Innovation

New and creative concepts, improved planning and design practices, small impactful design details continue to refresh and rethink the learning place. Provide Example(s) of a design detail; and/or sustainable feature as a building learning tool; and/or a community context that celebrates connection; and/or an engaging planning process; and/or ……. that is special to this project and where planning and design enhanced the education program with an innovative approach/response.

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.

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.

North East ISD—LEE High School Additions & Renovations

North East ISD—LEE High School Additions & Renovations

The oldest campus in this district sits on just 27.2 acres. It’s the smallest district site, landlocked, houses not one but four high schools with four unique educational programs, and has generations of active alumni attached to the campus as they knew it. After a decade of work on this occupied campus, the built environment was maximized with functional spaces serving each campus’s needs while maintaining the original campus’s emotional and physical historical value.

Round Rock ISD—Wunderland at Deep Wood Elementary

Round Rock ISD—Wunderland at Deep Wood Elementary

This neighborhood elementary school has a campus-wide focus on literacy and serves three district special ed programs. Like its neighborhood, it has some age on it, but innovative thinking activated a hidden treasure. By rehabilitating a dark, dank concrete area with a district grant, they created an inclusive, activity-based, open-air learning environment. Equipment designed for multisensory learning enhances social, emotional, and academic discovery for children of all ages and abilities.

Santa Fe ISD—Santa Fe High School Fine Arts Addition

Santa Fe ISD—Santa Fe High School Fine Arts Addition

This project involved the addition of a new Fine Arts Center at an existing high school, where tragic violence necessitated the closure and encapsulation of the school’s existing art classrooms and corridors.

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.