The Association of Licensed Architects announced that Fresno-based architect Arthur Dyson and DSJ Architects won the 2014 Presidential Award for the design of University High School.

“It is always gratifying to receive an award from one’s peers, but the real joy is in witnessing the success of the school itself,” said Dyson.

This award makes a total of 19 major design awards won by Dyson this year.

“School facilities matter to a student’s education. It is much easier for students to feel proud of their school when they attend a facility that looks good and is well maintained. We feel fortunate that we are able to run this school in a facility designed as special as this,” said Head of the School Dr. James Bushman.

Since its completion in 2012, the design of University High School has received seven major awards including the 2012 People’s Choice Award from the San Joaquin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Creative Fresno, the 2013 Gold Award from the Florida Council of the Society of American Registered Architects, and the 2014 Award of Excellence from American Institute of Architects.

“All too often the effects of aesthetics are underestimated. Well built, functional buildings are not enough to instill pride and create an enriching setting for a truly profound education. In order for educational architecture to be most effective, it must also be beautiful,” Dyson said. “Beauty is alluring, enticing and is a prerequisite for great artistic creation, philosophical inquiry and scientific discovery.”

The Association of Licensed Architects is a national organization of architects and related professionals that support continuing education and the advancement of the art and science of architecture. The Presidential Award is the organization’s highest award of the year.

University High School is a free public charter school of approximately 480 students located on the Fresno State campus. UHS is just one of three California high schools named a National Blue Ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014.

For more information contact Bushman at 559.278.7207.

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