Transitional environments for engaging minds
Creating the best learning environments for the middle school years—a time when students are going through physical, intellectual, emotional, and social changes—requires thoughtful design. We believe middle school facilities should provide a natural transition between the self-contained world of elementary school and the high school world that inspires both academic and personal exploration.
Research has shown that when young adolescents are engaged in their own learning, they are much more likely to achieve at higher levels. We enjoy the challenge of designing middle and junior high schools that promote engagement among students, and we place a strong priority on collaboration, vision, and culture during the planning process. Our portfolio of middle schools has garnered praise from the American Institute of Architects, the Council for Educational Facility Planners, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, and the National School Boards Association.