AIA Columbus 2017 People's Choice Winner
Ecole Kenwood French Immersion Elementary School | Fanning Howey
Ecole Kenwood French Immersion Elementary School is an alternative school located near the Kenwood Area of northwestern Columbus, Ohio. As part of the International Feeder Pattern for Columbus International High School, Ecole Kenwood draws students from throughout the city of Columbus, and these students benefit from the strong relationships they build with fellow classmates as they advance through the feeder pattern together. However, those bonds are notinitially present in elementary school, at time when students are leaving their home neighborhoods and friends to come learn at Ecole Kenwood.
Strengthening connections between students and creating a true community atmosphere is the overarching concept behind the design of the new elementary school. The building is arranged as five distinct small learning communities stacked in an efficient two-story academic wing. Library, computer and art program areas connect the communities, allowing students to stay in their academic area for everything other than music, gym, lunch and recess.
The spine of each small learning community is a central thoroughfare called the flex studio. As students walk along the flex studio, they encounter digital presentation hubs, small group areas, galleries for displaying student work, inspirational quote walls and views into other classrooms. The entire experience creates a student-centered environment that grounds children in a strong sense of place and connects students and teachers to one another in a powerful way.
The design concept connects the two-story academic wing and the public areas of the school with a large Gathering Stair that seats 75 to 80 students at one time. With their very own Spanish Steps, students are able to make presentations, participate in large group meetings or sit and listen to a teacher-directed lecture. The Gathering Stair has quickly become a favorite destination within the school, thanks to its inspiring setting. The two-story atrium surrounding the Gathering Stair includes student artwork displays and signage with French quotes that were carefully selected by Ecole Kenwood teachers.
The gym, cafeteria and administration offices are grouped on the south end of the building. Although Ecole Kenwood students come from across the city, the building is still a resource for multiple local community groups, and public areas are zoned for after-hours use of the facility. For example, the Kenwood Area Residents Association uses the café for monthly meetings.
While Ecole Kenwood’s French Immersion curriculum connects students to a global mindset, the careful design of the building grounds children in a strong sense of place and fosters a vibrant educational community.
Second Place: Drexel Theater Renovation | M+A Architects
Third Place: PAST Innovation Lab | WSA Studio
AIA Ohio 2017 Gold Medal Award Winner: Peter L. Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA
Peter L. Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA has been awarded AIA Ohio's 2017 Gold Medal Award. He brings over 40 years of experience in healthcare facilities planning and design spanning 22 states and 5 countries --- and including key roles in facility master planning, programming, and or schematic design of over 70 healthcare facilities. Within the past 5 years alone, he has contributed to over 10 projects in those early phases, totaling over $1 Billion in construction value.
Mr. Bardwell is honored to be a nationally-recognized practitioner, speaker, and author in healthcare planning and design --- and to be among fewer than 50 practicing architects in the nation to be recognized as a Fellow in both the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Architects. He is, moreover, honored to serve on the 2017-2019 AIA Fellows Jury, which selects the leading architects in the nation each year for this designation.
He currently serves on the Board of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, for which he served as 2008 national President. He served as 2013 national President of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) which oversees board certification of healthcare architects. Additionally, he served as 2012 President and Trustee of the Foundation of the Academy of Architecture for Health, which funds research on contemporary healthcare topics.
Mr. Bardwell is an invited speaker for the Lima, Peru College of Architects 2017 conference and was opening keynote speaker at HI.TEC 2013 in Singapore before an audience of over 300 delegates from Asia, Europe, and North America. In addition, he has given multiple recent presentations across the U.S. on the subject of “How 10 Forces Are Continuing to Change Healthcare Design” --- and on “Design Trends in Healthcare”.
Importantly, committed to serving “the next generation” of healthcare leaders, he is honored to serve as a lecturer and Advisory Board member for the Xavier University graduate program in Health Services Administration and as a continuing contributor to the Clemson University program in Architecture+Health.
Lastly, equally committed to his community, he has served as a Boy Scout leader for over 2 decades and has served in multiple roles on behalf of his community’s zoning and design review boards over that same timeframe; currently serving as Architectural Review Board chair.