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Tour: Carlos Rosario International PCS, Sonia Gutierrez Campus

Located in Eckington, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School is a non-profit organization with a unique program encouraging students to give back to the community by participating in local charity events, tutoring, fund raisers, and food or clothing drives. These and other needs by the client informed the architect’s design decisions ultimately leading to an open and inclusive environment with a strong sense of identity.

Designed by Shinberg.Levinas, the new 48,000-square-foot building contains a resource center, language and computer classrooms, culinary labs, nursing aid training lab, and cafeteria, as well as an outdoor balcony. The design responds to the irregular shape of the property and the core of the building is marked by a three-story glazed atrium that encourages interaction between students and faculty while tying the functions of the building program together.

Presented by: Salo Levinas - Principal, Shinberg.Levinas

Organized by: Shinberg.Levinas and LA.IDEA


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the design aspects driven by the clients needs to engage with the community;
  • Explore how the three-story glazed atrium encourages interaction between students and faculty;
  • Explain how the design approach differs when constructing a new charter school versus a public school; and
  • Discuss how the structure makes the most out of the irregular shaped property to maximize the space for students and faculty.