An Award-Winning School with Lots of Natural Light

Recently, several CDF readers have asked for examples of school buildings where natural light is abundant, and which allow for more flexible use of space than the typical double-loaded corridor of rectangular classrooms.

From web site of Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc.,

Below is a link to the website of architectural firm of Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc., showing several photos of their design for the Deerfield Elementary School in Novi Michigan - as well as construction costs and a short summary of the educational goals of the community aimed at finding "best practices for elementary schools."

Among those goals was the ability to enable "flexible grouping of students of various ages and abilities in appropriate learning activities."

As you look at the pictures, be sure to notice how much natural light the architect has been able to incorporate.

For this design, Fanning/Howey recived the 2002 Shirley Cooper Award, which is co-sponsored by AASA, the American Institute of Architects, and the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International.

After you've looked at the text page, below, click on "Photo Gallery."

The beginning link is at

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