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Corkins Innovation Center & Learning Commons Photo © DLR Group | BGA
Corkins Innovation Center & Learning Commons

A Private Day School Reimagined

A master planning effort between Graland Country Day School and DLR Group | Bowie Gridley Architects identified the need for an expanded innovation center, learning commons, and a defined secure main entrance at the private school serving students in Pre-K through middle school.

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Louis F. Ryan Recital Hall & Arts Center Photo © Paul Burk
Louis F. Ryan Recital Hall & Arts Center

A Gateway to Music, Culture, and Spirituality

The new Louis F. Ryan Recital Hall & Arts Center at St. Christopher’s School replaces an existing obsolete assembly hall and now offers a true community venue where middle school students and families come together to celebrate music, culture, and spirituality.

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King Abdullah Academy Photo © James Steinkamp Photography
King Abdullah Academy

Culturally Sensitive Modern Aesthetic

Rooted in Islamic traditions and values, King Abdullah Academy is a bi-lingual International Baccalaureate World School with a highly progressive curriculum.

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Peterson Middle School Photo © Prakash Patel
Peterson Middle School

​Industrial Nod to Creativity and Exploration

An industrial nod to creativity and exploration, this new middle school embodies a progressive teaching program on experimentation.

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Brick colonial style building with white entry and glass doors with sign reading Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Middle School
Greenebaum Middle School Photo © DLR Group | BGA

Greenebaum Middle School

Our design for the new Greenebaum Middle School replaces the 1930s building with a state-of-the-art facility to respond to the educational needs of students.

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St. Paul’s Upper School Photo © DLR Group | BGA
St. Paul’s Upper School

Inspiring Students to Attain Individuality

Consolidating once scattered program elements, our design provides a vibrant STEM-centered learning environment to nurture individual strengths.

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Hawken School Stirn Hall Photo by Kevin G. Reeves
Hawken School Stirn Hall

Educational Vision Inspired by its Site Campus

A program arranged according to qualities, not disciplines, each linked to a distinct landscape for students to learn by making, sharing, and inquiry.

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Peterson Middle School Photo © Prakash Patel
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Teenage Dream

January 28, 2022

Architecture DC showcases Peterson Middle School - a progressive creative space for learning and applying.

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Washington, D.C.

Rick Hendrickson Joins DLR Group

August 26, 2022

We are proud to welcome Rick Hendrickson as business development leader for the K-12 Independent Schools practice. Hendrickson is responsible for growing the firm’s footprint in private and independent school design along the east coast and nationally.

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Calvert Bowie

Client Leader Principal

Calvert Bowie

AIA
Client Leader Principal
Cal was founding principal of Bowie Gridley Architects in 1981, and served as Principal in Charge on numerous projects. His experience includes campus master plans, academic, arts and athletic centers, libraries, and residential life facilities at leading national schools and universities.

Bill Gridley

Client Leader Principal

Bill Gridley

FAIA, NCARB
Client Leader Principal
A Fellow of the AIA, Bill has more than 35 years of experience as a professional architect, including more than 30 years with Bowie Gridley Architects, which he co-founded in 1981. He has also been honored with appointment to the GSA Design and Construction Peer Review Commission.
Elise Robinson

Elise Robinson

Client Leader Principal
Elise Robinson

Elise Robinson

AIA
Client Leader Principal
Elise has led numerous building design and campus master planning projects for public, charter, and independent schools and universities. She has deep experience in the range of building types common to academic institutions: teaching spaces, libraries, science and arts, sports, and dormitories.

Robert Allen

Client Leader Principal

Robert Allen

AIA
Client Leader Principal
With more than 35 years of experience, Robert has served as a project architect on educational, cultural, and civic projects throughout the U.S. He started his career with design studies of numerous Broadway theaters, and renovation studies for the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center.
Richard Salopek

Richard Salopek

Client Leader Principal
Richard Salopek

Richard Salopek

AIA
Client Leader Principal
Richard has more than 30 years of professional experience, including extensive experience in master planning and project management for institutional and private sector clients. He applies his broad knowledge to educational, cultural and civic projects of all sizes and types.
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