The awards program seeks to highlight the products, services, projects and companies that enhance learning in ways that help us solve challenges of today and tomorrow. Here is more information about both award-winning projects:
- The Rockford Public Schools K-5 project is designed with students as opposed to for them. Using a village design concept, the new school is centered on creating hubs for connection throughout the building to enhance a sense of community. A “town square” hub in the heart of the building allows the school to hold morning briefings each day with students, many of whom have difficult home lives, in order to help the kids communicate negative experiences and then focus on learning. The building breaks down into different forms to help it appear smaller and more comprehensible to young students, helping them build confidence as they step outside their homes into the school environment.
- The York University Student Centre is the second student life building on the campus and the result of the largest post-secondary student referendum vote in Canadian history. The building is designed to be one of the most inclusive in the world as it creates a “living room” for student life. Programmatic spaces embrace the most critical student needs: study, meeting, lounge, studio, club offices, assembly and multi-faith prayer. A primarily transparent building, the centre’s facade acts as a design response to the student body’s desire to be open and welcoming to all.