Design Tech High School

Redwood City, CA

Adjacent to the San Francisco Bay, Design Tech High School ( is a ribbon-like building that runs along the edge of Oracle’s Silicon Valley campus—tying the natural shoreline, school, and tech campus together. Capturing the region’s entrepreneurial spirit, provides a platform for students to learn, experiment, and create. With a warehouse-like aesthetic, the interior acts as a blank canvas and tool shed for students and teachers to utilize in a myriad of ways. Break-out spaces are dispersed throughout the plan in a variety of types and scales, creating the connective spine of the building. At the heart of the school is a two-floor makerspace that provides flexible workshops for hands-on learning.

project features

  • 64,000-sf education facility
  • two fabrication labs (6,000-sf)
  • chemistry/biology labs
  • flexible classroom neighborhoods
  • break-out nooks
  • two-story, multi-purpose lobby
  • 2 acres of public access
  • LEED NC Gold Target


  • AIA SMC Merit Award for Interior
  • Engineering News Record, Best K-12 Education Project National
  • Gold Nugget Awards, Best Educational Project
  • Learning By Design, High School Grand Prize
  • AIA SMC/Sustainable San Mateo County, Green Building Award
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal, Best Education Project

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