The Kinkaid School / Dining Hall & Learning Center



Houston, TX


26,000 sf

Project Features
  • Servery & dining hall with bistro-like seating
  • Dining hall with moveable seating can be used as event space
  • Maker-space classroom
  • Middle school classrooms with flexible furniture and sliding walls

The new Kinkaid Middle School and Dining Hall, known as the Kinkaid Learning Center, meets the needs of a rapidly growing private school. A focal point at the end of a beautiful courtyard, the 26,000 sf two-story building is physically connected to two existing buildings by bridges.

Organized by floor, the first story houses the kitchen, servery and dining hall which can seat up to 500 children. Designed to incorporate a variety of seating options, the space features bistro-style booths, bench seating and moveable seating options to accommodate special events such as fund-raising galas and staff meetings.  

The second floor consists of middle school classrooms, with innovative design solutions such as “The Nest,” the workshop maker space where students can use a 3D printer, craft a new garment at the sewing station, or even custom design and laser print the school’s own signage. At Kinkaid, it’s not only ok to write on the dry-erase walls — it’s encouraged. Classrooms feature flexible furniture and sliding walls, allowing teachers to literally break down walls and create one large classroom — enabling innovative “co-teaching” styles.

Nicola Springer, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7510
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Nicola is an expert in 21st century learning environments and educational design. She has created state-of-the-art public and private schools and developed PlayTheory, a process that engages stakeholders in a fun, collaborative way to gather quantitative and qualitative information that is used during the design phase. Nicola's talents and expertise are often utilized on projects throughout the firm, including higher education and community projects.

  • ASID Award - Education, 2017