By Nick Yates, ISB Communications
Everyone at the International School of Beijing (ISB) knows how impressive the school’s new facilities are, and now judges of one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions have added their seal of approval.
ISB’s Facilities Master Plan (FMP) projects, opened for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, have won two silver medals in the A’ Design Award and Competition. The new Elementary School Arts Center and Theater, Middle School (MS)/High School (HS) Performing Arts Center, Early Years Learning Community, and MS/HS Design Center were created by Xiaoyi Ma, founding partner of Inclusive Architectural Practice, a Beijing-based firm.
Setting out on the FMP, ISB applied the principle that one must use world-class architects to create world-class buildings. Clearly, the leading design professionals, prominent academics, and industry experts who make up the judging panel of the A’ Design Award and Competition agree that ISB’s approach has been successful. The panel followed a strict evaluation process under which entries are blind peer-reviewed and voted on according to pre-determined criteria, for a fair and meritocratic assessment.
The four new facilities have further improved ISB’s campus. They were years in the planning, including extensive community input and consultation, to ensure the school continues to live its Mission and Vision and provide challenging and joyful learning for all.
Gerrick Monroe, who led the planning for these new facilities as ISB’s chief financial/operating officer, said, “Opportunities for ISB students to design, perform, and create in support of their educational program and personal interests have been greatly enhanced with these facilities. The inclusive planning processes and design work of Xiaoyi and her team were a critical component to ensuring the success of these projects. It is exciting that the final project designs have been recognized internationally for our innovative approach to ISB’s new educational spaces.”