Following a rigorous review process, the Plano ISD announces the selection of a two-firm team to design the District’s new Fine Arts Center. Dallas-based Perkins+Will will collaborate with Portland, Oregon-based BORA Architects to deliver the project, which is the largest project in the district’s 2016 $481 million bond program established to fund multiple initiatives recommended by a community-based task force.

The design and construction of the Fine Arts Center will support the educational development of the more than 60% of Plano ISD secondary students who participate in fine arts programs. The building will include a large performance hall, studio theater and rehearsal space, black box theater, visual arts spaces and an art gallery.

 “We are extremely excited to begin the formal design process on the Fine Arts Center that will serve our award-winning fine arts programs,” said Kathy Kuddes, director for fine arts and special programs. “We believe that the creative power of the Perkins+Will/BORA team and the creative arts education team from Plano ISD will be able to realize a vision for a space that is both functional yet beautiful, educational yet professional, and a place by which students, parents, staff and our community will be inspired.”

About Plano ISD

The Plano Independent School District (Plano ISD) ( endeavors to foster the highest level of student learning. The mission of Plano ISD is to provide an excellent education for each student. Plano ISD is located 20 miles north of Dallas, Texas, and serves the residents of approximately 100 square miles in southwest Collin County, including 66 square miles in the city of Plano, northern portions of the cities of Dallas and Richardson and parts of the cities of Allen, Parker and Murphy.  Plano ISD employs more than 6,500 staff members who serve more than 55,000 students in 72 schools and 11 service facilities. Plano ISD schools empower students to be able to adapt to new learning and career opportunities throughout their lives, collaborate with, and contribute to, the global community and to be disciplined and creative in their thinking.

About Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935 and founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. The K-12 Texas Practice of Perkins+Will was established in 2003 and is comprised of 26 studio members dedicated to the planning and design of K-12 education facilities.  Over the last 14 years, the K-12 Texas Practice has completed or started work on more than 115 projects, representing over 5.5M square feet and $865 million dollars in new construction, addition and renovation projects of all types and sizes. For more information, visit

About BORA Architects

BORA is an architectural practice guided by core values of design, sustainability, innovation, and positive social impact. From a single office in downtown Portland, their practice spans the country, and their work has been recognized regionally, nationally and globally for its beauty, craft, and stewardship. Committed to involving their clients in the creative process. Exploring the intersection of education, the arts, and design, BORA’s work includes the UTPB Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, as well as the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis.  For more information, visit


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