Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School is an elementary school in the Avondale-Irving Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. SMNG A was both conceptual designer and Architect of Record for this 900-student school. The school design locates public use school functions on the commercial street and orients quieter, more private school functions to the adjacent residential street. Portions of the school contain public spaces were developed as a “Community Core”, easily accessed for after-hours community use.


Terraced canopies, a loggia, and plaza mark the main entrance. The exterior form of the third floor library reinforces the school's presence in the neighborhood and tops the Community Core. Sustainable features include high efficiency mechanical systems, a vegetated roof, recycled materials, a bioswale, permeable pavers, day-lighting controls, and solar shading louvers. The building achieved LEED Gold Certification under the USGBC LEED for Schools Program.

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Public Building Commission
50 W. Washington
Rm. 200
Chicago, IL 60602




103,000 SF

Completion Date 


Key Staff 

Kenneth Schroeder, Director
Todd Niemiec, Project Manager
Molly Kinsella, Project Architect


2010 Merit Design Award
Association of Licensed Architects (ALA)
2011 Merit Award Finalist
Chicago Building Congress
2012 Citation of Excellence
Learning By Design
2013 Daniel Burham Award
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Illinois Chapter