Benchmark School Is a Finalist in Fast Company’s 2019 Innovation by Design Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Benchmark School’s Innovation Lab is a finalist in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards for 2019 in the Learning category.
The remarkable design of Benchmark School’s Innovation Lab is the work of two world-renowned architects, Bill and Chris Sharples ‘77 of SHoP Architects, who were diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, and are Benchmark alumni. “Benchmark taught us that we all have our own unique way of learning. The school gave us the tools to grow and build our confidence to do things we thought impossible,” said Chris Sharples.
After the first year of operation, our Director of Innovation Emma Mattesky has seen our teachers, with their expertise in strategy-based instruction, become very adept at incorporating the methods of design thinking and maker education into their daily teaching. Emma says, “The Innovation Lab’s design allows for hands-on learning, and reflects the myriad possibilities of the real world.”
Interim Head of School Ralph Wales says, “The Innovation Lab is a space, a physical home, that allows the wider concept of innovative thinking to flourish. From this foundation, we will further a comprehensive culture of innovation that will permeate every corner of the school.”
Innovation by Design is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business, and innovation.
The awards recognize people, teams, and companies solving problems through design. Along with Benchmark School, Fast Company is recognizing an influential and diverse group of 483 leaders in fashion, architecture, graphic design, data visualization, social good, user experience, mobility, and more. See the complete list here.
Fast Company’s October print issue (the annual Innovation by Design issue) hits newsstands on September 17 and will highlight all the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions. Benchmark School and SHoP Architects will be among the honorees celebrated this year at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York, November 4-8, 2019.

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About Benchmark School

Benchmark School, located at 2107 N. Providence Road, Media, Pa., is an independent, not-for-profit day school serving students in grades 1-8. Founded in 1970, the school is committed to helping bright students who have yet to reach their academic potential become confident and strategic thinkers, learners, and problem solvers who meet with success in school and life. For more information about Benchmark School, please call 610-565-3741 or visit