Farmington High School Tour


AIA Northern Utah Section

The architectural team will present an overview of the design process that went into the design of Farmington High School. District representatives will be present to help answer questions and provide their views on how the building allows different learning styles to take place and can be adaptable for future needs. A focus will be given to the focus of creating spaces that allow for innovation and flexibility in education.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn how to ask the right questions and find  relevant information to inform the design - determining the clients' priorities while providing new information to help guide the discussion.    
  2. How to find opportunities for flexible learning  spaces. Learning does not need to be confined to a traditional classroom. We  will look at spaces throughout the building that facilitate group and individualized learning opportunities, which improves the welfare of students who are there to learn everyday.
  3. Understanding the needs of your client. Every  school district will have different priorities that need to drive design  decisions. Using a steering committee to provide guidance and answers during  the design phase will lead to a school that meets their specific needs, which include energy / sustainability goals, social goals, and staff goals.
  4. Setting goals to achieve a zero energy High  School. The building should promote health and well-being for students as  well as comfort and cost savings over the life of the building. Attendees will learn about tools and best practices  employed by the design team  to achieve zero energy.


Members: $12

Non-Members: $15


Jeanne Jackson, FAIA

Jeanne is a pioneer in the design of   innovative educational facilities, which she has specialized since 1990. She is passionate about creating spaces that offer a stimulating and exciting learning environment for young people. Jeanne  has had extensive experience in the planning and design of numerous schools that have garnered national, regional, and local awards. Notable award-winning projects include  Odyssey Elementary (the first Net Zero Energy school/building in Utah), West Point Middle School, winner of the prestigious James D. MacConnell Award, Farmington High School, and Centennial Jr. High School. She is past Chair of the National AIA Committee on Architecture for Education and a past president of the Utah Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments. Jeanne also serves on the Board of the NAAB, the organization that accredits schools of architecture nationally.  She was awarded the Silver Medal from the AIA Western Mountain Region in 2016. In 2013 Jeanne was elected to the AIA College of Fellows, the first woman in Utah to achieve this honor.

Alex Booth, AIA

Alex approaches architecture with passion and intensity. He has loved being part of the architectural profession since 2002. As a Principal at VCBO Architecture, Alex has been at the forefront of research and design for educational spaces with a focus on “Future Learning.” He believes educational design needs to be focused on creating spaces that facilitate flexibility and adaptations by users, not only throughout the life of the building, but hour by hour throughout the day. The ideal learning environment is unique by district, school, teacher and student; therefore the architectural solution needs to be able to meet the needs of all those users. Alex has researched and toured dozens of schools across the United States and presented on the topic of future learning both locally and nationally. He has spent time teaching and this has helped him gain unique perspectives as a teacher and a deeper understanding of the differing needs and abilities of students. Alex approaches every project eager to learn and design with the client to reach an architectural solution that meets each project’s specific needs.


Image credits

Farmington High School

VCBO Architecture