Mike Baker, AIA, is a Parkhill Principal and the Director of K-12 Design. His experience includes directing complex master plan exercises with K-12 clients while building consensus among facility users and community partners. Baker has led the design of almost 3 million square feet of educational facilities. His expertise lends an understanding of how diverse learning styles and modalities can affect a school‘s built environment. Baker was part the Parkhill’s architecture team that was invited by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to develop its 21st Century Educational Specifications and analyze their impact on school design. In 2012, he presented The Influence of 21st Century Education Principles on K-12 School Facility Design to his peers at the Texas Society of Architects annual convention in Austin, Texas. Baker has led collaborative design charrettes that have influenced innovative master plans and many award-winning designs like Snyder Elementary School in Snyder, Texas, Lubbock-Cooper Laura Bush Middle School in Lubbock, Texas, and Heroes Elementary in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

“I believe Building Community is the opportunity to enrich our citizens in the way they live, learn, worship, and work through the projects we are a part of.  I believe we also have a more indirect responsibility—by giving back to our clients, and community – especially those less fortunate, or who struggle to meet the challenges that each day presents.”