We're excited to have a fantastic speaker lineup as the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District host a Symposium on Safe and Secure Schools on October 28, 2022, in Cypress, Texas. Leading experts from school districts, public safety, mental health, and school design, construction, and operations will highlight ways safe and comfortable school environments positively impact the health, wellbeing, and academic achievement of students.

In addition, they will offer tools and strategies to design schools that perform better—while highlighting ways districts and designers can improve collaboration to advance these critical outcomes. REGISTRATION IS OPEN HERE via Eventbrite.

Sessions, Speakers

Welcome and Introductions 
Craig Schiller, CHPS Executive Director
Roy Sprague, COO Cypress Fairbanks ISD

Keynote - Building a New Table: The Synergy of School Design, Health and Safety
Dr. Kayce Solari Williams (Board President, American School Health Association)

Session 1: Design for Safe and Healthy Children
Patrick Davis (Perkins Eastman)

Lunch keynote: Biophilia and Safe Schools
Bill Browning (Terrapin, Bright Green)
Jim Determan (Craig Gaulden Davis)

Session 2: Aligning Operations and Design Panel
Moderated by Ian Holmes (PBK)

Closing session: Best Practices in High Performance Security Design as evidenced in CFISD 
Andy Simpson and Laura Carroll (IBI Group)

(NOTE: Sessions, speakers subject to change.)

Speaker bios

Dr. Kayce Solari Williams is a clinical associate professor and internship coordinator in the Health program at the University of Houston in the Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences as well as the Co-founder and CEO of Be Well Health Resources, LLC, a company focused on employee wellness training and providing equitable access to wellness information and resources. Dr. Solari Williams has been a K-12 dance and physical education teacher in Houston, Fort Bend, and Aldine school districts in Texas and is the current president of the American School Health Association's board of directors. Her current school health work focuses on the Employee Wellness component of the WSCC model, school dress code policies and disparities in violations based on race, gender, and body type, obesity prevention and active lifestyle promotion.

Patrick Davis is the K12 leader for PE Strategies, the strategic planning and consulting arm for Perkins Eastman, and a member of the CHPS Board. Through his extensive experience at two large urban school districts, Patrick has demonstrated that successful learning environments are imagined well before a design even starts and that great buildings begin with thoughtful visioning and data-informed strategic planning. Patrick’s planning has led to multi-billion-dollar investments in school facilities in Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

Bill Browning is a founding partner of sustainability consulting firm Terrapin Bright Green. One of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, he's an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. He's a leader in the area of biophilic design, and its impact on health and wellbeing.



Jim Determan is a Principal in the Baltimore office of Craig Gaulden Davis Inc. For 35 years Jim has specialized in the design of K12 and higher education facilities with emphasis on the design of spaces that enhance learning. He lead a research team, which was joined by The Salk Institute and Terrapin Bright Green, that conducted a study titled The Impact of Biophilic Learning Spaces on Student Success, which was published by the AIA in 2019. Findings show biophilic design significantly contributes to reduced student stress and enhanced learning outcomes for middle school students at a Baltimore City charter school. 

Andy Simpson is a Senior Principal in Education/Buildings at IBI Group in Houston. With a focus on public school facilities in districts across Texas, he brings 27 years of professional experience and a keen interest in stakeholder consensus to educational and municipal projects. He is a strong believer that the form of the built environment can be a great contributor to positive outcomes for student learning, He's also provided facility planning projections for cities and school districts, property condition assessments for commercial real estate developments, and building design visualizations for community support and funding initiatives.

Laura Carroll, an Associate in Architecture at IBI Group in Houston, is a registered architect with over 19 years’ experience. She has successfully worked on numerous educational, religious, commercial and historic preservation projects, with an emphasis on PreK-12 educational work. Laura’s ability to understand and meet the needs and goals of her clients and her ability to provide creative design solutions for difficult problems have been invaluable to the success of her projects.

Ian Holmes is Managing Partner in PBK's Houston office. His entire professional career, spanning 42 years of experience, has been in the field of educational architecture and he has been involved in the master planning, facility condition assessment, programming, design and administration of a large number of educational projects. Ian has participated in and led educational programs with bond/construction values ranging from $20,000,000 to over $2,000,000,000. Individual projects have spanned a diverse array of educational project types including all configurations of primary and secondary educational facilities, higher education buildings and campuses, ancillary and support facilities (administrative facilities, professional development/conference centers, technology centers, distance learning facilities), CATE and vocational curriculum centers, athletic and recreational facilities (stadia, natatoriums), etc. These educational projects have ranged from less than $100,000 to more than $170,000,000 in construction cost, and have consisted of new construction, additions, renovations, and combinations of each. Ian presently serves on the boards of professional and educational associations and has made presentations on education topics regionally and nationally.  

Ian proposes that vigorous advocacy for Safety and Security in Education be equally a personal mission as well as a professional obligation for design professionals. In addition to serving as Managing Partner for PBK’s Houston office, Ian leads PBK’s firmwide effort to advocate for Safety & Security Best Practices in all Educational Environments.”