Portfolio for School Architecture

School Architecture

We create school design and architecture that facilitates learning, rather than dictating it.

We are Kirksey PreK-12 - an innovative team that knows how to design learning spaces for today’s students that will also serve tomorrow’s leaders.

A 21st century learning environment must adapt and grow with the students. Which is why we employ a participatory approach of integrated design completely incorporating the wants and needs of each user group invested in the space. We also understand that high performance schools yield high performing students, so we've made research and innovation the pillars of our design strategy. Our team delivers schools that inspire, while staying within budget and on schedule.

Our Team of School Architects

As the leader of the pK-12 team, Nicola Springer is a visionary in the field and strives to create learning environments that inspire inside and out. To do so, our education experts created ‘Play Theory’ as part of our participatory design process, which employs the use of words and image flashcards to tap into some of the more intrinsic and philosophical aspects of the project. Passionate about education, our team also makes presentations across the country on topics such as “Energy Efficiency Strategies in K-12 Schools” and “Designing the 21st Century Learning Environment.”



Areas of pK-12 Expertise


Director of PK-12 Projects:
Nicola Springer, AIA, LEED AP

Today’s students don't absorb or retain knowledge the same way they did even a decade ago. The abundance of technology currently existing at their fingertips can't be overlooked, but it also shouldn't be the sole focal point of their learning environments. We know that teachers and school administrators are looking to school architects to design and build smart structures with an enduring life-cycle — to create a 21st century learning environment that adapts and evolves with the students.

At Kirksey, we believe that good design comes from incorporating the needs of the students, their teachers, and school administrators. When designing schools, we take into consideration learning styles, environment, and pedagogy - all of which are fundamental to the design of each school and campus. Our design process is driven by six essential factors: Research, integrated design, performance, community, technology, and ergonomics.

Our School Design Experience

Passionate about education and research, our PreK-12 Team's goal is to design learning spaces for today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. Through workshops and discovery dives, engaging students and staff, and leveraging our in-depth years of preK-12 architecture and design experience, we collaborate with schools to explore their vision for the classrooms of the future by delivering exceptional school facilities that are high-performing and sustainable by design.

From sporting facilities and playgrounds to smart and sustainable school buildings, we are proud of the high performance schools we've designed. We are Kirksey PreK-12, and we're here to help you empower today's children and teachers through school architecture that adapts to changing technology and curriculum and ultimately shapes our communities.

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