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Discovery/South Valley Campus to Receive Learnscape Project

Hollis + Miller Architects announces Liberty Public Schools as recipient of new outdoor classroom donation

Kansas City, MO – Hollis + Miller Architects is rolling up their sleeves again this summer to build a signature outdoor classroom for Discovery and South Valley middle schools, designed and built as a gift to Liberty Public Schools as part of their Learnscape initiative. 

Hollis + Miller’s Learnscape program is an annual philanthropic effort to design and build an outdoor classroom for a Kansas City metro-area school district. This purposefully designed outdoor learning environment will engage students in creative and alternative learning methods, while emphasizing engagement and exploration.

“We’re excited to share our Learnscape program with Liberty Public Schools, and their staff and students,” Client Leader Kevin Nelson said. “Learnscape is about engaging students outdoors and providing a space for experiential learning and problem solving outside of the traditional classroom.” Research shows getting students outside of their traditional four walls can allow them to process new information and develop creative, emotionally relevant connections between complex ideas.

Liberty Public Schools team members and Hollis + Miller representatives will engage in a number of collaboration exercises to connect with early learners’ mindsets and identify the goals of the space.

Later this summer, all 100+ Hollis + Miller team members will lend a hand to the build effort, under the leadership of our emerging professionals who are responsible for the design and plan of Learnscape. 

The Learnscape program began in 2013 as an opportunity for Hollis + Miller to combine its expertise as an architecture firm dedicated to designing innovative learning environments and its passion for the community in a way that can make a difference. Previously, the firm has designed and built outdoor classrooms for the Olathe, Blue Springs, North Kansas City, Shawnee Mission, Grain Valley and Raytown school districts.


ABOUT HOLLIS + MILLER ARCHITECTS: Hollis + Miller is an integrated design firm 100% committed to education and designing the future of learning environments. For 70 years, our integrated studios of architects, structural engineers, and graphic and interior designers have harnessed the power of co-creation to develop research-based designs supporting learners of all ages.