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Academies of Loudoun

An integrated approach to learning

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  • Leesburg, Virginia

    Leesburg, Virginia

A place to innovate, explore, research, and collaborate

The Academies of Loudoun (ACL), a new STEM education and career readiness academy, wanted to create opportunities for students and faculty to innovate, explore, research, and collaborate. Our team focused on creating an environment that promoted and facilitated ACL’s approach to STEM learning: common goals, instructional content, and learning-by-doing.

ACL will bring the existing Academy of Science, the existing Monroe Advanced Technology Academy, and the new Academy of Engineering & Technology together under one roof. Before, the existing academies had been operating in isolation, but we worked closely with instructional staff to realize the vision of “interdependence and integration.” Collaboration was encouraged through trans-disciplinary spaces such as the innovation commons, maker space, informal collaboration areas, team rooms, and green roofs.

This project reimagined the ACL space needs in terms of learning activities rather than traditional content. This simplified a complex program and allowed everyone to refocus from what was being taught to how students would learn. The result? A highly flexible, 21st century learning environment that’ll adapt to support innovative programs as they evolve and support skills development for college and workplace readiness. 

Meet Our Team

Derk Jeffrey, Senior Principal

There is a natural affinity between design and learning, architects and educators. Together, our best work has the capacity to make a profound impact on those we serve.

Matt Waguespack, Principal, Architect

My passion is orchestrating talented teams to deliver exceptional learning environments that meaningfully impact students and teachers.

Derk Jeffrey

Senior Principal

Matt Waguespack

Principal, Architect

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