By Holly O'Dell

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected five buildings for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The program honors facilities that advance a client’s educational goals and programming while demonstrating superb architectural design. The jury also recognized the roles of function and surrounding regional and community context as part of the planning and design process.

The recipients are:

Project: California State University, Northridge Student Recreation Center; Northridge, California
Designer: LPA, Inc.

LPA executes a dynamic, energetic approach to recreation through a judicious use of colors and finishes. Natural lighting and material choices—along with strong transparency and interconnections between spaces—motivate movement within the building and emphasize its strong connection to the community. Sustainable initiatives include rainwater collection, natural ventilation, and day lighting. “It was evident to the jury that students were involved in the conceptualization process and planning,” according to a statement from AIA.

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