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Paul Mills, LEED AP


By joining strategic portfolio planning with CannonDesign’s elite design and facility optimization practices, we provide our clients a unique integrated service offering for the whole building life-cycle from initial vision through occupancy.

With a passion for improving student opportunities and building stronger communities, Paul Mills helps school leaders make important decisions by aligning their vision and goals with objective data and stakeholder voice. He empowers clients to challenge their assumptions about the status quo, engage in design-thinking and open dialogue, and develop collaborative, transformative scenarios. A self-professed data-geek and provocateur, Paul brings 24 years of AEC experience as a program manager and operational strategist serving the educational market, and has helped dozens of large-scale educational clients nationwide solve complex operational and facility challenges. Paul serves as leads CannonDesign’s national pre-referendum and master planning in the PK-12 market.

Featured Presentations, Seminars, and Facilitations

“Hawaii Department of Education Case Study: Scaling Micro-Level Stakeholder Engagements to Create a Statewide Capital Plan”

Council of Great City Schools, 2019

“Repurposing Surplus School Facilities: The Devil’s in the Details”

Council of Great City Schools, 2017

“Facility Assessment as a Practical Management Tool”

Texas Association of School Business Officers, 2014

 “Deferred and Preventive Maintenance: Cost Consequences”

Council of Great City Schools, April 2013

“Strategies to Leverage School District Procurement into Educational, Economic, and Workforce Development Opportunities”

National Association of Black School Educators, 2011

 “Building Schools: Project Definition and Programming, Facility Assessments, Sustainability and Energy Conservation”

University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University PhD Curriculum Seminar , 2009, 2010, 2011

“Caddo Parish School Board: Comprehensive Facility Assessment and Master Plan Case Study”

Association for Learning Environments, 2010

“Managing Disaster: The CEFPI Katrina/Rita Task Force Experience”

Association for Learning Environments, 2007