The Virginia Educational Facility Planners (VEFP) is the state chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), a professional association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn. A4LE members — individuals, institutions and corporations — are actively involved in planning, designing, building, equipping and maintaining schools and colleges. Learn more about A4LE on-line.
A Message from the President
Welcome to the VA4LE website. On this site, you will find a host of information pertaining to our organization and its professional development opportunities. Our mission statement says it well. “To promote creative and responsible planning of school facilities, to foster professional development, and to exchange best practice knowledge of Virginia school facilities in order to provide the best possible learning environment for all students.”
Each year the Virginia Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (VA4LE) holds 2 thought-provoking events; a mid-year conference held at a school within Virginia that exhibits best practices while discussing vital topics concerning education of students and an annual conference that pulls nationally and internationally significant speakers to discuss and collaborate with attendees on the theories, practices and outcomes of leading concepts of education and the design of buildings that support education.
This past year our mid-year conference was held at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, VA. Over 85 members and other public and private sector educational facility planners gathered to explore Learning Trends in 21st Century School Design.
We encourage you to attend the upcoming regional 2016 conference – Collaborate, Innovate, Motivate: Rethinking Education through Planning and Design. The Virginia Chapter of A4LE in partnership with the Southeast Region will hold this conference on April 17-20, 2016 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. Keynote speakers are Stephen Ritz and Will Richardson. As always, our scheduled break-out sessions will provide a more hand-on, local experience covering new schools constructed in Virginia, design considerations for recently designed Virginia projects, product showcases, and the student design competition winners from the Southeast Region's architectural schools.
Many of the things we do are assisted greatly by the help of our sponsors. The scrolling area to the left of this message will identify some of them from the past year. They, as is true of all our members, are interested in the success of students. They are invaluable in helping school districts produce first class schools for Virginia’s current and future students.
So I invite everyone who is reading this to become involved with VA4LE. See why nearly 4,000 of your peers and colleagues nationally and over 100 firms or school districts in Virginia are part of the effort to produce cutting edge educational facilities for K-12 students.