Both schools were long-standing institutions in the area, each with a different culture and mission. Our collaboration with AJA helped establish a new school identity and navigate the transformation. We designed a contemporary architectural dialogue to reinforce the school’s new mission, vision and messages, showing the community that AJA combines the best of both schools.
We designed a flexible environment to make connections between the students and the faculty, promoting interaction outside of the traditional instruction space. The beautiful new instructional and gathering areas include a variety of classrooms and laboratories, faculty rooms, a new gymnasium and a beit midrash “House of Learning” (a Jewish study hall). In the beit midrash, the design includes the Etzel Hayim to hold a Sefer Torah, a mechitza to partition the space, and extra storage to keep kippas and shawls.