April 15, 2013
This project won the 2013 Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award in the Kindergartens, Primary, & High Schools category. See the full list of winners here.
Here at Architizer HQ, we are always thrilled when we come across a project that goes the extra mile while giving a little bit back. Well, the UNO Elementary School Soccer Academy, designed by JGMA in Chicago, does that—and much more. The project, which has won an A+ Popular Choice Award, is a model of community development and a stellar example of architecture’s potential to change the world.
Located in Gage Park, a predominately Hispanic area in Chicago’s Southwest Side, the UNO school aims to support the students and residents in the neighborhood through a strong curriculum supplemented by the culturally embraced sport of soccer, community outreach programs, and innovative design. “The project is the epitome of education based development,” says JGMA President Juan Gabriel Moreno. “If you start with education, everything else grows around it.” Read more.