PATRICK F. TAYLOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY

2018 Award of Merit, AIA Louisiana

2018 Excellence in Sustainability Honor Award, USGBC Louisiana

2014 Award of Excellence / Outstanding Project, Learning by Design

2014 People’s Choice Award, AIA New Orleans

Use: Education
Location: Avondale, LA
Size: 99,700 SF
Category: Architecture & Interior Design

As Design Director Principals for Perez APC | NANO LLC, Terri Dreyer and Ian Dreyer provided Programming, Schematic Design and Design Development for the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy project. Terri Dreyer was the Senior Project Designer.
 
A school for highly gifted students in grades 6-12, the Academy’s focus on the STEAM Curriculum led to an emphasis on a learning environment that combined individual learning with classroom learning. As such, a “pod” design was developed to allow for purposeful collaboration and exploration.
 
The exploration of the entry sequence, integration into the landscape, and a “lack of defined exterior” allowed for the central corridor to evolve into spaces more freely. This gave the communal spaces less rigidity, increasing communication and additional break out spaces. Derived from historic urban topography and present programmatic adjacencies, the result is a unique educational facility for the 21st century.