San Mateo High School

San Mateo High School

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1920s Brick Building Modernization

San Mateo Union High School District | San Mateo, CA
370 students | 19,700 sf

Originally constructed as a shops building, this project restored and renovated the last remaining, yet long neglected, 1920s building on the San Mateo High School campus. Providing much needed large meeting spaces, art studios and general classrooms, the building was seismically upgraded throughout, historically restored on the exterior, and outfitted with new technology, industrial materials and modern amenities on the inside. The interior also showcases QKA’s utilization of the space’s vastness and a clerestory to bring in northern light – making the district’s vision of a space that is both modern and supports its learning curriculum, yet historically preserved.


  • 2016 Award of Excellence, Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award | Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) & American Institute of Architects/California Council (AIACC)
  • 2016 Merit Award | American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Redwood Empire


  • Historic Renovation
  • Seismic Retrofit