A.R. Johnson Magnet School
A.R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet School, once housed in a 1950s inner-city structure, is one of the top-rated schools in Georgia. The architect was given the opportunity to provide a new, exciting, facility that would enable students to excel in a high-tech environment. The classrooms are situated around a grand atrium, which serves as the hub for the students to gather. The ARJ cafe and media center are a part of the atrium space. The classrooms vary in layouts for general studies to ones specialized in health and engineering education. The 1950s building was demolished, except for the gymnasium, (a 1,200-seat gymnasium was added in the last phase of construction), which was renovated into a 460-seat lecture hall that serves as an area for guest speakers, lectures, student honors ceremonies and performances. This area was also designed as a community space with a separate lobby and entrance.
A.R. Johnson Magnet Engineering HS Outstanding Building Design for High Schools Design Excellence, American School & University 2009