Friday, October 14, 2022
Building Bridges: Creating Connections
Shihadeh Innovation Center
Click here for more information and to register.
Building Bridges – Creating Connections
“You will never lose ground by building a bridge.”
~ Don Carmont
Considering the events and happenings in our world today, especially in terms of making connections with our surroundings and with one another, this quote surely resonates. After several years of uncertainty, discord, and change, we appear to be seeing reconnections; a resurgence of activity and growth in our communities, and more importantly, a rebuilding of relationships.
Building upon our Chapter’s theme of the past year, “Fluidity'
', it seems quite natural to embrace the concept of “Building Bridges - Creating Connections
” for this year. The visual image of a bridge spanning over flowing water, connecting two sides, may help to describe where we are and where we may be headed with the intersection of education and design, as well as in our lives. Like water flows, just as uncertainty and change continues, we need to keep moving forward, “over the bridge”.
As a metaphor, a “bridge” enables passage of ideas, opens opportunities, reduces isolation, as well as makes connections. In education and the design of learning environments, each of these objectives are essential to success and achievement for all learners. In keeping with A4LE’s Core Purpose, “To strengthen learning for all through better environments”, the idea of building bridges and creating connections captures the essence of this purpose and our organization gives members the resources to do this in many ways. With this theme in mind, our chapter is currently planning a Mid-Year conference to be held at the Shihadeh Innovation Center in Winchester, Virginia, as well as the spring 2023 Annual Conference, to be held in Virginia Beach. We invite you to join us for these events, as well as to participate in other planned discussions, such as those to be held by our JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Champions, and other collaborations. Please be on the lookout for email flyers and announcements! We look forward to building bridges and creating connections with each of you!
J. Dian Paulin, M.Ed., ALEP, NCIDQ, WELL AP
President – Virginia Chapter
2020-2021 Student Design Competition
View the Meeting Recording »
The winners of the 2020-2021 Architecture Student Design Competition are:
Christian Galindo-Torres – Hampton University
Philana Quan – Virginia Tech
Corey Osman – Hampton University
Anne-Phillipe Kakou – Virginia Tech
Gary Glinsey – Hampton University
Jalyn Grays – Hampton University
Ivy Smith – Virginia Tech