School Libraries Project


The overall goal was to create environments where students would be inspired and challenged to learn and reach their fullest potential, while also addressing the specific library needs of each school.

The Washington Architectural Foundation (WAF) identified eight dedicated architects who pledged their time, talents and resources on a pro bono basis to design new library spaces for the School Libraries Project.

The designs focus on transforming outdated spaces into modern libraries, with an emphasis on the library as a “public classroom.” More than one has a “performance space”; others have amphitheater seating. All will have fully stocked book and media collections as well as state-of-the art technology.

Maury (1250 Constitution Ave. NE)
Victoria Kiechel Architect


Brent (301 N. Carolina Ave. NE)
Studio27 and Lawlor Architects


Payne (305 15 St SE)
Studio27


Ludlow-Taylor (659 G St. NE)
Meditch Murphey Architects


Tyler (1001 G St. SE)
Yan Huo and Powe.Jones Architects


Watkins “Cathy Pfeiffer Library” (420 12 St. SE)
Bonstra Haresign Architects


Stuart-Hobson “Veola M. Jackson Library” (410 E St. NE)  Catholic University of America design collaborative (CUAdc)


Peabody (425 C St. NE)
Jennifer Cahn and Studio27

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