Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy

Dallas, Texas

  • FIRM



    Dallas Independent School District

  • AREA

    106,000 sq.ft.





Gilliam Collegiate Academy is tailored to students who will be first-generation college-goers. The architecture emulates the collegiate experience to introduce students to the culture and rigors of higher education.

The commons acts as a plaza between collegiate buildings, containing a variety of spaces that support individual ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$199.00CITATIONCrow Island School CitationFEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas collaborative learning, as well as the daily activities of dining, reading and gathering.

Some specific features:

•The undulating metal ceiling deflects sound, while rubber flooring below masks incidental noises. The visual continuity of these two planes unifies the spaces between them.

•A limited number of furniture types creates a harmonious aesthetic throughout a space containing multiple functions.

•Transparency between classrooms and the commons allows for passive supervision by teachers and staff.

•Bamboo steps transition descending floor levels and act as gathering platforms for student collaboration.

•Writable surfaces on walls throughout the building encourage spontaneous student collaboration and creativity.

•Bright color highlights elements that house staff and support spaces to draw students to these areas and encourage student/teacher interaction.

"Inspiring, flexible and collaborative. Good use of materials. Simple, but elegant."--2012 jury