The Browning School has won the 2017 High Honor Award in the Institutional Category from the American Institute for Architects Westchester-Hudson Valley, according to Peter Gisolfi Associates, the architectural firm responsible for the renovations of the School over the course of five years. At the completion of this project, three distinct buildings had essentially become one.
Retired Headmaster Stephen M. Clement, III, who was dedicated to the project from start to finish, proudly accepted the award for Browning at an October ceremony.
During the course of the renovations, the School’s lobby was reconfigured, the Kurani Gym (formerly Lower Gym) and play deck were renovated, a new dining hall, library and reading terrace were created, and virtually every classroom was reconfigured in such a way as to be appropriate for each grade level. A new and intricate staircase, as well as clear story skylights, centralized and brightened the entire school facility.
In its critique, the jury noted, “This project is a very complex puzzle successfully solved. A challenge well met.” The judges appreciated the renderings, as well as the presentation illustrating the many layers and components of the project. Furthermore, they found that the lighting, understated materials, skylights and new open stairwell all contributed to making the spaces “more unified, bright and understandable.”