Discovery Elementary Is Officially America's Happiest Building!12.17.21
Arlington's Discovery Elementary School has received the top Livable Buildings Award from UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE), making it the happiest school in America! Now in its fifteenth year, the Livable Buildings Awards recognize projects that demonstrate high occupant satisfaction, excellent design, and innovative operation strategies.
Metropolis Magazine Features Lubber Run Community Center08.16.21
Arlington County's Lubber Run Community Center is featured in the July/August 2021 issue of Metropolis Magazine.
School’s Out for Summer06.16.21
Here at VMDO, the work of our K-12 Studio precisely follows the academic calendar. At our Addition and Renovation project at Albemarle County’s Crozet Elementary School — and with the echoes of the very last dismissal bell of the year still ringing in everyone’s ears
Community Input Inspires Design of Lubber Run Community Center12.08.20
For each project, VMDO looks beyond textbook design principles and staff expertise, proactively seeking input and engagement from community stakeholders. Think Wood profiles how hard-earned community feedback inpired the design of Lubber Run Community Center
"Design Should Educate and Uplift": Rob Winstead in ArchDaily on Social Justice and Building Sustainable Futures07.09.20
Shaping the future begins with education. For VMDO Principal Rob Winstead, learning spaces go hand in hand with sustainability. As a nationally-recognized expert in education, Winstead is an advocate for blending thoughtful design with high performance goals. In an exclusive interview with ArchDaily, Winstead talks about his personal background and experiences, as well as his role in shaping how VMDO approaches sustainability, education and social justice.
Discovery Elementary School Named A World Changing Idea by Fast Company04.28.20
A teaching tool for the climate action generation, Discovery Elementary School was selected from more than 3,000 entries as an honorable mention in both the Education and Spaces, Places, and Cities categories in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas program.
Turning Inspiration into Action: Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day04.22.20
With the stress and uncertainty of this unprecedented moment, who wants to talk about the urgency of climate change? Yet it is precisely now that Earth Day matters most. Today, for the first time in recent memory, there is global awareness that individual health is almost completely reliant on the health of others. This now visceral understanding of our interconnectedness may be the key to finally changing how we live in order to protect not just our health but that of future generations.
Bluestone Elementary School Named “Most Livable Building” in the U.S.11.18.19
Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ Bluestone Elementary School has received the top Livable Buildings Award from UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE), making it the happiest school in America! Now in its thirteenth year, the Livable Buildings Awards recognize projects that demonstrate high occupant satisfaction, excellent design, and innovative operation strategies.
Expanding Our Practice: VMDO Opens DC Metro Office08.28.19
VMDO’s expansion into the DC Metro region allows us to better support our clients, lead the net-zero energy revolution, and make a difference through design.
Discovery Elementary School Becomes First School and Third Project to Receive LEED Zero Energy Certification07.18.19
Discovery Elementary School is the first school and third project ever to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Zero Energy certification. Discovery is also the first recipient of the USGBC National Capital Region’s (NCR) Net Zero Award and is the only building in the NCR to date to demonstrate a net-positive energy balance
University of Miami Centennial Village: VMDO Wins Design Competition with Bold Vision for First Year Residential Community01.08.19
The design for a new lakefront residential village is set to transform University of Miami's first year student housing into a modern and eclectic mix of sustainable buildings that will replace the Stanford and Hecht residential colleges.
Reflecting on Our Approach to Architecture12.21.18
As we near the end of the year, we reflect on what we've learned, where we've gone, and what we've accomplished – all while recommitting to core principles that are woven throughout our approach to design.
Discovery Elementary School Certified as Largest Zero Energy Building to Date05.02.18
Arlington Public Schools' Discovery Elementary School is the largest building of any kind, anywhere in the world to receive Zero Energy certification from the International Living Future Institute.