Thursday, May 30, 2019

Nominations for 2019 educational environments sought

A jury will select school design entries for exhibition
at the Joint Annual Conference on November 22-24.
The Association is now accepting entries for the 2019 Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments, sponsored by the IASB Service Associates. The competition is open to design firms engaged in Illinois public school facility projects completed in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The program recognizes both the design firm and school district for facilities that are new or renovated for instructional, recreational, administration, or other use.

A jury comprised of three school board members or administrators appointed by IASB and three architects appointed by the IASB Service Associates will evaluate entries in September. The identity of submitting entities will be concealed from the jury.

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

Categories for projects include New Building, Major Addition, Minor Additions (under 10,000 gsf), Major Renovation or Adaptive Reuse, Special Project – Historic Preservation or Sensitive Rehab, and Special Project – Small Projects under $4 Million or Single Spaces. A seventh category, Special Project – Engineering Solution, was added this year to recognize such projects.

The jury will select entries invited to display in the final exhibition November 22-24 at the IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference in Chicago.

Awards of Distinction or Merit may be granted to projects the jury deems to represent outstanding educational environments. Honorable Mention recognition for other outstanding examples may also be made at the discretion of the jury.

Entry forms are due in the IASB Springfield office by July 15.

For more information about the Exhibition of Educational Environments or questions about the content, contact 217/528-9688 or 630/629-3776, ext. 1105.

Nominated exhibits from previous years can be accessed through IASB’s School Design Data File.