The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. While a large portion of our members practice in the K-12 and post-secondary education markets, we look to serve the needs of those in the entire pre-K to 99 markets. CAE identifies national educational facility issues critical to architects and works to strengthen relationships with allied organizations, client groups, and the public. On behalf of CAE, we encourage all to participate in our international discourse by applying to serve on the 5-person advisory group.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Discover local events, national conferences, free continuing education webinars and more from the AIA CAE Event Calendar. Local components are invited to send upcoming events for local CAE committees to 

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2015 CAE Design Awards

Disseminating quality ideas on educational facility planning and design to clients, architects, and the public.

Submission Deadline: Before 5PM ET, January 19, 2015





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2015 AIA CAE Spring Conference
April 15 - 18, 2015/ Detroit, MI

Please join us next spring as we examine the rebirth of Detroit and how it is being fueled by a consortium of 21st Century educational and business models that are quickly changing the “perception” of Detroit from economic wasteland to a viable alternative and opportunity for a new generation.  We will explore the connections between creative learning, knowledge spaces, history, and revitalization. At the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education 2015 Spring Conference, we will look at the lessons from the past that Detroit continues to provide, while at the same time looking to its future, as an unexpected model for the evolution of a new cultural, economic and educational urban environment.

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U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Award

Opportunity for All AIA CAE Members – The U.S. Department of Education needs your help!

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA CAE) would like to encourage all members active in the design of environments for learning to consider participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award.  AIA CAE has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and dozens of education, health and environmental NGOs to help create and implement this award over the past three years. We now wish to utilize our community and our direct links with outstanding schools to promote recognition through this innovative award. Additional information and an excerpt from The U.S. Department’s own Fact Sheet is available here.

Upcoming Events

  1. 2015 AIA CAE Education Facility Design Awards Call For Entries


    Monday, November 17, 2014 - Monday, January 19, 2015
  2. 2015 CAE Spring Conference

    Annual Meeting

    Wednesday, April 15 - Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Detroit, MI, United States

2014 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards Program

The 2014 CAE Design Awards call for submissions is closed. Awards will be announced at the CAE Reception at the AIA National Convention in Chicago in June.  View the 2013 winning projects or visit the awards page for more detailed submission information.

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


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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