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May 26, 2015

SHP VP Todd Thackery Earns Certified Educational Facility Planner Designation

Washington, DC — May 26, 2015 —  Todd Thackery, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President at SHP Leading Design in Cincinnati recently received the Certified Educational Facility Planner (CEFP) designation, a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of a competent educational facility planner. The CEFP 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 Council of Educational Facility Planners (CEFPI), creator of the CEFP credential, observed that, “An individual who has been certified by CEFPI has achieved the highest qualification in our profession. Clients can appoint CEFPs with confidence that they have been examined for competence by our association.”

“We are extremely proud of Todd for this accomplishment, which places him in an elite class of CEFP certified professionals at an architecture firm,” said SHP president Lauren Della Bella. “His commitment to personal and professional development will help SHP assist our clients design educational spaces that are beneficial to both teachers and students. Todd has also set a strong example of leadership for other SHP associates, several of whom will soon begin the CEFP certification process as well.”

After meeting eligibility requirements and submitting an application, CEFP candidates must pass a rigorous CEFP exam. 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 annually.

The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where children learn. CEFPI 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