A Day in the Life of a Student at a School-of-Choice

What does a typical day look like for a student at San Antonio Independent School District? Robyn Popa, a Principal at Pfluger, shadowed an eighth-grade student at Rhodes Middle School to find out, and then reported back to our office in a “lunch and learn” presentation. Here’s what she learned: Rhodes is a “Technology & Media Internal Charter” school for SAISD, which means its students can choose to attend the campus (via an application process). The school follows a traditional … Read more

Austin ISD PAC Sustainability Dedication

Every once in a while, you have the opportunity to work on one of those “once-in-a-lifetime” projects. The Austin ISD Performing Arts Center is certainly one of them. Pfluger was proud to attend the sustainability dedication ceremony for the LEED Gold facility, which also received a 5-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building, the highest award available. The Austin ISD Performing Arts Center is a state of the art facility designed specifically to enhance the arts experience for each and every … Read more

AISD Performing Arts Center wins Austin Green Award

The inaugural Austin Green Awards were held on November 9, 2016, where the Austin Independent School District’s New Performing Arts Center was recognized as one of the first winners. Click Here to view the 2016 Awardees: https://www.austingreenawards.org/2016-awardees.html The Austin Green Awards is Austin’s first recognition program to specifically highlight the outstanding accomplishments in the broad arena of sustainable design and innovation. The Celebration recognized the winners and highlighted innovative, forward facing design strategies that respond to rapidly evolving environmental, social, and health … Read more

The Majestic Proscenium of the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center

The main auditorium of the Austin Independent School District’s performing arts center, in Austin, Texas, exhibits the form and craftsmanship of a violin or cello. With its elegant curves and rich material palette, the 1,200-seat venue, visible from the street through the glazed curtainwalls of the center’s lobby, appears as a precious object on display in a glass case. Stepping inside the auditorium is like slipping into the body of the instrument. Nearly every exposed surface is wood, including the … Read more

Lunch & Learn: Gordon Huether

A special Lunch and Learn opportunity took place this past week when Darcy Tunt, Director at Gordon Huether Studios, spoke to us about incorporating art into architecture. Darcy presented a number of case studies that show how Gordon gives careful consideration of the artwork and installation in context to the space and its users. The main point she made is that when art is incorporated into architecture from the initial design phase, costs are lowered, deadlines are met, and the … Read more