EDspaces 2016 Tours — Experience Expeditionary Learning

Get energized by touring a variety of learning environments throughout EDspaces 2016. Tour five exceptional schools, including the University of Cincinnati’s “starchitect” row of ambitious campus design programs. Schools will feature sustainability, creative design, innovative interiors, and learning beyond four walls. Sponsored by the AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education, architect–led tours will include an educational component in a variety of learning environments.

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University of Cincinnati Tour & Reception

Perhaps nothing has attracted more attention to the University of Cincinnati’s campus renewal than its impressive collection of modern architecture by internationally known designers. Over the years, many of the world’s top “signature” architects have added the University of Cincinnati to their portfolio. The University of Cincinnati’s “starchitect” row of ambitious campus design programs includes buildings designed by Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi and Thom Mayne.

Start EDspaces and the AIA-CAE Fall Conference off right with a reception and presentation on the impacts of the master plan for the UC Campus. Then, take part in a walking tour of buildings of campus highlights of particular interest to the design community.

UC Tour & Reception is included in the Full Conference Architect Registration. Others may attend who register for the Full EDspaces Conference & Expo Registration at $75 per person. Round-trip transportation is provided from Duke Energy Convention Center. Pre-registration is required for all participants to reserve your place on the bus.

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The School for the Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA)

Architects: CR, Fanning Howey and Moody Nolan

Start your evening in downtown Cincinnati at The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) before exploring Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati's oldest and most historic neighborhood, at your leisure. Founded in 1973, SCPA is a K-12 Cincinnati Public School offering world class pre-professional arts training and advanced college preparatory academics.

Schaefer, a structural engineer firm, provided the structural design for the new School for the Creative and Performing Arts which opened in August 2010. The new school serves 1,350 students in a four-story 253,000 sq. ft. facility, providing students the opportunity to major in dance, drama, music, theater, visual arts or writing. The school features state-of-the-art teaching space and three theatres – a 750-seat full production theatre, a 300-seat recital hall, and a 120-seat black box.

Following the tour, explore Over-the-Rhine, where you will find night life, entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and three breweries with tap rooms open to the public. The historic neighborhood contains the largest collection of Italianate architecture in the country.

Please note transportation is not provided for this event. SCPA is a 10-minute walk from the host hotels and Duke Energy Convention Center or you can take the new Cincinnati Streetcar opening in September. The Tour is free to EDspaces registrants, but an RSVP is required.

  • Friday, November 4th
  • 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
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Multi-Stop EDfacilities Tour

The Friday EDfacilities Tour is included in the Full Conference Architect Registration. Others may attend for $125 per person. Pre-registration is required for all participants to reserve your place on the bus. Busses will depart from the Convention Center at 11:00 am and will return to the host hotels by 3:30 pm. A box lunch is included for all registrants.

1)  Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics

Architect: Goody Clancy

Griffin Hall sets precedent for technology in a higher-education building, bringing technology and the arts together into one signature space. This digital capital provides a unique resource to the NKU campus, and houses the academic departments of Business Informatics, Computer Science and Communication, as well as the Center for Applied Informatics (CAI). Programmed with an abundance of flexible, interactive learning and collaboration spaces, the building’s distinctive “Digitorium” is the core of the space; a two-story, flexible, multi-purpose room with a floor-to-ceiling media wall that is equipped for a wide range of interactive experiences for teaching, research, collaboration, presentation, gaming, simulation, and performance purposes. The building achieved LEED Silver certification, is NKU’s first LEED certified building, and received a Build Kentucky Award from the Association of General Contractors, Kentucky in 2012.

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2)  Rothenberg Preparatory Academy

Architect: WA Architects

Located in in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati, Rothenberg Preparatory serves 450 PreK-6 students and features a complete renovation that lasted almost a decade. WA Architects led this project that included interior reprograming and an extensive exterior overhaul that included multitude of elements such as brick, stone, and terra-cotta, as well as replacement of all windows with new, energy efficient options that maintain the building’s historical character. The Rooftop Teaching Garden features 32 raised garden beds of various sizes within the green roof structure, and serves students and the community and was funded by an effort after the major renovation phase. Each garden bed contains 10 inches of green-roof soil, and the garden area is accented with concrete and rubber pavers and includes a community area with bench seating, a gathering area and an outdoor classroom, while shade awnings help protect the plants. Views of the Cincinnati skyline provide a spectacular viewpoint during the day and evening.

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3)  Cincinnati Country Day School (CCDS)

Architect: Michael McInturf Architects

Founded in 1926, the Cincinnati Country Day School (CCDS) is an independent, co-educational day school located in suburban Cincinnati. CCDS occupies a beautiful 62-acre campus with a 97,000 square-foot upper school building; featuring a 502-seat theater, and state-of-the-art areas for hands-on experimentation, including a pond, outdoor education area, bird blind, and observatory. The school also features a dramatically designed visual arts studio and loft equipped with darkroom and digital imaging area. This facility is home to an Early Childhood House for students age 18 months through three years of age, providing a contemporary approach to education including 3 classrooms, kitchen, muscle room, and large outdoor play areas with a sensory garden; and a lower school building for Pre-Kindergarten/Montessori through grade 4 including classrooms, science lab, music/foreign language rooms, auditorium, and library.