CAE Leadership Group

Letter from the Chair, Claire Gallagher, Assoc. AIA

Committee on Architecture for Education 2017
Place + Pedagogy

Welcome to 2017!

This year, our focus for upcoming tours and conferences will be under the theme of "Place + Pedagogy." We will be paying particular attention to specific learning environments that build on physical, social and cultural contexts. This will be an exciting opportunity to explore the ways in which the character of a region shapes modern educational architecture.

Educational facilities inevitably reflect a nexus of factors: economic, social, pedagogical, environmental, and regional culture. Learning environments are often successful when they resonate among all of these factors to create engaging, motivational spaces for teaching and learning. This year, our leadership team will focus on the regional context and how it impacts the creation of compelling educational architecture.

We will do this by drawing on examples in this year's two conference destinations: Portland, Oregon, and Kansas City, Missouri. Last year, we looked at the role educational facilities play in the re-visioning of cities. Using the springboard of previous conferences as a point of departure, this year's theme will examine the added overlay of regional influences.

Spring Conference: Join Us In Portland!

May 17-20, 2017 in Portland, Oregon

Beginning with the Pacific Northwest, our first look at Place and Pedagogy will be in Portland, Oregon. It is undeniable that there is something unique about the learning environments being designed in the Pacific Northwest. This conference will provide an opportunity to uncover larger issues influencing the design of environments for teaching and learning through a regional lens, factors that are specific to Portland and also transferable to other parts of the country.

Beginning with visits to Kengo Kuma's Japanese Gardens, Alvar Aalto's Mt. Angel Abbey, the Oregon Garden, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House, the conference will travel to Eugene and the University of Oregon, Roosevelt Middle School and Howard Elementary School, and then to educational settings in and around Portland such as Trillium Primary School and Gladstone Center for Children and Families. The final day will be an exciting experience with three well-known members of the 'maker' culture who will lead participants in an engaging, interactive experience at ADX Portland, where we will work hands-on in the makerspace. The goal is to fabricate something to donate to the local community at the conclusion of the day.

Imagine yourself in Portland. Registration will open in February.

2017 Conference Planning Committee:
Kim Olson, Co-chair | Levi Patterson, Co-chair | Robert Allen | Nick Hodges | Randall Heeb | Brian Carter | Marc Nordean | Julie Flattery | Joe Echeverri | Karina Ruiz | Claire Gallagher

Fall Collaborative Conference with EDspaces

October 25-27, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri

In late October, as part of our ongoing partnership with EDspaces and following on the very successful joint conferences in New Orleans (2015) and Cincinnati (2016), our fall conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri. We are in the early planning stages of what should prove to be an absorbing session, exploring K-12 and colleges which are creating unique programs through extended industry and community partnerships. Imagine yourself in Kansas City. Check the EDspaces website for the call for presentations in February.

As we look ahead, we also want to remind you of our ongoing programs and initiatives….

CAE Educational Facility Design Awards program

The awards program 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. Just as the way in which we educate ourselves continues to evolve, we must continue to test and measure our successes, and do so in a broader critical arena.

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. Join us at the Sunset Social at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 to celebrate the recipients.

I am pleased to be able to say that through our Leadership Group member, Karina Ruiz, and Awards Chair, Brian Minnich, we are, for the second year running, publishing the results of our awards program in a dedicated book featuring the winning project and jury commentary.

Download the PDF format on our website and purchase a print copy for just $15.34.

Research task force

Under the able leadership of Dina Sorensen, we have been developing a structure to fund ongoing research through the Committee on Architecture for Education Foundation. In order to properly evaluate proposals and structure the application process for funding support, we have established a distinguished international panel of advisors.

Last year, in conjunction with our partner organization, A4LE, our research task force conducted a three-hour workshop in Philadelphia featuring members of our research advisory group. Included panelists and workshop leaders were Rose Parnell, Jeri Brittin, Patrick Tolan and the late Edith Ackermann. The task force will deploy an education facility evaluation industry practice survey in the coming months.

CAE at the AIA Conference on Architecture

April 27-29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida

CAE will have a strong presence at A'17 and we hope to see our fellow members there. CAE will be participating in the opening night Sunset Social hosted by the AIA Knowledge Communities. In addition, CAE will offer educational sessions during A'17 that will focus on the impact the design profession can have on learning environments of all types in the form of seminars and panel discussions. Don't miss a day of touring school and college facilities planned under the guidance of Higher Education sub-committee co-chair, Michael Nieminen. A'17 registration is now open.

We 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:

Supporting partners: VS America and the CAE Foundation

Get involved

As we begin the New Year, I invite you to become involved in the CAE's programs and events. There are four very active subcommittees, Early Childhood, K-12, Alternative Learning Environments, and Higher Education, any of which would welcome your participation. Can't travel? Attend an upcoming K12 or Higher Ed presentation call.

And as always, feel free to contact us if you have any ideas or feedback. I am looking forward to a productive year serving as your chair.


Claire B. Gallagher, Assoc. AIA
2017 CAE Chair 
School of Education
Georgian Court University


2017 CAE Leadership Group

The 2017 CAE Leadership Group (ltr: Karina, Claire, Stuart, Brian, David)

Claire B. Gallagher, Ed.D., Assoc. AIA
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ

Stuart Pettitt, FAIA
Straub Pettitt Yaste Architects
Clawson, MI

Karina Ruiz, AIA
Dull Olson Weekes - IBI Group Architects
Portland, OR

Brian Minnich, AIA
GWWO Architects
Baltimore, MD

David Van Galen, AIA
Integrus Architecture