Case Study Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy

Project Details
Project: Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy
Segment: Education
Location: DeSoto, Texas
Designer / Architect: Perkins+Will
Contractor: One Source Flooring

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Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy, Inspiring STEM Learning Through Design

An inspiring and legendary woman to many, Katherine Johnson was one of the first African-American mathematicians employed by NASA, and her hand calculations planned the trajectory of America’s first trip to space.

Her legacy lives on in DeSoto, Texas, where the DeSoto Independent School District named the Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy (KJTMA) in celebration of the famed mathematician. The 109,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art building was completed in August 2018, and developed with progressive, biophilic design concepts as a foundation for an emphasis on STEM and outdoor learning.

The school district called on architecture and design firm Perkins+Will to design the technology-focused elementary school, and the firm left no leaf unturned when planning the design. From biophilic design at every turn, to wayfinding inspired by a computer circuit board, KJTMA is designed to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.


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