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Educational, Historic, Planning, Historic, Sustainable

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Washington International School (WIS) is a coeducational independent school offering 900 students a challenging STEM focused International Baccalaureate curriculum and rich language program from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The historic campus is within a landmarked residential neighborhood with tight site restraints. Ziger|Snead is working closely with the school to advance their planning goals through careful evaluation of existing master planning efforts.

Ziger|Snead proposes a shift from STEM to STE(A)M, incorporating the arts alongside science, technology and math. Rather than providing a new building filled with only science labs, classrooms offering the flexibility for varied teaching modalities will enhance Washington International School’s mission. Inquiry-based learning engages students in all languages, including science, art, and mathematics. All forms of communication are language-based, and a multi-disciplinary approach to new construction offers the ability to leverage the overlaps and connections inherent in the mission of Washington International School.

The team continues to asses the limitations and opportunities in the consideration of future construction.


Design Team: Steve Ziger; Douglas Bothner; Darragh Brady; Matthew Rouse; Jeremy Chinnis

Location: Washington, DC

Construction Cost: $21,000,000 estimated

Area: 32,500 sf

Program: flexible classrooms/labs, maker space, faculty/student hub, music practice rooms, library, gallery, parking