he AIA recently announced it's 2018 AIA Honor Awards and Reeds Spring Middle School by Dake Wells Architecture [Springfield Missouri] was awarded one of five Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. The 17 winners of the Honor Awards, spread across three categories - Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Urban Design, were chosen from over 500 submissions that came from all over the world.  

The cities where the award-winning projects are located:
Seattle / San Francisco / Chicago / New York City / Reeds Spring, MO

The cities where the award-winning firms are located:
Seattle / San Francisco / Chicago / New York City / Springfield, MO


This project is just the latest in a long list of award-winning and boundary-defying projects and design coming from the Midwest. And not even the Midwest that most people on the coasts would try to guess - this is Ozark country Midwest.  Designed in a city with a population of 160,000 and built for a school district with 1,800 total students K-12.  There are high schools in Kansas City that have more than 1,800 students in one building! 

Forget all the preconceived reasons why this project doesn't belong - because it clearly does and continues to show the exceptional design talent and leadership coming from the middle of the country -  no matter the size of the place or location of the firm.  

We are beyond excited that Dake Wells received such a tremendous honor and are thankful they continue to help define our region as a leader in design across the United States and the world.

You can see all of the 2018 AIA Interior Architecture Honor Award winners here.