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July 19, 2022
Discovery Building shortlisted among elite international nominees for the World Architectural Festival Awards in School Design
The Santa Monica High School Discovery Building in Santa Monica, CA, has been shortlisted as one of only two North American schools out of a list of 17 International nominees for the World Architectural Festival (WAF) Awards in the Schools category!

WAF is where the world’s architecture community meets to share expertise and learn from each other. It is the only global architecture festival that combines awards, seminars and networking.

At the heart of the festival sits the unique live-judged awards programme with multiple categories of design. It is the only awards where designers pitch their work to a panel of expert judges and their peers - all live at the Festival. HED, in collaboration with Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, designed a dramatic new academic complex that transforms Santa Monica High School’s (SAMOHI’s) North Campus and are honored to be shortlisted as nominees in this global competition.

Benefitting both school and the surrounding community, the Discovery complex elevates educational, cultural and recreational pursuits; improves campus access and circulation; and supports whole child development and diverse learning styles.

From arts and athletic facilities to larger, light-filled classrooms, enhanced support spaces to reorganized outdoor spaces, the five-story, 280,000 square foot complex fosters social interactions and strengthens the sense of community on SAMOHI’s campus.
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