Letter from CAE Chair Steve Shiver, FAIA:
Committee on Architecture for Education 2015
Rejuvenation and Reinvention
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.
In 2014, we explored the role of the architect, what we provide communities and the value of design and how architecture can enhance education. Last spring, sixty CAE members met in Barcelona, Spain, where we learned about the unique importance the Catalonia region places on design. The conference culminated in a presentation on how the design team is using computer aided design and 3D printing to complete the construction of the Sagrada Familia. At the AIA National Convention in June, the CAE hosted an evening cruise on the Chicago River that followed a day of touring educational facilities in the Chicago area. Our members presented several sessions in which they shared best practices in educational facility design. In late October, CAE members met in Tampa for our fall conference for several days of educational presentations which included a tour of the Innovation, Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic, designed by Santiago Calatrava.
2015 CAE Education Facility Design Awards - Submissions due January 19 by 5 pm ET
The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Design Awards is an internationally recognized marketplace of ideas. Through this forum the committee disseminates quality ideas on educational facility planning and design to clients, architects, and the public. As how we educate ourselves continues to evolve, we must evaluate and measure our successes, and have an arena in which to test ideas. This awards program is an opportunity to engage in critical evaluation and experimentation, not as an end in itself, but always in the context of our clients and their needs. Learn more and submit your project!
2015 Spring Conference – April 15 to 18 - Detroit, Michigan
Please join us in April as we examine the rebirth of Detroit and how it is being fueled by a consortium of 21st Century educational and business models. These models are changing the “perception” of Detroit from an economic wasteland to a viable and alternative opportunity for a new generation. We will explore the connections between creative learning, knowledge spaces, history, and revitalization. From April 15 to 18, we will examine the lessons learned from Detroit’s past, while looking to its future, as an unexpected model for the evolution of a new cultural, economic and educational urban environment. We are excited to share that Cesar Pelli will be our keynote speaker at the Cranbrook Educational Community. Get the latest updates about the conference!
CAE at the AIA Convention – May 13 to 16 – Atlanta, Georgia
At the AIA Convention in May, the CAE is planning tours of educational facilities in the Atlanta area, including the award winning Drew Charter School by Perkins+Will, and the North Atlanta High School and Georgia Tech’s new Engineered Biosystems Building by Cooper Carry. Following the tours the CAE will host a networking reception and design awards ceremony. In addition, CAE will offer educational sessions during Convention that will focus on the impact the design profession can have on learning environments of all types. Registration is now open!
2015 Fall Conference – October 27 to 30 – New Orleans, Louisiana
In late October, our fall conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. With the failure of virtually every governmental institution in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, and rampant corruption within the school systems’ leadership, the community took control and transformed a central seven-member school board into separate school boards located at each individual school. Now with more than 500 “school board” members throughout the city, who wake up every morning thinking about how to educate inner city children, educational facilities, teaching, and learning have vastly improved. Learn first-hand how the New Schools New Orleans (NSNO) organization plays a significant role in advocating for community action to benefit the children of New Orleans. Tours and educational sessions will explore the influence that these changes have had on community engagement, facility planning and pedagogy, and student achievement. Get the latest updates about the conference!
Thank Our Supporting Partners
Our Knowledge Community has been blessed with generous support from a number of partner companies and organizations. Through their support we are able to reduce registration fees as well as more effectively disseminate best practices knowledge. When you have a chance please thank the following companies for their support:
Distinguished Partners: VS America, Hussey Seating
Diamond Partners: Chicago Line Cruises, CAE Foundation
Emerald Partners: Big Ass Fans, Ed Spaces, USG, SaftiFirst
Steve Shiver, FAIA, LEED AP
2015 CAE Chair
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