Willowcreek Middle School

Alpine School District

Lehi, Utah


The Willowcreek Middle School design is focused on curriculum and enhancing the teaching of all subjects effectively and collaboratively.  Central to the design is the ability for team teaching and multi-age learning, through educational neighborhoods and houses. This school within a school concept neatly distributes the 1500 to 1800 student population into smaller, more intimate learning families.  The uniquely-colored academic houses are based on themes like Wonder, Wisdom, Whimsical, World, Whole and Willpower and contain collaborative centers surrounded by classrooms.  The collaborative spaces enable teachers to team teach interdisciplinary subjects. The curriculum-based design provides expanded opportunities for learning in multiple settings and seeks to inspire students to develop strengths and gain new skills.  Plus, each house includes a centralized teacher preparation space.





project size

187,500 sf


principal in charge

Vern Latham



Summer 2003



2006 Shirley Cooper Award | American Association of School Administrators (AASA)/AIA/CEFPI


2005 Middle School Citation Award | American Schools and University Architectural Portfolio


2005 Citation Award | DesignShare School Facility Design Awards


2004 Grand Prize Design Award | Learning By Design


2004 Impact on Learning Award, Non-Traditional Learning Spaces | School Planning and Mgmt


2003 Citation Award | Design Share Awards for Innovative Schools





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