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MAPS Center earns two awards

The Moody Innovation Institute/Moody Advanced Professional Studies (MAPS) Center at Highland Park High School has been awarded two top honors recognizing the architectural planning process and interior design that led to the creation of such a unique learning space.
The two awards are:

  • The Stars of Distinction for Excellence Award in the Planning Category was awarded by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). The project is featured in the Exhibit of School Architecture at the 2020 TASA/TASB Convention held virtually in late September. Click here to view the exhibit.

  • The Design Excellence Award in the Education Research (Design) Category was awarded by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Texas Oklahoma Chapter. The project was ranked first out of 90 submissions as the best example of design excellence in education research. 

MAPS classes

“Our MAPS program offers a unique and innovative approach to profession-based learning,” Executive Director of the Moody Innovation Institute Geoffrey Orsak said. “The space is absolutely critical to our success, that is why we are so thankful for the incredible environment created by Stantec and the HPISD team and funded by the Moody Foundation and bond program.”

The MAPS Center, which opened in the fall of 2019 and is located on the HPHS campus, provides opportunities for juniors and seniors to combine traditional coursework with collegiate-level classes and hands-on experience from industry experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics, and business.

The Moody Innovation Institute is made possible by a grant from the Moody Foundation. The MAPS Center was designed by Stantec and funded in part by the 2015 Bond Program as well as the Moody Foundation.