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St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s Lower School

This adaptive reuse transforms a 1960s building designed in the “Brutalist” style into a vibrant learning environment for young children. The paired classrooms feature bright, durable finishes and integrated millwork. Within each classroom zones of activity are defined at a range of scales, from cushioned window seats for reading to generous project areas featuring a micro-kitchen for experiential learning. Every detail is designed in response to the scale of the child, creating a healthy and age-appropriate environment for the students.

This project was a 2014 Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year Awards Finalist, received a SARA/National Design Award of Honor, a Boston Society of Architects Design Citation, and was cited for a 2015 Award of Merit from AIA New York State.


  • The Chicago Anthenaeum2015 American Architecture Award
  • 2015 AIA New York State Design AwardsAward of Merit
  • 2014 Interior Design Best of the Year AwardsFinalist - Education: Youth
  • 2013 SARA/NationalDesign Award of Honor
  • 2009 Society of American Registered Architects/NYDesign Award of Excellence in the Interior Design Category
  • 2009 BSA/AIA-NY K-12 Educational Facilities Design AwardsAward for Design Excellence
  • 2005 Boston Society of Architects/American Institute of ArchitectsCitation for Design