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, while providing appropriate supervision. The commons acts as a plaza between collegiate buildings, containing a variety of spaces that ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$199.00CITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio individual and collaborative learning, as well as the daily activities of dining, reading and gathering. 

Multifunctional spaces such as the lecture lab, media center and Go Center provide student learning support and offer learning variety.

The yellow Perch is a resource for students and staff to collaborate; grades 9 and 10 are closest on the second level for more structured supervision; 11 and 12 are on the first level, with site access.

Bright colors and transparency highlight elements that house staff and support spaces to draw student attention and encourage student/teacher interaction.

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

The undulating metal ceiling strategically deflects sound and visually unifies all academic and activity areas of the campus.

"Very exciting architecture and elegant use of materials. We love the student collaboration spaces."--2011 jury