Read Dunning School



Chicago, IL

project completion


Read Dunning School

The new Read Dunning Middle School is bound by the rich and complex history of the site as well as by the programmatic and functional aspirations of the Chicago Public Schools. The new 150,000 masonry-clad school for 1,350 students will include twenty-two classrooms, several diverse learner classrooms, science labs, computer labs, art and music suites, gymnasium/auditorium, as well as various health and fitness-related rooms. The building will be surrounded by a large entry plaza, a jointly-used soccer and football field with a running track, and a practice softball field and soccer field. The school has been programmatically conceived with two distinct wings which interact volumetrically to give the building its unique character. The east wing will hold the common elements of the program such as the gymnasium/auditorium and cafeteria, and the west wing will host all of the academic functions and required support and administrative spaces. The two wings converge at ground level onto a double-story glass entry space clad that acts as an immediate welcome area to the school. The building’s volumetric articulation has been designed so that, in spite its scale in comparison with the rest of the fields, it can command a compelling visual presence on the site.

partners in charge

Luis Collado

Jose Luis de la Fuente

technical director

Tracy Salvia

Wade Splinter

project director

Victoria Wojtowicz

director designer

Ignacio Espigares

Brian Koehler

Shoko Nakamura


Marcos Alvarez

Pablo Alvarez Diaz

Sara Contreras

Javier Martinez

Silvia Muñoz