Thomas Prince School
Princeton, MA 1996
  • Boston Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award 1996
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award 1999
  • Stimson

The Thomas Prince School is a public school (K-8) located in a rural agricultural community in central Massachusetts. The courtyard was designed to provide a landscape composition which can be viewed from the adjacent corridors and classrooms. The yard is used as an outdoor setting for small instruction groups. The design references the local cultural and natural landscape through a series of archetypal elements: a forest edge, a remnant stone wall, a riparian corridor, a successional field, and a vine structure modeled on indigenous American huts. The project remains at the heart of the School’s play and learning curriculum.