Milton Powell & Partners

The Academy of Irving ISD
Irving ISD
Irving, Texas

The 193,000 sq.ft. high school academy is designed around an innovative instructional model that incorporates rigorous academic expectations with specific awareness of career goals for 1300 Full Time Equivalent ninth-twelfth grade students. The academic framework is composed of six areas of specialization including (1) Advanced & Applied Technology Studies (2) Legal & International Studies (3) Medical & Dental Studies (4) Entrepreneurship & Tourism Studies (5) Visual Arts & Communication Studies and (6) Education & Early Childhood Studies.

Located on twenty-three acres of steeply sloping terrain overlooking a golf course, the three-story building is constructed into the hillside and is organized around an atrium that includes a food court and the public space of each specialization, such as the courtroom and the medical clinic.

Architecturally, the steel-framed building is clad in multiple tones of stone-faced block and composite metal panels, simultaneously representing the geological “slice” into the hillside as well as the transition from old to new educational systems. Abundant natural light enters through clerestories and sunscreen-shaded windows.

The Academy of Irving ISD is a project of Powell/PSP Architects, which is a permanent association of Milton Powell & Partners and PageSoutherlandPage.


  • “Ahead of the Curve”
    Metal Architecture, March 2004
    Bob Fittro, Editor-In-Chief

  • “Portfolio”
    Texas Architect, January/February 2003
    Jacqueline Phung, Intern

Design Awards:

  • James D. MacConnell Award of Excellence
    Program Finalist - 2004
    Council of Educational Facility Planners International

  • Walter Taylor Architecture Award
    Outstanding Educational Environment - 2003
    American Institute of Architects /
    American Association of School Administrators /
    Council of Educational Facility Planners International

  • Project of Distinction Award - 2002
    Council of Educational Facility Planners International

  • Design Award / School Architecture Exhibit - 2002
    Texas Association of School Boards /
    Texas Association of School Administrators

  • Impact on Learning Award - 2002
    School Planning & Management /
    Council of Educational Facility Planners International