Jessup Earns ALEP Designation

Kate Jessup, Designer with ALEP

Kate Jessup recently earned her Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) designation, a credential certifying her expertise as an educational facility planner. The ALEP credential was developed by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), and distinguishes the individuals who receive the accreditation as having “achieved the highest qualification in our profession.”

To achieve her ALEP, Kate needed to excel in the A4LE’s Advanced Academy, “an intense, year-long collaborative program for educators, planners and design professionals studying the advancement of learning environments for children,” explained Phil Poinelli, SMMA’s first ALEP, who serves on the A4LE Board of Directors. “We are pleased to acknowledge Kate’s insight and experience, and we are fortunate to add her credentials to SMMA’s educational planning group.”


Kate, a self-described life-long student, has spent her career learning how to optimize educational environments through the integration of design and pedagogy. The ALEP designation was an opportunity to continue that education and ultimately become a better advocate for students. As Kate explained, “educational planners have a responsibility to teachers and to students; it is our job to speak for their needs from an architectural standpoint.”