Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2022 Recipient - The Brearley School | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2022 Recipient - The Brearley School

The Brearley School
New York City,
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

KPMB Architects

Occupancy: September 9, 2019
Construction Budget: $67.2 million

How can design create a platform for asserting the intellectual and physical presence of the girl in our society and her potential to transform the world? Brearley's mission combines outstanding academics with a higher purpose to nurture the intellect and character of young girls and prepare them to be leaders and innovators of social transformation. The design of its first new building in over a century unlocks the power and potential of the Brearley program and community with a flexible, interconnected, light-filled, multi-purpose learning landscape.


Abridged Project Credits:
(see Architecture Canada publication out in Fall 2022 for more details)

Client - The Brearley School 
Structural Engineer - Entuitive with Thornton Thomasetti
Lighting - Tillotson Design Associates
Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing - Thomas Polise Consulting Engineers
Envelope - Entuitive 
Code Consultant - CCI
AV / IT / Security - TM Technologies
Acoustics - Longman Lindsey
Theatre / Acoustics - Sound Space Vision and Stages
LEED Consultant - Steven Winter Associates
Climate Engineers - Transsolar
Signage - Entro 

Jury Comment(s): 

The implementation of a school in a dense urban environment presents significant challenges. The jury noted well distributed vertical functions without affecting the fluidity of movement while simultaneously creating collaborative spaces. The new tower is finely integrated into the urban fabric both by its massing and the composition of its facades, creating a gateway to the campus. This project is a bold urban redevelopment project that showcases student life activities on the street: a sign of hope for the future.

2022 Jury

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East elevation of school

PHOTO - Nic Lehoux

Wide hallways and connecting stairs

PHOTO - Nic Lehoux

Multi-purpose auditorium

PHOTO - Nic Lehoux

Science lab

PHOTO - Adrien Williams

Outdoor play space

PHOTO - Nic Lehoux

Transparency at lower levels

PHOTO - Nic Lehoux