Association for Learning Environments Congratulates Advanced Academy for Designing Learning Spaces Graduates

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2016

Janell Weihs

WASHINGTON, DC – The Association for Learning Environments' Advanced Academy for Designing Learning Spaces, a certificate program in educational facility planning, congratulates the new Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) designees who recently completed the program. This cohort of students from across the globe will be recognized at the Association's LearningSCAPES Conference, September 28-October 1 in Philadelphia.

The ALEP designation is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance and identify those in the educational environment industry who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of educational facility planning. Geared towards educational facility planning practitioners with a vested interest in advancing their profession and the industry, the designation stands as a mark of excellence and has been developed to reflect the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a competent educational facilities planner. Earning the ALEP credential is the hallmark of a committed educational facility planner and helps drive professional self-confidence, opens doors, creates connections and offers widespread value and recognition for candidates.

The Advanced Academy program of study centers on the student, beginning with a course on learner needs and styles. Each of the remaining courses addresses one component of a successful planning process that results in learner-centered schools. The program curriculum, comprised of six-week online courses, draws from Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning (2004), as well as supplemental materials recommended by the expert faculty member developing the course and serving as instructor of the pilot modules. Instructors were recruited according to their particular areas of expertise, drawing upon a wide range of professional perspectives and experiences and ensuring specialized content knowledge for each course. A performance-based project links each course to the larger Certificate Program curriculum.

Congratulations to the following ALEPs:
Matthew Arabasz, RB&B Architects, Inc.
Brian Bohlender, Barton-Coe-Vilamis Architects & Engineers
Paul Bradshaw, Grimm & Parker Architects
Michelle Chavey, Hollis + Miller Architects
John Darveau, frk architects +engineers
Joel Gallihue, HCPS
Sayre Gerhart, Architectural Research Consultants Inc.
Chad Hamilton, Hamilton Aitken Architects
G. Victor Hellman, Educational Facilities Clearinghouse
Brandon Hillman, Contrax
Sheila Iglecias-Del Sol, Gulliver Schools
Mary Knopf, ECI
Adam Krason, ZMM Inc.
Simon Le Nepveu, Clarke Hopkins Clarke
David L'Hommedieud, Saratoga Springs City SD
Krystal McGee, Smolen Emr Ilkovitch Architects
Hanadi Samhan, khatib and alami
Jolene Santema, TSP
Claire Seger, Stafford King Wiese Architects
John Shea, Habeeb & Associates Architects
Sarah Smith, Oak Point Associates
Nick Stephenson, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects
Melissa Willfong, Grimm & Parker Architects

The Association for Learning Environments is the only professional organization whose primary purpose is improving the places where children learn. With approximately 4,500 members, the Association for Learning Environments encompasses six geographic regions across the United States, and supports regional representation in Canada, Australasia, and the UK. The Association embraces a collaborative network of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable 21st Century learning places that inspire transformation in education, enhance student and teacher performance, and support culture and community vitality. To learn more visit our web site, or follow us on Twitter @A4LE2.
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