Innovative educational solutions...Inspired by YOU.
INSPIRED by your passion.
We are problem solvers by nature, school architects by trade, and innovators of performance-driven solutions inspired by you. We've seen the passion you have to make a difference for your students. At the core of our practice is the belief that learning environments matter in a student's education. We'll help to turn your facility into a teaching tool.
INNOVATION gives us our edge.
Our process for 21st Century school planning is community-based, future-minded, and learner-focused. The most innovative solution will embody your school's curriculum, vision, and culture to create ultimate value for your students.
Grounded in INTEGRITY.
Our reputation for "client first" service, quality, expertise and timeliness makes us a firm you'll be proud to partner with. With our 50th anniversary just around the corner, we're proud to have more than 2,200 school projects in our portfolio. We are a community-based firm with 6 locations and growing to better serve our clients.
"All five of our schools are more responsive to our students' needs and operational efficiency. Improvements will have a direct impact on the performance of our students, teachers, and the buildings themselves."- Dr. John Perdue, Superintendent, Glen Ellyn CCSD 89
Education is changing.
Technology is bringing our communities and students closer to new frontiers. It's projected that students graduating this year will have between 5-8 unique careers in their lifetime. Today's schools are changing for the better.
The latest trends in educational delivery are very different than traditional learning methods. 21st Century Skill sets, the Common Core Curriculum and educational visionaries are changing the face of education as it's been known. Whether it's inquiry-based, project-based, hands-on, or technology-driven, school facilites need to support flexibility and be agile enough for what comes next.
All these ideas push the design of the "standard" or "traditional" classroom beyond its limits. More flexible spaces can transform into a variety of educational "settings," allowing teachers to deliver curriculum in many ways, in turn connecting with students' learning styles.
We'll translate your curriculum into space needs and work with you to create solutions that use your facilities at their highest level.
Collaborative learning opportunity spaces feature zones that enable students to learn in groups or individually, in areas with soft seats and dimmed lights or in areas with traditional seating and bright lights. Spaces should offer computers, as well as acoustics to isolate outside noise.
The future: co-curricular delivery
One example of a space that supports 21st century learners is a STEM lab, which brings together programs in science, technology, engineering, and math. In these flexible labs, students experiment and explore by working with each other, their teachers, and outside industry partners. The concepts delivered in Biology next door or Engineering down the hall are furthered by providing a single space that gives students the freedom to explore theories and concepts that bridge the curricula. Legat Architects developed NSBA and IASB award-winning STEM labs at Niles Township High School District 219.
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Meet our K-12 Practice Leader
Patrick Brosnan, AIA, REFP, LEED AP has provided planning and design services for over 30 school districts and 10 private schools. With a focus on learning styles and performance-based design, Brosnan speaks and writes about educational topics on a regional and national level.
Contact Patrick for more information.