Learning institutions are workshops for transforming the future of our world. Guided by this conviction, we approach educational design equipped with the best evidence available to increase learning and enhance student outcomes. We have a wide base of experience, from specialized laboratories, to state-of-the-art libraries, to vibrant student life centers, to active-learning classrooms. Our education-focused professionals view each project as an opportunity to help schools attract the brightest students and faculty—spaces that inspire creativity, invite exploration, and transform futures.
Ignacio J. Reyes, AIA, LEED BC+D, NCARB
Vice President, Director of Business Development
Ignacio applies over 20 years of experience in the practice of programming and designing educational environments that accelerate learning. He specializes in inquiry-based educational spaces for colleges and universities, and has published articles in College and Planning Management and American School and University. He was a featured speaker at the 2014 SCUP Southern Conference and the Florida Education Facilities Planners Association Conference and has addressed numerous school facilities departments on various subjects including Scale-Up classroom and laboratory design. As a State Director for the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, he is engaged in the community heading advocacy on legislative appropriations. Ignacio is a registered architect in Florida and Texas, certified LEED BD+C and a member of NCARB.
Melissa B. Bennett, AIA, NCARB
Market Sector Leader - Education
Melissa Bennett’s 30 years of design experience include a variety of higher education projects for public and private institutions, with a focus on library programming and design. She brings a passion for the design of community-serving facilities, integrating team and stakeholder relationships and practices, understanding core functions and developing the foundation for successful design solutions with a unique vision. Melissa also has experience in K-12 schools, and has been active with the American Association of Architects, American Library Association and the Society for College and University Planning’s Advisory Council.
Joe has focused his career on the design, vision and creation of higher learning environments for state and collegiate institutions, as well as performing arts, library and academic research facilities. He brings a passion and talent for transforming buildings through design and planning innovations. Joe is also very experienced in designing for and collaborating with the National Park Service and various state-level historic preservation commissions.
Cindy A. McCleary, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Market Sector Leader - Regional Government
Cindy has focused her 15 year career on public and educational architecture. An expert in visioning and consensus building, she is particularly adept at guiding and facilitating special interest groups, public sector clients and multiple stakeholders to realize strategically-driven results. Her experience as a programmer and planner of public and academic libraries, civic and educational facilities, city halls, police, fire and community buildings, courts, law enforcement and police-forensic facilities has earned her a reputation for advanced thinking and strategically-driven design processes.
Mark is a licensed architect with more than 35 years of experience working with public and private higher education clients. He is passionate about creating collaborative, creative designs that meet evolving student, staff, and community needs. With expertise in master planning and project programming, he works to blend new technology with existing campuses and create inspiring student spaces, including students life centers, dormitories, libraries, and technical classrooms.
Alex Ward is an award-winning architect with more than 26 years of experience designing institutional, commercial and residential projects in the United States and abroad. His designs emphasize a refinement of details, bold expression of materials and the creative integration of lighting and landscape. As Director of Design for the Los Angeles office, his responsibilities include the development of design from concept through construction. He is also a member of the Design Excellence Committee guiding the overall design direction of the company.
Ron is a design architect with 30 years of experience specializing in higher educational facilities. His award winning work for colleges, universities, and research institutions has earned him 18 national design awards, 48 regional design awards, and 62 local design awards. His philosophy of designing physical environments to enhance lives is the starting point and touchstone for each of his designs. Ron strives to understand what issues will impact individuals – whether it is space limitations, sustainability practices, materials or flexible use. His portfolio reflects his use of sustainable strategies, and includes two recently LEED Platinum certified education projects: Florida Atlantic University College of Engineering and Computer Sciences and Florida Gulf Coast University Academic 7.