SLAM is a 270-member architectural/engineering firm, with offices in 10 states in the US. We specialize in campus planning and educational facilities that foster community, respect tradition, and support the institutional mission of independent schools.


At SLAM, our vision is to provide “creativity in design to enrich lives”. We believe in creating a culture – internally and with our clients – that is safe, sustainable, and fun! We believe in wellness and mindfulness, in diversity of perspectives and the value of collaboration. We believe in listening and discussing, not telling, during the creative process. Innovation flows when ideas are shared. Our design thinkers strive for discovery-driven planning that draws on a medley of tools that will unlock complex questions to help you see your mission more clearly and be inspired to take the necessary steps towards your evolutionary success. We succeed when you succeed. SLAM is a national leader in master planning and design for Independent Schools, having completed projects on more than 55 campuses. We have successfully planned, designed, and delivered virtually every type of independent school facility. Most of our completed projects begin with master planning and we have had long-term relationships at many schools. In the past 10 years, we have completed facility master plans or updates at over 15 independent schools, which highlights the robust and relevant nature of our master planning practice. SLAM is an integrated design practice of educational programmers, planners, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, structural engineers, and construction cost estimators who all contribute to our comprehensive and collaborative approach to facilities master planning. Our expertise includes independent school specialists who have a strong knowledge of emerging 21st century learning environments and is informed by our complementary planning practice in higher education – reflecting the “PreK to Grade 16 and Beyond” educational continuum. We believe in the strength of outcome-based master planning to inform and enhance your culture.


Creativity in design to enrich lives
“The feedback from the Board about the Campus Master Plan was overwhelmingly positive. Those who had not been as intimately involved in the process were impressed with the scope and vision of the project and excited by the possibilities. Thank you for your terrific work on this and your responsiveness throughout the entire project.”
J. Thomas Woelper, Head of School, Far Hills Country Day School (Master Plan)
“We look forward to having you with us. The building is truly a gem! I hope you and your team feel as good as we do about what you have created. It is truly stunning and everything we had envisioned. It has transformed our campus.”
Randy Stevens, Head of School, St. Timothy’s School (The Gerry Sisters Five Arts & Student Center)
“As we now have time to sit back and reflect on the new dormitory, Hoerle Hall, your design and the stunning architectural features of the Building make it look like it has been there since the School opened in 1906. You combined classical architecture with the latest environmentally sound construction methods and systems. You went to great lengths to construct a curve in the Building which gives it a grace of its own. Your team of architects coupled with your construction team, brought the project in ahead of schedule and under budget. This has only added to the success of our new dormitory.”
Richardson W. Schell, Former Headmaster, Kent School (Hoerle Residence Hall)
“The building at night is a real showcase and acts as a beautiful focal point from elsewhere on the campus. Overall, the building has exceeded our expectations. Every feature has turned out to be immensely popular: the campus store, the lecture hall, the breakout spaces, the department offices, the lobby, the imaginative and flexible classrooms, and the well-lit and attractive gymnasium.”
Father Joel Konzen, Former Principal, Marist School (Academic Building/Gymnasium)