School Design: Learning occurs beyond classrooms
We welcomed over 2,500 guests to watch our 261 students celebrate their graduation. Needless to say, the fieldhouse was a hit, and everyone loved it. This will be a highlight for us for years to come.
Buildings & Grounds
Milton School District
Thank you for making the design and build process enjoyable. Your work with our team and CG Schmidt helped us receive a very high rate of return for every dollar invested in our project. Truly professionals.
Ripon Area School District
We believe that education forms the core of our communities and serves as the bedrock of our society, particularly in the context of K12 education. Helping schools to provide learning spaces that engage and support educators, students, and families is fundamental to our mission as an educational design studio. As school architects, educational planners, and interior designers with decades of commitment to helping educators, we feel a unique responsibility to help improve educational design. All in the service of a greater good, with the hopes it increases opportunities for students and communities, alike.
School Design Engages the Community
Strong schools spring from an involved community. We guide our creative process from the initial spark to project completion by listening, embracing, and reflecting on the unique character of each community and each school. We have developed an innovative Design Toolbox comprised of techniques rooted in participatory learning, such as day-in-the-life shadowing, guided school tours, lessons-learned seminars, student and staff photo journaling, aesthetic, and amenity visioning sessions, interactive puzzle play, and community workshops about k12 educational design.
Only after unlocking the particular needs, experiences, and opportunities can we apply the ideas of our dedicated school architects or interior designers, and begin creating possible solutions. At each meeting, another layer of detail is added, revealing new aspects of the concept with state-of-the-art visualization tools, rapid prototyping, and material samples helping to convey exactly the proposed learning community we are developing together.
Through this process, we might help you create a new school building, help you update or add to an existing facility, or we may design an auditorium or fieldhouse with you, but we can also apply our experience to numerous other needs you may have such as facility assessments, learning assessments, master planning, community engagement, and referendum support. We also specialize in environmental graphics, furniture and accessories, and sustainability consulting.
K12 EDUCATION STUDIO LEADERS
All of these services are led by the four Partners, each a leader in the design of K12 education environments. Steve Kieckhafer (Madison), Nicholas Kent (Milwaukee), Devin Kack (Milwaukee), and John Holz (Sarasota). Each brings an unbridled commitment to learning environments to every project, supplemented by a diverse and growing team of dedicated educational planners and school architects. Together, they see every new opportunity as a chance to collaborate in improving outcomes within k12 education.
We invite you to follow the links on this page to learn more about our experience helping transform learning environments nationwide, or better yet, contact Steve, Nicholas, Devin, or John to learn more about how we may work with you to make a difference in your community.