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Langley High School Mural

Langley High School

McLean, VA

A low-slung, nondescript 1960s high school gets new life with a modernization and expansion that reimagines a previously underutilized courtyard as the heart of the school's new presence.

This comprehensive modernization and expansion of a bland and aging 1960s building knits the school more closely to its community and transforms it into a civic landmark and welcoming learning environment. An impressively scaled and simple volume of the new library addition anchors a collage of new forms that assert a civic presence in the community, and provide the backdrop to a new landscape amphitheater in the front yard.

Major additions are arranged to clarify the building’s organization, to be readily understood as a completed whole, and to be easily navigated. The low-slung two-story structure is reorganized around a substantial but underutilized courtyard that was reimagined as the heart of the school community. A mural by Frank Design, Perkins Eastman’s experiential graphic design studio, reinforces the student body’s unity and diversity.

Project Facts

  • Client:

  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Project Features:

  • STEM-oriented Component
  • Services:

  • Campus Planning
  • Markets:

  • K-12 Education
  • Region:

  • United States
  • Studios:

  • Washington, DC


  • 2019 Best Design Award: Renovation/Additions for Secondary School, The Association for Learning Environments Virginia
  • 2019 Merit Award, AIA NoVa
  • 2017 Merit Award, Institutional category, Fairfax County Planning & Development