Recognizing the Very Best in School Design

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The AIACC, in partnership with CASH (The Coalition for Adequate School Housing) announced the recipients of the 2012 Leroy F. Green Design + Planning Awards. “Striving for realistic solutions to existing problems such as dated facilities, overcrowding, rising costs, and stringent budgets, many public and private institutions are embracing proactive, holistic reforms that integrate innovative teaching methods with more effective learning environments”, says Linda C. Lenz from Architectural Record. This trend was evident in the eight projects selected for their exceptional architectural and program implementation.

Project In Design

Award of Excellence
Lodi Unified STEM Academy
Lodi Unified School District
Rainforth Grau Architects
Award of Honor
San Marcos High School
San Marcos Unified School District
LPA, Inc.
Award of Merit
Fairmont Elementary School
West Contra Costa Unified School District
Hibser Yamauchi Architects, Inc.

Specialized Facility

Award of Excellence
Center for the Performing Arts
Carmel Unified School District
Kasavan Architects
Award of Merit
Roseville High School
Career Technical Educational Facility
Roseville Joint Union High School District

New Built

Award of Excellence
Crocker Middle School Technology
Lecture and Band Classroom Building
Hillsborough City School District
Award of Honor
American Canyon High School
Napa Valley Unified School District
Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

Master Planning

Award of Honor
Clovis North Educational Center
Clovis Unified School District
Darden Architects, Inc.

The AIACC congratulates each of these recipients on successful projects as they provide school districts with a glimpse of how a well-designed facility can enhance the learning environments for California’s public school students. The AIACC believes good design in public school facilities enhances the learning, development, and behavior of the students and positively affects educational outcomes.


Nicki Dennis Stephens

Nicki Dennis Stephens is the Senior Director for The American Institute of Architects, California Council. Focusing on expanding the value of architects and architecture, Nicki is dedicated to serving the needs of members and AIA components throughout California.

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