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Chapter Events

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Raphael Academy
Learning Lab Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
4:00 PM

Raphael Academy
500 Soraparu St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Holiday Party
Holiday Party
5:00 PM

Tchoup Yard Patio Bar
405 Third St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Joint Event

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
11:30 AM
5601 Upton Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Tour of Jefferson Terrace

IFMA The Louisiana Chapter and IFMA BR Chapter invite you to our Joint Event. Inspired by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s goal to provide 21st Century Learning Environments, GHC Architects created a contemporary yet timeless facility to serve pre-K through eighth grade students. The two buildings are connected by a secure courtyard that can facilitate learning activities as well as controlled movement between buildings.

Jefferson Terrace
Jefferson Terrace Jefferson Terrace Jefferson Terrace

Members / School Districts: FREE | Non-members: $20


Virtual Tour

February 11, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm
Presented by: H/S Architects

Northshore Technical Community College
The new 15,169 SF facility was designed to accommodate specialized training for nursing, welding, advanced manufacturing, electrical systems, administrative, and faculty and support spaces. All these spaces are envisioned to support the Workforce Training Center mission of the Northshore Technical Community College. The site is adjacent to the Southeastern Louisiana University Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, La. It operates in conjunction with this institution by sharing classrooms for general education space. The facility’s design is inspired by a contemporary image and symbolizes the forward-thinking approach of the college. The Walker campus also houses offices for the Livingston Economic Development Office. This relationship creates synergy with workforce development and definition of future needs for the community.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the importance of creating authentic immersive work-based learning environments by providing simulated tools and workplaces to create an authentic backdrop for learning career-readiness skills that are valued by future employers.
  2. Learn how to create opportunities for cross collaboration and interactions that don’t otherwise occur in a small multi-discipline college campus.
  3. Learn how simulated work environments can create partnerships with industry partners to meet the workforce needs of the surrounding community.
  4. Learn how the similarities of immersive work-based learning environments of higher education have informed the development of the “Maker Space” model in K-12 education.

Members & School District: FREE | Non-members: $20

Furniture Showroom Crawl

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
4:00 PM
KVW Showroom
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd

The Louisiana Chapter of A4LE invites you to our September 2020 Event: “Furniture Showroom Crawl”. The crawl will go through the warehouse district of New Orleans, stopping at the AOS, Steelcase and KVW showrooms to see first hand what's their latest innovative Learning Environment furniture systems.

Furniture Showcase

Event starts at 4:00 PM at the KVW Showroom located at 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. and will finish at AOS.

Please RSVP by October 20th.

Refreshments will be served at each location.

GHC Steelcase aos

Chapter Discussion & Tour

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
4:00 PM
925 West Edenborne Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737

River Parishes Community College
Please join us for the Louisiana Chapter of A4LE’s August event featuring LCTCS System President Dr. Monty Sullivan, and River Parishes Community College Chancellor Dr. Dale Doty.

Dr. Sullivan will discuss the LCTCS System and how workforce needs of business and industry partners help shape the planning and design of new facilities. Dr. Dale Doty will conduct a tour of the Technical Training Center that houses programs for industry-based certifications.

River Parishes

4:00 PM Gather / introductions
4:15 PM Discussion
5:00 PM Tour

Refreshments will be provided. Guests welcome. Please RSVP by August 14, 2020. Free to attend.


Chapter Tour

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
4:00 pm
17005 Sills Drive, Prairieville, LA 70769

Bullion Primary School Tour & Superintendent’s Panel
Bullion Join us to tour the newly-opened Bullion Primary School! RHH Architects will lead the tour along with Contractor Stuart & Company. Ascension Parish Supt. David Alexander is scheduled to join and address the group.

4:00 PM Gather / introductions
4:15 PM Tour starts
5:00 PM Superintendent’s panel discussion starts

Tour followed immediately by an informal Discussion Panel of area School District Superintendents discussing Educational Facilities and related issues. Superintendents scheduled to participate include:
  • Ascension Parish Supt. David Alexander
  • Central Community Supt. Jason Fountain
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Supt. Warren Drake
  • St. James Parish Supt. Edward Cancienne, Jr.
  • West Baton Rouge Parish Supt. Wes Watts

Refreshments will be provided. Guests welcome. Please RSVP by January 17, 2020. No charge.

Ascension Stuart & Company CSRS RHH Architects

Chapter Event

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Southeastern Louisiana University Student Housing Geothermal Tour
612 Union Avenue, Hammond, LA 70402
(Twelve Oaks Hall)

4:00 PM Gather / Introductions
4:15 PM Tour Starts

Join us to tour the newly-opened Southeastern Louisiana University Student Housing in Hammond and learn about the geothermal system. Ryan Faulk (Holly & Smith Architects) along with David Bonaventure (Salas O'Brien) will be our presenters for this evening.

Free event for A4LE Members and Guests. Please RSVP.

Map | Directions | Parking Pass

Holly & Smith Salas O'Brien
Donahue Favret Metro Mechanical

Chapter Event

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Louisiana Children’s Museum Tour
15 Henry Thomas Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124

Join us to tour the newly-opened Louisiana Children’s Museum in City Park. Mac Ball (Waggonner Ball) along with Richard Franko (Mithun) will be our presenters for this evening.

5:00 PM Gather / Introductions
5:15 PM Tour starts

Free event for A4LE Members and Guests. Please RSVP.

W&B LCM Mithun

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School Tour

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Park Elementary
Park Elementary School Tour
2680 Bogan Walk, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Join us to tour the newly-opened Park Elementary School. Coleman Partners Architects will lead the tour along with Contractor Percy Matherne. EBR Superintendent Warren Drake is scheduled to join the tour and address the group.

4:00 PM Gather / Introductions
4:30 PM Tour starts

Refreshments will be provided.

Registration is FREE, please RSVP by September 20.

Coleman Partners CSRS Tillage East Baton Rouge Parish School System

Lunch, Presentation & School Tour

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Box Lunch Served at 1:00 pm
Presentation: 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

At EBR Career and Technical Education Center
2101 Lobdell Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

A New Venue for A Technical Career Future
Presented by: Domain Architecture
Bob Bernhard
Sponsored by: Bob Bernhard & Associates Mechanical


East Baton Rouge Parish School's Career and Technical Education Center (C-TEC) was recently opened in the Ardendale development adjacent to the BRCC Automotive Training Center. C-TEC is comprised of modular labs and classrooms that are flexible and can be easily changed to fit workforce needs of the Capital Area region. The large labs with garage doors, open ceiling, exposed building systems, oversized mechanical and data rooms, allows for the entire building to be a "systems lab" and a teaching tool for each student. Every space in the facility serves multiple functions, and offers High School juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn a traditional diploma at their high schools while also pursuing industry based certificates in Medicine, Construction, Manufacturing, and Internet Technologies. The 37,000 square foot facility was completed at a cost of $17,000,000.

Registration is FREE, please RSVP.

Holiday Social

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Swirl Wine Bar
3143 Ponce De Leon St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Swirl Wine Bar

Celebrate the holidays at Swirl Wine Bar. A4LE members & guests are invited to enjoy light appetizers and wine.

Please RSVP to [email protected] by December 8.

Chapter Presentation

November 13, 2018
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Louisiana State University | Design Building, Room 103
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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PEDAGOGY OF SPACE: Lessons Learned Sustaining Change in Evolving Educational Environments
Space The world in which our children live in and will move into is one that will continue to change.

To effectively create as well as sustain change while building agile educational environments, we all must work differently. Every segment within the educational community from instruction and procurement to designers and students needs to deeply evaluate the space, as well as the tools within the space. If we truly desire change, we may no longer be able to rely on tried and proven concepts. In this shift, we need to first understand the “Why” of a specific community, comprehend the “Who,” and only then can we begin to create the “How” and “What” with all stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:
  • Begin to consider space, and most importantly the tools within learning environments, as an opportunity to rethink how we deliver professional development and “permit” teaching and learning.
  • Be aware of examples of disruptive design techniques, and opportunities to acquire valuable information when constructing the next generation of facilities.
  • Begin to consider creating multi-functional spaces. Spaces that permit flexibility, agility, as well as professional development resources and tools which support – not restrict – creativity and innovation.
  • Begin to explore the utilization of simplicity in the baseline of all environments, increasing usefulness in the support of a multitude of teaching and learning styles. “Simplicity” equates to multi-functional.

David A. Stubbs II
President, Cultural-Shift Educational Consultants

David Stubbs David has been recognized as one of the most important industry leaders in establishing solutions for the next generation of educational environments.

He assists educational institutions and design professionals, supporting programming and professional development needs by delivering detailed, systematic conversations surrounding the disruptive innovation approach to design. Resulting environments demonstrate examples of 100% engagement and wonder, sustainability, and improved indoor air quality.

Cultural Shift’s solutions can be seen in the installations of private schools in Punahou, Hawaii and the Khan Academy’s first brick and mortar facility, as well as numerous public and higher educational facilities throughout the world. David is truly passionate about the holistic design of all educational spaces and is developing research with university partnerships, creating MakerCulture solutions, and developing new educational tools from various market segments. He continues to lead the educational community with valuable insight on how to bridge the gap between curriculum/instruction and the built environment – to truly create adaptable environments.

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Chapter Meeting

September 20, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Baton Rouge’s Carver Library
720 Terrace Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA

Park Elementary and the Search for a REAL 21st Century Elementary School Design
Park Elementary Currently under construction near the Louisiana State Capitol, Park Elementary will be East Baton Rouge School's first primary school to be designed completely around the basis of 21st Century classroom and whole-school environments.  Gary Gilbert of Coleman Partners Architects, LLC will provide insight into their guidelines that were used, their methodology of design, as well as details and the learning style model.  Comments by East Baton Rouge Schools leadership, CSRS/Tillage program management and some insight into the pedagogy of the facility/use of the spaces will make the presentation interesting for educators and education planners for schools as well!


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A4LE Joint Event with AIA Baton Rouge

Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:30 pm
500 W University Ave
Hammond, LA 70402

Computer Science & Technology Building at Southeastern Louisiana University


Join us for another building tour and dinner. We will be learning more about the Computer Science & Technology Building at Southeastern Louisiana University and wrapping up the tour with dinner, provided by Percy J. Matherne Contractor and the Association for Learning Environments.

"It is the designer's belief that it is a requirement today to develop educational places that address 21st Century needs in an academic community-based environment. Such an environment should completely support and allow work, play, study, listening, responding, relaxing, and accomplishment through individualized work, group work, collaboration, and social interaction, using 21st Century technology."

5:30 PM Gather / Introductions
6:00 PM Tour Starts
7:00 PM Dinner


Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 24th; no charge for AIA and A4LE Members.
Non-members are welcome ($25/ea).

Holiday Social

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Swirl Wine Bar
3143 Ponce De Leon St
New Orleans, LA 70119

Swirl Wine Bar

Celebrate the holidays at Swirl Wine Bar.

A4LE members & guests are invited to enjoy light appetizers and wine.

Please RSVP to [email protected] by December 8.

Chapter Meeting

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center
13200 Old Gentilly Rd., New Orleans, LA 70129

Lunch Served at 12:00 pm
Presentation/Tour: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Association Members: FREE
Non-members: $5.00

Presented by:
Thomas Brown & Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects
Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects
Sponsored by:
Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects & Lemoine Co.
Lemoine Co

The new Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center was engineered to accommodate the needs of corporate clients, with a complete package for future growth. All classrooms have state-of-the-art presentation ENO boards for utilizing modern software applications. The second floor houses a Simulator Suite comprised of 3 interactive Full Mission Bridge simulators, with a simulation so realistic, it can actually make you seasick. Simulators are used for Wheelhouse Proficiency Management classes to provide scenarios on navigating waterways on different types of vessels.

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The Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center is a U. S. Coast Guard approved facility that provides industry based certification courses in a variety of Fire Fighting, Safety, Marine, and Radar Navigational courses. The main thrust of our business is Domestic Inland Waterways, Petrochemical, and Offshore Oil & Gas. All classrooms and labs are completely furnished with the finest leather chairs and tables, which contribute to a total adult learning experience. This new state- of-the-art building also has wi-fi installed throughout to allow for video streaming exercises in Virtual Reality Incident Command training.

Attendees will receive 2 AIA HSW CEU's

Lunch, Presentation & School Tour

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Lunch Served at 1:00 pm
Presentation/Tour: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1105 Lee Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Lee Magnet High School
Old School gets New Life!
Presented by: GraceHebert Architects
Sponsored by: Womack Construction

Lee High School


The design team of GraceHebert Architects and associate architects DLR Group were tasked with creating a technology rich, flexible and adaptable school that supports project based learning. Therefore the design for Lee High School does not follow a traditional school layout. The school consists of flexible spaces that can be configured for a variety of uses. Visual connections in learning labs and specialized spaces give students a reason to become excited about learning.

The school is designed around three specialized academies and a Commons Building. The specialized academies include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Bio-medical and Digital Arts. Students and staff at Lee High School will be able to collaborate throughout the facility, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-curriculum instruction. The facility is designed to promote real-life experiences, allowing students to apply what they learn in a classroom in a specialized laboratory within their academy.

Attendees will receive 2 AIA HSW CEU's

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!!
Lunch Sponsor $500
Lunch Co-Sponsor $250
Annual Corporate Sponsor $500

Sponsors receive signage at all events, formal recognition during the events, and recognition in event communication pieces.

Please contact Abby LaCourse at 225.200.1646 or email: [email protected]

Presentation & School Tour

Thursday, February 25, 2016
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1407 Highway 311, Schriever, LA 70395

Fletcher Technical Community College

Fletcher Technical

This month our program will consist of a presentation and tour of the new Main Campus Building on the campus of Fletcher Technical Community College. This project was a design-build effort for the LCTCS Facilities Corporation as a part of the Act 391 Program. Thompson Construction in Thibodaux, LA was the General Contractor and Duplantis Design Group, also in Thibodaux, was the Architect of Record.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!!
Lunch Sponsor $500
Lunch Co-Sponsor $250
Annual Corporate Sponsor $500

Please contact Abby LaCourse at 225.200.1646 or email: [email protected]

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