Culture + History, School and Community

This session will compare two urban areas – Los Angeles, CA and San Antonio, TX, and how two high schools are responding to community desires to maintain the important history and culture of the past while bringing the facilities up-to-date and changing the architecture to support next-generation teaching and learning. Community engagement strategies and educational signage and graphics help communicate each site’s special history in unique ways.     Lanier HS of San Antonio, TX, is home to the Engineering Career Institute, a district magnet program offering students opportunity to focus in one of four different strands or majors. The 181,000 SF academic building, built in 1975, is the focus of major renovation work on the 1700 student campus.    Roosevelt HS in Los Angeles, CA is a large, comprehensive high school with a rich history of immigrant groups in the area with artwork and murals being preserved while new construction replaces demolition.

Stephanie Matsuda-Strand, Project Designer, LPA, inc.;

Julia Hawkinson, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, WELL AP, Senior Facilites Development Manager, Los Angeles Unified School District;

Federico Cavazos, Project Architect, LPA, inc.


OBJ #1  Recognize broad community engagement strategies and the importance to the success of a public project.

OBJ #2  Understand how to approach stakeholders who have a personal connection to historical components of a site.

OBJ #3  Communicate the objective of an  “interpretive program” in the form of signage and graphics.

OBJ #4  Become familiar with principles of historic preservation and when to engage an expert.