Reader & Swartz Design a School for Today that Anchors Ashburn’s Tomorrow

Loudoun County has changed a lot in the last two decades. Horses and farms still define its idyll for city slickers, but an encroaching exurbia has raised the alarm for many residents (and their horses), some of which speak only of inevitabilities. Driving home recently from visiting the Loudoun School for Advanced Studies (LSAS) in Ashburn, designed by Reader & Swartz, I passed no fewer than 13 Teslas and one mauve Hummer, and I began considering what’s inevitable about the place. Thinking about the school, it seems possible that what’s new and old about Loudoun County might even prosper together under certain economic circumstances. But, what about the social infrastructure that makes it a real place?

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