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Galbraith Hall

A new interior animates a reconceived midcentury brutalist academic building at UCSD



Rethinking Campus Foodservice Design

The president and CEO of design firm EDG describes an emphasis on flexibility that allows spaces to accommodate much more than just mealtime



University of Copenhagen KUA2

With the interior focus on a central square, Arkitema Architects creates a more humane environment for around-the-clock studying



Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall

An innovative building design challenges traditional teaching methodology and becomes a model for a campus



Odegaard Library

The Miller Hull Partnership adapts a Brutalist library to meet students’ evolving needs.



Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University

In Saudi Arabia, Perkins+Will designs the largest university in the world for women



Interiors Awards 2014: Education

UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library by designLAB architects



Interiors Awards 2014: Adaptive Reuse

Drexel University CoMAD URBN Center by MSR



Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall

William Rawn composes a symphony of wood for a music hall at Sonoma State University



Imagine Lounge

A student lounge offers spaces for study and play with vibrant pops of pink, patterns, and a panda



Rotman School of Management

Innovative design thinking is instilled in the business school at the University of Toronto 




Lorain County Community College iLoft

Updating a community college interior into a progressive learning environment



Interiors Awards 2013: Student

Play Lab, proposed for San Francisco, by Nicole Germano



Interiors Awards 2013: Education

Cranbrook Art Museum Renovation and Collections Wing in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan by SmithGroupJJR



Designers Select: Education Products

Education planner Carrie Perrone shares insight into the year’s best products for learning environments



First Net Zero Public School Opens in Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving produces and supports its energy on-site



Centennial College Library and Academic Facility

A library and academic facility defines a new gateway for a Toronto college and its diverse student body



Coventry University Hub

Hawkins\Brown address the changing face of learning environments with the Hub at Coventry University



Umeå School of Architecture

A Swedish school draws from Scandinavian traditions and presents a new paradigm for architectural education



PACCAR Hall, University of Washington

LMN Architects transforms the Michael G. Foster School of Business into a collaborative space supported by the latest technology



Interiors Awards 2012: Historic Restoration

Durant Hall at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates



Interiors Awards 2012: Education

Koning Eizenberg Architecture's design for The Children's Institute in Los Angeles earned the Interiors Awards Education distinction



Herman Miller Research Reveals how Place Affects Learning

The Learning Spaces Research Program challenges the traditional classroom design



Redesign of L.A. City College Music Hall Underway

HGA works on its next performing arts project, Clausen Hall



Cornell and SOM Plan a 'Net-Zero Energy' Building

The project proposes a New York City Tech Campus on a 10-acre site on Roosevelt Island, with a 150-000-square-foot net-zero energy building at its core



Cooking Light: The Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence at Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

The Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence at Johnson & Wales University teaches groundbreaking cuisine in a daylight-filled, LEED® Gold–certified environment designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates



Desert Oasis: Frontier Project, Cucamonga, California, Designed by HMC Architects

A California water district educates the public on green living with a demonstration building



Mission Sustainable: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture designs a sustainable building for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas that is emblematic of its mission



Dollars and Sense: Junior Achievement Finance Park, Fairfax, Virginia, Designed by Gensler

A young Gensler designer creates spaces to inspire financial responsibility for the next generation of the workforce



Baby, Light My Fire: Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, Calif., Designed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design

ELS Architecture and Urban Design restores a historic firehouse in Pleasanton, California and transforms it into a vibrant venue for the presentation of visual and performing arts



Bringing 'Up' the House: House of Culture and Movement, Designed by MVRDV and ADEPT

The design for a new, multi-purpose building—housing health, leisure, culture and education facilities—will take center stage in the City of Frederiksberg, Denmark



Inspiring Design: 2011 Inspiration Awards Winners

Contract magazine's 2011 Inspiration Awards winners, announced at a gala ceremony at WGBH public broadcasting headquarters in Boston on April 6, set an example in socially responsible design



A Tree Saved in Brooklyn: WASA/Studio A designs an eco-friendly building for Pratt Institute

WASA/Studio A designs an eco-friendly building as a new home for the Digital Arts department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.



Fresh Start: EDG Interior Architecture + Design revolutionizes the design of the university dining spaces

Driven by Bon Appetit Management’s progressive approach to food service, EDG Interior Architecture + Design revolutionizes the design of the dining spaces of several university campuses across the country



Enhancing Student Success Through Principled Space Planning and Interior Design

How should planners and designers determine size, configuration, shape and capacity of educational spaces to support student success?



Reel Genius: Leeser Architecture designs Astoria’s new Museum of the Moving Image

Leeser Architecture produces a digitally inspired, dramatic statement at Astoria’s new Museum of the Moving Image



Book Light: Noll + Tam Architects design Valley Hi-North Laguna Library in Sacramento, Calif.

Noll + Tam Architects share the light with an efficient design for Valley Hi-North Laguna Library in Sacramento, Calif.



Only in America: National Jewish American History Museum, Philadelphia, Designed by Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects designs the nation's first museum dedicated solely to the Jewish American experience



An Overflowing Cup: Soweto Football Training Center by RUFproject

RUFproject, with Nike Global Football, brings Soweto, South Africa, a central hub for its professional football athletes



A Hard Lesson: Education Construction Outlook 2011

State budget woes mean that the 2011 construction outlook for the K-12 market continues to decline



Community Asset: L.B. Landry High School by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

With a sleek, sustainable design by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, the newly constructed L.B. Landry High School sets the tone for a revitalized school system in New Orleans



Poetry Lessons: The Angel Island Immigration Station restoration

The Angel Island Immigration Station restoration uncovers voices from the past to tell the story of a dark chapter in American history



Interiors Awards 2011: Education winner

University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes in Eugene, Ore., designed by ZGF Architects



Eye for Surrealism: Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Fla., Designed by HOK

In an artful expression, HOK realizes a design for the new Dalí Museum that is as visually intriguing as the masterful artwork it houses



Deadline Extended: 2011 Interiors Awards

Submissions for The 32nd annual award from Contract magazine now due October 1.



Cooking Up Fresh Design: George Brown College Culinary School by Kearns Mancini Architects with Gow Hastings Architects

An appetizing renovation by Kearns Mancini Architects, with Gow Hastings Architects, presents the Toronto-based school with a solution to deliver enhanced culinary education to an increasing student population.



Renovate and Reuse: Higher Education’s New Mantra

Renovating existing buildings might just be the new “new” for colleges and universities.



Sacred Heart: Trinity School Johnson Chapel by Butler Rogers Baskett

Butler Rogers Baskett designed the new Johnson Chapel at the nexus of the Trinity School to support a variety of activities.



Restoring Fairytales: The Walt Disney Family Museum by Page & Turnbull and Rockwell Group

Through a creative use of animated color and lighting, as well as advanced technology inclusions, Page & Turnbull and the Rockwell Group restore three, historic military buildings in San Francisco into an engaging Disney masterpiece.



Educational Design Face-off: Pacific Primary Pre-School by Tom Eliot Fisch

Increasing demands for enrollment and a continued need for meaningful learning at San Francisco’s Pacific Primary Yellow Sun pre-school lead Tom Eliot Fisch to design a connected yet independent sister school right across the street.



The 21st-Century Library

As the pace of change in modern life accelerates, library design is changing too.



Salt and Tong High School Designs Opens Doors to the Future

Salt and Tong High Schools, designed by Anshen+Allen, provide both a front and back door to learning for a marginalized student population in impoverished Bradford, England



Walk the Talk: NCIDQ Office Interior Design by Perkins+Will

National Council for Interior Design Qualification lives its mission of design excellence in a new office space designed by the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins+Will.



Students and the City: SmithGroup designs Arizona State University student housing complex, Taylor Place

Taylor Place, an Arizona State University student housing complex, designed by SmithGroup, puts a sexy pulse back into Arizona’s urban heart



The Great Uniter: Yazdani Studio breathes new life into the University of California, San Diego, Price Center

Yazdani Studio brings “extroverted” design to the University of California, San Diego, breathing new life into the student union with the entirely transformed, all-inclusive Price Center



The School on the Hill: The Branson School in Ross, Calif., designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

The Branson School’s new buildings tread lightly on their rolling campus in Ross, Calif., thanks to a design by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop



Lighting the Way: Starkweather Bondy Architecture helps Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland to its full potential

Starkweather Bondy Architecture helps an Oakland charter school realize its full potential



Design Essay: Renovating mid-Century Modern Libraries

The University of Chicago Law School entrusts OWP/P/Cannon Design with the task of modernizing its original Saarinen structure while respecting the building's heritage.



Studious Attraction: Tustin Library

The new, vibrant Tustin Library, designed by Field Paoli, in Tustin, Calif. provides a comfortable space for the community to gather, study, and socialize.



Attracting Library Traffic Through Design

Some of today’s mixed-use projects are using public libraries as anchors—with good results.



Contract Honors Inspirations Award Winners with $5,000 Grants

The 2010 award recognizes socially responsible commercial design at SPUR-hosted event.



Inspirations Awards 2010 Winner Profiles

Five projects are recognized for their innovation and inspiration to socially responsible commercial design by Contract magazine.



Colors to Live By: Experts Predict Color Trends for 2010

What colors will be popular this year, and what will be driving their popularity?



Video Highlights: 2010 Interiors Awards Winning Projects

A visual montage of our 2010 winning projects



Interiors Awards 2010: Education Winner

Clive Wilkinson Architects designed the Orange County campus of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in 2001, and ever since, the West Hollywood-based architecture firm has enjoyed an uninterrupted association with the preeminent West Coast school for fashion and related design disciplines.



Interiors Awards 2010: Sports/Entertainment Winner

Exeter Schools Multipurpose Space in Exeter, Mo., designed by Dake Wells Architecture



Interiors Awards 2010: Public Space Winner

Agave Library, a regional branch of the Phoenix Public Library system, is located in a historically underserved area north of the city, neighboring a gas station, a fast food restaurant, a supermarket, and a car wash.



The 31st Annual Interiors Awards

In our 50th year of publication, Contract proudly presents the winners of the 31st Annual Interiors Awards Competition.



Shades of Night: Why is Light Essential for Your Design?

Lighting designer Leni Schwendinger recently spoke with Contract magazine to discuss the importance of light in design and how it can be utilized to influence and enhance any commercial project.



Educational Design Trends: Food Courting

Colleges are now adapting the integrated design approach to their own campus dining facilities.



Flexi-School

After 40 years of the same old, same old you can get a little stiff. Mind you, the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW SoM) was doing fine in its confined space for the last four decades.



The Green Acoustics Design Paradox

In the case of LEED for Schools (with LEED Healthcare on the horizon), there are no LEED credits for acoustics.



Reading Room

By the year 2000, the 29,000-sq.-ft. Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, N.Y.—designed by renowned architect Charles A. Platt in 1931 as his last civic building—was literally busting at the seams.



Collective Conscience

When words like "extraordinary," "miraculous," and "mind-blowing" are used to describe an interior, people tend to take note. That is exactly what Yolanda Garcia, assistant vice chancellor for student academic support services at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), says is happening on campus with regard to the new Student Resource Building (SRB).



Pioneering Spirit

For the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Pioneer Middle School in DuPont, Wash., lessons aren't just presented in the classroom. Thanks to a design from DLR Group, the classrooms themselves are lessons in sustainability.



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