Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Nominations being accepted for 2018 school design competition

Well-designed school facilities are eligible for the awards.
The annual Exhibition of Educational Environments, sponsored by the IASB Service Associates, is now accepting nominations for outstanding school design projects. The competition is seeking school facility projects that will be completed in time for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

The juried awards program will recognize school designs for instructional, recreational, administrative, or other use. Entries will be accepted for the following categories:

  • New building
  • Major addition
  • Minor additions
  • Major renovation or adaptive reuse
  • Special project (historic preservation or sensitive rehab)
  • Special project (small projects under $4 million or single spaces)

Three architects chosen by the Service Associates, and three school board members or administrators selected by IASB, will comprise the jury and review the entries on a blind basis. Projects selected for the final exhibition will be displayed in November at the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago.

Those reviewing the projects will have complete freedom in selecting entries that best represent a statewide cross section of school building designs that are of interest to exhibition attendees. The jury will give prime consideration to solutions of the stated educational program requirements as detailed in the Call for Entries application form. 

Completed forms and associated fees for each project must be received in the IASB Springfield office by July 16. Additional preliminary materials are due by September 3, with the jury meeting to judge submissions on September 14.

Applications were mailed to district superintendents, regional superintendents, and school architects in early May. A fillable application with detailed instructions is also available on the IASB website.

School designs selected for the exhibition will be eligible for Award of Distinction, Award of Merit, or Honorable Mention honors. The winners will be recognized during the First General Session on Friday, Nov. 16.

For more information about the Exhibition of Educational Environments or questions about the contest, contact Jennifer Nelson by email at jnelson@iasb.com, or by phone at 217/528-9688, ext. 1105.

Nominated exhibits from previous contests can be viewed and accessed through IASB’s School Design Data File