TruexCullins Leads Master Planning Project for the Lincoln School in Nepal
TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design continues to expand its work with international schools through its latest partnership with the Lincoln School in Kathmandu, Nepal to develop a Master Plan that addresses serious issues facing the school.
Established in 1954, the Lincoln School is a non-profit, independent Pre-K to 12 English language school with students and faculty from over 30 countries. With growing concerns about air quality, security, and flexibility for future growth, the Lincoln School seeks to create a road map for the next five years that also strengthens its tradition of student-centered, inquiry-based education.
This road map will include the addition of multi-story buildings on its campus and a plan to use the property more efficiently. For a seismically-active region, increased density and height will require special attention to structural design. “When working on international school projects, we take special care to listen to our clients and design spaces that are appropriate to each locale and culture,” explains David Epstein, Managing Principal at TruexCullins.
Through a dynamic and engaging academic curriculum focused on the well-being of the “whole student,” the Lincoln School strives to help students become independent and self-aware thinkers in a multicultural community. TruexCullins will support this goal by utilizing the Whole Child Framework, a concept used in guiding K-12 education projects that is based on the idea that schools should be designed to meet the social emotion, physical, and academic needs of each child. As schools transform to accommodate 21st century learning, important factors such as wellness, security, sustainability, and community engagement have become key drivers in school design.
The proposed master planning project at the Lincoln School is slated to begin this fall and completed in March 2020. “With our assistance, the master plan process can be a comprehensive conversation with community input including administration, faculty, staff, parents and students,” says David Epstein.
TruexCullins has successfully worked with international schools in Brazil, Paris, Belgium, Moscow, Sofia, Bucharest, Prague, Latvia, and beyond to develop both master plans and built projects. As experts in sustainable design, TruexCullins has designed eight LEED Certified buildings, including the Anglo-American School of Sofia, which received LEED Gold Certification.