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Is enrollment in public K-12 schools projected to increase or decrease nationally? By how much over the next five years?

Transforming Futures.
Enhancing Outcomes.

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 facultyspaces that inspire creativity, invite exploration, and transform futures.

Classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25%.

73% of the variation in pupil performance can be explained by building environment factors.

Education Leadership

Ignacio J. Reyes

Ignacio J. Reyes, AIA, LEED BC+D, NCARB

Vice President, Director of Business Development

Profile

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.

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Joseph T. Bower

Joseph T. Bower, AIA

Associate

Senior Architect

Profile

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.

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Cindy A. McCleary

Cindy A. McCleary, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Vice President

Market Sector Leader - Regional Government

Profile

Cindy has focused her 18-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.

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Douglas M. Peters

Douglas M. Peters, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Associate

Director of Design

Profile

Doug is an experienced project designer in religious, educational and historic facilities, and has a solid background in master planning, architectural design and architectural illustration. He consistently receives commendations from clients for his ability to discern the needs and wants of communities impacted by his design and to build consensus among members.

Doug uses a highly visual exploration process to study multiple design solutions quickly, assisting the client in evaluating concepts and accelerating the design decision process.

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Mark A. Ugowski

Mark A. Ugowski, AIA

Senior Associate

Senior Project Manager

Profile

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. 

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Alexander M. Ward

Alexander M. Ward, AIA

Director of Design

Profile

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.

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Ronald K. Wiendl

Ronald K. Wiendl, AIA

Vice President

Director of Design

Profile

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. 

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