QKA Associate, Nick Stephenson Earns Accredited Learning Environments Planner Designation

Santa Rosa, Calif., Aug. 8, 2016 – Nick Stephenson, an associate with education industry planning, design and construction management firm Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA), earned the Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) designation, a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of a competent educational facility planner. The ALEP credential was designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance and identify those in the educational environment industry who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of educational facility planning.

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE, formerly known as CEFPI), creator of the ALEP credential, declares, “An individual who has been certified by A4LE has achieved the highest qualification in our profession. Clients can appoint ALEPs with confidence that they have been examined for competence by our association.”

The Accreditation process includes a year-long program of coursework offered through San Diego State University. Once a candidate has earned the credential, they must maintain it by fulfilling certification renewal requirements every three years, in addition to maintaining minimum continuing education units each year.

Stephenson has been with QKA since 1997 and has worked in all phases of architectural services for education projects, including master planning, programming, schematic design, design development and construction documentation. Well versed in consultant coordination, green building practices and construction administration, Stephenson’s projects include the Mendocino High School Performing Arts facility and significant modernization work for Fort Bragg Middle School—both of which garnered design awards. He led the facilities master planning for The Alameda Unified School District, as well as the design and master planning efforts for the Fremont Union High School District.

About Quattrocchi Kwok Architects
Santa Rosa-based Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) provides comprehensive master planning, design and construction administration services for Northern California K-12 and higher education, historic renovation and community facilities. With over $1.2 billion in projects completed in the company’s nearly 30-year history, QKA’s award-winning portfolio reflects a commitment to design that emphasizes environmental sustainability and community impact. Recent projects include American Canyon High School, which is heralded as the “greenest school in America” and has achieved one of the highest scores of a California school to date from the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified program. Visit: www.qka.com.

About the Association for Learning Environments
The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where children learn. A4LE embraces a diverse group of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, high performance and sustainable learning environments that enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality. To learn more, visit www.A4LE.org.

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