Virginia Educational Facility Planners

Virginia Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (VA4LE)

MISSION
Specifically, the mission of Virginia’s chapter of the Association for Learning Environments is 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.

National Affiliation
The Virginia Educational Facility Planners (VEFP) is the state chapter of the Association for Learning Environments, a professional association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn. The Association for Learning Environments members — individuals, institutions and corporations — are actively involved in planning, designing, building, equipping and maintaining schools and colleges. Learn more about the A4LE on-line.

History

In January of 1991, a workshop on school facility planning was initiated on the campus of Virginia Tech as a response to the need for more opportunities for professional development on the part of educators, architects, and engineers. The idea was to bring together members of these groups plus university faculty and vendors to meet for the purpose of sharing mutual needs and ideas. A total of 24 individuals attended the first workshop held in the Donaldson Brown Conference Center on the campus of Virginia Tech. Evaluations of the workshop indicated a need to continue such experiences. Subsequent workshops were held in February of every year since the initial workshop. At the 1995 workshop, the participants indicated a desire to form an organization and in 1996, a set of by-laws was adopted to form the Virginia Educational Facility Planners, an independent organization. In 1998 the VEFP became a state chapter of the Association. The VEFP by-laws are reviewed and amended by a majority vote of the general membership at the annual meeting.

A close association with the Virginia Department of Education was formed initially with financial support for professional development. The 24 participants at the initial gathering has grown significantly as word of the organization and its mission has spread. In 2008 there were 175 registered in attendance for the workshop held at the Hotel Roanoke, and the list of renowned provocateurs who have addressed the members has grown to include Ron Bogle, Victoria Bergsagel, Ian Jukes, Ed Mazria, Susan Rundle, Stephen Kellert, Mark Milliron, Jonathan Kozol, Jamie Vollmer, Dr. Dieter Breithecker, Dr. Pam Moran and Ira Socol among others.

VEFP continues to serve the educational, architectural, and engineering establishments in Virginia in providing quality and needed professional development opportunities including, but not limited to, an annual conference and business meeting, mid-year conference, A4LE events, and this website.

Join A4LE

If you would like to become a member of the Association and/or participate in VA4LE events you can register online.