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New Orleans » October 28-30, 2015 » Scholarships Available!



Mission Statement: The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a passionate group of architects and allied professionals engaged in understanding the link between teaching, learning and the built environment and advancing the impact each can have on the other. By coming together to share best practices and celebrate exemplary educational architectural designs, we encourage dialogue and build an interface between architects and educators, administrators and students. From early learning, through K-12 and Higher Education, we practice in all aspects of traditional and alternative educational environments and aim to contribute to the social fabric of the communities they serve. The CAE researches national educational facility issues critical to architects and works to strengthen relationships with allied organizations, client groups, and the public.

Goals: To bring all involved in and influenced by teaching and learning environments to enhance the conversation and improve the outcomes for the learner by sharing best practices from an international, national, regional and local perspective. To acknowledge the best examples of educational projects in order to elevate the role of design in the practice of educational architecture.

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Letter from the Chair
      Letter from President and Chair Steve Shiver, FAIA

Welcome to 2015! Join us this year as we look at the connections between creative learning, knowledge spaces, history and revitalization. As the economy continues to slowly improve, there will be increasing opportunities to repurpose existing building stock in new and exciting ways. As we look forward to this year, it is also beneficial to know what the CAE has focused on over the last few years. In 2007 the CAE examined how sustainability has influenced how we design, culminating in the fall conference in Seattle, Redefining Sustainability: New Directions for Designing Our Future. In 2008 the fall conference in Helsinki addressed the impact of a global marketplace on design and pedagogy. As we saw the economy decline we transitioned to adapt and understand how these circumstance had an impact on our profession and educational facility design. Read More...

Upcoming Events

  1. CAE Fall Conference


    Wednesday, October 28 - Friday, October 30, 2015
    New Orleans, LA, United States

CAE Educational Facility Design Awards Program

The 2015 recipients have been announced! Visit the awards page for more details.

Past Awards: 20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Other Resources

Academic Library Building Design: Resources for Planning

A guide to providing information for thinking about the design of new and renovated library space, and point toward additional resources that can support, inform and enhance the academic library design process.

Designing Learning Environments to Rebuild Urban America

A report from the 2009 CAE Fall Conference held in New York City

Carbon-Neutral Campus Architecture Webinar: Climate-Specific Design and Innovation

Listen in on an investigation of cutting-edge learning environment projects that are carbon-neutral and beyond

CAE’s Advocacy Efforts

Universal Design as a Success Strategy 

School Safety Resources

During the next year, you may find opportunities to discuss integrating safety and security design thinking in educational environments with public officials, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students. The Committee on Architecture for Education Leadership Group has collected a number of resources that can assist you in preparing for those inquiries Download resource list.

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Latest Resources

architecture Forum Perpsective 2015

2015 CAE Spring Conference Rejuvenation & Reinvention April 15 - 18, 2015, Detroit

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