"Our definition of 'school' must change. A school must be designed to meet the unique local needs of a district and the students they serve. And those needs can be academic, program, fluctuating enrollment, or budget."
Jim leads DLR Group's Global K-12 Studio and is one of the most respected K-12 designers in the United States. He has led the design of more than $1.5 billion in educational facilities and has a thorough understanding of how kids learn. Jim is a member of the American Architectural Foundation's Design for Learning team and speaks regularly to education audiences at events across the country including the National School Boards Association; and multiple states' school board association conferences including Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas; the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education School Building Expo, and regional gatherings of the Association for Learning Environments.
He has combined nearly three decades of exclusive education planning experience with award-winning design talent to elevate educational opportunities in communities across the country, including Houston, Joplin, Mo., Kansas City, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Omaha, and Seattle.
Young at heart, Jim is a lifelong learner always searching for the next unique design element that will enhance teaching and learning. His passion for incorporating a community's vision into a design solution helped DLR Group become the first firm to win the Association for Learning Environments' James D. MacConnell Award – the K-12 design industry's top honor – two consecutive years.
"I admire Jim for his ability to push himself and push his team to develop creative solutions for the ever-changing world of education." - DLR Group Principal Chris Gibbs