2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom Winners Announced!

2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom Winners Announced!

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Sep 08, 2009
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We're proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge. Congratulations to all the designers and students who reached out to schools in their community and participated in this truly global initiative.

And the winners are...

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2009 Open Architecture Challenge Winners

2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Challenge Winner
Teton Valley Community School, Victor, Idaho, USA
Designed by: Section Eight [design], Victor, Idaho, USA

2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Founders Award
The Corporación Educativa y Social Waldorf, Bogota, Colombia
Designed by: Arquitectura Justa, Bogota, Colombia

Best Urban Classroom Upgrade Design
Rumi School of Excellence, Hyderabad, India
Designed by: IDEO, San Francisco, CA, USA

Best Rural Classroom Design
Building Tomorrow Academy, Wakiso and Kiboga, Uganda
Designed by: Gifford LLP, London, UK

Best Relocatable Classroom Design
Druid Hills High School, Georgia, USA
Designed by: Perkins and Will, Georgia, USA

According to the World Bank, educating all children worldwide will require the construction of 10 million new classrooms in more than 100 countries by 2015. At the same time, millions of existing classrooms are in serious need of repair and refurbishment.

The 2009 Open Architecture Challenge invited the global design and construction community to collaborate with primary and secondary school teachers and students to create smarter, safer, and more sustainable learning environments.

More than 1,000 design teams from 65 countries registered for the competition. The winning design was selected from more than 400 qualified entries by a team of interdisciplinary online jurors. Each design was rated on feasibility, sustainability, and innovation in the learning environment.