Collaborative Effort Helps Present "Schools of the 21st Century"

April 24, 2007

New York /PRNewswire/ – In a joint initiative by The American Architectural Foundation and Architectural Record, "Great Schools by Design," key administrators from five school districts came together in Washington, D.C., recently to meet with 10 top school architects selected by the National Design Institute to design schools for these five districts.

The designs will be presented in "Schools of the 21st Century," a multi-platform program launching this month and presented by Architectural Record, in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and Edutopia. Created to bring design professionals together for effective school design for the future, "Schools of the 21st Century" began in January 2007 with the publication "Schools of the 21st Century." The program continues online with the Web site,

School construction, renovation and maintenance are expected to total nearly $30 billion annually. The "Schools of the 21st Century" publication, Web site and symposium will present innovative solutions to the serious facilities problems that architects and educators face. "The 'Schools of the 21st Century' program presents rich case studies and the results of a demanding design charette to help architects and school officials make better school design decisions. If you are interested in the future of school design and construction, the Web site and symposium will definitely bring to life what you'll see in the pages of the magazine," says Robert Ivy, editor-in-chief, Architectural Record, and vice president, editorial director for McGraw-Hill Construction Media.

"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the American Architectural Foundation and Edutopia. 'Schools of the 21st Century' presents a rare chance to educate and simultaneously inform both school architects and school officials. This initiative will play a strong role in the future of school design, and the publication will be a guide school officials and design professionals alike will reference for a long time," says Laura Viscusi, publisher, Architectural Record, and vice president, McGraw Hill Construction Integrated Media.

The "Schools of the 21st Century" ( publication, published in January 2007, will reach more than 80,000 architects and school officials actively involved in school design and construction.

About McGraw-Hill Construction
McGraw-Hill Construction connects people, projects and products across the design and construction industry. For more than a century, the company has remained North America's leading provider of construction project information, plans and specifications, product information, industry news, and industry trends and forecasts. In print and online, the company offers a variety of tools, applications, and resources that easily integrate with its customers' workflows. Backed by the power of Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record and 11 Regional Publications, McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers within the $4.6 trillion global construction community. To learn more, visit

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