It's easy to dismiss the way a school or university looks. As long as it's functional, the more pressing educational concerns for parents are usually the curriculum, quality of teaching and exam results.

But the way educational buildings are designed -- from classroom layout in elementary schools to shared, collective spaces on college campuses -- can have a huge influence on learning.

So much so that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has a specific committee -- the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education -- established to research and share the world's best learning center architecture.

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e3 Civic High by LPA Inc. (San Diego, California) - Located inside the San Diego Central Library, this charter high school offers project-based learning within flexible areas that can be converted to accommodate different spaces using glass partitions and adaptable furnishings.

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