Education

Enriching learning environments to develop more effective, more engaged, more compassionate students, graduates and global citizens.

Westgroup Designs Education

Change is happening and funding is limited. These are the fundamental challenges facing academic institutions at all levels.

Learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom. Learning is, in essence, a social activity. Social interaction, chance encounters, and navigating the waters of diversity represent the experiential component of the complete education of any student. It’s how the lessons from the classroom are integrated into a student’s being. Supportive learning environments that can engage students in active, interdisciplinary learning through flexible and participatory settings plant the seeds of future innovation. To consider the entire campus as the classroom is to recognize the experiential value of all the spaces and places outside of the classroom per se that support recruitment, retention and persistence; that nurture and support community connectivity; and that form the basis for long-lasting memories and enduring alumni commitment. Complementing the evolving role of technology in education, well-designed physical environments remain especially relevant to already technologically-connected millennial and post-millennial cohorts. To promote learning as a lifelong activity, we seek to unlock the experiential potential of all spaces within a school or campus environment.

Acknowledging education’s critical role in the global knowledge economy while assisting educational institutions to do more with less, we leverage our interdisciplinary practice to provide creative academic planning and design strategies that are economical today and sustainable tomorrow.

 
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Clients

  • Anaheim Union High School District
  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Capistrano Unified School District
  • Centralia Unified School District
  • Coast Community College District
  • Colton Unified School District
  • Dixon Unified School District
  • Duarte Unified School District
  • Garden Grove Unified School District
  • Irvine Unified School District
  • Ketchum University
  • Lennox Unified School District
  • Los Angeles Community College District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Long Beach Unified School District
  • Montebello Unified School District
  • Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
  • Paramount Unified School District
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District
  • Saddleback Unified School District
  • Santa Ana Unified School District
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • Tustin Unified School District
  • University of California, Irvine
  • “Westgroup Designs is one of the most dedicated, client oriented and budget conscious architectural firms. More importantly, they listen. They listen to our needs, challenges and desires, and then they follow through.”

    - Margaret Brown, Garden Grove Unified School District Director of Facilities
+ Education Projects
% Modernizations
% Staff LEED Accredited and Green Associates
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Services

PLANNING

  • Comprehensive Land Use Planning
  • Academic and Institutional Master Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Zoning and Regulatory Analysis
  • Entitlement Processing
  • Facility Planning

ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN

  • Facility Assessment and Analysis
  • Pre-Lease Analysis and Test Fit Analysis
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Programming
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Furniture Selection & Specification
  • Art Selection
  • Construction Documents
  • Building Support and Evaluation
  • Construction Administration
  • LEED Administration
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

  • Environmental Graphic Design
  • Architectural Signage
  • Print Design/Collateral Materials

STRATEGIES

  • Sustainability Planning
  • Design Research
  • Community and User Engagement
  • Strategic Visioning and Facilitation
  • Workplace Strategy