Dr. Anne Anderson High School

Edmonton Public Schools + City of Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta

aodbt architecture + interior design, in association with BR2 Architecture, was retained by the Edmonton Public Schools as part of an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Team to design and administer the delivery of the new Dr. Anne Anderson High School in Heritage Valley in Edmonton, Alberta. The new high school is designed to host 1,800 students, with capacity in the core for up to 2,400 students.

The school features 90 classrooms and five career and technology spaces including two labs, a culinary arts kitchen and foods, and health-care learning spaces for students. There are art classrooms, a dance studio, and an external amphitheatre that can be used as a classroom or performance space. In the centre of the building is a student gathering area that focuses on a central fireplace. Around that is a stylized teepee, which is in honour of Dr. Anne Anderson, and each of the teepee poles has Cree words that define the legacy of the namesake, Dr. Anne Anderson. Dr. Anne Anderson was a dedicated author and teacher who was instrumental in preserving the Cree language and promoting Métis heritage in Alberta and Canada.

Unique to this project, the Edmonton Public School partnered with the City of Edmonton to include additional shared recreational space to be included in the overall design of the school. The community centre provides public access to a gym, fitness centre, 191-metre indoor track, and multipurpose rooms.

Photo: Michael Wach