Lawrence Levato, AIA, REFP, Principal, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates—Architects (CRA) is the new President of A4LE’s Northeast Chapter; his term will run from November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2022. His primary goal will be to focus on supporting the vision of A4LE by increasing membership participation through dedicated outreach and collaboration programs and coordinating the spring conference.
For over 15 years, Larry has been an active A4LE member and has participated in numerous initiatives including assisting in the development and planning of the organization’s yearly conferences, involving presentations at conferences as well as serving as juror for various educational planning awards at the regional level and as part of the SchoolsNext Design Competition. SchoolsNext is a program that challenges young designers at the middle school grade level to plan and design sustainable and resilient learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking and collaboration. While A4LE is international, regions and local chapters focus on local challenges and opportunities to improve learning environments. Larry will spearhead professional development meetings, conferences, and seminars to brainstorm methods to benefit local schools and communities throughout the Northeast Region spanning from Nova Scotia, the northeast and mid-Atlantic states through Washington, DC. A key focus will be to continue to investigate methods of mitigating the impact of COVID and other threats on the educational environment as well as the effect that learning environments contribute to each child’s ability to engage and learn.
After Mr. Levato received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the Rhode Island School in 1988, he began a career focusing primarily on educational planning and design. In 2010, Larry joined Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates and has continued to apply his expertise with educational clients in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. As a Principal at CRA, Larry aids in managing the overall operations of the firm; particularly the education of project managers in establishing project standards and implementing best practices. CRA employs several active A4LE members, and the firm will continue to support Larry’s efforts.
A4LE is a unique organization whose principal purpose is leading innovation at the intersection for learning and place. The organization embraces an internationally diverse population of more than 5,300 design and education professionals with one single focus – building healthy, safe, and resilient 21st century learning environments. The Northeast Region consists of the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, District of Columbia in the United States and the province(s) of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec in Canada.
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