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AIA San Francisco’s Committee on Architecture for Education is hosting its 2nd annual Ideas Competition. The competition returns to explore new and innovative learning spaces for students where their physical surroundings can help them excel in their learning.

The key question participants should consider in this competition is, “how can we design purposeful spaces that serve the whole student and support student success?”

Academic institutions at all levels are asked to serve myriad roles to students beyond “the educator”- they can be the doctor, cook, counselor, social worker, babysitter, mentor, or even employer. As we move out of the pandemic some of these roles have become increasingly important, not only for students but also for the communities they live in.

Instead of the relocatable classrooms or closet under the stairs or the “one-stop-shop” Student Services model, AIA San Francisco Ideas Competition explores spaces that would support students’ individual and holistic needs as current and future community members. What kind of spaces would you add or design for an educational environment that also serves as a community hub?We challenge you to think beyond the traditional classroom/school/campus model. Show us your ideas for transformational:

  • Community spaces
  • Programs
  • Community engagement processes
  • Futures for academic institutions at all levels from kindergarten to university to lifelong learners
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