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our integrated approach to design

We engage all members of our firm’s design team starting at project initiation because we believe a learning environment is shaped by more than walls and floors. It’s the interior design, environmental graphics, engineering and architecture all coming together to create a space engaging and nurturing learners.

Because of this, we integrate our studios so interior designers, graphic designers, architects, and structural engineers are all sitting and working together. We expand this by engaging our consultants early on to ensure a cohesive design.


Collaborative Approach to Cohesive Design

Our architectural design process is established on the foundation of what we call “Co-Creation.” This is our unique approach to design to engage you and your community early at the visioning phase to create excitement and acceptance of the project. After all, we’re designing an educational building that will be at the center of the community, training our future leaders to design the future.



Hollis + Miller Architects is 100% committed to learning environment design. This means we are specialists in the unique design process these spaces require, and we understand that a cohesive design relies on collaboration and communication between all on the design team. We see our job as one of the coach and champion – keeping everyone focused on the client’s vision for their students’ success.

Education is transforming before our very eyes, and flexibility and adaptability are paramount in creating environments supporting an ever-evolving approach to creating future-ready learners. Our education architecture firm works with a research-based mindset, striving to know more about how the brain develops and operates and how learners respond to the context of space, curriculum, and fellow students. As we co-create space for learning, we’re focused on the whole person, allowing for consideration of important factors such as social and emotional support, a strong learning culture, and shifting generational needs. We believe so strongly in the importance of an integration of space and learning that we’ve dedicated a portion of our team to be a research-based resource for our clients as we work to create dynamic, interactive learning environments.