Rogers Elementary School


Victoria, BC

This award-winning school design for the Greater Victoria School District was completed in 1991 by our predecessor firm, Hughes Baldwin Architects.

Located adjacent to Christmas Hill Park in Saanich, Rogers Elementary School adheres to a carefully conceived “great circle” campus plan within a natural wooded setting.  The school is designed with a variety of vibrant spaces that can accommodate different group sizes and is flexible for different teaching and learning styles.  The adjacent resource spine functions as an extension to each classroom, encouraging unrestricted use of the resource centre. 


Areas of impact

The natural setting is visible from a multitude of interior viewpoints, and the environmental programs in the curriculum further support students’ respect for sustainability and nature.  The facility accommodates new methods of teaching, family learning, community needs and extended education. Community-oriented facilities and classroom areas are separated by a courtyard that encloses an existing grove of oak trees, enabling the community to use the school facilities during evening hours.  The dramatic central “V” roof is supported independently by free standing composite concrete and steel columns. Clerestory windows fill the interior with ample direct and reflected sunlight, while permitting fresh natural ventilation.

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