One More Important Distinction for “J. M. Carras” Kindergarten



Awarded “Most Popular Building” in a national competition.




As part of the celebratory events to mark its 30th anniversary, the magazine “Ktirio” (“Building”) organized a nationwide competition – via online voting - to name the most popular architectural buildings in Greece.  Two hundred (200) buildings, classified into five categories (Urban Residences - Country Homes – Office, Commercial & Industrial Buildings – Public, Health, & Education Constructions, Cultural Centers – Hotels) competed for awards.


The 50 buildings that distinguished themselves in the first round (June 2016), vied for top ranking in the final round (September 2016), in which 6,643 votes were cast.  

The Hellenic-American Educational Foundation’s “J. M. Carras” Kindergarten (Architects:  “Alexandros C. Samaras & Associates S.A.) won 1st place in the category “Public, Health  & Educational Constructions, Cultural Centers” with 1,598 votes, beating the new Acropolis Museum (Bernard Tschumi Architects with associate Michael Photiadis Architect / Architectural Team) which placed 2nd with 1,069 votes.  

The Kindergarten building’s success-distinction was “two-fold” as the 1,598 votes which it received also ranked it first amongst contestants in all five categories.  

The award ceremony to honor the 15 most popular buildings took place in a formal event at the Athens Concert Hall on September 26, 2016.  Mr. Alexandros C. Samaras, project architect and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation (Athens College – Psychico College), received our Kindergarten’s prize.  


As we all know, the “J. M. Carras” Kindergarten also holds a significant international distinction:  In 2014 it was certified with the acclaimed Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).  It is the first Kindergarten building in the world (outside the United States), which was awarded this highest recognition of excellence by the U.S. Green Building Council.