Architect: Valerie DeWalt Train & FGM Architects
Address: 5800 S. Stony Island Ave.
Weighing in at roughly 130,000 square feet, the newly opened Earl Shapiro Hall by Valerio Dewalt Train Associates and FGM Architects is breathing new life into Stony Island Avenue as well as The University of Chicago Lab School’s nursery – 2nd grade programs.
Design that Fosters Inquiry
Built with the ethos of early childhood education in mind, Earl Shapiro Hall is an exercise in using open floor plans to open minds. With doors from every nursery classroom directly to the outdoors, rooftop playgrounds, bird’s-eye views of inner courtyards, and two glass-walled ‘learning labs’, spaces meant to accommodate projects outside the scope of the regular classroom, the Lab School’s new early education center in Shapiro Hall is the kind of space that not only aids in teaching, but also encourages students to teach themselves.