The School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa is one of the fourteen best global school buildings, according to the BBC. The building was selected from Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011, an annual showcase for buildings for schools and universities, published by the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments.
Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities covers all levels of education and addresses how the design, use and management of buildings and grounds contribute to the quality of education. It showcases 60 educational facilities from 28 countries. Each illustrates excellence in one or more of the following areas: innovation in design, fitness for purpose, sustainability and safety.