POSTED ON: 12.30.2011

REED Academy is a new, private non-profit school for children with PDD-NOS or autism and children that would benefit from applied behavioral analysis techniques as their primary educational focus. Construction is complete and the school opened its doors to students in Fall 2011.

POSTED ON: 09.15.2011

The design for REED Academy builds on the idea of the environment as a teacher and encourages productive interrelationships between built space and pedagogical technique.


POSTED ON: 09.15.2011

The school is conceptually based on an interior street that wraps around a central multi-purpose room, which serves as the communal heart of the building. Two wings of the building open up to the landscape beyond and create a sheltered courtyard for supervised play and outdoor activities.


POSTED ON: 09.15.2011

Along each street are alcoves where students can set up stations where they can learn communication and other life skills through modeling and play techniques. Open communal spaces are dispersed throughout the school and populated with kitchens, tables and pianos to encourage a sense of community and interaction amongst students.

POSTED ON: 09.15.2011

The building includes spaces for housekeeping and personal care, where students can learn fundamental life skills.



POSTED ON: 09.15.2011

Project details:


REED Academy


Oakland, NJ


27,000 SF


June 2006


June 2011

Project: Architectural Services




Photographs: Albert Vecerka / ESTO