John Dale quoted in The Atlantic’s CityLab

October 20, 2015

John Dale quoted in The Atlantic’s CityLab

Why don't all schools look like this one?

Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois, opened 75 years ago and revolutionized school design with its bright and airy L-shaped classrooms and its materials scaled to kid-sized. In 1971 it received the Twenty-Five Year Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is the only K-12 education building to ever receive this award. 

John Dale, Principal and Studio Leader, K-12 Design Studio, discusses the influence of the building's design in the article:

"After the debut of Crow Island in 1940, the next great boom in school building came in the Baby Boom years. Many of those schools copied Crow Island, but only its most basic elements: an asymmetrical single-story made of brick, with strong horizontal lines and large windows. What emerged was the classic postwar school box, a 'factory model." 

Read the full article on The Atlantic's website.