StudioJAED Presents Seminar at A4LE in Atlanta

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StudioJAED presented a seminar entitled "The Anatomy of a Successful Project: Exploring the Tension, Synergy and Symbiosis Among Architecture, Engineering and Educational Planning in the Design Process" in Atlanta, Georgia at the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Annual LearningScapes Conference on October 27th. Presenters were Brian Zigmond, PE, Lead Engineer, Philip Conte, AIA, NCARB, Lead Architect, and Dick Moretti, Ed.D., ALEP, LEED™ AP, Educational Facility Planner. The seminar was attended by about 30 individuals, including architects, engineers, facility planners, and educators.

The seminar explored the fact that more often than not, learning environment planners work directly with end users without much direct interaction with architects and engineers on how their planning can be translated into educational space and properly conditioned. It is critical that there is a recognition, both on the learning space planner's side as well as on the architect's and engineer's side that collaboration and cooperation among them are integral and necessary components of a truly successful project. This collaboration is essential not only at the beginning of a project, but throughout its design and construction. All too often, the educational planner's work ends where the architect's and engineer's work begins. If we are truly to have 21st Century learning environments, this needs to change.