Marquette University High School

The addition and renovations prepare the school for a new generation of teaching and learning, while respecting its rich history and Jesuit tradition.

Need: Modernize learning environments and expand academic areas

Solution: Build a two-story addition with renovations to the existing building

Result: A 21-century college preparatory educational facility that maintains the Jesuit tradition and history throughout the building


  • American Society of Interior Designers Wisconsin Chapter Award (Bronze)
Students work in front of large windows on the second level of the lounge

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Milwaukee, WI


57,600 sq ft (renovation); 29,000 sq ft (addition)

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Uniting Rich History with Modern Trends

design features

The renovated spaces at Marquette University High School include a secure entry, campus ministry, counseling, administration areas, faculty offices, and classrooms. The addition includes a new academic success center, large-tiered lecture hall, collaboration areas for large- and small-group instruction, and areas for one-on-one meetings.

A light-filled staircase connects the second and third floors within the addition, and ancillary spaces around the stair provide opportunities for informal gathering and study.

On the third floor, an outdoor “porch” hugs the addition providing students the ability to study outside or simply step out for fresh air. Natural light abounds while re-programming has improved departmental adjacencies benefitting students, staff and faculty.

A view of the brightly-lit lobby featuring tall clerestory windows and a tile mosaic of the school emblem on the floor
Students study in chairs and high-top seating in front of a curved bay of windows in the lower lounge
Students work under a barrel-vaulted ceiling in the school library
An overall view of a renovated lecture room featuring several rows of tiered desks and seating
A view of a science classroom with large windows that provide views and natural light
A view of the terrazzo stair leading to a bright, naturally-lit atrium surrounded by elegant wooden wall panels
An exterior view of the building's main entrance

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