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post updated 16 August 2023

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Guide to School Buildings

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of School Building Designs. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed education buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Education buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

We have 5 pages of School Architecture selections with links to many individual project pages.

School Buildings : news + key projects (this page)

School Building Developments A-E

School Building Designs : F-K

School Architecture Designs : L-O

School Architecture : P-Z

School Building – Latest Designs

Education Architecture News arranged chronologically:

St Paul’s School Building, Brook Green, Hammersmith, West London, England – 16 Feb 2016
Design: John McAslan + Partners
St Paul’s Girls’ School Building
image from architect
Transformative scheme for a major new building development at St Paul’s Girls’ School wins planning approval.

Albert Einstein High School, Bagnols sur Cèze, France – 4 Oct 2013
Design: NB Architectes
Albert Einstein High School France
photo : Paul Kozlowski
The High School Albert Einstein, Brassens site, is a vast building of the 60’s. Built following a strict and repetitive pattern, it is composed of large linear buildings from 60 to 80 m length and large metallic workshops surrounded by large dilated and unattractive space. Site’s analysis shows several functional gaps. Today it is important to change establishment’s image by the way of idea and contemporary vision.

Montpelier Community Nursery, London, England – 10 Sep 2013
Design: AY Architects
Montpelier Community Nursery
photo : Nick Kane
The school takes the form of a pavilion opening on to a part-sheltered play area with a park beyond. The selection of materials is a key part of the scheme’s success. The black stained Siberian larch sits inconspicuously in the trees and contrasts with the white-washed internal woodwork.

Oasis Academy, north London, England – 9 Aug 2013
Design: John McAslan + Partners
Oasis Academy in Enfield
photo © Hufton + Crow
This newly completed Oasis Academy Hadley, Enfield – a specialist Maths, ICT and Music school – has been designed as a highly sustainable building. Located on a former industrial site, the project sits at the heart of a wider urban regeneration plan.

St James Senior Girls’ School, London, England – 15 Jul 2013
Design: Squire and Partners
St James Senior Girls School London
image from architect
Squire and Partners has won a competition to design a new sixth form facility for St James Senior Girls’ School in West London, providing an exemplary learning environment which facilitates a transition between secondary school and life as a young adult.

Paul Chevallier School Complex, Lyon, France
Design: Tectoniques Architects
Paul Chevallier School Complex Lyon
photo : Renaud Araud
Paul Chevallier School Complex – 2 Jul 2013
The Paul Chevallier school complex is situated in Rillieux-la-Pape, a northern suburb of Lyon. At 5,034 m2, it is an unusually large project; and this indicates the growing attractiveness of the area. The complex currently comprises a nursery school and an elementary school.

Mouriz School Center, Paredes, northern Portugal
Design: CNLL
Mouriz School Center Portugal
photo : Fernando Guerra
Mouriz School Center – 5 Jun 2013
This is a two-storey school center, including a kindergarten and an elementary school located in Mouriz, Paredes, Northern of Portugal. Formally the school was defined as a longitudinal volume.

Rivers Academy, London, England, UK
Design: Jonathan Clark Architects
Rivers Academy Building
image from architects
Rivers Academy Building – 22 May 2013
This is a new steel-framed single storey pavilion building with a cantilevered roof canopy. The main objective here was to add a completely new, modern and welcoming administration and reception area in front of the existing entrance to suit the size of the school today and better encourage parents to access the school and facilitate dealing with visitors.

Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Afghanistan, Asia
Design: various architects
Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School Afghanistan Building
picture © AKAA / Nazes Afroz
Maria Grazia Cutuli School Building – 3 May 2013
This building has been shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013.

St Paul’s School Science Building, London, England, UK
Design: Nicholas Hare Architects
St Paul’s School Building
photo : Alan Williams Photography
St Paul’s School Science Building – 29 Apr 2013
The science departments at St Paul’s School have just moved into their new building, which was handed over in January 2013. NHA were appointed in 2006 to develop the whole school masterplan proposed by architects Patel Taylor on its prominent riverside site in Barnes.

Trumpington Community College Building, Cambridge, England, UK
Design: Avanti Architects
Trumpington Community College Building
image from architects studio
Trumpington Community College Building – 23 Apr 2013
Trumpington Community College will provide places for 750 students and be at the heart of Clay Farm, an urban extension to the south of Cambridge, as 4,000 new homes are built over the next decade. When the new five-form-entry school – which will specialise in science – opens in September 2015, students will be welcomed into a 21st century learning environment.

The Infinity Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Design: McBride Charles Ryan
The Infinity Centre Melbourne
photo : John Gollings
The Infinity Centre – 22 Apr 2013
The idea of infinite learning became the mantra. Radiating out from the library, along the length of the form, are specialist precincts and a variety of learning spaces. Each wing of the building then returns to link up, forming cloisters and the resulting plan of an infinity symbol. Being structured around two protected courtyards has enhanced the learning space’s access to light, ventilation and view.

School Buildings

Key Educational Architecture Developments, alphabetical:

A P Møller School, Germany
Arkitektfirmaet C. F. Møller
A P Møller School Schlesvig
photo : Julian Weyer
A P Møller School

Bilger Breustedt school, Munich, Germany
Design: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Taufkirchen School Munich
image from Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Taufkirchen School

The Bridge Academy, Hackney, London, UK
Bridge Academy Building
image © Martine Hamilton Knight
The Bridge Academy

Evelyn Grace Academy, London, UK
Zaha Hadid Architects
Evelyn Grace Academy
photograph © Adrian Welch
Evelyn Grace Academy

Fuji Kindergarten, Japan
Tezuka Architects
Fuji Kindergarten
building photograph : Katsuhisa Kida
Fuji Kindergarten

Hazelwood School, Glasgow, Scotland
gm+ad architects
Hazelwood School
photo : Andrew Lee
Hazelwood School

Michael Faraday Community School, UK
Alsop Sparch, Architects
Michael Faraday Community School
photograph : Morley von Sternberg
Michael Faraday Community School

Nigel Peck Centre, Melbourne, Australia
John Wardle Architects
Nigel Peck Centre
picture from architects
Melbourne School Building

School in Campinas, Brazil
UNA arquitetos
School in Campinas
image : Nelson Kon
School in Campinas, São Paulo state

School in Paspels, Switzerland
Valerio Olgiati
Paspels School
building photo © Archive Olgiati
Paspels School Building

Thor Heyerdahl School, Larvik, Norway
Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Thor Heyerdahl School
picture from architects
Thor Heyerdahl School

Westminster Academy, London, UK
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)
Westminster Academy
photograph © Tim Soar
Westminster Academy Naim Dangoor Centre

More School Buildings online soon

Nursery School Buildings : Designs
Tellus Nursery
picture from architect

Education Architectural Designs

Oxford Academy School

Scottish School Buildings

Better School Design – Monthly Article for e-architect
El-Shaddai school
photo : Article 25

Buildings / photos for the Contemporary School Architecture page welcome