Scale and relationship of spaces, use of materials, building organization and flow, adaptability and flexibility, instructional function supporting a variety of learning and teaching styles and educational appropriateness are all elements of design excellence. Show examples of where the educational program and design goals informed the site development and facility design with an enhanced student learning experience.

Austin ISD—Doss Elementary School

Austin ISD—Doss Elementary School

Preserving and Growing a Community Culture. This replacement school with an owl mascot—known as the “School in the Trees”—shares its site with a city park and embraces sustainable, biophilic design to further reinforce its setting in nature. With clearly stated project requirements and a strong existing cultural foundation, the new school environment delivers operational value and state-of-the-art learning spaces, allowing each student the opportunity to find their own unique path to knowledge.

Community ISD—Community High School

Community ISD— Community High School

A new high school was designed with three East-West wings: a two-story Academic Wing, a Fine Arts and Food Service Wing, and an Athletic Wing, closest to the stadium. The three wings are connected by a “Main Street” corridor through the center. The building orientation plays an important role in energy efficiency, minimizing openings on the East and West facing walls, significantly reducing utility costs. Outdoor spaces between the wings are secure Outdoor Learning Areas for students and faculty.

Crowley ISD—Bill R. Johnson CTE Center

Crowley ISD— Bill R. Johnson CTE Center

Collaboration & Innovation—Real world leader’ experiences (medical, automotive, entrepreneurship, etc.) influenced the design to deliberately combine early college and career preparation programs in one facility. The new district-wide facility, designed with students and community for the community, intentionally does not resemble any typical school. Partnerships informed the design to replicate the industries and learning environments to prepare students for their next phase of life.

Houston ISD—Lamar High School

Houston ISD— Lamar High School

Fusing historic & new to create a campus honoring the past, present, & future. The 30-acre urban site houses a renovated original high school building, an 80-year-old art deco city landmark, poorly planned 80’s additions that were removed to make room for new fields, & a new parking garage to increase site capacity. A context-sensitive, 300,000 SF addition houses academic neighborhoods, arts, athletics, & student services to align with the educational philosophy of the IB program & PBL model.

Humble ISD—Centennial Elementary School

Humble ISD— Centennial Elementary School

Build a brand new elementary school to serve the community.

Katy ISD—Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center

Katy ISD— Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center

This Agricultural Sciences facility was born with the realization of increasing expectations for student preferences, graduation requirements, and growth in the district and community usage. Serving the district’s K-12 population of over 87,000 students, this facility was built on the important historical aspects of the agriculture industry that has existed in this community for decades. This modernized structure incorporates instruction, rodeo, and a venue for community events.

Sheldon ISD—C.E. King High School

Sheldon ISD— C.E. King High School

The district is in the petrochemical corridor in unincorporated Houston. It serves a richly diverse population. Known for industry, it traditionally has not been recognized for its schools. As a tight-knit community, the replacement of their high school (a 50-year-old building) on a new site presented bold opportunities. The rebirth of the high school was deeply embraced. It is iconic, a destination for personalized learning, and a symbol that all students deserve high-quality education.