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Overland Park, KS

Jim French

FAIA

Expertise

  • Architecture
  • K-12 Schools
  • Senior Principal
  • Global K-12 Education Leader
Jim French
  • Senior Principal
  • Global K-12 Education Leader

Jim leads the Global K-12 Education Studio at DLR Group and is one of the most respected K-12 designers in the United States. Throughout his career, he has exclusively served school districts and education clients, offering unparalleled expertise in the planning and design of future ready environments that support the whole child.

"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."

Through his research-informed practice, Jim has gained a thorough understanding of how students learn, and the impact of design on student engagement and achievement. Jim regularly shares his insights on the future of learning, safe school design, and modern educational environments to audiences across the world, including the American Institute of Architects, Association for Learning Environments, National School Boards Association, and the Festival of Education in Shanghai.

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.