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Call for Nominations Due September 23rd

From the Chair:

The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a group of architects and allied professionals that focus on the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. While a large portion of our members practice in the PreK-12 and higher education markets, we look to serve the needs of all places where education can occur, regardless of age group. The CAE identifies national educational facility issues critical to architects and end users, 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 national Leadership Group (LG).

Steven M. Shiver, FAIA, LEED AP
2015 Chair, AIA Committee on Architecture for Education

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education is currently seeking statements of qualifications from individuals who are interested in serving on the five (5)-member Leadership Group (LG). We currently have one (1) open position that would begin in January 2016.

Qualifications Statements should include the following information:

  • Letter of Interest including a Vision (of what would you like to accomplish during your appointment as an LG member).

  • Resume including:

    • Professional Accomplishments (include contribution to, and attendance at AIA-CAE events, subcommittee work, CAE awards, etc.).

    • Skills (include curriculum vitae outlining learning environment design, awards, publications, speaking events, knowledge sharing; what are the particular skills that you would bring to the committee that complement the existing LG).

  • Letter of Commitment (include a statement of commitment from a leader in your firm that demonstrates your firm’s commitment to supporting your involvement as an LG member).

AIA members engaged in the design of learning environments including early learning, K-12, higher education, corporate and other learning places are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Expectations:

  • Attend the two bi-annual CAE conferences. Conferences are typically held in the continental United States with an international conference every three to five years.

  • LG members will be asked to present knowledge at associated organizational events, typically one to two times a year. Travel for these events may or may not be reimbursed.

  • Participate in monthly coordination conference calls, assist with conference planning and general administrative functions of the CAE.

  • Attend the annual Knowledge Leadership Assembly. Travel will be partially reimbursed. (The KLA provides an opportunity for Knowledge Community Leaders, Board Knowledge Community Representatives, and AIA Staff to network, share knowledge and best practices, and build coalitions over the course of three days.)

  • Observe the CAE Design Awards jury in 2016 and serve as jury chair in 2017.

The American Institute of Architects actively promotes a diverse profession, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. The CAE strives to be an inclusive Knowledge Community representing diversity of thought, geographic diversity, both traditional and non-traditional practice and as well as providing opportunities for seasoned professionals, associate members and young architects.

Please submit the above information via the online form by September 23, 2015.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Simpson at

2015 CAE Leadership Group

The 2014 CAE Leadership Group tours the Meyer May House after a strategic planning session.

Steven M. Shiver, FAIA, LEED AP
Seattle, WA

Claire B. Gallagher, Ed.D., Assoc. AIA
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ
Vice Chair
John R. Dale, FAIA, LEED AP
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Los Angeles, CA

2016 CAE Design Awards Chair                          
Karina Ruiz, AIA
Dull Olson Weekes - IBI Group Architects
Portland, OR
Past Chair
Paul Hutton, AIA
Cuningham Group
Denver, CO

Stuart Pettitt, AIA
Straub Pettitt Yaste Architects
Clawson, MI


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

CAE 2015 Spring Conference Save the Date     

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
Seattle, WA

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