Connecting the Built Environment, Community, and Curriculum: Butner Elementary


Parkhill, Smith & Cooper


PlusUs worked with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, an architectural design firm working primarily in the public sector, to design 20 interventions that connect the school community, physical space, and curriculum in a project-based elementary school to be constructed in 2017. The school’s identity system is rooted in their desire to develop global citizens. Sections of the school are designed to represent the seven different continents.

The learning interventions are designed to reflect the school’s commitment to P21’s Framework for 21st Century Learning, The Buck Institute’s Gold Standard PBL guide, VIF International’s Global Competence Indicators, and elementary grade level Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

In addition, we developed a curriculum framework that assists teachers in building inquiry-driven lesson plans around these interventions.


Environmental Graphic Design
Print and Signage Design
Curriculum Design