PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
Pembroke Hill School
Kansas City, MO
Pembroke Hill is one of the leading independent schools in the Midwest. It serves 1,200 students in grades pre-K through 12 on two suburban campuses. We completed master plans to strengthen the sense of community on both campuses by carefully integrating the design of new buildings and reconfiguring the open spaces between them.
Wornall Campus (Lower School): The 7-acre site was redesigned to rationalize open space, parking, and access, and to create a new main campus quadrangle facing a large public park. The construction of a new 16,000 sf Early Childhood Center reinforced the edge of the campus' central quad.
Ward Parkway Campus (Middle and Upper Schools): A group of buildings introduced in the 1960s related poorly to the scale and spatial arrangement of the original 18-acre Georgian-style campus. Inspired by Jefferson’s example at the University of Virginia, we focused attention on the dominant position at the uphill end of the original quadrangle by creating a classical focal point (the new library facade). We reshaped the central landscape, emulating Jefferson’s grass terraces that step downward to the east toward an open view of playing fields and a city parkway beyond. This plan guided the development of several new buildings and completely transformed the campus.