Project DescriptionBaltimore Design School is a new Baltimore City Public combined middle and high school with a focus on Fashion Design, Architectural Design, and Graphic Design.
The new $19 million, 115,000-square foot school is created from an abandoned historic factory building. The building’s transformation from blight to a state-of-the-art facility within the confines of a minimal budget demonstrates the power of design through best practices for historic renovation, adaptive reuse, educational design, and sustainable design.
A driving force in creating the Baltimore Design School was the desire to develop creativity and design-informed critical thinking skills for public school students. The design team collaborated closely with the school Board and curriculum advisors to create a building that supports the mission to cultivate students who see problems that need new solutions, who envision possibilities, and who imagine a better world.