Oregon/Southwest Washington Chapter

Chapter Mission

The commitment of the professional membership has been the key to the success of the Association for Learning Environments. We must now build on this tradition by increasing our membership to include sectors now under-represented within the organization. Increasing membership from the communities we serve to include minorities and urban school personnel.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson

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Upcoming Programs


School Tour

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 5:00 pm
650 NW 118th Ave
Portland, OR 97299


Beaverton Middle School

Mahlum Architects designers sought to incorporate several elements to enhance teaching and learning in the 165,000-square-foot building. The structure has an open, airy feeling that's enhanced by abundant natural light, with its most dramatic effect in the stadium-like seating of the combination cafeteria and commons area. Classroom ceilings are sloped ever so slightly to further enhance the natural light benefits.



Classrooms may be more distinctive than seasoned counterparts elsewhere in the district because of the huge dry erase boards on opposing walls as well as the energy-efficient LED lighting above and throughout the building.


In addition to exposed X beams designed for structural resiliency, the building features other built-in surprises, such as an outdoor science education area with tools to measure rainfall through the building's drainage system. Also, QR code stations will be located in the area – as well as other parts of the building – so that teachers can offer a variety of evolving instructional material for students' downloading on smartphones and tablets. A solar array will be on the roof.


Members: FREE
Non-Members: $15


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Chapter Event

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Virtual Reality in the School Design Process

5:30pm – 6:30pm VR Demo (followed by no host network)
Skanska USA Building Inc.
222 SW Columbia Street Suite 300 (in the KOIN Center)
Portland OR 97201


We invite you to experience the latest in virtual reality and school design. Participants will explore Reynolds SD elementary school while in design through the VR demo provided by Skanska USA in partnership with BLRB architects.


Post Demonstration: Join the A4LE team, hosts and participants at Nel Centro for a no host spirit and networking opportunity. Nel Centro is three blocks West of Skanska adjacent to the Hotel Modera.


Nel Centro
1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland OR 97201
Phone: 503.484.1077


Members: $10
Non-Members: $15
School person – just show ID – FREE $


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Parking options: There is a parking garage between 3rd and 4th off SW Clay and SW Columbia St.





2017 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

May 17-19, 2017
Resilience: Creating Adaptable Learning Environments
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Banff, Alberta


Please use the group booking code A4LE / CEFPI when making your hotel reservation.


Thank you to our Annual Chapter Sponsors!



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Upcoming chapter events

May 9, 2017

Virtual Reality in the School Design Process

May 17-19, 2017 Pacific Northwest Conference
Alberta, Canada
June 8, 2017  Bond Social


2017 Chapter Scholarship

The Oregon/SW Washington Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program designed for graduating students who seek financial support for their pursuit of post-secondary educational opportunities in similar fields represented by members of the Association. The amount of this Scholarship will be a one-time lump sum of $2,000, to be applied toward post-secondary education.

Click here to download the application

Congratulations to the 2016 Scholarship Winner!

Sam Levin
Lake Oswego High School


Mentors Needed

Would you like to share your knowledge of architecture, engineering, and construction with middle school students and helps shape their understanding of what our built environment in the future could be like? The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments is looking for volunteers to be mentors for middle school students in the Metro area as they participate in the SchoolsNEXT Design Competition, which challenges student teams to design their “school of the future”. Mentors will work directly with students and their teachers, and can volunteer for as much time as they are able. Planning, design, construction and operations knowledge in all fields and skills are welcome. The competition starts in Fall and concludes with the Chapter competition in March. This is a great opportunity to educate our sustainability leaders of the future! Contact Robert Allen or Katrina Shum Miller for more information.