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Architecture, when done well, can improve lives. And perhaps no building typology better exemplifies this transformative power than schools ó the place where young minds are nurtured, where future leaders are reared.

Schools of the 21st Century Schools of the 21st Century

Ten K-12 projects exemplify spaces for learning in the new century.

School of One
A personalized instruction programís needs challenge the conventional classroom

History Lesson
A 1954 book takes us back to the origins of the movement toward “Green” schools


Contrast and Context
School expansions are an opportunity to teach students about expressive design


Extra Sensory Perception
These schools for special-needs students consider the touch, feel, and sound of architecture



From the 2011 edition of Schools of the 21st Century

Case Studies
Ten K-12 projects exemplify spaces for learning in the new century.
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> Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock, Texas Perkins+Will
> Charles W. Morey Elementary School, Lowell, Massachusetts, Flansburgh Architects
> Gary Comer College Prep, Chicago, Illinois, John Ronan Architects
> John A. Dubiski Career High School, Grand Prairie, Texas, Corgan Associates
> L.B. Landry High School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
> Lynnwood High School, Bothell, Washington, Bassetti Architects
> New York Harbor School, Governors Island, New York, Ciardullo
> Rogers IB Environmental Magnet School, Stamford, Connecticut, Tai Soo Kim Partners
> The School Without Walls of Washington, DC, Washington, DC, Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects
> Thurston Elementary School, Springfield, Oregon, Mahlum


From the 2010 edition of Schools of the 21st Century

Case Studies
Seven projects exemplify the challenges and opportunities of urban K-12 schools.
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> Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Boston, Massachusetts; Schwartz / Silver Architects
> Roy Romer Middle School, North Hollywood, California; Johnson Fain
> Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.; Hickok Cole Architects
> Booker T. Washington High School, Dallas, Texas; Allied Works Architecture
> PS 59 — The Beekman Hill International School, New York City; Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn
> Phoenix Union Bioscience High School, Phoenix, Arizona; Orcutt | Winslow
> Washington Technology Magnet Middle School, St. Paul, Minnesota; Cunnigham Group


From the 2008 edition of Schools of the 21st Century

Case Studies
Project teams create six high-performance schools for high-performing students.
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> Concordia International School, Shanghai, China, Perkins Eastman
> Betty H. Fairfax High School, Phoenix, Arizona, DLR Group
> Aspen Middle School, Aspen, Colorado Studio B Architects
> Regional Center for the Arts, Trumbull, Connecticut, JCJ Architecture
> Hazelwood School, Glasgow, Scotland, Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects
> Elementary and Middle School, Bavaria, Germany, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects


From the 2007 December edition of Schools of the 21st Century

What's Small and Green?
If you said, "A less-crowded, more environmentally sustainable school building!" your answer would be correct. Read on.


Competition Yields Insights
Thoughtful "Redesign Your School" entries show what kids want in their schools. Read on.


Sunpower for School Kids
PV system can supply some of the energy your school needs, but may be even better as a teacher of physics, energy, and sustainability concepts. Read on.


Four school districts were selected to participate in the American Architectural Foundation’s second National School Design Institute. They proposed surprising solutions to building design issues faced by school districts across the country.
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> Cleveland High School, St. Louis Public Schools; St. Louis, Missouri
> Jefferson High School, Portland Public Schools; Portland, Oregon
> Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County Public Schools; Fairfax, Virginia
> St. Paul's Episcopal School, Independent; New Orleans, Louisiana


Case Studies
Five very different schools offer lessons in building with students and the environment in mind. Read on.

> Rosa Parks School, New Columbia Community Campus Corporation; Portland, Oregon
> Tarkington School of Excellence, Chicago Public Schools; Chicago, Illinois
> North Central Junior High, Iowa City Community School District; North Liberty, Iowa
> Winchester Thurston School, Independent; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
> Fossil Ridge High School, Poudre School Disrict; Fort Collins, Colorado


From the 2007 January edition of Schools of the 21st Century

“A” is for Architecture
There are plenty of reasons to believe the next generation of schools will be the best ever designed. Read on.


Little Green Schoolhouses
The massive schools construction program currently underway provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create buildings that will influence the lives of students for decades to come. Read on.


Education, Unplugged
In some cases, the difficulties of hardwiring old schools can be eased by portable devices and digitally based curricula. Read on.


Teams of architects and school district representatives gathered to take on tough school design problems. Read on.

> High School No. 3, Los Angeles, California
> School of Entrpeneurship, Buffalo, New York
> A New High School, Natrona County, Wyoming
> Central High School, Carroll County, Georgia
> Community Campus Plan, Pass Christian, Mississippi


Case Studies
A look at six great U.S. Schools. Read on.

> Montessori Children’s Center, San Francisco, California
> Blythewood High School, Columbia, South Carolina
> Detroit School of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
> Denver School of Science & Technology, Denver, Colorado
> Alpine School District Prototype Middle Schools, Alpine and Lehi, Utah
> Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kirkland, Washington