Houston ISD High School for Law and Justice

Houston, TX

Project Description

In November 2013, Houston Independent School District announced plans to relocate its magnet high school specializing in law enforcement to a new location several miles away just outside downtown Houston. It is sited on a major street across from a stop for a light rail line with direct connections to the University of Houston and downtown courthouse facilities. All these now serve as resources to students in the magnet school’s criminal justice program.

The 115,502-square-foot building is primarily composed of two distinct learning centers that balance the school around “Justice” and “Law”. A courtroom is the heart of the school, front and center at the entry and in the Main Commons. Visible to the street, it sits on the ground floor of a tall element centered in glass, which also houses the law library above. This glass element serves as an architectural fulcrum between Justice and Law.