Virginia Educational Facility Planners
Planner of the Year Award Winners

2017 Planner of the year Award Recipient

Dian Paulin At the 2017 VA-A4LE annual conference in Willliamsburg, Dian Paulin, NCIDQ, ALEP, was named the 2017 Planner of the Year Award recipient for her outstanding contribution, support and service to the school children of Virginia through planning safe, healthy, and quality learning environments.

Over the past 25 years in her work with Ballou Justice Upton Architects, Dian has been involved in all phases of educational facility projects, wearing multiple hats. While her degree is in interior design, Dian’s professional experience has involved so much more than “color, fabrics, and patterns.” Her extensive and challenging experiences have included direct collaboration with school administrators, school board members, school staff, teachers, facility personnel, parents, community groups, and most importantly students.

Dian Paulin Dian earned the designation of Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) and is currently a student in the 3rd Cohort of the Advanced Academy for Learning Spaces through A4LE.

Dian’s colleagues state that she works with integrity, honesty, and from the heart. She truly cares about the well-being and success of all learners.

Among Dian’s projects involving programming and planning services are the following:

Warren County, Virginia:

  • Warren County Middle School Restoration/Renovation/Addition
  • New Warren County Middle School – Currently in Construction Phase
Fairfax County, Virginia:
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Renovation/ Addition
  • Cherry Run Elementary School Renovation/Addition
  • Oakton Elementary School Renovation/Addition
  • Kings Glen Elementary School Renovation/Addition
  • Freedom Hill Elementary School Renovation/Addition
  • Glasgow Middle School
  • South County Middle School
  • Holmes Middle School Renovation/Addition
The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, Staunton, Virginia:
  • Campus-Wide Renovations and New Construction
Essex County, Virginia:
  • System-Wide Educational Facilities Planning Study
  • Essex High School Renovation/Addition
  • Essex Intermediate School Renovation/Addition
Mathews County, Virginia:
  • Lee-Jackson Elementary School
  • Thomas Hunter Intermediate School Renovation/Addition
  • Mathews High School Renovation/Addition
Middlesex County, Virginia:
  • St. Clare Walker Middle School
City of Richmond, Virginia:
  • Lucille Brown Middle School
Dinwiddie County, Virginia:
  • Dinwiddie Middle School Renovation/Addition (renamed Historic Southside High School Education Center)
  • Dinwiddie High School (renamed Dinwiddie Middle School)
  • Dinwiddie Elementary School Renewal/Addition
  • Midway Elementary School Renovation/Addition
Accomack County, Virginia:
  • Nandua Middle School
  • Arcadia Middle School
  • Chincoteague High School Renovation/Addition
Chesterfield County, Virginia:
  • Thomas Dale High School Renovation/Addition
Awards: Outstanding Renovated School Design Virginia
Department of Education; Outstanding Design Award VSBA

Orange County, Virginia:

  • Prospect Heights Middle School
  • Locust Grove Middle School
King William County, Virginia:
  • System-Wide Educational Facilities Planning Study
  • King William High School Renovation/Addition
  • Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Renovation/Addition
Williamsburg-James City County, Virginia:
  • Stonehouse Elementary School


Past planner of the year Award Winners

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  • 2017 – Ms. Dian Paulin, NCIDQ, ALEP
  • 2016 – Mr. Jim McCalla, REFP
  • 2015 – POY not awarded
  • 2014 – Mr. William (Bill) Bradley, PhD, AlA, LEED AP, REFP
  • 2013 – Mr. John M. Hill, AlA, REFP, LEED AP
  • 2012 – POY not awarded
  • 2011 – Ms. Robin O'Hara
  • 2010 – POY not awarded
  • 2009 – Dr. Thomas H. DeBolt
  • 2008 – Ms. Paige Stutz
  • 2007 – Doug Westmoreland
  • 2006 – Dr. Glen Earthman
  • 2005 – Mr. Jim Copeland, AIA, REFP
  • 2004 – Mr. William T. Brown, III, AIA, REFP, LEED AP
  • 2003 – Dr. Linda LeMasters