CR architecture + design (CR) has strengthened their position in the marketplace by hiring John A. Missell, AIA, NCARB as Director of Education. A leader in educational design, Missell expands the firm's expertise in higher education and K-12 architecture.

"CR is active in and committed to the pursuit of planning, designing and developing educational architecture," said Missell. "From public and private schools to research centers and major universities, CR has the talent, resources and vision to provide the next generation of students with environments that impact learning."

Missell led the design and planning efforts for a 70-acre American University campus for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and several new Ohio K-12 schools.

By hiring Missell, CR adds more than 30 years of educational design experience to their capabilities, repositioning the firm as a leader in the education sector. He supplements a strategic initiative to acquire and retain transformational thought leaders who develop new opportunities for growth, while adding significant value to clients.

"John is a true steward of student-centered learning, applying innovative design to foster the learning process," said David S. Arends, President + CEO of CR. "His leadership in educational design strengthens our ability to help our clients develop 21st century learners. With John on board, CR is poised to lead the industry in educational architecture for years to come."

Whether designing for K-12 or higher education, Missell is well versed in creating a modern student experience. "Helping shape our students' future by shaping their learning environments is what CR architecture + design is passionate about," said Arends.