DLA receives Outstanding Project Award for the New Early Learning Center

DLA Architects, Ltd. has received an Outstanding Project Award in LEARNING BY DESIGN Magazine’s Spring 2022 Education Facilities Design Awards Showcase. The New Early Learning Center (Des Plaines, IL) has been recognized as an award-winning benchmark facility for its incorporation of next generation learning space design and planning methodologies. The built environment characteristics found in this project are worthy of replication by other educators and design professionals creating learning spaces.

All awarded entries in the Spring 2022 awards edition of LEARNING BY DESIGN magazine (LBD) have been peer-reviewed by a jury of endorsed AIA-CAE, A4LE and LBD education design professionals.

All awards program entries such as the New Early Learning Center are scored on six submission criteria:

  1. Innovation,
  2. Community Needs,
  3. Interior Design,
  4. Sustainability,
  5. Functional Design, and
  6. Next Generation Learning.

The judges determine each project worthiness, unique qualities, and the architectural design and planning concepts that were successfully implemented related to pedagogy and community wellbeing. LEARNING BY DESIGN’s jury of five education architectural design experts applauded DLA Architects, Ltd. for its accomplishment in designing the New Early Learning Center in meeting or exceed the majority of the six submission criteria.

The New Early Learning Center will be featured in the print and digital version of the April 2022 edition LEARNING BY DESIGN Magazine. The magazine reaches more than 50,000 leaders at all levels of education and facility design-from early childhood and elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, combined grade-level schools, career-vocational Education centers, and two and four-year institutions of higher education throughout the United States. To access the magazine’s digital edition, visit:

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The entry sequence which begins on a wooded path with a real tree, supports emotional safety and sets the tone for the learning experience.
Learning By Design Jury
“Wow! Love the curvilinear use to create a meandering feel throughout the learning environments. Learning studios are wonderfully connected by breakout spaces with natural light for all. A design that responds directly to learning agenda by offering four anchors of experiences.”