Former Educator and District Administrator Joins DLR Group

Marilyn Denison, Ed.D., has joined DLR Group to lead planning efforts and expand the firm’s educational services provided to clients. Working from the firm's Dallas studio, she will collaborate with K-12 Education experts to lead visioning exercises, establish the client’s Why or Guiding Purpose, and then develop Guiding Principles to achieve this purpose. She will bridge curriculum and facilities throughout the design process to ensure a holistic approach is delivered.

Denison brings a unique perspective to DLR Group, having served as an educator and district administrator for more than two decades. Her experience includes leading campus planning, professional learning, and developing curriculum for districts that serve 12,000 to 38,000 students. In addition, Denison has opened multiple new campuses with innovative learning environments. She will bring this experience of building a team, creating a new culture, and forming teacher mindsets around new behaviors in new facilities to DLR Group clients.

“I am passionate about bringing the innovative learning environment and engaging pedagogy together to enhance educator and student agency, flexibility, creativity, and connectedness,” said Denison.

Most recently, she served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Coppell Independent School District in Coppell, Texas. In this role she led the partnership with IBM and Apple to become the first school district to use the IBM Watson Element and Enlight app, which helps teachers develop personalized learning programs that cater to specific needs of individual learners to elevate student achievement. Denison also previously served as Executive Director of Elementary Education for Spring Independent School in Spring, Texas, and was an Adjunct Professor at Saint Thomas University and San Houston State University.

“Marilyn is leading the evolution of personalized learning. Her past experience will elevate DLR Group’s K-12 Education practice and expand the types of services we provide our clients,” said DLR Group Global K-12 Education Leader Jim French, FAIA. “She brings a new level of expertise and professional connections to the firm.”

Denison earned her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University. She is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), and the TASA Task Force 2025. Denison has presented to national audiences on Personalized Learning, Next Generation District Leaders, and Future Ready Facilities, including at the Council of Chief State School Officers, North Texas Visioning Institute, Texas Association of School Administrators, and Watson World.