Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain

Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain

Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is located on 35 acres near the entrance to Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area. The campus setting is a student-friendly cluster of four buildings: Lower School, Middle School, Shared Spaces Building and Gymnasium. Each building is inspired by natural forms and carefully scaled to nurture the students who will use the facilities. Classrooms feature soaring ceilings and large windows with views out to learning gardens. The landscape of the campus acts as a series of outdoor educational areas. The site is divided conceptually into the four desert regions: the Great Basin, Chihuahuan, Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, each featuring landscape that reflects the climate of that unique desert environment.


Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Alexander Dawson Foundation

services provided

Programming, Conceptual Design, Architectural Design, Interior Design, Architect-of-Record, Entitlements, Permitting, Contract Administration

notable awards

2003 AIA Nevada Merit Design Award

2003 Best of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review Journal Editor’s Choice, Best Non-Hotel Architecture

2001 NAIOP Spotlight Award, Best in Building in the Market

2001 American School & University Citation Award

2000 American School & University Portfolio for Educational Design Excellence