Gould Evans San Francisco Studio – 40th Anniversary pro-bono project
As a part of Gould Evans’s 40th anniversary and firm wide commitment to assist local community groups, the San Francisco studio wanted to take on a community oriented project with potential for big impact. In June we learned of this new, innovative, design-oriented high school wanting to open by August 11 as a public charter school in the San Mateo Union High School District and knew this was how we wanted to celebrate.
Combining Gould Evans and d.tech resources—such as furniture vendors, general contractors, staff, students and parents—the 8-week design process kicked into gear. The given space consisted of 6 standard classrooms within an existing high school campus on a double-loaded corridor; these rooms were painted beige and contained no furniture. Through a series of workshop exercises and charrettes, Gould Evans was able to create a solution framework or “kit of parts” to be implemented in each classroom. Highly flexible, the kits are designed to empower students to think critically and develop their own design skills for success in the 21st century, consistent with d.tech's progressive curriculum.
Gould Evans participated in a “maker space” day to help paint and prepare the classrooms for the school's opening day. This pro-bono collaboration and partnership with d.tech gave us the opportunity to further understand and explore educational ideas outside of the studio.
San Mateo Union High School District
5,760 SF (6 classrooms of 960 SF)
Image credits Gould Evans