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Sterling Aviation Early College High School

Exploring new fields of education

  • 23.4


  • 252K

    Square Feet

  • Houston, Texas

    Houston, Texas

Supporting a program to produce the next generation of pilots, mechanics, engineers, and aviation leaders

When the Houston Independent School District was ready to replace one of their existing schools, they took the opportunity to really explore new horizons. The Ross Shaw Sterling Aviation High School would include an aviation magnet program to produce the next generation of pilots, mechanics, engineers, and aviation leaders.

Our job was to deliver an aviation-themed design that could serve multiple generations without undue renovations down the road. The learning spaces have a fluid form and function—walls move, visibility is high, and students choose their spaces. The spaces are diverse and student-focused. In the aviation program, the school also offers flight simulators, mechanical and air frame studies, and maintenance education. The combination of core academic courses as well as specialized, career-focused courses helps these students integrate learning and work-world experiences.

Now, with Ross Shaw Sterling Aviation High School, the school district is better able to serve their community, and students with a bent for aviation can gain invaluable early experience in the profession. Sterling will make its nurturing and inspirational environment visible to the community, championing education as a vehicle for success and getting the public involved in their children’s futures.

At a Glance

TASA/TASB Awards, Stars of Distinction: Sustainability, Community, School Transformation, 2017
American School & University Architectural Portfolio, Silver Citation, 2017
IIDA TX/OK Excellence in Design Awards, Honorable Mention: Educational & Research, 2017
Meet Our Team

Jennifer Henrikson, Principal

Architecture leaves a permanent footprint for all to see; as architects we should always consider the mark we will leave with our work.

Steve Parker, Principal

I believe that we should deliver each project as if it was our last great work.

Scott Soule, Principal

As a team, we accomplish amazing things by creating a resonant common purpose and valuing the unique contributions of each of our people.

Parul Vyas, Principal

My philosophy is that memories are created when occupants move into the buildings we design.

Jennifer Henrikson


Steve Parker


Scott Soule


Parul Vyas


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