VLK Architects is a full-service architectural design firm. With great success since our inception in 1984, we grew from three partners to one of the largest architectural firms in Texas with offices in Fort Worth and Houston. Our design expertise revolves around decades of technical practice and standards that make us a leading innovator in design and architectural service. We have earned numerous design awards, have multiple CHPS and LEED® certified projects and have worked for clients across the state, enjoying a majority share of repeat business.
|Aledo ISD—Walsh Elementary School
New elementary for 792 students. The design provides a variety of choices for task-focus or casual spaces, giving students responsibility for their own learning, while teachers facilitate. Instead of traditional classrooms, grades are organized into learning communities feature collaboration spaces. Located on a sloping site, the 2 story compact plan is the feature point of a new community located on the western edge of a urban growing 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.
|Cypress-Fairbanks ISD—J.B. Hoover Elementary School
With a focus on early learning, this elementary school was designed for PK-2nd grade students. Academic preparedness is the goal of this open concept school. Grade levels experience their own neighborhoods with flexible collaboration areas for large group instruction and grade level celebrations. Math experiences focused on measurement and geometry TEKS are designed throughout the building offering unique learning tools as a part of the built environment.
|Cypress-Fairbanks ISD—Pope Elementary
This project in a large fast growth district, was budgeted by the district as a prototype at $135/sf. However, it was decided a new design was warranted for the same value. Collaboration with the district’s curriculum & facilities staff prioritized objectives including taking advantage of the site; master planned community; design supported acoustically sound Pre-K/K classrooms & open concept older grade classrooms; integration of green concepts for teaching & learning; and designed for TX-CHPS.
|Denton ISD—Ray Braswell High School
Citizens created a comprehensive high school as a focal point & community gateway reflecting a curriculum based on the essential skills: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity & Critical Thinking. Organized into Learning Communities, collaborative and project based learning at the heart of the design creating connections, pathways and places to gather fulfilling the District’s Mission: “Empowering lifelong learners to be engaged citizens who positively impact their local and global community.”
|Houston ISD—Condit Elementary
Replacing a school that served the community for over 100 years, this new, compact, two-story transformational learning environment is visually open, making excellent use of space. The exterior and interior design expresses the desire of the community for a nontraditional school. The design provides a variety of choices for task focus or casual spaces, giving students responsibility for their own learning, while teachers facilitate, embracing the intense connection between school and community.
|Houston ISD—Energy Institute High School
HISD Energy Institute High School is the first school in the nation with a school-wide theme of Energy. Energy Institute High School’s (EIHS) vision for learning goes far beyond that of a traditional high school. Students at EIHS will participate in authentic project-based learning that enables them to take ownership of their education. Learners will develop essential soft skills that will prepare them for the landscape of alternative energy, geoscience, and off-shore technology careers.
|Katy ISD—Bethke Elementary
This two-story collaborative learning environment is organized to house specific grade levels while providing collaboration areas for each team. The overall building allows natural light into classrooms to promote student comfort and achievement. Two stories of science labs offer outdoor access with a balcony for older students, while the library media center is an active learning area. Teachers meet, plan and review data in their Instructional Design Area explicit for grade level needs.
|Keller ISD—Keller High School
This revered campus has a rich history and strong traditions spanning over three decades. Numerous additions during fast growth left it with a taxed internal circulation system, a diminished front entry, and an insufficient array of programmatic spaces. The renovation successfully realized the unification of departments, modernization of function and learning, and created a refreshed interior and identifiable entrance. Campus branding preserved and reinforced the school’s rich history.
|Keller ISD—Vista Ridge Middle School
Designed to support the district’s goal of being intentionally exceptional, this 5th-8th grade campus introduces students to the arts with a proud display of student work and a variety of spaces for student presentations. Grades are strategically paired and stacked in order to provide focused circulation to provide a small school experience. Adolescent aged students are provided purposeful collaboration areas for socialization and teamwork such as the discovery perch adjacent to the library.
|Midlothian ISD—Dolores W. McClatchey Elementary
This new, compact, one story transformational learning environment is visually open and makes excellent use of space. The client required innovative instructional methods and the interior spaces support this expectation. The design provides a variety of choices for task-focus or casual spaces, giving students responsibility for their own learning, while teachers facilitate. Instead of traditional classrooms, grades are organized into learning communities feature collaboration spaces.
|Midlothian ISD—Midlothian Heritage High School
This project is Phase I of a new comprehensive high school. This is the 2nd high school in the district and is designed for an initial capacity of 1,000, with core facilities planned for 2,200. Starting with 9th grade only, a grade level will be added each year. Additions were planned to minimize the impact on the existing building. A unique feature is the “World-Class Cafetorium” which serves as a cafeteria, auditorium, black box theater, band practice facility and drama classroom.
|Mineral Wells ISD—Lamar Elementary
The design reflects the district’s belief of next generation learning that allows students from a rural area to learn the soft skills necessary to compete in a global society. On the site, a neighborhood park, complete with a nature trail and playground, has replaced the original school built in 1955. An updated design was realized as a replacement school without interrupting instruction. The library serves as the heart of the campus and provides space for energy, inspiration, and learning.
|Plano ISD—Shepton High School
Administration and fine arts addition, including a new front door image for the building. Interior environments were created for collaboration and the cafeteria was transformed into a full performing arts theatre.
|Rockwall ISD—Dobbs Elementary School
Replacement elementary on an existing sloping site.
|Socorro ISD—Purple Heart Elementary
Career exploration is the focus of this innovative elementary school with one-of-a-kind curriculum aligned with HB 5 endorsements. The first-of-its-kind in its district, features academic hubs that support intentional collaboration and peer learning in each grade level neighborhood. Colorful, flexible, age appropriate furniture outfits all areas supported by technology. Here, career readiness starts at kindergarten, and all students are afforded unique experiences as they begin their journey.
|Waller ISD—H.T. Jones Elementary School
With a focus on collaboration, this PK-5 elementary school was designed for students with high expectations for small group learning. Grade levels are designed as learning communities with adjacent collaboration areas that extend the traditional teaching and learning environment. Inboard classrooms facilitate the district’s and community’s requests for storm and intruder protection. The design can be prototyped into different configurations using the same components to fit various shaped sites.
|Ysleta ISD—Thomas Manor Elementary School
Replacement of two underutilized and aging schools with a single new campus to serve 1,142 students in a state-of-the-art facility.