Education 2016

Now in its eighth year, the WAN AWARDS Education Sector aims to celebrate the best in architectural design for all levels of educational and research use, from nurseries and kindergartens right through to universities and research facilities. As the largest award of its kind, attracting entries from all over the world, the award offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain recognition and exposure for your work, promoting the best in pioneering education design.

The competition is open to all projects completed during the last three full calendar years, (on or after 01 January 2013).

We will be looking at a variety of different building types for this award, to name a few:

  • Pre-School (Nurseries / Kindergartens)
  • Primary Education (Primary Schools / KS 1-2 / Grades 1-5)
  • Secondary Education (Middle & High Schools / KS3-5)
  • Higher Education & Research (Universities / Colleges / Research Facilities)
  • Training academies (nursing colleges, dentistry schools, sports training facilities)
  • Other (speech & reading centres, adult learning centres - for example)

Benefits of entering  

The winning and shortlisted entrants all receive dedicated press kits and their projects will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 160,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries around the world.

The winning, shortlisted and commended entrants receive an award certificate and their project makes headline news on WAN.

Applicants will be featured permanently on the WAN AWARDS’ website and social media platforms, being seen by a large number of industry professionals. This includes Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

All entrants will receive a 10% discount to the WAN Business Information project lead service where you will receive the latest information on global architectural tenders, exclusively researched from a wide range of over 100 international sources: http://www.wantoday.com/tenders/

Terms and conditions apply

Eligibility  

The competition is open to all projects completed during the last three full calendar years, on or after 01 January 2014

Submission format & guidelines  

The format for the initial submission is as follows:

Text summary

- We advise around 500 words for your supporting text
- Mention the key challenges of the client brief and how your design addressed it
- Please submit the summary as continuous text, written in the third person, and not as bullet points
Images
-6 images with the maximum dimensions of 1200 pixels width x 2000 pixels height, or minimum dimensions of 622 pixels width x 412 pixels height
- Image 1 will be your 'main image'.
- All images must be at least 72 dpi, in jpeg format
- You can upload your images and text using the upload form in 'Backstage'

You can view an example of how your project will appear on WAN by clicking HERE

How to enter  

Click the yellow 'Enter Now' button.

If you are already registered you will be able to click 'login' and use your existing registration code and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to click the 'sign up' button and complete the registration form. You will then be sent a registration code and password by email, which you can use to log in to 'Backstage'. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this immediately.)

Once logged in, please follow the instructions, ensuring you have selected the correct category.

Please direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration or payment to sam.horscraft@haymarket.com

UK entries please add VAT.

Judging criteria  

The judges will use their experience in the sector to assess your project on a number of factors to get to the short list including; Originality, Innovation, Form, Function, Sustainability and Context.

The shortlisted projects will then be tested to see whether your design has:

- Addressed the key elements of the client brief

and/or

- Used design to evolve or push the boundaries of this specific typology and will look for specific examples of how your building has enhanced the learning environment

Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your building, from the initial concept through to its completion.

The competition stages  

A long list of around twenty five projects will initially be selected, but the total figure will depend entirely on the final amount of entries submitted by the closing date. Further details of these projects will then be requested, including plans, sections, elevations and more technical information. From the long list, a short list of six projects will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

On occasion, a project may be ‘commended’ even if they have not made the final six short list, and this is entirely at the discretion of the jury.

Cost  

The entrance fee is £390 but an early registration price of £340 is available for entries made before January 31 2016.

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • SOUTH HARBOUR SCHOOL

Shortlist

  • Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School
  • Chipakata Children’s Academy
  • Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
  • Austin Community College Highland Campus
  • SOUTH HARBOUR SCHOOL
  • D1 Kindergarten and Nursery

Commended

  • Galaxy Elementary School

Longlist

  • Galaxy Elementary School
  • Maritime Academic Center at SUNY Maritime
  • Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School
  • Hunter's Point Campus
  • Maison des Étudiants de l'ÉTS [École de Technologie Supérieure Student Center]
  • Chipakata Children’s Academy
  • New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Institute of Mathematics, University of Karlsruhe
  • School of Law, Quinnipiac University
  • THE GREEN ACRES ACADEMY
  • German School Madrid
  • Ruyton Girls School - Margaret McRae Building
  • Abbotsleigh Multi Purpose Assembly and Sports Hall and Sports Field
  • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar Middle Girls School
  • Monash College Learning Village
  • SHENKAR PERNICK & ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
  • Kaohsiung American School
  • York House Senior School
  • Beijing City International School Early Childhood Center
  • Yale-NUS College
  • CARDINET
  • Northern Beaches Christian School
  • Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
  • Eldon West Building, The University of Portsmouth
  • Ark Brunel Primary Academy
  • University of Essex - Albert Sloman Library and Silberrad Student Centre
  • Austin Community College Highland Campus
  • SOUTH HARBOUR SCHOOL
  • Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University
  • Victor J. Koningsberger building Utrecht University
  • AMS Student Nest
  • World Maritime University / Tornhuset,
  • D1 Kindergarten and Nursery
  • The Diamond - The University of Sheffield

All entries

  • Galaxy Elementary School
  • Bonsmoen primary school
  • Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Science + Engineering Hall, George Washington University
  • New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, Rutgers University
  • Maritime Academic Center at SUNY Maritime
  • The New School Innovation Center
  • Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School
  • Hunter's Point Campus
  • Maison des Étudiants de l'ÉTS [École de Technologie Supérieure Student Center]
  • Chipakata Children’s Academy
  • Vashon Island High School
  • New York University Abu Dhabi
  • St. Augustine School
  • Durham College Centre for Food
  • Institute of Mathematics, University of Karlsruhe
  • Færder Technical High School
  • School of Law, Quinnipiac University
  • School of Medicine, Health Sciences, and Nursing, Quinnipiac University
  • THE GREEN ACRES ACADEMY
  • Wooden Building Reconstruction of Riga School of Design and Art
  • German School Madrid
  • Ruyton Girls School - Margaret McRae Building
  • Abbotsleigh Multi Purpose Assembly and Sports Hall and Sports Field
  • Sydney Nanoscience Hub
  • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar Middle Girls School
  • Monash College Learning Village
  • SHENKAR PERNICK & ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
  • St. Joseph's College Athletic Facility: The Hill Center
  • Kaohsiung American School
  • York House Senior School
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Wood Center Expansion
  • Academic Science and Laboratory Building, Southern Connecticut State University
  • City of Glasgow College - Riverside
  • Thomas Laboratory Renovation and Addition at Caltech
  • New South Student Center | Georgetown University
  • The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens
  • Learning Hub
  • AMRC Factory 2050
  • LINC Building, Emanuel School
  • Beijing City International School Early Childhood Center
  • University School Additions
  • CREC Discovery Academy
  • Yale-NUS College
  • National Graphene Institute
  • CARDINET
  • DTU SKYLAB
  • Saint John's College School Masterplan
  • Northern Beaches Christian School
  • UniSA Mt Gambier Learning Centre
  • Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
  • ARK Putney Academy
  • Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences (STREAM Building)
  • Henderson-Hopkins School
  • Eldon West Building, The University of Portsmouth
  • Wimbledon College of Arts
  • Ark Brunel Primary Academy
  • Harraby Community Campus
  • University of Essex - Albert Sloman Library and Silberrad Student Centre
  • Channing School
  • Austin Community College Highland Campus
  • University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Gordon Parks Arts Hall
  • UTC@Harbourside Newhaven
  • SOUTH HARBOUR SCHOOL
  • Collaborative Life Sciences Building & Skourtes Tower
  • Loyola Marymount Life Sciences Building
  • Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University
  • Victor J. Koningsberger building Utrecht University
  • AMS Student Nest
  • World Maritime University / Tornhuset,
  • Energy Technology Centre TBZ
  • OB Kindergarten and Nursery
  • D1 Kindergarten and Nursery
  • The Jubilee College of the Open University of Hong Kong
  • The Diamond - The University of Sheffield

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Winning announcements

WAN Education Award Winner 16

JJW Architects triumphs with South Harbour School project to claim title
We are thrilled to announce JJW Architects as the winner of the WAN Education Award 2016 for their highly articulated project, South Harbour School – Congratulations!
The winner was selected from a shortlist of six high calibre projects that showcased a remarkable and diverse range of the best in international educational design. We were honoured to have a fantastic line up of judges for this award, who had the responsibility of picking a winner. The panel included: Simon Allford Director at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Sarah Ball Principal at Woods Bagot, Maria Nesdale Education & Culture Practice Area Leader, Senior Associate at Gensler, Keith Papa Architect Director at Building Design Partnership (BDP) and Keith Lilley Director of Estates & Facilities Management at Sheffield University.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark where the population is currently growing at a fast pace of over 1,000 new citizens a month, the city needed to look at increasing its school facilities. South Harbour School is a new public school with a maritime and public profile, inviting in its neighbours and reaching out to its city, becoming an active and socially sustainable part of its new community. In due time the public will also gain access to classrooms dedicated to specific subjects such as music and cooking classes. Simon expressed his views, saying, “By far the best of the highly articulated schemes, this project engages the landscape and the building in making a new place, in a new piece of city.”
JJW Architects designed South Harbour with the understanding that schools are equally places for the learning process and also for social exchange. Surprises and new experiences are central concepts for the school. On each floor, plans change and the heights of the rooms vary throughout. These scale changes are central to the project where high ceiling open rooms are combined with more intimate, low-ceiling spaces. The school also features a variety of horizontal and vertical connections and spaces. The idea behind this design is to ensure students, teachers and visitors are surprised, challenged and stimulated as they move around indoors and outdoors. The dualities of activity/rest, light/dark, warm/chilly are all part of the concept. South Harbour School provides different spaces and environments to support the children’s learning processes and social abilities. The jury members were unanimously impressed by the use of space. Sarah remarked, “When you look at it, absolutely every single space is being used. I also love how this sits, it’s completely contextual and it has its own identity.” Keith P followed on to say, “I think that the kids would definitely love it, no doubt about it. It’s been done with a really rigorous and intelligent plan that is not in any way wilful, which is incredible. It’s a really clever and wonderful piece of architecture.”
The school also uses a number of technical solutions to aid in creating a good indoor and acoustically controlled environment, keeping the energy consumption at a minimum level. Various studies show that good use of acoustics have a positive impact on the student learning process and wellbeing, therefore acoustics have been one of the major focus areas throughout the project.
Final comments on this project came from Maria who simply said, “This is just so Danish and clever, it’s playful, it’s...

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Education Award WINNER: South Harbour School, Copenhagen, Denmark
JUDGES
Left to Right: Sarah Ball, Keith Papa, Maria Nesdale, Keith Lilley & Remote Judge: Simon Allford
IMAGE CREDITS
SOUTH HARBOUR SCHOOL by JJW Architects © Torben Eskerod
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