Steven Huegli (SH): Architects are focused on zero-net energy design as a key tactic for tackling climate change. Yet an important lesson of the recently completed classroom buildings at College Prep is that sustainability is more of an outcome than a driver of the campus vision. Can you share how that works?
Monique DeVane (MD): We think carefully about how our campus expresses our values because we have so little land to work with, just five acres. So every move has to optimize our space relative to our mission which is centered around our students and what we believe kids of this age need. This starting premise led us to a set of values – simplicity, connection, balance, and stewardship – that really frame our campus vision.