Design

Scale and relationship of spaces, use of materials, building organization and building flow, instructional function and educational appropriateness are elements of design excellence. Describe how the design enhances and supports the learning experience.

Arlington ISD—Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center

Arlington ISD—Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center

The school is organized by 18 academies which have large expanses of glass between the open collaboration spaces putting education on display. This idea of showcasing education in the various academies is intended to foster mutual enrichment between the different programs and expose students to careers they may have never considered for themselves, in a corporate campus environment

Bryan ISD—Sul Ross Elementary School

The new two-story elementary school infuses the elements of nature on the site into the educational learning spaces throughout the building. The existing grove of trees present on the north end of the existing building served as a launching point for the new design. An open concept for the learning commons as well as the introduction of open flexible spaces around the classrooms give immediate access both physically and visually to the rest of the school and to the courtyard.

Georgetown ISD—George Wagner Middle School

Georgetown ISD—George Wagner Middle School

When you evolve the practice of instruction, you change the perception of what a school can be. A community with a clear vision, a passion for learning and a focus on trust led to a new middle school that is agile and exciting—a place that creates ripple effects of change for students, the profession of teaching and education. The 173,000 sf school maximizes function, with care toward form. It reinforces community and complements a purpose to make every day unique and experiential.

Houston Community College—West Houston Institute

The West Houston Institute (WHI) at Houston Community College (HCC) is an innovation center designed to prepare students for the technological changes that will create huge challenges for our workforce as well as the educational system itself. The WHI was designed to incorporate a wide range of synergistic spaces that can pivot and adapt as new challenges emerge, while at the same time nurturing innovation from both faculty and students to drive change. It incorporates a MakerSpace, a facilitated collaboration area (Collaboratorium), conference center, Digital Media Center, Teaching Innovation Lab, Learning Spaces Institute, advanced natural and computational science labs, experiential STEM teaching.

Houston ISD—Milby High School

Houston ISD—Milby High School

Houston Independent School District’s Milby High School is a new facility surrounding and preserving a 1926 historically significant structure. The design incorporates 40,000-sf of renovation with 227,000 sf of new construction. The building program incorporates eight CTE programs that focus on project based, hands-on and linked learning. Site amenities include baseball, softball, soccer, football and practice fields, tennis courts and a walking track along the perimeter.

Manor ISD—New Tech Middle School

This new middle school is part of the New Tech network, utilizing a Project Based Learning pedagogy. Discussions with the planning committee indicated that the design must accommodate a variety of group sizes and activities ranging from quiet, solo study to loud, group work. An open design will accomplish this flexibly, furnished with mobile tables, chairs and whiteboards. This is a new comprehensive, three-level school with a total area of 120,000 sf in phase one and 8,000 sf in phase two.