Jim French, FAIA, leads DLR Group’s Global K-12 Studio and is one of the most respected K-12 designers in the United States. He has led the design of more than $1.5 billion-worth of educational facilities and has a thorough understanding of how kids learn. Jim speaks regularly to education audiences at events across the country, including the Association for Learning Environments; National School Boards Association; and the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education.
He has combined nearly three decades of exclusive education planning experience with award-winning design talent to elevate educational opportunities in communities across the country, including Houston, Joplin, Mo., Kansas City, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Omaha, and Seattle. Young at heart, Jim is a lifelong learner always searching for the next unique design element that will enhance teaching and learning. His passion for incorporating a community’s vision into a design solution helped DLR Group become the first firm to win the Association for Learning Environments’ James D. MacConnell Award – the K-12 design industry’s top honor – two consecutive years running.