What We Believe

We believe that great design helps students and teachers do great things.

01Philosophy 02Sustainability 03Our Expertise
01 Philosophy

Learning environments have a powerful impact on education. It is Fanning Howey’s mission to design facilities that maximize positive educational outcomes and improve student performance.

We passionately believe in the idea that successful design arises from a well-conceived response to the needs of the learning environment. As a result, our approach is intentionally student-centered. Listening, asking the right questions and developing empathy are key aspects of our process.

At Fanning Howey, we also believe in providing strong leadership to help schools, teachers and communities move toward a better future. Our thought leaders bring best practices from across the nation, providing our clients with an understanding of trends in educational facility design. Our deep expertise creates future-ready educational communities that thrive in a rapidly-changing world.

Fanning Howey thought leaders recently spoke to Edutopia about The Architecture of Ideal Learning Environments.
02 Sustainability

Fanning Howey believes that sustainability is crucial to a thriving and resilient learning community.

As architects, interior designers and engineers, we have a responsibility to preserve resources and create a better world for future generations. That is why our firm is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and an ENERGY STAR® partner. Our internal thought leadership program connects professional from multiple disciplines and offices to promote understanding of sustainable issues and encourage innovation in our field.

Previously named one of the Top 100 Green Design Firms by Engineering News-Record, Fanning Howey has experience with everything from LEED-certified buildings to Zero Energy-ready campuses.

Fanning Howey team members designed Colonel Smith Middle School to be the first Net-Zero K-12 school in the state of Arizona.
03 Our Expertise
  • Elementary Schools

    Fanning Howey design elementary schools to prepare students for a rapidly-changing world.

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  • Middle Schools

    Our middle school designs focus on more than transition. They empower transformation.

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  • High Schools

    Fanning Howey designs high schools that teach students how to become global citizens.

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  • Pre-Bond

    We help clients succeed in the classroom and at the ballot box.

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  • Higher Education

    Fanning Howey designs for organizational and educational success

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  • Athletics

    Our design solutions meet the needs of athletes and mathletes.

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  • Pools

    We design pools that work for everyone.

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  • Performing Arts

    Fanning Howey designs environments where every student can find their voice.

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  • College & Careers

    We put students on a path to success by designing real-world learning environments.

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