Learning Spaces

New name, same game

In 1921 the National Council of Schoolhouse Construction was established in North America. After changing its name in 1965 to the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the organisation has recently re-branded once more – and is now known much more simply as the Association for Learning Environments, or A4LE for short.

A4LE has around 4,500 members spread across the world, with formal partner organisations in Australasia as well as the UK (here in the UK, the organisation was previously known as UK Learning but has since adopted the A4LE brand, too) all with the same goal – in their words, “building healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable 21st Century learning places that inspire transformation in education, enhance student and teacher performance, and support culture and community vitality”. And as the official A4LE publication in the UK, Learning Spaces magazine sees its role as supporting that mission by celebrating and sharing the best projects, worldwide. “It’s an exciting time for us,” commented David Schrader, Chair of the A4LE Board of Directors. “This organisation is moving ahead quickly and is being recognised globally, which is important to us.”

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