Can a new institution bring a fresh breath of air to a historic landmark?

The School of Regenerative Design

The future home of the School of Regenerative Design will be in a restored 1915 barracks located in historic Fort Ward, Bainbridge Island, WA. The simplicity and straightforwardness of structure, consisting of masonry construction, old growth timber and steel, is a perfect volume for design studios, learning and exploration. School programs will enrich the next generation of designers and building professionals alike. Restored to Secretary of the Interior historic guidelines, it will also be pointing to the future by meeting Living Building standards. The 15,000 sf main structure will consist of studio, classroom, office and dormitory spaces. The existing garage will be converted to a classroom, workshop, fabrication studio, and exercise/wellness areas. Site areas are dedicated for urban gardening, including permaculture and aquaculture. Two living building eco-cottage demonstration projects are planned for later phases.

The school will focus on architectural and design strategies for environmental and ecological challenges. Students will be offered a range of program offerings from intensives to year-long internships with curriculum that includes design, research and fabrication. SoRD will also offer opportunities for students to work on charitable work through McLennan Design and the Green Warrior Society.

For more information see the SoRD website.

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