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 Member Care Manager: Janell Weihs
Chapter Member Care Manager: Edi Francesconi

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Upcoming Programs

Chesapeake Bay / Delaware Valley Chapter Event

Thursday, November 16, 2017
9:30 am to Noon

Workshop School
The Workshop School
221 Hanson St., Philadelphia, PA 19139

The Workshop School, located in a garage type facility that once housed the Automotive Academy for West Philadelphia High School is the place, but the building is not the focus for this event. It's what's happening inside that is truly noteworthy. The Workshop is a Public Citywide School, enrolling 250 students in grades 9 through 12. There is no academic admission requirement. The school's environment is hands-on and project- based, and successful students are those eager to explore their interests and passions, willing to collaborate, and able to persist through highs and lows. Academic skills are developed by working on real world challenges. The culture of the school fosters creativity, risk-taking and responsibility for self and others. Students are encouraged to own their successes and challenges and chart their own course to a fulfilling, meaningful life as students, workers and community members.

Learn about Workshop Industries, a unique after school program where students receive first-hand experience on learning how a business operates. Students conceive, design, manufacture and sell the products they create. In this non-graded adventure, students are rewarded with monetary compensation, just as they would be in any other business. This is real life at its best – real work leads to real money.

  • Experience The Workshop School, an innovative, project-based public high school with a mission of teaching students to change the world.
  • Interact with "Students in Action" unleashing their creative and intellectual potential to solve the world's toughest problems.
  • Hear from co-founder and Principal Simon Hauger, winner of the Philly Geek 2017 Mission Leader of the Year Award.
  • Engage in a panel discussion with Teachers and Students.

Attendance is limited to 20.

One (1) AIA CEU pending.

Cost: Members: $10 Non-Members: $20
Public-Sector Non-Member as Guest of a Member: FREE

Online registration is closed. Please register on-site.

Please register by Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lunch is sponsored by School Specialty
School Specialty

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Northeast Regional Conference

April 11-14, 2018
Building Community Through Education
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
Baltimore, Maryland
2018 Northeast Conference

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

ALEPs in your Region

Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP
Jeanne K. Perantoni, AIA, ALEP
Pamela J. Babuca, ASID, IFMA, ALEP
Robert M. Pillar, AIA, ALEP
Robert J. Hendriks III, ALEP
Cynthia Smith, PE, ALEP, PMP
Dr. Richard D. Moretti, Ed.D., ALEP, LEED AP
Vern L. McKissick III, AIA, ALEP
Grace Lynch, AIA, PP, ALEP
Craig J Dailey, AIA, ALEP
Ronald R Lamarre, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP, BD+C
Terry L Thompson, ALEP
Gary R. Slutzky, AIA, ALEP
Ronald Kauffman, ALEP
Greta Sawyers, ALEP
Tyler S Specht, ALEP
William V. Doane Jr., ALEP
Stacey Hughes, ALEP
Michael Blake, ALEP
Beth Penfield, ALEP
Lori Cowles, AIA, ALEP, LEED BD + C
Darrell MacDonald, ALEP
Mark A Manetti, ALEP
Jason Glenn Boone, ALEP
Dr. Michael A. van Hamel, ALEP
Melissa Wilfong, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C
Paul Bradshaw, ALEP
Samantha Rodriguez, ALEP
David L'Hommedieu, ALEP
Sarah Smith, ALEP
Joel Gallihue, ALEP
Krystal McGee, ALEP
John D Shea, ALEP
Mary Lee, ALEP
Kate Jessup, ALEP
Emily Rae, ALEP
Anne Cook Draudt, AIA, LEED AP, ALEP
Joanna Hoffschneider, ALEP
Kat Schooley, ALEP
Frank Locker, ALEP
Gregory Smolley, ALEP
James Barrett, ALEP


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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.