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Webinar & Tour

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern

55 W. Frederick St
Walkersville, MD 21793
(behind Walkersville Middle School)

1 AIA CEU Available

Rock Creek School: A School For Students With Diverse Educational and Medical Needs
Rock Creek School
Rock Creek School
Rock Creek School provides special education programs for Frederick County students with complex medical conditions and severe intellectual, physical, emotional, hearing, vision and learning disabilities. The school offers a life-skills curriculum with emphasis on functional academic skills, social skills, training, community-based instruction, personal management, and communication skills. Previously located in a building in Frederick City, Rock Creek School was a 55,000 sq ft building that opened in 1972 as a special education day school. While there had been a variety of systemic improvements made over the years, no significant renovations or improvements had been made in the 49-year life of the building. A feasibility study determined replacement was the most cost-effective modernization option. After years of planning, design, and construction, the new 79,000 sq. ft. Rock Creek School opened in July 2021. Please join us to learn more about the special needs and program requirements of the student population, and special design considerations that went into the making of a school for students with diverse educational and medical needs.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify challenges inherent to planning a public school for students with complex medical conditions and severe intellectual, physical, emotional, hearing, vision and learning disabilities.
  2. Identify educational space programming requirements specific to the Rock Creek student population.
  3. Identify special design considerations required to meet the specific educational program specifications.
  4. Identify construction challenges associated with the special design considerations.

Katie Buckley, Principal, Rock Creek School, Frederick County Public Schools
Beth Pasierb, AICP, Supervisor of Facilities Planning, Frederick County Public Schools
Kori Purdum Matheis, Architect of Record, Profitt & Associates Architects
Cathy Purple Cherry, Special Needs Consultant, Purple Cherry Architects
Sandy Carpenter, Project Manager, Design Architect, Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

A limited number may attend the webinar in person at the school and tour the building following the webinar. The tour is limited to 15.

If the registration option for the in-person tour is no longer available, you may still register for the virtual event. Virtual participation is unlimited.

Members: Free | Non-members: $20
Sponsorships: $250

Event Sponsor:
Dustin Dustin Construction, Inc.


Friday, September 24, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern

Research-Inspired Design: Moving from Anecdote to Evidence
MLK Classroom
The design of high performance learning environments suggests a significant linkage between design and educational outcomes, but often these connections are only anecdotal. To help close the gap, several years ago, Perkins Eastman began evaluating the performance of its major school design projects. That exploration has progressively grown into studies that now encompass dozens of buildings across districts and involve multi-disciplinary teams of architectural and academic researchers. These studies have begun to inform design decisions, challenge design guidelines, and bolster district school construction funding requests.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how design projects can integrate design research
  • Learn how design research can challenge assumptions
  • Learn how engaging other disciplines can enhance our research capabilities
  • Learn how districts can support and leverage design research

Sean O’Donnell, FAIA LEED AP, Principal, Perkins Eastman & Co-Director, Consortium for Design and Education Outcomes
Karen Gioconda, Project Manager and Interior Designer, Perkins Eastman
Juan Guarin, Sustainability Specialist, Perkins Eastman

Members: Free | Non-members: $20
Sponsorships: $250

Virtual Event

Friday, May 21, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

WATERSHEDucation: How to integrate green infrastructure into learning
School ‘greenscapes’ are a system of outdoor learning environments and natural play areas that connect curriculum to nature through the practical application of learned concepts, across curriculum for all grade levels and subjects. They are stages for discovery, learning and imaginative play. They are living systems that work to reduce the volume of stormwater entering combined sewers using green infrastructure and to expand stormwater treatment capacity with traditional infrastructure improvements.

Chester Arther Chester Arther

Meet our Team of Presenters from the School District of Philadelphia:
Megan Garner, Sustainability Manager
Emma Melvin, Green Infrastructure Program Manager
Daniel P. Mullin, RLA, Site Improvement Coordinator

Learning Objectives:
  • How decisions made during the design process directly impact stormwater management, site maintenance, and curricular connections;
  • How climate change is impacting green stormwater infrastructure design in our cities, through the experience of Philadelphia;
  • How the outdoor environment can be the new classroom.

Member: Free | Non-member $20
Sponsorship: $250

Virtual Panel

Friday, April 23, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Capitol Funding
Capital Funding: What’s on the Horizon?
2021 and Beyond
Today, funding for capital improvements is even more challenging than usual. State and local revenues have been hit hard by the pandemic, yet the need for sufficient high-quality learning environments has never been greater. Federal funding adds a new dimension to capital planning. Join our panel of national and state-level experts for a vibrant discussion of trends, legislative outlooks, and changing priorities for funding school facilities in the near and mid-term.

Learning Objectives:
  • About the impacts that the pandemic has had on current and future capital funding programs.
  • Whether and how effectively equity is addressed in capital funding programs.
  • How climate change is affecting priorities and costs.
  • How to be ready if and when federal funding comes through.

Mary Filardo, Executive Director, 21st Century School Fund
John Woolums, Esquire, Director of Governmental Relations, Maryland Association of Boards of Education
Wayne K. McCullough, DBA, PCSBA Executive Director, PASBO

Sarah Woodhead AIA, Principal, DLR Group
Elizabeth Pasierb, Facilities Planning Supervisor, Frederick County, MD, Public Schools

Member: Free | Non-member $20
Sponsorship: $250

Registration closes April 22

Virtual Webinar

March 26, 2021
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Engagement & the Brain
How the educational environment affects student's brains
Surveys across the nation have shown significant improvement in engagement scores for students in STEAM programs without explaining why. What if one of the key elements to the success of STEAM programs is actually “just” the brain? The act of physical movement during learning spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus, creating more accessible storage space in your hard drive. Exciting new neuroscience studies demonstrate strong correlations between the core elements of STEAM programs (movement, student choice and collaboration) and brain growth, development, and focus. This discussion will explore how the field of educational neuroscience links the brain to STEAM education and how design, furniture and curriculum enhance the learning process.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how scientific information about the human brain works while engaged or not engaged in learning environments.
  • Comprehend how research in educational neuroscience links core elements of STEAM curriculum to enhanced brain activity and growth.
  • Know what design elements and furniture can be deployed to help foster brain activity and growth.
  • Distinguish how educators are using STEAM curriculums and the benefits they are seeing at their school.

Member: Free | Non-member $20

Must register by 5 pm Eastern on March 25


Zoom Discussion & Tour

Thursday, October 15, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Net Zero Energy School Virtual Tours
Baltimore City Schools
Join us for a panel discussion, virtual building tours and lessons learned on October 15. CEU's pending.

View recording »
For password contact Carla Cummins at [email protected]

Baltimore City Schools

Members $5 | Non-members $10

Contact Kieran Wilmes at [email protected] for sponsorship information.

Grimm + Parker

Chapter Tour

NEW DATE: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
3:00 – 5:00 pm
1250 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the A4LE Chesapeake Bay / Delaware Valley Chapter Tour of Maury Elementary School is rescheduled for Tuesday, November 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Maury Elementary School
Join us for a panel discussion, building tour and networking + happy hour!

Maury ES

Maury Elementary School is a cornerstone modernization project for east Capitol Hill. Physically, the design creatively maintains the existing, historic 1880s 4-square classroom building and integrates an addition as compactly as possible on the tight, urban site. A glass-edged atrium seamlessly connects the historic with the new to celebrate the original historic façade while amplifying transparency and indoor-outdoor connections. The school’s mission encompasses offering a nurturing environment to its community of involved learners, fostering creativity, cultivating curiosity, and forming lasting connections to develop self-empowered citizens. The re-imagined school promotes and elevates this mission. Design principles that contributed to the newly-opened school include embodying core values of both the school and neighborhood community; maximizing open space for play and community use; and creating a unique sense of place that inspires, attracts, and sparks children’s love of learning.

CEUs pending

Jointly sponsored with the Washington DC Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA|DC CAE).

Contact Sarah Woodhead at [email protected] for sponsorship information.

Free to attend: Please RSVP

Event Sponsors:
DLR Group

Chapter Tour

Thursday, April 25, 2019
12:00 pm
12501 Dalewood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Thomas Edison High School of Technology
Thomas Edison Join us for a special event at Thomas Edison High School of Technology that highlights the theme of career readiness that permeates the k12 conversation today. We will showcase the students, programs and learning spaces that comprise this new 170,000sf career + technology-focused high school. Edison students choose from 18 unique programs and experience success through hands-on learning that prepares them for college and future careers. We will hear their unique stories as we tour the new facility and see many diverse programs on display.

Our tour will also include a visit to the Junior Achievement Finance Park, located on the top floor of Edison. This 20,000sf facility houses 7th graders from across all Montgomery County in an immersive, half-day simulation focused on financial literacy and making intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime.

Thomas Edison Thomas Edison

More info on Edison’s programs.

Continuing Education:
2.25 LU
AIA Logo

Learning Objectives:
  1. Observe how the creation of professional-grade learning environments across a variety of career and technology education (CTE) programs help to promote professionalism, valuable soft skills and employability for students.
  2. Explore the use of natural daylighting and outdoor connections to enhance the learning experience and the wellbeing of building occupants.
  3. Illustrate how a CTE school can become a valuable community asset, with skills-based learning and career-focused programs that provide beneficial services to local businesses and the surrounding community.
  4. Examine the positive impacts of transparency throughout the learning environment promoting safety, showcasing programs + student work and creating strong visual connections between building programs + occupants.

12:00 – 12:10 pm Arrival + Registration @ Lobby/Showcase
12:10 – 12:45 pm Lunch + Student Panel @ Café Edison
12:45 – 1:15 pm Junior Achievement Finance Park tour
1:15 – 2:15 pm Edison CTE tour
2:15 – 2:30 pm Final Q+A - Adjourn from Lobby/Showcase

Event Sponsors:
Grimm + Parker OAK

Cost (includes lunch in Café Edison):
$25 for members
$45 for non-members
$5 for school district/government employees

Due to logistical constraints, we must limit registration to the first 45 applicants; these will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis – please register in a timely manner to secure your spot!

TEHST is co-located on the same property as Wheaton High School, with some site construction activities still ongoing. Free parking is available for event guests in the green designated areas on the attached parking map. If these areas are full, overflow parking on the adjacent neighborhood streets, following posted parking signage. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Please plan to arrive promptly at 12:00 pm to allow for a timely lunch service at Café Edison. To help with a streamlined check-in process that complies with school security policy, please provide your driver’s license # when registering

Chapter Tour

Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 2:30 PM
2 Phantom Way, Phoenixville, PA 19460

Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School

$20 for A4LE members
$40 for non-members
Free for government employees

Provided on-site, free of charge

The new 152,000 SF Early Learning Center and Elementary School is designed to support two specific grade structures in a “school within a school” format: K-1 in an Early Learning Center, and 2-5 as an Elementary School. The building design promotes essentially every space in the facility as learning space. In addition to providing specific spaces for individual, small-, medium- and large-group learning, spaces traditionally used as corridors or hallways are designed to function as connectors and additional learning spaces.

2:30PM – 3:15PM Panel discussion in the entry hallway
3:15PM – 3:45PM Tour
3:45PM – 4:00PM Break out discussion during dismissal
4:00PM – 4:45PM Tour continues

David Schrader, AIA, LEED AP – Managing Partner, SCHRADERGROUP

AIA Learning Units: 2.25 LU/HSW

Learning Objectives:
  1. Observe how the built environment supports multiple Learning and Teaching Styles by making full use of every space and offering safe and comforting corners to the more vulnerable children, maintaining excellent IAQ and using multiple types of lighting.
  2. Observe how sliding walls allow for maximum flexibility and adaptability of the space and how the use of daylighting helps in creating a comfortable and inviting environment for the occupants.
  3. Examine how the design maintained old growth trees on site to separate the school from the roadway, and minimized disruption to the existing site by maintaining much of the original grading.
  4. Observe how the use of low bookcases and colorful furnishings makes the reading experience a joyful one, while facilitating passive monitoring by the adults.

Event Sponsors:
Schradergroup Phoenixville

Chapter Event

By Design – School Safety in the MD|DC|VA Region – Round Table Discussions
Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
University of Maryland
School of Architecture – Great Space
3835 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS

In response to recent events, the AIA-District of Columbia and the AIA-Baltimore Committees on Architecture for Education (AIA/DC-CAE & AIA/BA-CAE) and the Association for Learning Environments Chesapeake Bay Delaware Valley Chapter (A4LE-CBDV) are hosting a group forum focused on school safety. Our goal is to expand upon and strengthen our understanding of the ways that school environments might be developed and/or adapted to reduce the incidence of crime within and near to school facilities.

We will hold discussions focused upon how “design and effective use the built environment can lead to reduction in fear and the incidence of crime and improvement in the quality of life”.

We will divide the invited participants into round table groups of 4-10 persons each. The groups will be challenged to address the following topics and come up with a set of important observations and recommended actions:
  • Natural Surveillance
  • Access Management
  • Territorial Reinforcement
  • Other Approaches

We will open with a description of the challenge and the associated discussion “ground-rules”. In addition to holding the discussion we will ask each table to elect a spokesperson who will be responsible to present their table’s important observations and recommended actions.

We intend to organize the Groups so that each table will include: at least one facilitator from the AIA DC-CAE, the AIA BA-CAE or the A4LE-CBDV; one or more School representatives; and invited participants.

Results from the discussions will be compiled in to a summary report to be distributed to the participants after the Event.

This is a Free Event – please register by 24 April 2018. If you have questions or concerns please contact [email protected].

Site Tour

Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center
Thursday, February 22, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
2250 Champlain Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

2.25 HSW credits    AIA Logo

Marie Reed

The Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center in Washington, D.C., celebrates continued growth of a community’s longstanding commitment to diversity, global education, and wellness. First constructed in the 1970’s, the Center was developed to serve as a place for strength in the face of racial tension. The original Brutalist design features a robust concrete frame and fortress-like façades. The renovation has transformed the Center from an overly protective inward-oriented facility into an outward-embracing contemporary learning environment. With broad community participation, every space inside-and-out has been revitalized to create 21st Century Learning Environments and a welcoming gathering place for all.

Katie Lundgren, Marie Reed Elementary School Principal
Patrick Davis, Deputy Chief, Facilities, DC Public Schools
Jeff Luker, Principal, Quinn Evans Architects

2:00PM – 2:45PM Panel discussion in the living room
2:45PM – 3:15PM Tour
3:15PM – 3:30PM Break out discussion during dismissal
3:30PM – 4:15PM Tour continues

Member $20 | Non-Member $40 | Government / School District Employee FREE

Street parking can be found on nearby streets but is limited and metered.
The closest parking garage is Colonial Parking at 2421 18 St NW, Washington, DC 20009.
15 minute walk from U Street or Dupont Metro Stations.

Event Sponsors:
DCPS    Quinn Evans

Chapter Event

Thursday, November 16, 2017
9:30 am to Noon

Workshop School
The Workshop School
221 Hanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

The Workshop School, located in a garage type facility that once housed the Automotive Academy for West Philadelphia High School is the place, but the building is not the focus for this event. It's what's happening inside that is truly noteworthy. The Workshop is a Public Citywide School, enrolling 250 students in grades 9 through 12. There is no academic admission requirement. The school's environment is hands-on and project- based, and successful students are those eager to explore their interests and passions, willing to collaborate, and able to persist through highs and lows. Academic skills are developed by working on real world challenges. The culture of the school fosters creativity, risk-taking and responsibility for self and others. Students are encouraged to own their successes and challenges and chart their own course to a fulfilling, meaningful life as students, workers and community members.

Learn about Workshop Industries, a unique after school program where students receive first-hand experience on learning how a business operates. Students conceive, design, manufacture and sell the products they create. In this non-graded adventure, students are rewarded with monetary compensation, just as they would be in any other business. This is real life at its best – real work leads to real money.

  • Experience The Workshop School, an innovative, project-based public high school with a mission of teaching students to change the world.
  • Interact with "Students in Action" unleashing their creative and intellectual potential to solve the world's toughest problems.
  • Hear from co-founder and Principal Simon Hauger, winner of the Philly Geek 2017 Mission Leader of the Year Award.
  • Engage in a panel discussion with Teachers and Students.

Attendance is limited to 20.

One (1) AIA CEU pending.

Cost: Members: $10, Non-Members: $20
Public-Sector Non-Member as Guest of a Member: FREE

Online registration is closed. Please register on-site.

Please register by Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lunch is sponsored by School Specialty
School Specialty

Chapter Event

February 15, 2017
1:30pm – 4:30pm

Building Tour, Film Screening and Panel Discussion
George Washington Carver Center for Arts + Technology
Towson, MD

Most Likely To Succeed inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. After seeing this film, you'll never look at school the same way again.

Watch the Trailer!
Most Likely to Succeed

1:30-1:40 pm Registration
1:40-2:15 pm Panel Discussion w/ Carver Students + Faculty
2:20-2:50 pm Tours of Carver Center for Arts + Technology
3:00-4:30 pm Screening of "Most Likely to Succeed"
4:30 pm Informal Post-Film Discussion

Refreshments will be provided

Contact Kieran Wilmes for sponsorship information.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Gold – $750
  • Logo on Save the Date and Invitation (pending deadlines)
  • 4 free registrations
  • Recognition from Chapter president in remarks
  • Opportunity to speak at event
  • Opportunity to lead/co-lead tours
  • Logo on tour brochure
Silver – $500
  • Logo on Save the Date and Invitation (pending deadlines)
  • 2 free registrations
  • Recognition from Chapter president in remarks
  • Opportunity to lead/co-lead tours
  • Logo on tour brochure
Bronze – $250
  • Name on Save the Date and Invitation (pending deadlines)
  • 1 free registration
  • Recognition from Chapter president in remarks



A4LE Chesapeake Grimm + Parker OAK

$10 Members (may bring one public sector non-member as free guest)
$10 Public-sector non-members
$20 Private-sector non-members
Free Faculty, students and parents from the Carver HS community
Free Public-sector non-members as guest of a member

AIA Continuing Education: 3 Learning Units

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LearningSCAPES 2021


January 6-8, 2022
Washington Hilton, Washington DC