Virginia Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Virginia.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Edi Francesconi

After careful deliberation the organizing committees of A4LE events have decided that it will be in the best interest of all delegates to postpone upcoming events through May. Our number one priority is to ensure the safety and security of our members and delegates. Given the rapid escalation of the COVID – 19 (“Coronavirus”) and subsequent declarations of emergencies and health crisis concerns from local, state, provincial and federal government officials, we felt the need to take this course of action.

At this time, A4LE staff and volunteers are negotiating to find alternative dates that are suitable for postponement of events. The planning committees have promised stellar events, and we do not want to lose that momentum. We will be seeking a remedy to this that will carry all of the hard work forward, taking all events to fruition at a later date. We will continue to update on the progress.

Please visit the Virginia Department of Education, CCSSO and CDC sites for information the COVID19 situation.

Chapter Town Hall

Post COVID-19 Panel Discussions

12:00-12:30 pm – Lunch & Learn

Please join us for one or ALL of our conversations!

Everyone is busy trying to figure out how schools will operate in the fall. A4LE Virginia is providing some opportunities for educators, facility managers, and designers to discuss ideas and share together. Our hope is that this series of conversations will give school systems across the Commonwealth an opportunity to talk and discuss how different counties and cities are trying to address the impact of COVID-19 on opening schools.

June 17th Transportation
Kerry Miller, Associate Director Pupil Transportation, Virginia Department of Education
Shay Coates, Director of Transportation, Newport News Public Schools
Eddie Walters, Director of Transportation, Montgomery County Public Schools
Francine Furby, Director, Office of Transportation Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

June 24th Hybrid Teaching / Learning
Michael Bolling, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation, Department of Education Virginia (DOE)
Brian Mott, Executive Director, Virtual Virginia
Karen Woodford, Chief Learning Officer, Bedford County Schools
John Hendron, Director of Innovation and Strategic Planning, Goochland County Public Schools

July 1st Nutrition Programs
Andrea Nannery, SNP Coordinator, Virginia Department of Education
Helen Philips, SNP Specialist, Virginia Department of Education
Karen Arthur, Supervisor of School Nutrition, Bedford County
Amy Hegarty, Food Service Consultant
Adam Russo, School Nutrition Director, Prince William County

July 8th School Climate / Culture
Dr. RJ Webber, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Novi Community Schools
Dr. Thomas Epperson, President, InnerWill Leadership Institute
Nikki Wilcox, School Safety Audit and Climate Survey Coordinator, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Quyen Duong, Student Services Specialist, Virginia Department of Education

July 15th Student Feedback
Anna, rising senior, Staunton River High School, Bedford County Schools
Benjamin, rising senior, Jefferson Forest High School, Bedford County Schools
Isabelle, rising 8th grader, Monicello High School, Albemarle County Schools
Charlotte, rising 8th grader, Matoaca Middle School, Chesterfield County Schools
Asiah, rising 8th grader, Matoaca Middle School, Chesterfield County Schools

Register to join one or all sessions. These meetings are FREE but you must register!

Information on panelists and links for joining the discussions will be sent to the registrants on the day of each event.

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.

This past year has been a transformative year in our chapter as we have expanded our message and purpose to reach those not historically involved in our organization – educators! The response has been overwhelming as many educators have attended both our mid-year and annual conferences and K-12 teacher/administrator membership in our organization is growing.

For this coming year, we are planning further innovation with our annual conference by combining with the SE and NE A4LE Chapters to bring you a never-been-done-before event, the A4LE 2021 East Conference in Washington, DC, where we will truly revisit our purpose and empower our creativity by looking “Inside the Mind of the Learner”. We hope that you will join us there for what should be a remarkable coming together of thought leaders in how children learn and in planning learning environments to support the needs of the “whole” child. Please stay tuned for more details as planning for this amazing event unfolds.


2021 East Conference

2021 East Conference   March 18-20, 2021
Inside the Mind of the Learner
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

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 (to be virtual in 2020) 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

REFPs in your Region

To find an REFP in your Region, please use the REFP directory.

Search REFP Directory

ALEPs in your Region

To find an ALEP in your Region, please use the ALEP directory.

Search ALEP Directory

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.
Become a Member


ALEP / Certificate Programs


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


LEsolutions Online Awards


Visit our showcase of past online entry submissions


LearningSCAPES 2020


November 4-6, 2020
Virtual Conference