2022 Annual Regional Conference

2022 Northeast Region Conference April 6-9, 2022
Blossoming Minds
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington DC

Call for Speakers

Deadline Extended to January 28, 2022

Theme: Blossoming Minds

A time for renewal and optimism!! Tell us your stories, share your research, present your learning environment outcomes, with the backdrop of the beautiful, historic cherry blossoms as we welcome you back to the Northeast Regional Conference in Washington DC, April 6-9 2022.

Our students have endured a two-year global pandemic which has ignited new conversations in the need for adapting our learning environments to new levels of mindfulness, and expanded opportunity toward justice equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.
  • How should existing learning spaces adapt to the developing minds of our students?
  • How should new designs reflect what we know, what we’re learning, and what is continuing to take place?

We are excited to hear from you and learn how your work helps to nourish our students minds and wellbeing. Your colleagues, future clients, and other industry experts in planning educational environments want to hear from you.

Submit Your Proposal

Please submit your abstract by 5pm on January 28, 2022.
We promise to respond with our selections by 5pm on February 11, 2022.
We look forward to gathering together in our nation’s capital this April to learn from our speakers.

Please note the sessions are to be educational in nature. AIA HSW learning opportunities are preferred, so please include the learning objectives and core competencies that your speaking topic will include. We will submit to the AIA for review and acceptance.

Sales, product, or marketing presentations will not be accepted.

Blossoming Minds… A Time for Renewal and Optimism

The Northeast Region will convene its annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, April 6-9, 2022. This is a very special time to gather school facility managers, architects, educators, school planners, engineers, maintenance and industry experts to share new conversations in the need for adapting our learning environments to new levels of mindfulness, as well as personalized comfort found in equality, inclusion, and the community. Focusing on a strong understanding of the student experience and designing with empathy allows for school planning to be driven by a focus on the future of learning, while still supporting capital needs, growth and other logistical considerations of school systems.

The 2022 Conference Theme – "Blossoming Minds...A time for renewal and optimism" is influenced by and coincides with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival that Washington DC is known for. Our goal is to foster conversations on the innovative approach educators and planners are taking in transforming the learning experience for future generations of children, and how the built environment and existing learning spaces adapt to the developing minds of our students.

The way in which early discussions affect educational planning as well design solutions is critical. Expanding on effective ways for architects and educators to work together to establish these conversations is key to creating simple models, developing shared ideas as well as understanding how future learning spaces could look and function. The Northeast Region and the Board are inspired by the conversations that have taken place over the last few years, focused on this educational transformation. We look forward to engaging the entire region in continuing these conversations at the Northeast Regional Conference this spring!
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