PK–12 Expertise


Schools and school districts today face challenges on every front. FGM helps educators overcome these challenges by creating quality learning environments that support their educational mission, encourage collaboration between students, faculty, parents and the community and allow the schools to retain the highest quality faculty and staff.

Our PK–12 educational planning and design is driven by our expertise in:

  • Health/life safety and maintenance
  • Curriculum issues and educational philosophy
  • Educational facility programming, planning and design
  • Educational project funding, including grants
  • Building systems and materials
  • Interior design, graphic design/wayfinding and furnishings
  • Sustainability

We recognize the importance of a school not only to its students, faculty, staff and administrators, but to the entire community as well. With a clear vision, collaborative process and attention to detail, we strive to create rich, sustainable learning environments that provide a proud heritage for decades to come.


Our PK–12 practice is led by a team of experts with extensive experience in all educational project types—from maintenance and renovations to additions and new construction. We also actively participate, often in leadership roles, in:

  • Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA)
  • Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO)
  • Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA)
  • American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
  • American Architectural Foundation (AAF), Design for Learning Council
  • American Institute of Architects Committee of Architecture for Education (AIA CAE)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)


First and foremost, we partner with our clients, as our many long-term clients can attest. We also excel at bringing together the experts a project may require—engineers, specialty consultants, construction managers, contractors and other architects—to leverage a broad knowledge base of best practices, trends, codes and approaches to long-term maintenance and building operational needs. Through this collaborative process, we are able to design environments that meet our clients’ expectations, are sensitive to their limitations and achieve their educational mission.


Because educational projects face deep public scrutiny, we are facilitators and consultants as much as we are architects. As we lead our clients through the project, we can advise our clients beyond the building, to ensure that all needs are met.

Our process involves five structured steps: data gathering, creation of the project’s vision, development of the program, exploration of alternative solutions and analysis and decision-making to arrive at the best solution. This helps us quantify needs, identify options and receive input in a well thought-out manner that gets all stakeholders—within the client’s internal organization and within the broader community—on board and excited. The results are projects completed on time and on budget, with facilities that ultimately achieve the client’s vision and serve as true centers of the community.