Schools of Thought: DC's New Generation of School Buildings
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Schools of Thought:  DC's New Generation of School Buildings

Schools of Thought: DC's new generation of school buildings.

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
10:00 - 11:30 am
Where: AIA/DC
421 7th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20004
United States
Contact: Jim Carr
(703) 217-3090

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Schools of Thought: DC’s New Generation of School Buildings

Over the last decade, the District of Columbia has made a substantial investment in modernizing its public school buildings, and the city’s public charter schools and private schools have made major investments in their facilities. The design of these new and renovated schools has moved the architecture of learning spaces well beyond the basics of traditional school design. Like DC’s widely praised new public library buildings, these modernized school buildings employ innovative architecture to better achieve their mission. Among the schools discussed will be the two DC public schools designed by David Adjaye, the architect of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American history and Culture.

What prompted the District’s school rebuilding effort? What difference does good school design make for student learning? And what design features do the city’s new school buildings incorporate? This lecture explores these questions by looking at 19 of the District’s modernized public, public charter, and private schools.

AIA/DC District Architecture Center is the building immediately south of Carmine's on 7th St; a short walk from Metro exits F St at Gallery Place, F St at Judiciary Sq, 7th St at Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, or 11th & G Sts at Metro Center.