Innovative K-12 Architecture

VLK Architects has enjoyed tremendous success since 1984, growing to the fifth largest educational architecture firm in the U.S. by partnering with public school districts to build innovative facilities uniquely suited to their communities.

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Research-Based Designs

We Are Learners, Too.

There is a common element among the hundreds of educational projects in our portfolio: all are informed by a research-based examination of the curriculum and how architectural design should optimize the full potential of the teaching and learning process within the space.

Communities Get the Schools They Want


A bond referendum belongs to the community. VLK’s Bond Planning process, VLK | LINK®, is systemic and strategic, engaging the community to create a bond plan that meets current and future needs while building consensus among stakeholders. Whether during the planning or election phase, our efforts are fully coordinated, well thought out, and proactive. Our process is your district’s roadmap to victory.

Uniting Personality With Purpose


PIXEL operates at the intersection of communications and the built environment. Our experiential graphics team
works with project teams and clients to create experiences for brand identity, wayfinding, school spirit, and education. VLK has extensive experience helping clients establish, define, and communicate their brand, exploring the ways it can be expressed throughout facilities.

Curriculum Shapes Space


We only know what we know. VLK | CURATION® is the process that gives us a deep understanding of a district’s educational goals, philosophy and pedagogical practices - including student learning styles - to ensure our designs are tailored to the unique culture of our clients.

Stakeholder Engagement


VLK | LAUNCH® is at the forefront of the current trend in the charrette design process, utilizing the voice of our clients' stakeholders to develop the conceptual framework of next generation learning environments.

At The Forefront


Our learning environment design aligns with national and regional educational practices through the study of how teachers teach and students learn. Exploring the impact of architectural design on learning, it is our hope that this research will add to the already present literature about educational facilities and will further advance the practice of school design.

Technical Guidance

User Manuals

Next generation learning environments feature multiple spaces and tools to educate today’s learners. To make sure our clients get the most out of these environments, we have developed user manuals that teach the teachers how to best utilize their spaces.

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Making the connection with our PK-12 Practice is easy. Submit your name and contact information here or call us at 877-338-6193. We look forward to hearing from you.