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Jim French

FAIA

Expertise

  • Architecture
  • K-12 Schools
  • Senior Principal
  • Global K-12 Education Leader
Jim French
  • Senior Principal
  • Global K-12 Education Leader
"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 Education Studio and is one of the most respected K-12 designers in the United States. He has led the design of more than $2 billion in educational facilities and has a thorough understanding of how kids learn. Jim 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; and regional gatherings of the Association for Learning Environments.

He has more than three decades combined 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 – three times, including two consecutive years.