Legat Architects

Expansive Vistas

The design offers views of the school’s uniquely Chicago community. For instance, the gathering area outside the library displays the neighborhood.

“All students, parents, and teachers know what excellence means at Azuela. The facility is a neighborhood treasure that promotes respect and collaboration.”


Visual Connections

In the foyer, a circular opening creates a visual connection between the first and second floors.

A School That Teaches

An architect on the project team shows members of the Azuela Architecture Club the Fibonacci Sequence in the school’s brick pattern.


Noise Reduction

Chicago’s Midway Airport is located less than a mile from the campus. The school’s green roof makes noise from jets negligible.

Renewed Playfields

Students, little league players, families, and seniors all benefit from the renewed nine-acre Michael J. Madigan Sr. Park.


Student Participation

During design of the school, a Chicago Public Schools high school student joined Legat as a paid intern. He worked at a station right next to Tom Kikta, the Mariano Azuela project manager. The student helped with wall sections and details for the green roof of a school in his own district.

Sustainable Pioneer

When students look out the library reading nook’s large window during warmer months, they see the green roof and quite possibly, the butterflies that have made it their habitat. This feature exemplifies the sustainable environment at the school, which achieved LEED for Schools certification from the US Green Building Council. It stands among the first five Chicago Public Schools facilities to achieve the credential at the Gold level.