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Len Mackler Award

Alaska Chapter Design Awards Program

Each year, the Alaska Chapter invites Alaska School Districts and design firms to showcase their educational projects at the annual Alaska conference in Anchorage, in December. A project of distinction is awarded the Len Mackler Award, which was established in remembrance of our past Chapter president who contributed so much to our organization. The presentation of this award is an important feature of the annual Alaska Chapter Conference. All entries will be judged for excellence in design and functional planning directed toward meeting the need of the educational program. Awards of Distinction will be based on the criteria listed below and will be presented to entities whose projects are selected by the awards jury. The Len Mackler Award will be presented to the entity whose project is selected by the jury as representative of the highest level of excellence of all entries. The recipient of this reward will be forwarded to the regional awards program for the subsequent year.

Submittal Information

Entries may be submitted by registered architects (eligibility not limited to members of AIA), individual firms, school districts, organizations, or educational planners whose primary focus is on the planning, designing, constructing and/or equipping the educational environment. Entries may be submitted for completed projects only, and may include new construction, renovation and renovation/addition projects. Each entry should give primary consideration to the design solution presented to meet the requirements of the educational program. Entries that have appeared or will appear in other exhibits are welcome. Membership in the Association is not required for exhibitors.

Click here to view this year's award criteria and to register.
Deadline: November 27, 2017

Criteria

The Association's architectural jury will give prime consideration to the architectural solution of the stated educational program requirements. Plans should be uniquely adapted to the educational program and should clearly reflect the challenge presented and how the planner and architect met this challenge. Specifically, the Jury will give consideration to the following:

  • Adequacy of response to educational program
  • Aesthetics
  • Relationships of instructional areas
  • Accessibility of facilities
  • Flexibility/Convertibility
  • Community use
  • Barrier-free design
  • Adaptation to site
  • Site development
  • Presentation of materials
  • Retrofitting
  • Environmental controls and enhancements: light, air, sound, safety

Transformations Grant

The Alaska Chapter is pleased to accept submissions of applications for grant funding for design and construction projects that transform Alaskan educational facilities and promote Alaska student involvement through hands-on learning in school planning, design and construction processes. The total grant amount will not exceed $4,000 and may, at the Evaluation Committee's discretion, be awarded to a single recipient or multiple recipients.

Application and submission details

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 16, 2018 to be considered.

Timeline
March 16, 2018 Deadline for submission of Applications
March 17, 2018 – March 28, 2018 A4LE Evaluation Committee reviews applications; announces grant recipient(s)
March 29, 2018 – July 3, 2018 Project Implementation (specific project timeline shall be proposed by applicant and may extended beyond June 3 if agreed to by both parties)
December 2018 A4LE State Chapter Conference, project report and/or presentation by Grant Recipient

Pacific Northwest Region Conference Scholarship

Application for Scholarship for Complimentary Pacific Northwest Region Conference Attendance

For many years, the Alaska Chapter has offered scholarships to attend the annual Pacific Northwest Region conference. The goal is to introduce new ideas about effective, contemporary school planning and design to Alaskans who are shaping our educational facilities. The regional conference provides an exciting forum for broadening perspectives across borders while deepening the shared vales of people who diligently work to create great places to learn. If you need financial assistance to attend our regional conference, please consider applying for the scholarship.

Download the application

Pacific Northwest Region Conference Scholarship is closed

Alaska Chapter Scholarships

LearningSCAPES Conference

The Association's Annual Conference & Exposition, “LearningSCAPES” will be held in Atlanta, GA on October 26-29, 2017. The conference theme, "Global Innovations in Place," offers it all – groundbreaking educational sessions, inspiring keynotes and a showcase of state-of-the-art tools that move learning into the future.

The Alaska Chapter is offering a complimentary conference registration and travel expenses (not to exceed a total of $2,500) to a candidate working in the profession of school facilities planning and design in the state of Alaska, thereby expanding the mission of the Association by making this important conference available to persons who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Download the application

Alaska Chapter LearningSCAPES Scholarship is closed

Alaska Chapter Conference

The Alaska Chapter is offering a complimentary conference registration and travel expenses to a candidate working in the profession of school facilities planning and design in the state of Alaska. Our aim is to expand the mission of the Association by making this important conference available to persons who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Click here to download the Application.

Alaska Chapter Conference Scholarship is closed
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