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Exhibition of Educational Environments Awards

Firms awarded for school planning and design

Award of Distinction




Cordogan Clark & Associates, Inc., a Chicago-based architectural firm, received the top honor in this year’s Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments school design competition, sponsored by IASB Service Associates. The winning entry involves four local school district and a university.

This is the 29th year for IASB’s juried school design competition.

The awards were presented on Friday, Nov. 17, at the 2017 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago. Winning projects were selected by a blind-jury pool of architects and superintendents in September. In addition to the single Award of Distinction, the jury chose three school design projects for Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mention recipients.

All 25 entries in this year’s exhibit were on display throughout the three-day Conference. The nine entries receiving special recognition this year are listed by firm, school, and district:

Award of Distinction

Cordogan Clark & Associates, Inc .
John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University
Batavia SD 101, East Aurora SD 131, Indian Prairie SD 204, and West Aurora SD 129

Award of Merit

DLA Architects
Schiller Park Kennedy Elementary School,
Schiller Park SD 81

Fanning Howey Associates
Round Lake High School
Round Lake CUSD 116

Legat Architects
Mundelein High School Science and Classroom Addition
Mundelein HSD 120

Honorable Mention

DLA Architects
Lake Zurich High School
Lake Zurich CUSD 95

Perkins + Will
Deerfield High School
Township HSD 113

Richard L. Johnson Associates
Millikin Elementary
Geneseo CUSD 228

STR Partners
Willow Grove Early Learning Center
Kildeer-Countryside SD 96

Wight & Company
Valley View Early Childhood Center
Valley View CUSD 365U

Criteria considered by the judges included: program/challenge met; how the facility meets 21st century education environmental needs; design; unique energy efficiency or Green features; and safety (including passive security design and traffic patterns). To be eligible, construction projects had to be completed in time for occupancy with the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

All of this year’s entries will be added to IASB’s School Design Data File. This searchable online database is available for use by school districts and architectural firms and is updated each year after the competition. It currently contains more than 560 Illinois public school design projects.

The database, which includes entry form data, illustrations, and commentary, contains information on a wide range of variables. After identifying projects that meet their criteria, requesters can contact IASB to receive a complete data report for each identified project.

Information regarding the 2018 Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments will be announced in May.


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