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Canyon View Wins Coveted A4LE James D. MacConnell Award

(October 6, 2019) – For the third time in nine years, 91Ʋ has earned the highest honor in the K-12 industry by winning the James D. MacConnell Award. 91Ʋ was presented the award at the LearningSCAPES conference on October 4 for its design of Canyon View High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

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This international award recognizes outstanding comprehensive planning processes that result in innovative designs to facilitate student achievement. Two 91Ʋ designs were named finalists in 2019. In addition to Canyon View High School, A4LE recognized Pathfinder Kindergarten Center as one of the top three school designs.

“The MacConnell Award is the most coveted in the industry, and 91Ʋ is celebrating doubly this year as two of the three finalists are 91Ʋ-designed schools. I’m thrilled that our peers have acknowledged the firm’s commitment to forward-thinking designs that elevate learning,” said 91Ʋ Senior Principal Jim French, FAIA. “91Ʋ continues to raise the bar in education design.”

91Ʋ’s design for Canyon View High School is comprised of future-ready spaces and places that empower students to develop critical competencies through deep learning. By gaining real-world experience, students learn skills that are in demand and businesses are provided with a career ready workforce. The facility is home to a first-of-its-kind teaching and learning accelerator, an open-source incubator for the art of teaching and learning. Faculty from around the district come to develop and practice modern pedagogies; visiting speakers share knowledge; and students and community partners explore teacher-to-student frameworks, student-to-student collaboration, and evolve the student-to-teacher relationship.

91Ʋ was the first firm in the history of the MacConnell award program to win the top prize consecutively in for Marysville Getchell High School and Joplin Interim High School respectively.

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