2018 Call for Entries

As a leader in the field of educational facilities planning in the Southern California Chapter Area, you are invited to participate in the first annual Southern California Chapter Awards Program of School Planning and Architecture. It is a great opportunity to share your best planning experience or design of educational facilities with the rest of the community. The party and award ceremony will take place at the A+D museum in Los Angeles. All projects will be prominently displayed as part of an exhibition during the party. All projects will be reviewed prior to the party by a selected Jury representing all sides of school planning, design and construction and evaluated within five categories: new construction, renovation, conceptual, master plan and tight budget transformation projects.

The Jury

A distinguished panel of educational facility practitioners with expertise in education, planning and architecture will review all application materials.

Bridget Kelley-Lossada
Middle School Director, Mayfield Junior School
Bridget Kelley-Lossada is an experienced educator with over 25 years of experience in both public and private middle school education. She currently serves as the Middle School Director at Mayfield Junior School, a K-8 co-educational independent Catholic school in Pasadena, California. Bridget works with her team to advance 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.

Windom Kimsey, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal and CEO, TSK
Windom oversees the planning and development of all projects at TSK. His projects provide clients with exceptional design solutions. He has guided the firm to prestigious honors, including several AIA awards. In 2004 Windom was inducted into the AIA’s College of Fellows, an honor bestowed on only six Nevada architects. A supporter of public education and the arts, Windom has developed a children’s art program that pairs elementary school children with designers to create unique public art, on display in several of TSK’s public projects.

John V. Mutlow, FAIA
Professor, University of Southern California
Architect, John V. Mutlow Architects

Professor John V. Mutlow is a teacher, researcher and architect who has focused a majority of his academic and professional life on the design of affordable and social housing in community settings for a mix of residents, including the elderly, persons with special needs, and the less economically advantaged. He is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California, where he is currently the Director of Global Programs.

Orin Williams
Assistant Superintendent, Facilities & Governmental Relations
Santa Ana Unified School District

Mr. Williams has 25 years of experience dedicated to public education facility planning, construction, and maintenance. Currently, Orin serves as Assistant Superintendent, Facilities & Governmental Relations within the Santa Ana Unified School District. He is President-elect for the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments where he shares his passion for educational facilities. Orin is also a member of both the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), and School Energy Coalition (SEC).

Design Principal, Perkins+Will
Nick Seierup designs architecture that celebrates the modern public realm, redefining socially relevant public places and institutions through his committed focus on the fundamental issues of community, context and culture. As Design Principal in Los Angeles Nick oversees a wide variety of project types throughout the world including large university, civic, mixed-use, science + technology and healthcare, with a particular expertise in educational facilities.

Southern California Chapter Awards

Multiple projects in each category may be recognized as an award winner. Each award-winner will be specially noted at the award ceremony, distinguished in the exhibition, and included in the Southern California Chapter Newsletter press release.

Each project entered must fit under one of the following categories for:
  1. New Construction: A new project or addition.
  2. Renovation Project: A modernization or transformational project. Submittals must include “Before” and “After” photos.
  3. Conceptual: Projects that do not yet exist in physical form.
  4. Master Plans: Projects “on-the-boards”. This category includes: Master Plans for new or existing school sites; Campus-wide Master Plans or Historic Preservation Plans.
  5. Tight Budget Transformations: Built standalone projects with a budget under $3,000,000 that greatly transformed a learning space completed in the past five years. Examples: Interior Projects, Landscape projects, traditional library converted into a media resource center or makerspace.

Submit projects which have been developed or completed in the last five years. The jury considers how well the project satisfies its own design intent. The evaluation considers the written narrative and design response in the following four areas with the heaviest weight on the learning environment.

The Expanded Project Statement must address the criteria below:

Planning Process – Define and describe the process used in the planning of this facility including:
  • Who was involved in the process?
  • What was the structure of the planning process?
  • How did the process affect the learning environment?
  • How did the Planning Team continue to be involved through the design, construction, and post occupancy phases?
  • What methods were used throughout the process to ensure the final environment would align with the Vision and Goals set during the planning process?

Learning Environment – Describe how the learning environment:
  • Reflects the desired learning program.
  • Supports varied learning styles and instructional delivery methods.
  • Enables all Learners to be successful.
  • Addresses future changes in Educational approaches through flexibility and adaptability.

    Physical Environment – Describe the physical attributes of your learning environment including its underlying design concept and how it:
    • Relates to the learner/user.
    • Relates to the existing site and the greater environment.
    • Supports safety and security.
    • Demonstrates a creative use of materials, systems, and other building elements.
    • Inspires both internally and externally.

    Community Environment – Describe how your planning and design response:
    • Engages the community, creating a sense of ownership.
    • Takes advantage of the assets available within the community.
    • Fosters community use/joint-use, partnerships.
    • Reflects the unique attributes of the community.
    • Connects students to their community and environment.

    High Performance – Demonstrate the role of high performance/sustainability in the planning and design of the project and the metrics used if it the project is a sustainable design.

    Jury Process

    Step one: Independently, jurors review and judge all electronic project entries (images and information provided on the Project Description Data Form and Expanded Project Statement).
    Step two: Jurors convene as a group to discuss submissions, view images and evaluate the Project Description Data Form and Expanded Project Statement.
    *Entries must conform to the submittal requirements, otherwise they will be disqualified.

    Please follow these basic graphic design guidelines:

    1. 10” x 7.5” PDFs in landscape layout. Ensure all text is legible and images are clear. Entries will first be reviewed on computer screens and then projected on a large screen during the jury meeting.
    2. Keep your layout simple and easy to understand. Use either a black or white background color.
    3. Each entry must not exceed 12 pages total (up to 10 digital images + 2 Word docs.) and must not exceed 8 MB. Entries exceeding these guidelines will be disqualified.
    4. Use a typeface that is easy to read on computer screens (8 point minimum, no serifs, no script or graphical typefaces.)
    5. Firm name shall not be included in the description or anywhere in the submission, except where specifically indicated.

    Name your Word and .PDF digital images files as follows for the corresponding category submission:
    • New Construction: A4LE2018-xxx-NC
    • Renovation: A4LE2018-xxx-RENO
    • Conceptual: A4LE2018-xxx-CON
    • Master Plan: A4LE2018-xxx-MP
    • Tight Budget Transformation: A4LE2018-xxx-TBT

    Submissions must include the following information in the order listed below. The three forms explained below are available as Word documents: Submission Package. Also, download the Owner Contact Application Form.

    1. Entrants are required to complete this form providing basic information about the project.
    2. How to name this file: Example: A4LE2018-xxx-NC -Data.doc, (xxx is your assigned number and “NC” signifies the New Construction category).
    3. Leave this form in the Word Document format provided to you (do not convert it to a PDF).

    1. This is a one-page project description addressing the judges’ criteria listed above in this document. Bullet points and concise wording are helpful to make the submissions easy to understand.
    2. Explain why the project is deserving of an award for the given category (i.e. new construction, renovation, conceptual, master plan and tight budget transformation projects.)
    3. Provide the jury with meaningful information beyond the project’s physical aesthetics. Do not elaborate of features already explicit the photographs and drawings.
    4. Include information about project intentions, including program requirements, cost data, and what features makes the design solution distinctive. For renovation projects it is very important to clearly differentiate between the original architecture and the newly altered, preserved, or restored project.
    5. How to name this file: Example: A4LE2018-xxx-NC -ExpProj.doc, (xxx is your assigned number and “NC” signifies the New Construction category).
    6. Leave this form in the Word Document format provided to you (do not convert it to a PDF).

    1. Please upload as either a PDF or WORD doc. This is the only area of the submission where you will provide any identifying firm/owner contact information. The jury WILL NOT see this form. This form may be used to verify project information.
    2. How to name this file: Example: A4LE2018-xxx-NC -Contact.doc, (xxx is your assigned number and “NC” signifies the New Construction category).

    Email one PDF file that contains all of your digital images (up to 10 images) to Carla Cummins at for your submission, as per item #4 under ENTRY REQUIREMENTS.

    1. Remember to include your entry number on each image in the upper right corner as per item #1 under ENTRY REQUIREMENTS.
    2. All drawings, photographs and digital images included in the submission must be cleared for publication. A4LE will not assume responsibility for copyrights or photographic fees.
    3. There must not be any identification of the architect on any of the drawings, images or photographs.
    4. Provide the image sequence number (i.e. A4LE2018-xxx-01; A4LE2018-xxx-02; A4LE2018-xxx-03) for each image’s file name. Digital Images from each entry will be used for presentation to the jury during the awards judging process.
    5. The required digital images listed below must be numbered as the example above (entry number-image number) like this:
        #01 (1) Title Slide – this must contain the project’s name and can include the school or school district’s name
        (you may use an image of the project with the project name included)
        #02 (1) Site Plan
        #03 (1) Contextual View (image which includes the project in its surroundings)
        #04 (1) Floor Plan (a representative sample of a floor plan within the project)
        #05 (1) Exterior View
        #06 (1) Interior View; required for renovations
        #07-10 (4) Images of your choice. Emphasis should be placed on the project’s response to its surrounding neighborhood. Entrants are required to include photographs or snap-shots of the project’s surroundings, but may also include sketches, site plans or other visual information illustrating the project’s response to its surroundings.

    For Renovation or Tight Budget Transformation Projects, please include “before” and “after” shots, labeling the representative images and photographs accordingly.

    • All winning entrants are required to submit one 24”h x 30”w presentation board at their own expense for display at the Exhibition and Awards Party at A+D Museum on May 18, 2018 in Los Angeles.
    • All non-winning entrants are required to submit only one 20” by 20” presentation board, at their expense, for display at the Exhibition and Awards Party at A+D Museum on May 18, 2018 in Los Angeles.
    • The Boards must contain black and white and/or color photographs and/or drawings, permanently bonded to 1/8”- 3/16” foam core or gator boards or other similar materials.
    • Each board must be identified with the name of the project, the architect’s name, and the name of the school (and the school district if it is a public school).
    • Boards will only be returned upon request after the conference. Entrants can pick up the boards or arrange for return delivery. Please ship exhibit boards by May 1, 2018 to:
        A4LE Design Boards c/o HED
        601 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 500
        Los Angeles, CA 90017
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    Key Dates

    Submittal Milestone Schedule
    April 6 Application and Fees Due (Online)
    April 30 All Digital Awards Submittals Due – please send to Carla Cummins at
    May 1 Design Exhibit Panels Due
    May 4 Jury Review
    May 24 Exhibition and Awards Party at the A+D Museum
    5:30 PM – Awards Party
    6:30 PM – Awards Ceremony

    For more information please contact: Mariana Lavezzo at
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