Alberto Treves, s
chool building specialist

In Washington DC, working worldwide

To contact Alberto Treves, email to:

Alberto Treves is a school building specialist with more than 1000 projects completed in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.  He specializes in the early steps of the process, having done facility evaluations, master plans, written design manuals, and specifications, carried on school designs and advised governments and private institutions on capital improvement projects.  He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires, a Certificate in Educational Facilities Planning obtained in 2001 from the University of California, and he has Recognized Educational Facility Planner designation granted 2003 by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.  

Over the years, Alberto Treves has developed a special ability to review and assess how projects perform and whether they achieve the expected impact. Investments in school infrastructure, furniture, equipment, and educational material are usually very high and there is a fair expectation that every dollar spent will yield a positive return in terms of not only improving coverage and retention of students but also making schools more relevant to communities and more attractive for teachers to work in.

Because of Alberto Treves’ extensive and diverse experience, he can identify challenges in school building programs and offer several courses of action with proven solutions to improve what is already working or to reverse course when needed. Even though a school building is materialized by masons, plumbers, electricians, among others, there is a multifaceted process leading up to it. Most of the time, it starts with the acknowledgment of a certain shortfall in educational services, an in-depth needs assessment, and/ or a very specific policy direction. In all cases, feasibility studies or pre-investment analysis are necessary to evaluate delivery options and the resources that are necessary to deploy project/ program objectives. 

In summary, Alberto Treves’ work as a consultant and team leader has always supported very ambitious and innovative projects that provide clients with facilities that are safe, appropriate for the function, attractive, cost-effective, and sustainable.

Countries of experience: 
Argentina, Belize, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Republic of Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, México, Nicaragua, Gaza, Panamá, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Venezuela.

Clients included:
World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, Millenium Challenge Corporation, Unesco, US Department of Labor, US Department of Defense, Distruct of Columbia Public Schools, CONESCAL, etc

Puerto Rico Project

I just returned from Puerto Rico where I worked as a consultant for the Secretary of Education where more than 1000 schools were affected by Hurricane Maria. 

New Seminar: Institutional Programs in School Infrastructure

I am working on the preparation of a new seminar to be delivered entierly on line. 

The Impact on Learning Book

The Impact of School Infrastructure on Learning book has been in the making for a long time and finally published by the World Bank this year. 

This study puts together the most comprehensive and well organized set of studies that show how adequate school buildings affect student performance. 

You can download a free PDF copy by clicking here:


Asociation for the Learning Environment

Next month I will attend the Association for the Learning Envirnoment in Anaheim, CA.

Please join our new community of practice with the following purpose:

LE Large-Scale Projects is a virtual forum for the exchange of ideas, information and collaboration on projects that transcend one or two facilities, to benefit and entire County, State or Nation. A place for members to be part of a focused conversation on recommendations, guidelines, standards, or legislation that could affect how educational facilities and planned, designed, built and operated on a large scale. This forum is easy to use as participants can select how to send and receive notification messages. Join the conversations and connect with colleagues that have devoted their practice to do work similar to what you do.