Through an ambitious phased modernization program Quinn Evans Architects adapted and transformed this urban school 

Core learning environments were modernized into high-performance educational spaces. The design team worked carefully with faculty and staff in the development of a design to support the school’s pedagogy, which is rooted in the principles of Reggio Emilia and Arts Integration. Particular attention was given to the design needs of students with autistic spectrum disorders.  


  • Phased modernization of urban public school
  • Creation of high-performance educational environments
  • Design-build, fast-track delivery
  • 60,000 sf educational facility
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Sustaining Community

The design employs a vibrant graphics and wayfinding program to create learning neighborhoods within the school. Inspired by the updated school, Ludlow Taylor parent volunteers worked to make improvement to the school grounds, and comitted to weekend clean-up days. Through Greening of Our Schools volunteer program, Quinn Evans Architects led a community-based volunteer day to build planting beds for a community garden. Funding is being sought to implement an outdoor learning environment through the Riversmart Schools program. A new sensory garden will support the school's art, science and special needs curricula and provide bio-retention to reduce the site's stormwater impact on the nearby Potomac River.

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