Working closely with facility staff and community stakeholders CSDA recently completed a needs analysis and campus master plan for the International School of Krakow in Krakow, Poland. In anticipation of a 20% increase in enrollment (250 students to 300 students) the entire site was analyzed to understand existing conditions and identify special needs.

The final master plan presents a comprehensive layout (two new buildings joining two modernized buildings) to form a campus quadrangle. This new complex presents an inspiring new campus identity and provides facilities that support 21st century education principles.


Located on a highly-urbanized 15-acre site in South Los Angeles, the 351,000 sq. ft., $90,000,000 Augustus F. Hawkins High School is an example of how a school can transform a community and is one of the most highly regarded schools in the area. The school’s three Small Learning Communities (SLC) were the inspiration for the campus layout and design. Focusing on critical design and gaming, community health advocacy, and responsible indigenous social entrepreneurship, the school design provides an independent but connected home for each of its 2,025 students. Each floor of the four story structure is home to a Small Learning Community and is supported by a competition gym, practice gym and multi-purpose cafeteria/theater.

Providing 21st Century High Performance Learning Environments was the focus of the school. This was accomplished through flexible classroom spaces of varying sizes for large and small group learning, outdoor classroom and meeting spaces including an outdoor amphitheater where students can meet for class or have lunch,
and provide the technology back-bone needed to support the SLC curriculums. The school’s CHPS certification also served as a design tool for providing the school with the sustainable infrastructure needed to support the students and staff.

Project Highlights: Master Plan, New Campus, CHPS Design, 21st Century Design, Alternative Energy and Small Learning Communities (SLC).

Our Augustus F. Hawkins High School project is featured on archdaily


Using Collaborative for High Performing Schools (CHPS) criteria, the new three-story middle school (170,000sf) was designed to accommodate 1,400 students. Located on a 7.1-acre site in urban South Central Los Angeles, the school features three Small Learning Communities (SLCs) or “schools-within–a-school” that are stacked vertically. Each SLC has a separate identity and focus of study, i.e., Language Arts, Performing Arts and Sciences, and its own classrooms, science labs, administration offices and restrooms. Shared facilities include a library, multi-purpose room, gymnasium, food services, cafeteria, outdoor lunch shelter, central administration office, performing arts classrooms, playfields and outdoor plaza. A subterranean garage provides parking for 117 cars.


Built in 1926, this four-story building underwent extensive space reconfiguration, modernization and upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), fire/life safety (FLS) and California Building Code (CBC) requirements. General improvements included replacing the roof, painting the building’s interior and exterior, installing a new security system, remodeling classrooms, restrooms and the theater and constructing new playgrounds.


Sustainability was a key component to the design of a new charter elementary school (70,000sf) that will serve 600 students. The school is divided into six major learning pods, each containing four classrooms. The campus includes a food service area, library, flexible classrooms, outdoor classrooms, Zen garden, playground and a community joint-use theater (5,500sf). Designed in accordance with Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) standards the school includes a photovoltaic system (to be added in the future) that will produce energy to satisfy 30-40% of the school’s needs. The school received High Performance Incentive (HPI) certification. CSDA served as the executive architect for the project and worked in association with Marshall Lewis, AIA.

In June of 2014, G3 was featured as OPSC’s “Project of the Month.”