Yuba City, California

Rather than design a single building with parking in front and playfields in the back, we explore the school’s mission statement of “Learning in Action” by dispersing and interweaving the program across the entire site. The site design intermingles outdoor with indoor, athletics with classrooms, classrooms with administration, play areas with gardens, a multipurpose building with an outdoor stage, and so on. The dynamic folding roofs visually and experientially express the “Learning in Action” theme. The undulating roof overhangs create an ever-changing, dynamic journey—symbolic of the path of learning.


The new academy building is situated in the heart of Tallinn. The building contains facilities for the departments of art, architecture, design, and art history. In addition to the academic program, the project includes a library, gallery, shop, conference facilities, and a public plaza, totaling 30.000 square meters. Quote from the Jury Report: “The Jury voted Art Plaza as the winner of the competition because it is by far the best proposal when it comes to architectural concept, outer qualities, and inner life. The project is stunningly simple and at the same time fascinatingly complex.”

The 24,600 square foot, 180-student, grades 7 to 12 school specifically serves students referred by the probation department, expelled by their local school, or homeless. The use of durable materials like colored concrete floors and textured, concrete block are softened by custom wall murals of bright tile, landscape, and redwood siding. 

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