Angier Elementary School Featured In 2017 Architectural Portfolio Honoring Education Design Excellence

DiNisco Design, Inc. announces that Angier Elementary School, Newton, Massachusetts has been selected for publication in lnforma’s American School & University® 2017 Architectural Portfolio. The project is featured in the November/December 2017 edition of the magazine and also online at An annual competition honoring education design excellence, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing today’s most effective learning environments.

The Angier School was the oldest school building in Newton still in service, but it could not accommodate the school program and had extensive maintenance issues. DiNisco developed an innovative design for new construction on the challenging 1.97 acre site. The new school features a plaza that is both an outdoor morning gathering space and classroom. It also is an attractively landscaped interface with a separation from the public street. Drop-off zones and pedestrian access have separate areas for buses, cars, and pedestrians. The building’s layout is compact and efficient, yet gracious, with beneficial views and solar orientation. The administration area is located at the entry, central to school activities. The cafeteria connects to outdoor play areas, the stage, and music room. Three grades are grouped together on each of the upper floors, providing for maximum teacher collaboration. The building’s fenestration and massing facing the street and neighbors is appropriately scaled. The overall effect of the building is aesthetically pleasing, conveying all the best attributes for education and a civic-minded facility.

A jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools, and universities across the country. Ninety-seven projects were chosen for publication in AS&U, an educational facilities, purchasing and business administration magazine reaching 57,000 facility planners, school and university administrators, and architects with this issue. This is the competition’s 35th year.

Awarded projects exhibited clarity of concept, innovation, and creativity in response to the specifics of program, users, community, and site. Other considered criteria included: being progressive, inclusive usage, regional contextualism, use of regional materials, historical elements, contextual responsiveness, sustainability, site adaptability, landscape integration, aesthetic and economic use of materials, support of educational objectives, integration of a school’s distinctive brand, full building system integration, creative ways to meet the budget, and a cohesive and inspired design concept.

More information about the Architectural Portfolio, including a complete list of 2017 projects selected for publication, is available on American School & University’s Web site, or by contacting Molly Roudebush, senior marketing manager, at 1-(913) 967-1959 or

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