Wednesday, May 25, 2016

School design entries sought for 2016 Conference exhibit

School districts and design professionals are invited to enter the 2016 Exhibition of Educational Environments, an annual juried awards program sponsored by the IASB Service Associates to recognize outstanding design of public school facilities used for instructional, recreational, administrative, or other purposes.

Entries can be submitted in the following categories:

  • New building
  • Major addition
  • Minor addition (under 10,000 gross square feet)
  • Major renovation or adaptive reuse
  • Special project (historic preservation or sensitive rehab)
  • Special project (small projects under $4 million or single spaces)
The 2015 school design exhibition drew considerable interest.
A jury of school architects and school administrators will review submissions and select entries to be displayed at the 2016 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago. The jury will give prime consideration to solutions to the stated educational program requirements, among other criteria as outlined in the Call for Entries.

Projects chosen for exhibition will be eligible for Award of Distinction, Award of Merit, or Honorable Mention. The awards will be announced at the First General Session on Friday, Nov. 18.

An application form has been mailed to district superintendents, regional superintendents, and school architects; however applications can also be found on the IASB website, along with additional information, including the materials to be submitted and other entry requirements.

Completed entry forms and fees for each project submitted must be received by July 15. Entry fees for projects not chosen will be refunded (less $25 to cover IASB expenses). Submissions must be accompanied with written permission of the author or owner of the project design documents and all projects must be completed by the start of school in the fall of 2016. No more than two entries may be submitted for the design competition by each entrant.

Additional materials required by the exhibition jury will be due by Sep. 12, with the judging to take place on Sep. 15.

More information about the school design exhibition and awards program is available by contacting, or by calling the IASB office at 217/528-9688, ext. 1131. Awards and coverage from the 2015 exhibition can be found here. A searchable database of previously chosen exhibition entries is also accessible through IASB’s School Design Data File.