Catholic Memorial School
Center for Integrated and Applied Learning
West Roxbury, MA
The Center for Integrated and Applied Learning (CIAL) will be Catholic Memorial School’s hub for hands-on, project based learning. Envisioned as a series of flexible, interdisciplinary studio spaces, the CIAL is a new type of learning environment that fosters exploration, team-based activities and the development of a range of STEAM skills.
The CIAL will occupy an existing 8,000 sf former residential wing of the school. It includes a Digital Studio that supports the development of digital content, coding and production of audio and visual content. A Wet Lab/Art Studio supports a wide range of STEAM activities and a Build and Create Studio is where students can test ideas, develop prototypes and understand the iterative nature of the design process.
A small black box type performance studio on the second floor will support English, Speech and other academic classes, in addition to music, theatrical performances, and other after school activities. Our renovation raises the roof on the east end of the wing to create the double height space needed for the theatre. To encourage teacher/student interaction, faculty work areas and common meeting spaces will be distributed among the studio spaces.
The renovation includes a redesign of the school’s Spring Street and Baker Street facades. Our design updates the 1970s school and provides a contemporary image with a street presence that is reflective of the studio activities within. Currently in design, the CIAL will open in 2020.