Virginia Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Virginia.

Regional Manager: Edi Francesconi

2022 Mid-Year Conference

Building Bridges – Creating Connections   Friday, October 14, 2022
Building Bridges: Creating Connections
Shihadeh Innovation Center
Winchester, VA

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President's Message

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

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The winners of the 2020-2021 Architecture Student Design Competition are:

1st Place

Christian Galindo-Torres – Hampton University
Philana Quan – Virginia Tech

2nd Place

Corey Osman – Hampton University
Anne-Phillipe Kakou – Virginia Tech

Honorable Mention

Gary Glinsey – Hampton University
Jalyn Grays – Hampton University
Ivy Smith – Virginia Tech

Give Back Initiative

Our Virginia Chapter wants to ask our membership to consider how we can help support children that are experiencing homelessness in the midst of the pandemic and having to learn remotely. In speaking with Nicole Lee-Mwandha, the Homeless Education State Coordinator, we learned that some of the best ways we can assist is to give both funding and support to resources that help these students be successful. In the DC market specifically there are two links below you could reach out to – One is for primary students (Bright Beginnings) and the other is for the youth (Sasha Bruce). Or if you’d prefer to support your local homeless shelters please consider doing so. Your assistance will make such a difference!!

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Cost Data

The Division of Support Services of the Virginia Department of Education compiles construction cost data information for public school buildings each year. The compilation provides cost of construction for individual school projects and average state cost data, by school type.

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