Virginia Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Virginia.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Edi Francesconi

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2020 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


President's Message

A4LE Mission :: Leading innovation at the intersection of learning and place.

The A4LE mission statement above is at the core of work we do in the Virginia Chapter for the Association for Learning Environments (VA4LE). Our chapter consists of design professionals, planners, facility and operational leaders, and educators, all of whom are focused on K-12 facilities and environments and providing innovative facilities and spaces that support learning in today’s world.

A4LE Vision :: A world in which place is a catalyst for inspired learning. Connected professionals imagining, promoting, and realizing that vision.

We invite you to become involved in our chapter as there are many ways to participate and further the mission of VA-A4LE. Each year we host a one-day conference in the fall and our annual conference in the spring. These are opportunities to engage other professionals in workshops, lectures, small groups, panel discussions and in other social settings to further the mission to provide the best and most innovative learning environments to students. The success of our chapter is also dependent on our professional partners whose support through the sponsorship of our two conferences is vital. We thank them for their continued support of our chapter and for the relationships we share outside of the chapter.

It is an exciting time to be a part of this evolving vision for planning K-12 learning environments with such a diverse group of people committed to innovation and success! I invite you to become involved today.

C. Michael Ross, AIA, REFP

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.

Click here to see construction cost data from the Virginia Department of Education.
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