Thursday, June 8, 2017

Nominations for 2017 school design competition sought

Winners of the school design competition
will be displayed in November at the Joint Annual Conference.
The annual Exhibition of Educational Environments, sponsored by the IASB Services Associates, is now accepting nominations for outstanding school design projects. The 2017 competition is seeking school facility projects that will be completed in time for the start of school in the fall of this year.

The juried awards program will recognize school designs used for instructional, recreational, administrative, or other purposes. 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)

School architects and school officials will be tasked with reviewing all project submissions and selecting entries to be displayed in November at the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago. Three architects chosen by the Service Associates and three school board members or administrators selected by IASB will comprise the jury.

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. All entries will be judged on a blind basis, with no more than two entries submitted by each exhibition participant. 

Completed forms and associated fees for each project must be received by July 17. Projects that are not chosen for display will have their entry fees refunded (less $25 to cover IASB expenses). Additional preliminary materials are due by Sep. 18, with judging to take place on Sept. 22.

Applications were mailed to district superintendents, regional superintendents, and school architects in mid-May. A fillable application form is also available on the IASB website

School designs selected for exhibit at the Conference will be eligible for Award of Distinction, Award of Merit, or Honorable Mention honors. The winners will be announced during the First General Session on Friday, Nov. 17.

For more information about the Exhibition of Educational Environments or questions about the contest, contact Britni Beck by email at, or by phone at 217/528-9688, ext. 1131.

Previous exhibits can be viewed and accessed through IASB’s School Design Data File