The Cooper School

The Cooper School is a private K-5 school in Charleston, SC dedicated to the ?holistic education of children through academic excellence, stewardship of the environment, activity and creativity.?  Grounded in a philosophy where children learn in social and collaborative groups, the School’s vision for their facilities calls for  aesthetically pleasing indoor and outdoor learning spaces designed to enhance their mission, buildings that are sensitive to the environment, classrooms that encourage self-directed learning in a flexible, social context and a model that can educate other schools about environmentally conscious building.

To advance this vision, The Cooper School commissioned McMillan Pazdan Smith to design a new front door and a striking street presence for the school through close collaboration with faculty and students.  The firm leveraged a limited budget into a design that offers program flexibility and establishes clear pedestrian and vehicular circulation paths for the site.