Educational Institutions

Spanning all cultures and eras, Humanity's quest for knowledge is a constant from time immemorial. Each of the places and spaces within this theme have a connection to learning. Some formal, others less so.

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland Institute of Music

Like the best compositions, this conservatory's story began with the humility of a single note, then built and built until something truly beautiful was born…

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Queens’ College

Owing its name to two Queens, this hall is located in one of the oldest colleges at Cambridge University.

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Parker Library

Welcome to Cambridge University’s Parker Library, the crown jewel of historical artifacts in a place that was founded just a few years before the Magna Carta was signed.

Oxford, United Kingdom

All Souls College

This college is virtually unchanged since its opening in 1438, whispering centuries of stories to its visitors. The most famous tale of all? A Duck on Parade.

Evian-les-Bains, France

Palais Lumière

A fitting name for two brothers who illuminated the world on the wonders of cinema.

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

RISD Nature Lab

Students are encouraged to seek inspiration often hidden in plain sight - or rather as seen through a super-microscope.

Oberlin, Ohio, United States

Oberlin College Bibbins Hall

There once was a time when musical instruments were an unwelcome sound in this conservatory of music.

Poznań, Poland

Collegium Maius

Now a school of medicine, this university can trace its roots back to a king.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon Geographic Society

This exploration society emerged as a great connector of Portugues citizens and students living across the globe.

San Diego, California, United States

Salk Institute

This scientific research institute is considered the defining work of architect Louis Kahn.

Admont, Austria

Admont Abbey Library

This design of this monastery library - the largest in the world - was inspired by the ideals of the Age of Enlightenment.

Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, United States

Phipps Conservatory

The Conservatory is considered one of the greenest facilities in the world.

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cambridge University Boat Club

It started as a rivalry without a venue amongst two undergraduate friends. Now the Cambridge vs. Oxford University Boat Race is nearly a 200-year tradition.

Norman, Oklahoma, United States

Bizzell Memorial Library, University of Oklahoma

George McLaurin, OU's first African American student, studied in the mezzanine of the Bizzell Memorial Library while earning his doctorate, because he was not allowed in the Great Reading Room due to his race.

Detroit, Michigan, United States

Ralph Bunche Elementary School

This elementary school is named for Ralph Bunche, the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Corpus Christi College

During the 14th century, the Bubonic Plague led to the founding of Corpus Christi College.

Portsmouth, Rhode Island, United States

Portsmouth Abbey School

Comprising of 27 buildings on a 500-acre campus, the Abbey’s grounds are renowned for its architecture.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

National Library of Cambodia

Only 20% of its original collection remains, but this National Library's aesthetic harkens back to a bygone era where freedom of information was not so free.

Washington DC, Washington DC, United States

Frederick Douglass Memorial Hall

This campus building at Howard University was built in honor of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and designed by prominent African American architect Albert Cassell.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Aviation Academy

Ethiopian Aviation Academy is the largest aviation academy in Africa and the training grounds for Ethiopian Airlines.

Hamilton, New Jersey, United States

Domestic Arts Building

Now a part of the Grounds for Sculpture park, the Domestic Arts Building was one of the first exhibit halls at the New Jersey State Fair.

Cornwall, United Kingdom

Mevagissey Aquarium

Nestled in 1 of 3 Charity Trust Ports in the U.K., this petit aquarium that once harbored Royal lifeboats, now educates the pubic on local marine life and restoring their historic harbour.

Wicklow, Ireland

Marine House

Built in 1842, the Marine House has served many functions including a hotel, army barracks, factory, orphanage, private home, and now is an educational institution.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Registan

This public square of the ancient city of Samarkand is surrounded by three madrasas.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Harvard Lampoon Castle

This satirical castle is the editorial headquarters for the infamous Harvard Lampoon magazine.

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

Kneller Athletic Center

This 25-yard competition-sized pool is found within the Kneller Athletic Center of Clark University. It is home to Clark's men's and women's swimming and diving teams.

Provo, Utah, United States

Provo Library

The origins of this large, fancy library in Provo City, Utah began as a book club in a courthouse basement that hoped to catch the gaze of industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who was building libraries across the U.S. at the time.

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw University of Technology

With history dating back to the 19th century, this University in Poland quickly became one of the most reputable centers for scientific research during WWI and WWII.

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