College & Career Prep, High Schools

Milan Center for Innovative Studies

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01 Project Overview
The new Milan Center for Innovative Studies (MCIS) prepares students for the future in one of the most progressive learning environments in the state of Michigan.

Seniors spend half of their school day at MCIS, where they develop and execute group projects under the guidance of faculty. The curriculum was developed in partnership with the district and Dr. Thom Markham, an expert on project-based learning. MCIS includes a mixture of learn labs and resource labs grouped around a large innovation zone. Interior glass and open environments create a university-level atmosphere and encourage collaboration and the cross-pollination of ideas. From collaboration to individual study, the variety of learning environments throughout MCIS support all of the different ways in which modern students learn.


College & Career Prep, High Schools


Milan Area Schools


Milan, MI


23,000 New SF


Support the district's newly-created project-based learning curriculum

Create 21st century learning environments that provide "spatial agility"

03 Services & Recognition

The learning environment is fluid. You can see it as the students move through the space. I love watching the magic happen as the students come in every morning.  This is Disneyland for me.

Kevin Upton, MCIS Director
Milan Area Schools
Milan, MI
Services Provided


Interior Design



Awards & Recognition

2014 Crow Island Citation
American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase

2014 Grand Prize
School Planning & Management Education Design Showcase

2014 Citation of Excellence
Learning By Design

2013 John Shaw Award
Council of Educational Facility Planners International, Midwest/Great Lakes Chapter