Ursuline Academy Early Learning Center
New Orleans, LA
The oldest continuously operating Catholic school in the United States, Ursuline Academy identified the addition of an Early Learning Center in the campus Master Plan completed by Concordia. The Early Learning Center is located inside a renovated historic building, which was flooded after Hurricane Katrina. Innovative program for the project is modeled after the environmentally rich curriculum developed by the citizens of Reggio Emilio, Italy.
The architectural design, developed in close collaboration with teachers, incorporates geometric forms, bright colors, and ecologically sustainable materials to educate students about architecture, mathematics, and the environment. The Early Learning Center integrates elements representing sacred geometry and biological form, such as golden rectangles and vessica pisces shaped archways, doors and railings, and a conical black box theater. An entry pavilion and covered walkway define the new campus gateway, connecting to the grand arch at the Early Learning Center entrance.