Campus Architectural Teams

Campus Architectural Teams (CATs)

The Campus Architect Teams are instrumental in providing guidance to the design & construction professionals as they work through the process of designing a new or modernized school reflective of that campus community needs based on the principles articulated in the district's Educational Specifications and the bond budget authorized by the voters. The CATs provide input on design considerations such as a building layout, educational programming, outdoor learning spaces, collaboration space, media/library spaces, and finishes. During the design process they meet on a weekly or biweekly basis. Some design considerations, dictated by law or district policy, such as health and safety codes and accessibility are a few of the project elements not up for considerations.

The CAT will "accept" the deliverable as prepared by the designer at key points of the design process. The CAT will sign off on each milestone deliverable, thereby "accepting and acknowledging" the work. Ultimately, the district is responsible for accepting the design and authorizing construction.

  • School Principal
  • Instructional Staff
  • Administrative Staff
  • Students (for middle school and high school projects)
  • Parents (including one representative from the Campus Advisory Council)
  • Community Members

Working with the CATs are:

  • Architect & Contractors
  • Austin ISD Facility Planning, Design and Construction Staff
  • Austin ISD Teaching and Learning Staff
  • Austin ISD Maintenance/Service Center Staff

Members should attempt to remain with the team for the entire project (typically two to three years). While meetings will be open to your entire school community, the CAT members should be identified and serve as the core group to advise on the project. Below is an overview of the project implementation/design process and the CAT handbook that was developed to orientate their work. The CAT team rosters for each campus can be found on the technical website for the Bond: and on each Austin ISD School Modernization webpage on 

CAT Documents

Case Studies of Modernized Schools

Introduction to Educational Specifications

Campus Architectural Teams Meetings 

Note: Some meetings are public and non-public.
DateGroup/ Location/ TypeTime
5/29/18New Southwest Elementary CAT

6:30-8:30 p.m.

5/23/18Bowie High School CAT

5:30-7 p.m.

5/22/18Norman Library CAT

4:30-6 p.m.

5/15/18Menchaca Elementary School Community Schematic Design Meeting

6-7 p.m.

5/15/18New Blazier Relief CAT Meeting at Blazier Elementary School

4-6:30 p.m.

5/11/18Brown Elementary CAT at T.A. Brown Temporary site on Barrington Elementary Campus

9-11:30 a.m.

5/08/18New Southwest Elementary CAT6–8:30 p.m.
5/08/18Govalle Elementary CAT4–6 p.m.
5/08/18Norman/Sims Project CAT Kickoff3:30–5 p.m.
5/07/18Menchaca Elementary CAT  2–4 p.m.
5/03/18Govalle Community Meeting5:30- 6:30 p.m.
5/02/18Bowie High School CAT5:30–7 p.m.
5/01/18Govalle Elementary CAT4–6 p.m.
5/01/18Doss Elementary CAT Conceptual Design Final Review3:15PM–4:15PM 
4/30/18Ann Richards School Community Meeting5:30-7 p.m.
4/27/18Brown Elementary CAT at T.A. Brown Temporary site on Barrington Elementary Campus9–10:30 a.m.
4/25/18Bowie High School CAT5:30–7:30 p.m.
4/25/18Murchison Middle School CAT Vision Finalization4–6 p.m.
4/24/18Ann Richards School Project Execution Committee Meeting  - Schematic Design8:30–10:30 a.m.
4/24/18Southwest Elementary CAT  – Visioning  at Kiker ES6–8:30 p.m.
4/24/18Govalle Elementary CAT4–5 p.m.
4/24/18Doss Elementary CAT3:15–4:15 p.m.
4/23/18Menchaca Elementary CAT 2-4 p.m.