Awards / Scholarships

Edward Kirkbride Award

The Edward Kirkbride Award is bestowed upon a project that exhibits exceptional strength in each of the judging criteria.

2022 Regional Design Awards

Kirkbride Award

Solomon Solis-Cohen Elementary School
The School District of Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA
Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates

Solis Cohen ES Solomon Solis-Cohen Elementary School is a 150,000 square foot replacement school, first through fifth grade school serving 1,400 students, the largest elementary school in The School District of Philadelphia completed in the fall of 2021. Situated in the heart of dense housing approximately one mile in diameter in Northeast Philadelphia, the building was designed from early discussions with the school district, staff and community to not only improve the educational environment for the students, but also to act as a center to bring the diverse and multilingual community together. Physically the building’s exterior reflects materials found in the surrounding community, but more importantly the student body is a reflection of the diversity of the community with more than 30% of the student body speaking a language other than English as their primary language. Exterior of the building proper, goals were set for the new campus to act as a park for the community during the day but as important after hours and weekends.

Project of Distinction

Benjamin W. Murch Elementary School
District of Columbia Public Schools | Washington, DC
Hord Coplan Macht

Benjamin W. Murch Elementary School “A School in the Park” Responding to History & Place at the Urban Scale
The site of Benjamin W. Murch Elementary School is situated along a path of contiguous green space that cuts through the dense residential area of northwestern Washington, D.C. This open space has become the beating heart of the surrounding community, and the design team made a concerted effort to respect the scale of adjacent single-family homes while maximizing the amount of open space on and around the building. The resulting building massing allowed the design team to nestle the new addition seamlessly into this context.

Project of Distinction

Minuteman Regional Vocational High School
Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District | Lexington, MA
Kaestle Boos Associates Inc.

Minuteman Regional Vocational High School The architectural design of the new facility includes large classrooms, vocational programs organized into trade clusters, a “main street” retail area, and break out spaces for small group learning. Retail areas with public access are located away from the main academic areas for additional security. Academic areas are also be able to be locked off from community accessible spaces such as the gymnasium and cafeteria. The school blends performing and industrial arts with a flexible, teaching auditorium which includes a flyloft, and is adjacent to the carpentry spaces where scenery will be produced. The new facility is anticipated to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Project of Distinction

Northeast Community Propel Academy
School District of Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA
Stantec Architecture and Engineering, LLC

Northeast Community Propel Academy The new K-8 school on Ryan Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia was a design-build turnkey project. The Stantec-Gilbane team was selected by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to avoid the extended timeframes normally associated with multi-prime bidding processes and to help manage the associated financial risks by securing a guaranteed maximum price (GMP).

Designing a modern educational facility for SDP started with the recognition that all learning is social. Their team then began design by considering the appropriate size for “groups within the group,” acknowledging that scaling the facility would be key to fostering the sense of intimacy required to support the new learning models. Working together in a shared “Big Room” hosted by Stantec, every stakeholder explored design strategies and options in a collaborative and integrated fashion. Their knowledge of SDP’s standards and ability to navigate Philadelphia’s regulatory agencies helped the project team remain on schedule.

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The Advanced Academy for Designing Learning Spaces – Cohort 10

The Northeast Region is offering a scholarship for one member to participate in The Advanced Academy: Cohort 10. The scholarship will be given to a Public Sector Member in good standing and who is committed to the profession and wants to become actively involved in the Association at the Chapter, Regional, and International levels but need financial assistance to participate.

The scholarship will financially assist a Public Sector Member with registration into the full program.

Applicants must be a member of the A4LE.

The Northeast Region will award one scholarship in the amount of $6,000. The scholarship award winner will be expected to complete each module of the program with at least 80% to earn the certificate, report progress in the program to the Northeast Region and make a presentation about the program at a Regional event. If the scholarship recipient does not achieve at least an 80% in each module, the region will no longer provide the funding to continue in The Academy.

Submit Application

Please submit your application by March 31, 2023.

Schedule of Scholarship
Application Due March 31, 2023
Application Review April 3 – May 12, 2023
Scholarship Announced May 17, 2023

Advanced Academy Cohort 10
Schedule subject to change

Course 1: Learning Theories: Frameworks for School Design
Instructor: Sandra Duncan, EdD
August 7 – September 17, 2023
Course 2: Educational Visioning and Community Engagement
Instructor: Page Dettmann, ALEP, PhD
September 25 – November 19, 2023
Course 3: Pre-Design Services
Instructor: Amy Yurko
November 27 – January 21, 2024
Course 4: Assessment of the Learning Environment
Instructor: Rob Pillar, ALEP
January 29 – March 10, 2023
Course 5: High-Performance School Design
Instructor: Aaron Jobson, ALEP
March 18 – May 5, 2024
Course 6: Project Management / Project Delivery
Instructor: Irene Nigaglioni, ALEP
May 13 – June 30, 2024

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Online Awards


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LearningSCAPES 2022 Conference


October 5-9, 2022
Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX