NAR Recognizes School of the Future Design Winners

The annual School of the Future Design Competition recognizes the efforts of young students in integrating sustainability, technology and community involvement into school design. This year’s winners were announced by the National Association of Realtors® and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International Foundation at an event last night.

Middle school students from around the country participated in the competition, which is part of School Building Week, April 27-May 1. The week is sponsored by NAR and CEFPI, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Institute of Architects and more than 30 associations and private companies.

“Realtors® build communities, and schools are a big part of those communities,” said NAR President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth. “Realtors® support programs like the School of the Future Design competition because we know that healthy, high-performing schools help build strong, stable communities. NAR congratulates the winners of this year’s competition and is proud to be a part of this valuable educational program.”

The competition underscores the importance of well-designed, environmentally sensitive school buildings in enhancing student-teacher performance and engaging the surrounding community. It challenges teams to redesign their schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.

The School of the Future Design Competition kicks off each year in September. Each student team is required to submit a project model made from recycled materials, a short video or presentation, and a 750-word narrative description explaining the planning process and rationale behind their project.

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