British International School of Houston

Fanning Howey + House Partners

Project of Distinction 2017 Education Design Showcase

British International School of Houston

Project Information

Facility Use: Other
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Whole Building/Campus Design
Location: Houston, TX
District/Inst.: Nord Anglia Education
Chief Administrator: Andrew Derry
Completion Date: August 2016
Gross Area: 280,000 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 175 sq. ft.
Site Size: 33 acres
Current Enrollment: 1,600 students
Capacity: 2,000 students
Cost per Student: $29,000
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $207.14
Total Cost: $58,000,000

British International School of HoustonThe dramatic facade of British International School of Houston (BISH) serves as testament to a design effort focused on transparency and connectivity. As part of one of the world’s leading premium schools organizations, BISH collaborates with organizations such as MIT and The Julliard School to deliver a comprehensive global curriculum. With the design of its Houston campus, BISH students now have a dynamic new partner—the building.

Walking through the entrance, a four-story atrium greets students with a view of everything the school has to offer. An extensive use of glass provides views into maker spaces, science laboratories, and a design technology center where students participate in hands-on problem solving. At the center of the atrium is the second-floor research commons, called the Agora, which serves architecturally and philosophically as the hub of the school.

British International School of HoustonBISH has a strong focus on educating the whole child. A Performing Arts Center supports the school’s partnership with The Julliard School, and an Aquatics Center and outdoor sports fields serve the school and community.

Since opening in 2016, teachers and students have praised the campus, with Principal Andrew Derry calling BISH, “The most pedagogically-advanced school building in the world.”

Judges Comments

Good collaborative learning spaces. Resembles high-ed facility which is great for the upper-grade students. School’s transparency allows instructors to see into classrooms and monitor students.

British International School of HoustonArchitect(s):

Fanning Howey + House Partners