Because LEARNING BY DESIGN showcases the very best in education design and construction, it is the premier source of ideas, best practices, and experts in the education design field. Past research has shown that LEARNING BY DESIGN’s 50,000+ readers hold on to their issues and refer to them again and again. Plus, they share their copies with an average of three additional colleagues, bringing LEARNING BY DESIGN’s reach to 200,000+ decision makers in the education design field.


What makes LEARNING BY DESIGN and its design competition different from others in the education market?
LEARNING BY DESIGN’s exclusive mission is to showcase the most innovative and effective in education design and construction, so the nation’s students ultimately can benefit from rich environments that support educational goals. LEARNING BY DESIGN doesn’t have to support an editorial calendar throughout the year. Decision makers in the education field know that when they receive LEARNING BY DESIGN they have an invaluable source of education design and construction best practices, innovation, and award-winning projects.


Does LEARNING BY DESIGN include university as well as K to 12 projects?
Yes! Projects range from pre-K through university. Outstanding projects chosen by judges for publication include these categories: Early Childhood & Elementary Schools; Middle & Intermediate Schools; High Schools; Combined-Level Schools; Colleges & Universities; and Specialized Educational Facilities. Plus, outstanding projects at all levels are eligible for Grand Prize, Citation of Excellence, and Honorable Mention awards. Both the Spring and Fall editions of LEARNING BY DESIGN feature school projects and award recipients at all education levels.


Who reads LEARNING BY DESIGN and who will see my project?
More than 50,000 decision makers in the education market receive LEARNING BY DESIGN, including school superintendents, independent school directors, school board members, college and university facility planners, university architects, and presidents and chancellors, business officials. Plus, research confirms that LEARNING BY DESIGN readers share their issues with an average of three additional colleagues, bringing the magazine’s reach to more than 200,000.

Throughout the year, LEARNING BY DESIGN enjoys bonus distribution at high-profile conference, including the ED Spaces, AIA-CAE Spring Conference, the A4LE, the Association for Learning Environments Annual Conference and various regional chapter conferences. Outstanding projects published in LEARNING BY DESIGN are also featured online at and in our bimonthly e-newsletter, LEARNING BY DESIGN E-News.


How does appearing in LEARNING BY DESIGN benefit my company?
No other publication in the education design market showcases your firm’s best work like LEARNING BY DESIGN, making it an invaluable marketing tool that delivers unmatched visibility and prestige. If your outstanding projects are selected by the jury for publication, your firm receives customized certificates of recognition for you and your client, exposure on LEARNING BY DESIGN’s Web site, online recognition as a Featured Architect with a hotlink to your firm’s home page, coverage in LEARNING BY DESIGN E-News, and much more.

Plus, research shows that architecture firms prefer LEARNING BY DESIGN’s attractive layout and design features and its use of photography and illustrations. LEARNING BY DESIGN has won various design and editorial excellence awards, making it a publication your firm will be proud to share with clients and prospective clients.



What is the entry fee for?
The project fee covers the administrative costs of reviewing projects as well as production of the publication. It’s one of the most economical ways to market your firm’s outstanding work—for only a few pennies per contact, you can ensure your portfolio project reaches more than 50,000 facility decision makers, the top purchasers of design services in the country.


My company isn’t an architectural firm. Can I still submit a project to LEARNING BY DESIGN?
Yes! 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.


What areas are considered for awards?
New construction, renovations, additions, master plans, and more are considered for publication in LEARNING BY DESIGN. Both the Spring (April) and Fall (October) issues feature general excellence in all areas. Project categories include these and many more:

  • Admin areas/business offices
  • Cafeteria/dining hall
  • Campus master planning
  • Career-tech/vocational education
  • Childcare center
  • Conference and training Center
  • Dorm/residence halls
  • Entire school/campus building
  • Green design/building
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Library/media center
  • Media Center/music room
  • Modular building/classrooms
  • Performing arts center
  • Playground
  • School community center/joint-use facility
  • School prototype plan
  • Science and Technology Center
  • Science Building
  • Sports facility/fitness center
  • Student center/union
  • Technology center
  • Welcome center
  • And more


Can my company order additional copies of LEARNING BY DESIGN or reprint of our specific outstanding projects?
Yes! Simply email a request and we will promptly respond with a quote and or order form. 

Volume 26/Fall 2017 

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Poquoson Elementary School

“The common goals of achieving excellence in education, preserving its unique coastal environment, and providing an affordable architectural solution with long-term savings for Poquoson made our collaboration with the community a dynamic and creative experience for all.”

Bob Moje, principal
VMDO Architects

2010 Grand Prize Winner

Poquoson Elementary School

Poquoson, VA

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