Poinelli Awarded Certification as Educational Facility Planner

Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, CEFP, LEED AP BD+C, a Principal with SMMA, has earned professional certification as a Certified Educational Facility Planner. Poinelli is a charter member of the new CEFP program, and one of the first in the nation to be awarded the new designation. Poinelli was previously certified as a Recognized Educational Facility Planner, the highest professional designation in the previous certification program of the Council of Facility Planners International.

The Certified Educational Facilities Planner designation is 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. According to a statement from the Certified Educational Facility Planner Commission, the new CEFP certification “means a new level of professionalism in the field of educational environments, and it will be a benchmark of success for those who achieve the standards that are required to attain this new designation.”

Mr. Poinelli’s professional and community achievements span four decades in architecture. His client work centers on master planning and facility planning in K-12 education environments. He is vice president of the Northeast Region of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, and co-chair of the AIA’s national K-12 Education Subcommittee. 

Poinelli is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional by the United States Green Building Council. He is a Lecturer on educational programming and planning at the Boston Architectural College, and a frequent speaker and author on the topic of planning and design, having authored several journal articles and presented research topics at international, national and regional education conferences.