Jim Beal and Corey Johnson (principals and co-leaders of CTA’s Education studio), along with architect Alex Bingham and interior designer Sandi Rudy, are designing Austin, Texas’s new Waterloo School. The private high school has core values of Belonging, Mentorship, Restoration, Complexity, Flourishing, Growth, and Generosity; and will focus on incorporating the city of Austin as a classroom.
Recently, the team presented a design charrette and used an Oculus immersive VR experience to allow for walking through the space and experiencing how the client’s vision was achieved. The space is designed as a “flexible, super studio” that accommodates a wide variety of learning models. The “21.5-Century” collaborative concept will transition students from childhood spaces to adult spaces and is scheduled to open in fall 2019.