AIA Education Awards
On a former farm outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Indian Community School aims to connect Native American students with their cultural heritage through both curriculum and setting. Antoine Predock Architect PC designed a building to both foster and exemplify that cultural and environmental awareness.
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The private school is one of thirteen schools to receive a 2009 Educational Facility Design Award from the American Institute of Architects. Through the awards program, the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) seeks to identify trends, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices. Many of this year's winning projects demonstrate sustainable design.
Three honorees have previously been covered in ArchitectureWeek. Both the Yale University Sculpture Building and Gallery by Kieran Timberlake, and the Pocono Environmental Education Center at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, were named Top Ten Green Projects for 2008 by the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE). The Arizona State University Polytechnic Academic Complex in Mesa, by Lake Flato Architects with RSP Architects, has also been featured in depth.
Native Wisconsin School
The Indian Community School serves 280 elementary and middle school students from 11 different tribes. The facility is located in suburban Franklin, Wisconsin, on a 200-acre (80-hectare) site selected for its tangible relationship to tribal homelands in northern Wisconsin. To avoid removing existing oak and shagbark hawthorn trees, the architects carefully arranged the building form along a high ridge, focusing views from the building out onto the remnant hardwood forest, prairie, wetlands, and reconstructed wetland.
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