Collins Cooper Carusi Architects
Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy
Creative Sources Photography | Atlanta Architectural Photographers
“At a high level, our challenge as we saw it, was how to represent attributes of people: strength, honor, courage, and valor, in a dignified and meaningful way, that promoted a sense of longevity and architectural permanence. Our design addressed this challenge with a sensitivity to neighborhood, history, opportunity, and inspiration. Working with Rion Rizzo and the Creative Sources team as partners, Rion captured imagery which embodies the essence of our design vision, and promotes the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.”
Young Charles E. McGee from Cleveland, Ohio turned 22 years old on the day the US entered World War II. His path of military service through flight school and as a career officer in the United States Air Force would culminate in his being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, and his ceremonial appointment as a Brigadier General at the age of 100. McGee was a long-time member of the Tuskegee Airmen, and offers this insight:
The spirit of the Tuskegee Airmen proved to be an inspiration to the design team at Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, as they sought to design a unique neighborhood learning environment for Pre-K through 5th grade students in southwest Atlanta. The proximity of this site on the edge of a sizeable residential community influenced the design team’s approach toward the design of the new 107,000 ft2 school, whose primary focus for the 800 students is on STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics).
The relationship of the school to the neighborhood is an integral link which is echoed throughout the design.
The duality of the “reach back and reach forward” design philosophy is evident throughout the building and the spaces. Material selection nods to the technological history of flight, and the structures of Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, where the Airmen were stationed. Brick & block building materials, X-brace struts, and corrugated metal components have been reimagined in a facility designed for today and tomorrow.
The lab spaces and overall learning environment are geared toward flexibility of use and fostering opportunities for student interaction and collaboration.
These ideals of learning and discovery are at the forefront of the architects’ vision as they bring this project to a reality for the community and the students who will walk their halls. Brig. General McGee frames the narrative of maximizing education, opportunity, and inherent ability echoing this vision:
The Collins Cooper Carusi team reflects on the cohesive timeline of the project whose arc encompasses past, present, and future…
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects Inc. teamed with JE Dunn Construction on the Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy. Creative Sources Photography’s experienced, award-winning creative team of Atlanta Architectural Photographers is here to collaborate on your next project, from concept and planning, to final image results.