Hurld Wyman Elementary School Featured In 2019 Architectural Portfolio Honoring Education Design Excellence

December 19, 2019 (Boston, Massachusetts) — DiNisco Design announces that Hurld Wyman Elementary School, Woburn, Massachusetts has been selected for publication in the American School & University® 2019 Architectural Portfolio. The project is featured in the November/December 2019 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The Hurld Wyman School resulted from consolidating two outdated smaller schools into one new elementary school as part of the city’s educational masterplan. The project team collaborated with multiple agencies and committees to evaluate four possible locations for the new school, developing a full range of site alternatives, evaluation criteria, and design options for new construction on each of these sites from which the city made its final selection.

The new school building was constructed on a site that also contains a newly renovated farm stand. Its compact design helps to maintain the feel of a neighborhood school. The building has three-stories with academic areas clearly separated from the common spaces. The academic spaces feature project areas outside clusters of classrooms for student cubbies as well as additional small group instruction spaces. The administration area is optimally located at the point of entry, facing the front of the site, and central to school activities. The layout is compact and efficient, yet gracious, with beneficial views and solar orientation.

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-nine 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 37th year.

Awarded projects exhibited clarity of concept, innovation, and creativity in response to the specifics of program, users, community, and site. Specifically, high-achieving designs:

  • Express a specific pedagogy and an alignment with educational values
  • Promote wellness
  • Contain a diversity of spaces
  • Take advantage of context
  • Foster engagement with learners and the community
  • Demonstrate and champion a school’s values
  • Present a cohesive, inspired design
  • Consider spatial agility to support collaboration and active learning

More information about the Architectural Portfolio, including a complete list of 2019 projects selected for publication, is available on American School & University‘s Web site, or by contacting Molly Roudebush, senior marketing manager, at (913) 967-1959 or

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