Committee on Architecture for Education

Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) develops a knowledge sharing network of individuals working on planning and design of learning environments, including public and private colleges and universities, community colleges, early childhood and K12 facilities, museums, libraries, cultural and civic centers, and other educational spaces.


Third Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

2023 Networking + Visioning Session

Help us welcome the new year, network with colleagues, and shape the AIASF Committee on Architecture for Education themes and programs for 2023.

Join our committee for a lively in-person networking and visioning session outdoors on Thursday, February 16th at 5:30 PM over drinks and snacks at Delarosa.


2022 Ideas Competition

Moving Beyond Ad-Hoc, Hacked, and Underfunded.

How can we design purposeful spaces that serve the whole student and support student success?

Academic institutions at all levels are asked to serve myriad roles to students beyond "the educator"- they can be the doctor, cook, counselor, social worker, babysitter, mentor, or even employer. As we move out of the pandemic some of these roles have become increasingly important, not only for students but also for the communities they live in.

Current educational spaces don't often work to provide these services in an equitable, safe, and comfortable environment. They also don't invite the community in as clients or collaborators for these services.

Instead of the relocatable classrooms or closet under the stairs (worst case) or the "one-stop-shop" Student Services model (best case), what kinds of spaces would support students' individual and holistic needs as current and future community members? What kind of spaces would you add or design for an educational environment that also serves as a community hub?
We challenge you to think beyond the traditional classroom/school/campus model!
Show us your ideas for transformational:
  • Community spaces
  • Programs
  • Community engagement processes
  • Futures for academic institutions at all levels from kindergarten to university to lifelong learners
Submission Deadline Extended: Friday, September 9, 2022

Winning projects will be featured in a panel discussion on Wednesday, September 21, from 12 to 1 pm Pacific in conjunction with the 19th Annual Architecture + the City Festival.

Entry fees are non-refundable. Submissions must be fully completed and entered on or before the Early Submission Deadline in order to qualify for the discounted submission fees rates.

Submission is fully electronic through the portal. Entrants are encouraged to submit support materials in a variety of formats, which might include digital or hand drawings, images of 3-dimensional models, video, or other formats.

This competition is open to anyone and everyone interested in the topic. Teams can be formed for a maximum of 5 people. The registration fee is per team, regardless of the number of team members, and based on the entrant categories below:
Student, with ID and/or transcript (grades 6-12 or college-level)
  • $15
  • $40



The 2022 Jury will be revealed soon, stay tuned!

Community Partners

Steelcase / One Workplace

2022 Outdoor Networking + Visioning Session

Be a part of the Vision! Last year our team of planners, educators and design professionals tackled the question of what it means to create safe space for learning in a post-pandemic world. What do you think are the themes driving design for education in 2022?

Join our committee for a lively in-person networking and visioning session outdoors on Wednesday, February 16th, at 5:30pm over drinks and snacks. Location to be confirmed.



Irene Monis, AIA

Joey Favaloro, AIA

Tara Ogle, AIA

Matt Pietras, AIA

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