Oregon / SW Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Oregon and the area of Southwest Washington.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMP

School Tour

Monday, September 16, 2019
4:00 pm
Harney Elementary School
3212 E. Evergreen Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661

Vancouver Public Schools – Greening of Schoolyards

Harney Harney
When kids have the chance, they love to help transform their schools and add new areas for play, exploration, learning, and adventure. They spend so much time at school, the school campus really is an extension of their own backyard. Or, it IS their backyard. They really do like to own it and care for it, all year. That’s why the Greening of Schoolyards is such an important movement. It takes a different perspective on what school campuses can be for students, staff, and community. GOSY projects empower school communities to utilize the whole campus as a resource, and not just for play: for learning, stress reduction, and creative stimulation as well. GOSY presents a chance to think about the outdoors as an everyday encounter, not a weekend trip to “somewhere.” There are myriad reasons to green up schoolyards and provide these diverse settings, and those reasons are now well documented. Less understood is the process of getting there, and that is at the heart of thoughtful planning and design. Try this exercise: pull up an aerial image of your local elementary school. Ask yourself some questions: how hot is the play area? What spaces are designed for the quiet kids? Where do people take a de-escalation walk? Where could you put a pollinator garden? Where are the teaching spaces? When you begin to consider the answers, your planning is on track. Here, then, is the “Why?” of your planning. A GOSY plan will identify use areas across the whole campus. It will allow specific designs to develop over time, so that new partners can contribute. In the end, a GOSY plan is a bold statement of school and community values. It levels the playing field by expanding it. It commits to a place for every child, every day.

FREE for members | $15 for non-members


Join us for happy hour along the waterfront after the tour!

Stack 571
Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar
111 Parkway Place, Suite 108, Vancouver, WA 98660

Congratulations to the 2019 Scholarship Winners!

Rylan Marshall
Camas High School
Boise State University

Megan Lewis
Vancouver ITech
Central Oregon University

Rillora Spiering
Skyview High School
University of Idaho


2020 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

Heroes Within Us April 24-26, 2020
Heroes Within Us
The Nines
525 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97204
Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

Call for Speakers

The 2020 Pacific Northwest Region Conference committee is now accepting submissions for speaking engagements for the event April 23-26, 2020 in Portland, OR. The conference theme is Heroes Within Us!

Click here to view Submission Requirements.


Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2019

Call for Heroes!

The Heroes within us theme of the PNW 2020 conference will highlight regional Hero stories from each Chapter. We invite you to submit individuals or groups who have done something extraordinary and made a difference in improving places where children learn. We are looking for Heroes in our schools, students, teachers, administrators, board members, parents, community members, AEC professionals, trades and product representatives. The 2020 conference will celebrate the advancement of education by the effort of many diverse people. Heroes will be featured on the web site and at the conference with social media and displays.

Click here to submit your Hero Today!

Mentors Needed

Would you like to share your knowledge of architecture, engineering, and construction with middle school students and helps shape their understanding of what our built environment in the future could be like? The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter is looking for volunteers to be mentors for middle school students in the Metro area as they participate in the SchoolsNEXT Design Competition, which challenges student teams to design their “school of the future”. Mentors will work directly with students and their teachers, and can volunteer for as much time as they are able. Planning, design, construction and operations knowledge in all fields and skills are welcome. The competition starts in Fall and concludes with the Chapter competition in March. This is a great opportunity to educate our sustainability leaders of the future! Contact Robert Allen or Katrina Shum Miller for more information.

Upcoming Events

Call for Tours

The Association for Learning Environments Oregon/SW Washington Chapter is soliciting nominations of projects in Oregon and Southwest Washington area to tour this upcoming year.
Click here to submit

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Chapter Presentations

October 18, 2018
Facilities Matter Presentation »

SchoolsNEXT 2019 Winner
& Finalists


Team: Hive Learning Center
Heritage HS
Vancouver, WA
Mentor: Trevor Chayce

Hive Learning Center

Hive Learning Center “The kinesthetic classroom is the biggest classroom in the center, this is because kinesthetic learners learn best through movement and hands on activities, they need space to move around and fiddle with the things in the room. The idea is to allow the room to be open space so they can walk around and mess with their surroundings.”


Team: Gardiner
Gardiner Middle School
Oregon City, OR
Mentor: David Johnson

“We believe in CONNECTING TO NATURE and the WORLD AROUND US. Outside spaces encourage us to relax, feel healthy, and understand how our actions impact not only our community but the world as well. Spaces inside our school should bring the outside in, with beautiful natural views and light, so that when we are learning, we are reflecting and being productive.”

Team: Vector
Lake Oswego Junior High
Lake Oswego, OR
Mentor: Robert Allen

“We have noticed that the learning environment directly affects how well the students pay attention and take in information. The learning spaces that we have in our current schools do not encourage movement, collaboration or innovation. We strove to fix this by creating learning spaces that will serve the student and will provide spaces for them to collaborate by having open spaces for learning.”

Team: Thunder Learning Center
Mountain View HS
Vancouver, WA
Mentor: Nicole Becker

“We want our learning center to be a comforting and modern environment for students and staff to enjoy while participating in academic and social activities; and, at the same time, make it efficient and self-sustainable. We will accomplish this by incorporating self-sustaining physical features, environmental-friendly and low-cost appliances.”

Team: Heritage Study Center
Heritage HS
Vancouver, WA
Mentor: Farleigh Winters

“The first thing we focused on was the theme of the whole building to help guide our design. Our theme was to create a comfortable area with a variety of gathering spaces, access to natural light and a connection with nature to help students have a better learning experience. We created a building with lots of natural light and flexible furniture.”

Thank you to our 2018-2019 Annual Chapter Sponsors!


OH VS America


LSW Architects Mahlum


3J Lewis Builds

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ALEP / Certificate Programs


Comprehensive industry education: ALEP, Advanced Academy and Vibrant Learning Environments


LEsolutions Online Awards


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LearningSCAPES 2019


October 3-6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Anaheim, CA