Awards / Scholarships

Al Beck Award

This award, in memory of Al Beck, is given to honor a Washington State member who exemplifies the principles of service that were so diligently represented by Al Beck's contributions to the organization.

2018 Design Exhibit and Awards

The Polished Apple Award Program recognizes outstanding educational facilities in the state of Washington. The program follows criteria from the Association’s LEsolutions Planning & Design Awards Program and the PNW Region’s Pinnacle Award Program, so as to encourage Chapter projects to also compete at the regional and international levels.

This year, the submittal requirements for the Washington Chapter Polished Apple award are identical to the submittal requirements for the Regional Pinnacle Award, with the exception that the Polished Apple entries may include 1 video in the Optional Materials. All projects submitted to the Polished Apple are eligible for the Pinnacle Award and will be automatically submitted to the Pinnacle Jury for consideration.

This program recognizes learning projects which positively impact teaching and learning and result from a sound planning process reflecting the needs and expectations of the community.

2018 Schedule
Call for Submittals February 7, 2018
Award Program document available, registration site available for payment
Early Bird Registration March 1, 2018
Payment due online at the same time or before electronic materials are submitted
Electronic Submittal Deadline April 10, 2018
Display Boards Due April 30, 2018, 4:00 pm at BLRB Architects
or May 1, 2018, 2:00 pm at Motif Seattle
Award Announcements May 4, 2018, 8:00 am at Motif Seattle


Polished Apple Program Co-Chairs: Karen Wood ( | Andy Cottrill (
Exhibition Coordinator: Andy Cottrill (
Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson (

Registration and Entry Fee


Fees are as follows per project, to be paid at the time of registration:

A4LE Members
$400 USD for projects registered on or before March 1
$500 USD for projects registered between March 2 and April 10

$500 USD for projects registered on or before March 1
$600 USD for projects registered between March 2 and April 10

Online registration, payment, and identification of the following must be done prior to submitting the project dossier for judging:
  • Identify project (Name, location, district, configuration, etc.).
  • Identify key firms/individuals of the process.

Download the Award Program document
Download the Confidential Information sheet
Download Photo Release form

For any questions or issues regarding online registration or payment, please contact the Member Care Manager listed above in the Contacts section.

2018 Merle Kirkley Merit Scholarship

The $3,000 Merle Kirkley Merit Scholarship Award is a competitive merit-based scholarship program designed to provide financial support for Washington State high school students planning to obtain a post-secondary education. Applicants must demonstrate that their intent is to major, or obtain a certificate in, a field relating to educational facility planning and design. Fields related to educational facility design include (but are not limited to): school planning, architecture, engineering, product services and construction management.

Download more information on the scholarship and the forms for completion: PDF | Word Doc

Submission Deadline: by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 20, 2018
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LearningSCAPES 2019


October 4-6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Anaheim, CA