Kimberly Coffeen

Kimberly Coffeen



“Every school is a unique ecosystem – a reflection of vision and aspirations. Rooted in the ‘Human by Design’ approach is a process that honors and reveals the dynamic human experience contained within each school community.”

Early in her career, Kimberly took a special interest in studying the changing landscape of school design and how schools could accommodate the educational needs of both present and future students. She continues to study research from all over the world to understand the factors that create transformational educational spaces. She also conducts her own surveys with each new client, soliciting input from teachers, staff and students to come up with a design that reflects their desires and needs. Working with Perkins Eastman’s Design Research group to set survey criteria, she is able to measure a school’s needs and priorities today but interpret them with an eye toward future changes in education and learning. In addition to her architectural work, Kimberly served as director of planning for the Irvine Unified School District from 2014-2019, where she managed 25 school upgrades and three new-school designs to better understand the holistic process of designing, funding, and building schools.

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With a focus on K-12 campus master planning, educational specifications, and programming, Kim is a resource for best design strategies, from the greatest impact on student outcomes to optimal space planning. She has presented at a number of conferences to advocate for sustainable schools, high-performance learning environments, and effective community engagement.


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  • +1 (714) 640-8238
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  • Education

  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, B.Arch
  • San Diego State University, Certification as Accredited Learning Environment Planner
  • Parsons School of Design, Certificate in Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects - Orange County
  • Coalition of Adequate School Housing
  • Association for Learning Environments
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards