January 4, 2012
Washington University, Lopata Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri Featured for education design excellence
Directions In Design, Inc. announces that Washington University, Lopata Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
has been selected for publication in Penton Media’s American School & UniversityR 2011 Architectural
Portfolio. The project is featured in the November 2011 edition of the magazine and also on the Web
at http://www.SchoolDesigns.com. An annual competition honoring education design excellence, the Architectural
Portfolio spotlights projects representing today’s most effective learning environments.
A jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and
education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across
the country. One hundred thirty-seven projects were chosen for publication in AS&U, a monthly educational
facilities, purchasing and business administration magazine reaching 62,000 facility planners, school and
university administrators and architects with this issue. This is the 29th year the competition has been held.
The jury considered the following specific criteria to make its selections: sustainability/daylighting,
security, transparency, flexibility, adaptability and community connection. In addition, the jury considered
that the facility should: encourage building as teacher, successfully model energy achievement, be inspirational,
promote specificity of place, use space efficiently, be a living laboratory, incorporate a connection to nature and
encourage a learning relationship between the inside and outside.
Directions In Design, Inc. (DID) founded in 1975, has many years of diverse experience, in Hospitality
(hotels, casinos, restaurants), Marine, Healthcare, Senior Living, Educational, Residential and Corporate projects.
The woman owned (WBE and DWBE Certified) firm’s project base is built on extensive repeat business and a strong client
referral network. As DID has grown, the firm has consistently earned awards for excellence.
Twenty professional design, purchasing, and support staff has accepted the challenge of projects ranging from extensive
renovations to complex new construction. Resources include a large in-house library and Auto CAD allowing design teams to
interface easily with owners, architects, engineers and other professional team members.
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St. Louis, MO 63146
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