Awards and Recognition
AIAri Merit Award, 2016
FNI’s Rhode Island Studio won a 2016 AIAri Merit Award in the Interiors category for the International School of Kazan-President’s Primary School. The annual award program recognizes design excellence in projects in Rhode Island or by Rhode Island Architects. A Vermont-based jury met to review entries of varying size and scope. The jury included Jesse Beck, AIA, Freeman French Freeman, Andrea Kerz-Murray, AIA, Vermont Integrated Architecture John Rahill, AIA, Black River Design Architects, and John McLeod, AIA, McLeod Kredell Architects.
CEFPI MacConnell Award, 2015
For Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School in Greenville, South Carolina. Fielding Nair International served as the Design Architect for this unique school that was created to serve a new pedagogy based on an integrated, collaborative and project based learning curriculum. This is the highest honor worldwide for School Planning and Design and only goes to one project in an extremely competitive process that features school projects from around the globe. In partnership with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture.
CEFPI Project of Distinction Award, 2015
For Seven Stones Community School in Regina, Saskatchewan. In partnership with Number 10 Architects.
CEFPI MacConnell Award Finalist, 2013
FNI’s Douglas Park School in Regina, Saskatchewan was a finalist for CEFPI’s highest honor, the MacConnell Award.
CEFPI MacConnell Award Finalist, 2013
FNI’s Meadowdale Middle School in Lynwood, Washington was a finalist for CEFPI’s highest honor, the MacConnell Award.
Scotch Oakburn College Middle School and Duke School Have Received a 2010 LEARNING BY DESIGN Award, 2010
Scotch Oakburn College Middle School in Launceston, Tasmania has received a 2010 LEARNING BY DESIGN Honorable Mention Award. From among the multitude of projects submitted from throughout the country, this project has been deemed one of the best by a nationally recognized panel of architects and educational facility specialists. FNI served as Design Architect for the project. In addition, Scotch Oakburn College will be included in an exhibit at the 2010 annual conference of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).
Sinarmas World Academy by FNI Awarded Project of Distinction Award in Washington DC, 2009
FNI Chairman Randall Fielding won the coveted Award with FNI’s Principal Jay Litman. Sinarmas World Academy in Indonesia has been awarded the Project of Distinction Award by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International at their recently concluded world conference in Washington, DC. FNI served as this K-12 project’s Master Planner and Design Architect.
2008 Educational Facility Design Award for CRJHS/Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center, 2008
FNI, with local partner architect Ryan Companies has been recognized with a Citation award in the AIA 2008 Educational Facility Design Awards for the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School/Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center. The awards are sponsored by the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on Architecture for Education. The awards will be presented at the 2008 School Building Expo in Illinois.
The Cristo Rey Jesuit High School & Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center Wins Award, 2008
The Cristo Rey Jesuit High School & Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center has been awarded a citation by the 2008 Architectural Jury of the American Association of School Administrators, American Institute of Architects, and Council of Educational Facility Planners International.
Randall Fielding awarded CEFPI International Planner of the Year, 2007
Congratulations are in order for FNI founding Principal Randall Fielding, who on October 9 was named 2007 International Planner of the Year by the Council of Educational Facility Planners, the peak international organization for school planning. After receiving his award, Randy was also given great feedback on his acceptance speech, which is copied here:
“Thank you all for serving as my mentors. I love CEFPI, because you have shared hundreds of great ideas with me and allowed me to share them with others in 23 countries around the world. I’m going to continue to need your group genius with the projects ahead.
Ten days ago I spent the week in Saskatchewan, in a school district that has been described by the Canadian press as the worst neighborhood in Canada. In a primarily First Nations community, the graduation rate is under 5%. The neighborhood is characterized by boarded up houses, empty needles, and child prostitutes. We began a community engagement process with student workshops, sharing different kinds of music, and learning about students’ hopes and fears. After three days of workshops with kids, health care providers, the school board, police department, community elders, and social services, a student named Jesse said to me, “Will you come back to us?”
It was a poignant moment. We realized that Jesse was speaking for a whole community of children that had been abandoned. The next day, I received an urgent communication from one of the school leaders: “We have to bring you back! We’ve built up their hopes, and it’s time to deliver.”
I promise you that I will be back, and that I will continue to leverage all of your great ideas at CEFPI to transform Jesse’s neighborhood into a center for life long learning, where each student can realize their own dreams.”
Microsoft Taps FNI For Key Role in Global Innovative Schools Program, 2007
Microsoft Corporation has invited Fielding Nair International to be a part of their Innovative Schools Program Conference in Oulu, Finland on November 2nd and 3rd 2007. This conference will bring 12 innovative schools from 12 countries to share ideas about implementing educational transformation. FNI was selected by Microsoft to conduct a workshop that shares our experience in this area and to advise the Innovative Schools as they progress on their journeys.
Microsoft consultants Mary Meucci and Nancy Vye with Prakash Nair observe impromptu youth performance at Innovative Cristo Rey School and Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center in Minneapolis (Click FNI PROJECTS tab above for more details about this school). Photo: Randall Fielding Sept. 18, 2007.
Here is an excerpt from the Microsoft Press release announcing the program: 31 January 2007: Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates today announced a significant worldwide expansion of the company’s Innovative Schools programme as part of his keynote address at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum (GLF) Europe. Tailored to meet local community needs, the Innovative Schools programme will be rolled out in the following 12 locations: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, SAR Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, Qatar, Sweden and the UK.
“Education is key to economic development and competitiveness,” Gates said before the event. “It’s key to fostering the social and economic conditions needed for entrepreneurs to succeed, for workers to prosper in the knowledge economy and for everyone to realise their full potential. Microsoft is committed to helping strengthen education by working in partnership with educators, policymakers and students around the world.”
FNI Wins MacConnell Award, 2003
FNI principal Prakash Nair received the prestigious MacConnell Award for 2003 for planning the Reece Community High School in Tasmania, Australia. In a tough field for this coveted prize, the Reece project was ranked above 49 others from around the world for planning and design excellence.