Above: FNI Principal Isaac Williams holds the MacConnell trophy
We are delighted to announce that a project on which Fielding Nair International served as the Design Architect has won the much coveted MacConnell Award for 2015. 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. The awards committee reviews detailed submissions, visits all the finalist schools and conducts interviews before selecting the winner, Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School in Greenville, South Carolina. Co-designed with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, this unique school was created to serve a new pedagogy based on an integrated, collaborative and project based learning curriculum. Creative inquiry and project based learning can take place anywhere in Dr. Phinnize J Fisher’s flexible and adaptable learning spaces. The school conveys an atmosphere of a professional research facility with a balance of studio, collaboration and lab space.
Here is a link to the video that was also made in support of our application:
And the official page with the award publication:
This is a very satisfying win for us because we just missed out on this award in 2014 even though two of the four finalists last year were Fielding Nair International projects. This was a very good year for us because a Primary School we designed in Saskatchewan also won a Project of Distinction Award. You can learn more about that project here.