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Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy

A taste of college

  • 400+


  • 104K

    Square Feet

  • $21M

    Project Value

  • Dallas, Texas

    Dallas, Texas

In a secure, carefully planned environment, high-school students are prepared for college-style learning

The Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy is a 21st century school specifically tailored to students planning for higher education. The curriculum combines high school and transferable college courses. The design mirrors a collegiate environment, giving students varied academic and social experiences.

The building is made up of a series of academic and social spaces with a central commons area. These separate areas make it feel like a multi-building campus, similar to a college, while keeping the students in a secure environment. The money saved in square footage was used to incorporate high-end finishes—further enhancing the atmosphere. An enclosed plaza and the elimination of lockers contributed to that collegiate feel.

With multiple spaces for informal learning, the design reinforces how important unstructured time is. Open visibility to all spaces allows staff to maximize supervision, providing transparency and accountability, while still encouraging self-directed learning. And the students have the opportunity to grow without obvious, direct supervision. Upon graduating, students will be better prepared for the college environment.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Dan Fletcher, Principal

I enjoy the problem-solving aspect of design—the delicate balance of satisfying pragmatic requirements while creating an artful response.

Amy Holzle, Principal

Architecture is not only creating functional, inclusive, and beautiful environments, but it’s also about the people who do the creating.

Gwen Morgan, Senior Principal, Discipline Leader, Interior Design

I love designing facilities for people who devote themselves to public service and the development of future generations.
Gwen Morgan Senior Principal, Discipline Leader, Interior Design Read More

Dan Fletcher


Amy Holzle


Gwen Morgan

Senior Principal, Discipline Leader, Interior Design

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