Harding Fine Arts Academy

Project Type

Institutional: Education
Full Service, High-School: Grades 9-12


Oklahoma City, OK


157,000 SF


Interior Design


Phase 1: Complete
Programming + Schematic Design

Phase 2: In Progress

Harding Fine Arts Academy

A historic charter school with an arts-focused curriculum completes an integrated, historically preserved renovation.

After a successful community campaign and bid to purchase their historic building, Harding Fine Arts Academy engaged Gardner to provide a design solution that will upgrade the existing campus in order to better serve the students of today. The three core goals of the site programming include (1) historic preservation, (2) analysis of existing building code/accessibility, compliance, and recommendations to rectify areas of, noncompliance, and (3) program building and exterior spaces to house and enable Harding to be the premier arts integration high school.

As part of the brief, it is paramount not only that students have the opportunity to pursue academic excellence through an arts-integrated curriculum, but a building that fosters collaborative thinking via areas that allow spontaneity and flexibility moving forward while signaling to the community what the institution is all about.



Smith & Pickel

Gardner Project Team

Project Director

Jen Woods

Project Administrator

Mike Patterson

Design Associate

Jessica Black

Studio Director

Zack Woods


Jeremy Gardner