Armstrong Elementary School

This project for the Public Building Commission of Chicago included a dining center addition to Armstrong Elementary School in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The playful design of the building brings to mind a simple childlike image of a schoolhouse, giving a special identity to this neighborhood school. The successful integration of the addition’s architecture into the existing building was achieved through materials, scale, and proportion. Major program elements of this project included a multipurpose dining hall, kitchen, and ancillary spaces. Exposed steel trusses and mechanical systems were utilized in the multi-purpose hall for economy and visual interest. The kitchen equipment with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing connections required a high level of technical coordination between the architectural and engineering disciplines.

Year: 1994
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Area: 8,000 square feet

Key Features

27 primary classrooms
library/resource center
television studio
science lab
art room
full service kitchen
faculty and administrative offices


2005 Merit in Architecture Award, AIA Northeast Illinois
2004 Gold Medal Award, Association of Licensed Architects
2004 Outstanding Design Award, American School and University