Renée Alexander, AIA
Architect | Principal
BBT Architects, Inc.
With over 25 years of experience, Renée joined BBT in 2012 with an emphasis in planning, programming and design. In addition to her expertise in these areas, she also oversees operations and interiors. She has served as Planner and Facilitator on several major projects in Oregon and Washington.
Her talents make her ideally suited for working with clients through the entire process of planning, design and construction. She takes every opportunity to challenge herself by assisting clients with their visions. Renée is an active listener, helping turn her client's dreams into reality.
Renée recently became the Pacific Northwest Regional President-Elect of CEFPI, and will take over Presidential responsibilities in the fall of 2013. She is also past president and past governor of the local chapter of CEFPI, and has been active in the organization for over 20 years.
University of Oregon
Bachelor of Architecture
Architect, State of Oregon
Architect, State of Washington
Activities and Professional Associates
Council of Educational Facility Planners International – Member, Communications & Value Committee Member; President-Elect for Pacific Northwest Region
Oregon School Facilities Task Force
Serendipity West Foundation – Board Member
Mark R. French, AIA, REFP, LEED AP BD+C
Bay - IBI Group Architects, Inc.
Mr. French is a Senior Principal of a 65+ person Architectural firm focused on the educational and institutional market. With over 27 years of experience, Mr. French offers extensive design and project management experience in educational, religious and public works facilities from small scope renovations to complex $100,000,000+ new facilities. He is involved in all aspects of a project including planning and site assessment, schematic design, design development, construction documents, construction administration and project management. Mr. French has been responsible for over 50 new facilities and 100's of renovations and additions. Mr. French has been Guest speaker for many seminars regarding educational facilities for various professional organizations including Local & Regional Chapters of Council of Educational Facility Planners International, Associated General Contractors, Illuminating Engineering Society, Texas Association of School Administrators and University of Houston Clear Lake.
Catherine Fritz, AIA
Catherine moved to Juneau, Alaska in 1983 after completing her B Arch degree at Washington State University. She began working in school facility planning, design, and construction in 1989. It was through this work that she discovered CEFPI; she has been an active member in the Alaska chapter and the Pacific Northwest Region for over two decades. Catherine took a leave of absence from her position as Chief Architect of the City & Borough of Juneau in 2001 to attend the Multi-Disciplinary Design Institute at Washington State University in Spokane. She studied architectural research with a focus on school facility planning, and achieved the Master of Science in Architecture in 2003. While in Spokane, she worked as a research and teaching assistant. Catherine has been instrumental in establishing Montessori education in Juneau, Alaska that includes a robust public Montessori program in the Juneau School District for grades 1-8. She has worked as a substitute teacher, volunteered extensively at the school, and worked tirelessly on fundraising projects for over 25 years. Catherine is currently an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska Southeast, teaching courses in project management and construction documentation.
In my role as Lecturer at Curtin University find the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate architecture students to be a most rewarding experience. I provide learning experiences that prepare students for entry into professional environments and equip them with the skills needed to respond and lead in a field which is changing rapidly. This has been achieved by ensuring a diversity of resources and information delivery and embedding industry and professional specialists in the learning experiences. As a practising architect with a focus on education architecture, this aligns with my participation in a number of professional organisations. The networks cultivated with current practicing members of the architectural and allied design professions are critical to my teaching and architectural practice. The roles and activities undertaken focus on developing and supporting architectural education programs from primary to professional levels; the design of learning environments and the relationship between pedagogy and space; and the role of architecture and learning in supporting sustainable behaviour.
I am also currently undertaking research as a part of a PhD in Architecture. This work focuses on developing a framework for transformative learning experiences within environmental, and more specifically, architectural education that supports long term sustainable behaviour. Upon completion, planned for 2016, the outcomes of this project could be developed to support innovative teaching and architectural practice at all levels. Recent research activities have supported the establishment of international networks with programs that are providing world class learning environments rich in experience, and significant in the transformation of the students involved. Insights and new understanding gained from time spent with, and reviewing, these programs has not only provided significant development of the research project, but has also informed my own current teaching and architectural practice.
Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, REFP, LEED AP BD+C
Architect and Educational Facilities Planner
Mr. Poinelli is a Principal at Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, Cambridge, MA., where he leads the Educational Planning Group in the SMMA K-12 Studio. Mr. Poinelli has been involved in the programming, master planning, feasibility study, and / or design of over 60 educational projects.
He is currently Vice President of the CEFPI Northeast Region. He also serves as co-chair if the AIA / Committee on Architecture for Education K-12 sub-committee.
Amy Yurko, AIA
Ms. Yurko is the founder of BrainSpaces and the recipient of the 2011 CEFPI School Planner of the Year award. She is both a licensed architect and educator who believes in applying brain-based strategies to the design of learning environments. A recognized expert in her field, Ms. Yurko actively designs schools with some of the country's most renown educational architecture firms, collaborates as an educational facility planner with some of the country's most thoughtful clients, works as an educator in the Chicago Public School system as well as with high caliber institutions such as Harvard, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California, and volunteers to build schools in underprivileged communities in Central America. Throughout her nearly 25 year career, she is fortunate to continuously experience the joy of learning and the value of promoting that joy in others.