Northeast Region

Region Mission

The commitment of the professional membership has been the key to the success of the Association for Learning Environments. We must now build on this tradition by increasing our membership to include sectors now under-represented within the organization. Increasing membership from the communities we serve to include minorities and urban school personnel.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Janell Weihs

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Upcoming Programs

School Tours

June 1, 2017

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1:00 PM School Tour

Fairchild Wheeler Inter-District Magnet Campus – 2016 James D. MacConnell Award Winner
840 Old Town Road, Bridgeport, CT
JCJ Architecture
Fairchild Wheeler

3:30 PM School Tour

Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickenson Drive, New Town, CT
Svigals + Partners
Sandy Hook

5:30 PM Social Hour

Maggie McFly's
971 Main St S,Southbury, CT

Save the Date!

Northeast Regional Conference

April 10-14, 2018
Baltimore, Maryland
2018 Save the Date

The Regional Board meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at Noon Eastern Time Zone

ALEPs in your Region

Pamela J. Babuca, ASID, IFMA, ALEP
Michael Blake, ALEP
Paul Bradshaw, ALEP
Jeffrey D. Chambers, NCARB, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP
Lori Cowles, AIA, ALEP, LEED BD + C
Craig J Dailey Sr., AIA, ALEP
William V. Doane Jr., ALEP
Joel Gallihue, ALEP
Robert J. Hendriks III, ALEP
Stacey Hughes, ALEP
Ronald Kauffman, ALEP
Edward E. Kirkbride, ALEP
Wendy S. Kunz, AIA
David L'Hommedieu, ALEP
Ronald R Lamarre, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP, BD+C
Grace Lynch, AIA, PP, ALEP
Darrell MacDonald, ALEP
Mark A Manetti, ALEP
Krystal McGee, ALEP
Vern L. McKissick III, AIA, ALEP
Dr. Richard D. Moretti Ed.D., ALEP, LEED AP
Beth Penfield, ALEP
Jeanne K. Perantoni, AIA, ALEP
Robert M. Pillar, AIA, ALEP
Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP
Samantha Rodriguez, ALEP
Greta Sawyers, ALEP
John D Shea, ALEP
Gary R. Slutzky, AIA, ALEP
Cynthia Smith, PE, ALEP, PMP
Sarah Smith, ALEP
Tyler Specht, ALEP
Paul Taylor, AIA, LA, ALEP, LEED AP
Terry L Thompson, ALEP
Melissa Wilfong, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C


2017 Northeast Regional Election

The region has 3 important leadership roles to fill for the 2017-2018 year. Please vote by June 30, 2017 for the candidate of your choice. Terms will begin October 2017 at the Regional Meeting in Atlanta.

The election will close June 30, 2017.

Click here to vote.

International Board Director

Term of service is three years beginning at the board meeting at the International Conference in the fall of each year. A Director from each recognized region, and a Canadian Director appointed by the members from Canada, shall constitute the Board of Directors, who shall establish policy, set conditions for the operation of the Association and be responsible for its governance. All Officers and Directors shall be members in good standing, shall have been members in good standing for at least 5 years prior to the date they take office, and shall have a right to vote at Board meetings.

Please click on the name to read the candidate's statement.

Photo Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP, MCPPO
Principal | Learning Environment Planner
SMMA | Symmes Maini & McKee Associates
Photo Rob Pillar, AIA, LEED AP, ALEP
Director of Educational Architecture
Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates
Photo Cynthia Smith, ALEP, P.E., PMP
Director – Facilities Design and Construction
Baltimore City Public Schools

Regional President-Elect

The term of service is a four year commitment and would begin November 1, 2017. The President-Elect would automatically assume the seats of Vice-President for 2018-2019; President for 2019-2020; and, Past-President for 2020-2021.The President-Elect shall be selected by the membership by ballot in accordance with the procedures detailed in Article XII. He/she will serve as an observer and assist the Vice-President in preparation of becoming the annual conference coordinator and Vice-President. He/she is also responsible for pre-planning the regional conference two years out. The President-Elect may be an ex-officio member of any regional committee.

Please click on the name to read the candidate's statement.

Callie Gaspary, AIA
Mosaic Associates Architects

Regional Membership Chair

The term of service is a three year term. The Membership Chair shall serve as the liaison between the Headquarters and the Northeast Regional Board pertaining to membership efforts and be responsible for promoting membership retention and growth within the region. The Chair shall coordinate all regional membership efforts with those at the chapter level. The Chair will serve as the Chair of the Membership Committee and is tasked with any chapter level membership liaisons to serve on the Committee.

Please click on the name to read the candidate's statement.

Emily Rae, ALEP, MCPPO
Educational Planner
Dore & Whittier Architects, Inc.

2017 Conference Photos

2017 Conference Photos
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2017 Regional Design Awards

Kirkbride Award
Andover Bancroft Elementary School
Andover School District | Andover, MA
Symmes Maini & McKee Associates

Andover Bancroft Elementary School
Andover Bancroft Elementary School

The Andover Bancroft project demonstrated a forward-thinking planning process and design solution. The interior learning environment included a variety of instructional spaces with a great deal of flexibility. Grade level classrooms are visually and physically connected to an adjacent learning commons and small group pull-out spaces beyond. Folding glass walls between these spaces give teachers and students the alter the learning place at any time. Similarly, the project demonstrates exceptional environmental stewardship by not only restoring wetlands, but also by making the site available as part of the learning experiences of children. Jurors comments about the project included, "...a project worthy of the Kirkbride award..." "A creative solution for the 21st century and beyond."
Projects of Distinction
Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center
Independent Day School | Englewood, NJ

Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center
Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

The Hajjar STEM Center project is an elegant and effective solution to a common educational challenge, how to integrate the STEM disciplines in an experiential and meaningful way. Its planning process was comprehensive, involving research, school tours, and visioning with a wide variety of stakeholders. The learning environment, itself, provides students with a sense of being in a high-tech start-up. Gensler's final design is a success on many levels, but most notably because it has positively impacted the way students learn.
Mill Creek Elementary
Bristol Town School District | Levittown, PA
SchraderGroup Architecture

Mill Creek Elementary
Andover Bancroft Elementary School

Bristol Town School District was faced with a daunting challenge: how to improve its nine aging elementary schools quickly and cost-effectively. Mill Creek Elementary School was part of the District's solution to consolidate nine small schools into three larger ones. Planning for the project organized the building into two schools-within-a-school, one K-2 and one 3-5 with shared functions between. The project also demonstrates the successful concept of every space as a learning space. Having such a wide variety of spaces available for learning allows teachers and students to choose spaces the best align with the activities of the day and students individual learning preferences.

Congratulations to our Advanced Academy Scholarship Recipient!

Mary E. Murphy Mary E. Murphy Lee, M. Ed.
Educational Facilities Planner
School District of Philadelphia, Capital Projects
Office of Grade and Space Planning

Read more about Mary.