of the facility. This nationwide awards program recognizes strategic, integrated planning and design for higher education institutions.

Heery Design and Architecture Research Office, shared the award as the project's sports and design architect, respectively. Other firms named in the award were: Parsons Brinckerhoff; Vivian Llambi and Associates, Inc.; THP Limited Inc.; Heapy Engineering; Browne E&C Services; BC+E Engineering; William Caruso & Associates, Inc.; Wrightson and Johnson, Haddon and Williams, Inc.

This category is for expanding or adding space to an existing building for the same or related use; or it could be for the addition, renovation or adaptive reuse of buildings that no longer suit their original use or architectural intention.

The new 115,000 square foot West Pavilion structure spans roughly half of Nippert Stadium, one of America's most historic college football venues. The five-story, long and narrow glass-enclosed sliver features the program's first true premium seating, club spaces and high-end press facilities. 

The 450-foot long dramatic building is the most notable element of an $86 million overhaul of Nippert that also included more restrooms, expanded concession options and enhanced pedestrian circulation.

The project achieved LEED Silver certification on February 1, 2016.  READ MORE

Katy, Texas - On June 7th, VLK Architects attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Katy ISD’s newest school, Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary. Administrators, school board members, and future students participated in the momentous event to celebrate the beginning of construction of the school located adjacent to the Young Ranch and Willow Creek Subdivisions that will accommodate 1,030 students.

In 2014, the Katy community voted to approve a bond referendum that included the construction of six new school campuses. The district set out to create a new two-story prototype for future elementary schools while challenging VLK Architects to design a building featuring adaptable spaces for a variety of instructional styles to support next generation learning. Bryant Elementary is the third and final elementary school within the 2014 Bond to commence construction.

“Our children have had fantastic educations through Katy ISD. I love this community and this never gets old,” said Rebecca Fox, Katy ISD School Board President. “We want to make sure that our boys and girls get the best education they can because they deserve it.”

Robert and Felice Bryant were both in attendance at the groundbreaking and were chosen by the board of trustees as the namesake of this new school because of their long time commitment to Katy ISD. Mr. Bryant started his career with Katy ISD in 1983 as Katy High School’s director of bands and fine arts department chair. He was promoted to executive director of fine arts for Katy ISD in 2000 and won numerous awards throughout his tenure with the district.

Mrs. Bryant taught kindergarten and first grade for 24 years and was named the Katy Elementary teacher of the Year in 1997. Even though she is now retired, she continues to impact students through tutoring and mentorship opportunities.

“When you talk about pillars of a community, they epitomize that very well. When you talk about the board’s vision of ‘Be the Legacy,’ this is that legacy in action,” said Alton Frailey, Katy ISD Superintendent. “They know it is not about them. They have taught our children very well and given their all to this community.” 

Frailey also showed his support for the design of the new Bryant Elementary saying, “I want to thankVLK Architects. You have imagined a whole new concept for learning environments and I want to thank you for that.”

The design allows for ease of student circulation and facilitates supervision and administration while providing a safe and secure environment for learning. The new school will have classroom wings that enjoy natural light through large windows, organized around the media center to promote collaboration and will be situated to take advantage of the views and green space between each wing. Bryant Elementary is expected to open in the fall of 2017.

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