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We are housed in what was an abandoned factory that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art educational facility in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. The school demonstrates the power of design through exposed systems and best practices for historic renovation and adaptive reuse. The renovated building creates a collaborative and progressive educational environment, with art galleries, studios, classrooms, media center, fabrication facilities and computer labs.

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Architectural Awards

2014 – Good Design = Good Business Award – AIA Baltimore
2014 – Michael F. Trostel, FAIA Award for Excellence in a Historic Preservation Project – AIA Baltimore
2014 – Grand Design Award – AIA Baltimore
2014 – Design Award, K-12 Education – AIA Baltimore
2014 – MEDA Economic Redevelopment Project – Maryland Economic Development Association
2014 – Education Design Excellence Award – National AIA Committee on Architecture for Education
2014 – Honor Award, AIA Maryland
2014 – AIA Award, Economic Redevelopment Project
2014 – AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award
2014 – Inform Award Interiors Award
2014 – CEFPI School Planning & Architecture Award – Regional Design Award
2014 – Architizer A+ Awards Finalist
2014 – Baltimore Heritage Historic Preservation Award
2014 – Project of the Year – Associated Builders and Contractors, Baltimore
2014 – Award of Excellence – Associated Builders and Contractors, Baltimore

2013 – ULI Wavemaker Award
2013 – Preservation Maryland President’s Award


2014 Inform Awards,” Editor Douglas Gordan, Inform, May 2014

Learning by Design: Baltimore Design School,” David Robert Weible, Preservation, April 2014

Learning by Design,” Sharon McHugh, Architectural Record, January 2014

How Architects Turned This Former Set From “The Wire” Into A Training Ground For Tomorrow’s Designers,” Marianne Amoss, Fast Company, November, 2013

Baltimore Design School Paves Way for Next Generation,” Jonathan Basla, Interior Design Magazine, November 2013

“Foundation for Change,” Baltimore Style Magazine December 2012

For These Baltimore Students, It’s D.I.Y. School Building,” The Atlantic Cities, January 2012

“Education by Design,” Baltimore Magazine, November 2011