Rawson Saunders is a mixed-use complex for students with dyslexia, a teaching institute, and faculty offices. This project encourages institutes that provide alternative education to stay in urban areas of Austin due to their ability to bring awareness and support to different causes. Dyslexia is common among creatives and scholars. Attention was spent to identify their needs such as: plenty of open air, highly focused rooms, and daily activities including the arts and sports.
This project seeks to highlight the program that makes Rawson Saunders special such as using an axis to align a library, alternative learning spaces, and heads of school so that the rooms look at each other from across the site. These spaces are cantilevered and serve as thresholds that mark entry and points of interest. Swaths of landscape guide students from underground to above ground and serve as a daily communal space for pick up and drop off. The gym opens to one of the largest trees on the site and to a field of trees where running and play can vary. The landscape serves as the glue that holds together the institutes and creates moments of interest throughout the day.