Hector De Santiago, AIA, CNU-A, is a Principal and a Studio Leader in Parkhill’s K-12 Sector. He has developed expertise in educational projects over the past 23 years. De Santiago has led project teams that have provided innovative and sound design solutions. A great example is Pebble Hills High School, which was completed in the fall of 2015. The team lead by De Santiago designed the original 9th Grade Center (Phase I), which was master-planned from the beginning to be a full-fledged high school. Subsequently, Hector and the Parkhill team designed Phases II, III and finally IV while the school remained operational. The final project resulted in a state-of-the-art new high school for the district.

De Santiago has a keen sense of his clients’ project goals; his design philosophy is that the client is an integral part of the design process and, through collaboration with the design team, contributes to the overall success of the project. This is most evident with the design of three new elementary schools for Ector County ISD. The district had a vision with a new education delivery model that Parkhill was already designing in other parts of the world known as 21st Century (21C) Learning Environments. This was an exciting project wherein he collaborated with district leadership on designing spaces that would guide instructors on implementing the new educational delivery. These highly collaborative deliveries include peer-to-peer learning, instructor as facilitator, team teaching, technology-intensive and project-based learning.