Santa Monica High School Campus Plan Awards & Accolades

  • Samohi - Discovery building:

    The Samohi Discovery building continues to receive local, regional, national and international attention in the form of awards and recognitions for its progressive and innovative design that can adapt to evolving teaching and learning methods of the 21st-century. 

    • The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design are pleased to announce that Santa Monica High School's Discovery Building has received the 2024 Green GOOD DESIGN® Award. 

    • The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies are pleased to announce Santa Monica High School’s Discovery Building has received the American Architecture Awards Honorable Mention for 2023. 

    • Juror’s Choice Award in the Association for Learning Environments 2022 Planning & Design Awards.

    • Short-listed as an award finalist by the International Architecture Awards that took place in September in Athens, Greece. 

    • Award finalist in the education category for the World Architectural Festival awards, planned for November 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. 

    • Discovery was an award finalist for the 2022 Interior Design, International Interior Design Association Socal Chapter Calibre awards. 

    • It received a leadership award from Green California Schools Summit in 2021 and an Honor Design Award, school category, from Westside Urban Forum in 2022, as well as a citation award in 2020 from the American Institute of Architects, San Fernando Valley Chapter. 

    • In 2019, the Samohi Discovery building received a merit award for unbuilt and concept design from the Southern California Development Forum, prior to completion.

    • Additionally, the Discovery building has been featured in the Architectural Record (January 2022) and Fast Company Magazine (February 2022) for being the first example of an “Open Building” educational facility in the United States.

    •  Discovery received a Merit Award from the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) this year. Given how hard it has been to get recognition from this organization, this is a breakthrough! CASH/AIA CA Design + Planning Awards!