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Residents of Brownsville, Brooklyn will soon witness the rebirth of their beloved Loews Pitkin Theater. POKO Partners, LLC will transform the neighborhood with an exciting adaptive re-use project that, with a new college preparatory charter school and modern shopping facilities, will bring smiles and laughter back to the grande dame of Pitkin Avenue. Designed by Collingswood, NJ-based architecture firm, Kitchen & Associates, the…

5 Reasons to Attend East Coast Green: 1. Get CEUs for BOTH AIA and USGBC in one location for a very reasonable price 2. Relevant and timely educational workshops on incentives, policy, design highlighted by prominent keynotes 3. Networking opportunities with potential clients 4. See NJ Architects’ design talent at Design Day 5. The beach in September…. Early Bird registration ends July 31st…

The annual AIA-NJ Service Awards and the Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award committees are seeking nominations for the 2010 Awards. AIA-NJ annual Service Awards are given to recognize accomplishments of individuals and firms that have provided distinguishes service to the profession and to the Society. Nomination Deadline: August 31, 2010 More information and nomination forms can be found online. The AIA New Jersey…

For the 5th year, AIA West Jersey is sponsoring it’s juried photography competition to celebrate architecture and the built environment. Cash prizes awarded in three categories, submit your photo today. Entry deadline is August 4, 2010. For more info or entry form: www.aiawestjersey.org

AIA-NJ has launched a social media campaign for East Coast Green in order to increase awareness of the upcoming conference on Sept. 16 and 17. To stay abreast of relevant news and updates, please follow us on Twitter at    www.Twitter.com/East_CoastGreen and “like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/EastCoastGreen

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has made massive changes to the Internship Development Program (IDP) over the last two years.  The most recent being the full transition for all IDP record holders to the Six Month Rule.  Unfortunately many interns are still not aware of, or understand, these changes and how it affects their journey towards licensure. As a way…

(ARE 4.0) Structural Systems – Mechanical & Electrical Systems Two review courses will be offered this coming fall semester at the New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, to help prepare architecture graduates for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE 4.0) in the following two sections: Structural Systems and Building Systems (Mechanical & Electrical). These two courses are offered in the…

The results of our recent election for AIA-NJ President Elect are in. You have selected Laurence Parisi, AIA for your 2012 President.  Best of Luck on a successful presidency, Larry. The Nominations Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Trustees congratulate Larry and Joyce on an excellent campaign, with both candidates traveling the state to meet all of you who attended the 4 candidates…

The following is the letter sent from AIA New Jersey President Jason Kliwinski to the Star Ledger in response to an article giving mis-information on the use of an architect.  At the end of the letter is an image of the original article as printed in the Home Improvement section of the Star Ledger on June 17, 2010:

Project Team Awarded with New Town Center & Traditional Neighborhood Development Acknowledgement at Reception. At the recent New Jersey Future’s Smart Growth award reception held at the Newark Club, Sharbell Development Corporation, along with Feinberg and Associates, P.C., a Voorhees, N.J.-based architectural design firm, and the town of Robbinsville, N.J., received the award in the New Town Center & Traditional Neighborhood Development category…

Bernardsville Architect Honored for Achievements, Contributions to Architecture WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 30) – Bernardsville, N.J.-based architect Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, was among 134 American Institute of Architects (AIA) members who were recently elevated to its prestigious College of Fellows. Kennedy-Grant, a member of AIA’s New Jersey chapter (AIA-NJ), was recently invested at a ceremony in Miami, Fla., during the 2010 AIA National Convention….

President's Corner

As you may have heard, the NJ Legislature and Governor have reached an agreement on the State budget to balance it while providing a modest surplus. This is truly an accomplishment given the prior status of the budget. No one is 100% happy and that is the nature of compromise I suppose. AIA-NJ has been monitoring the budget negotiations closely. There have been…

Plant Fantasies and FXFOWLE Architects recently conducted a tour of the green roof at 250 Hudson Street for members of the Urban Green Council, the New York chapter of  the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Scott Melching, FXFOWLE project architect for 250 Hudson Street, and Michael Tull, landscape designer for Plant Fantasies, explained  the  sustainable aspects of the intensive and extensive green roof to tour…

Collingswood, NJ (June 3, 2010) – Two major urban revitalization projects being designed by a local architectural firm were awarded HOPE VI Revitalization grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HOPE VI funding program was developed in 1992 to transform severely distressed public housing developments into viable, mixed-income communities and to change the shape of public housing….

Convention News David Del Vecchio, AIA McEntee Resigns, Interim Executive Director Named Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Christine McEntee will leave the Institute July 23, 2010 to become Executive Director of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an international non-profit scientific association dedicated to furthering the sciences of geophysics through individual efforts and in cooperation with other scientific organizations. Pamela Kaul of…

$35 million, 107,000 sf project is the first higher education building to earn LEED Gold in Wisconsin The Richard and Margot Warch Campus Center at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., has won many national, regional and sustainable design honors for KSS Architects in Princeton, N.J., and associate architect Uihlein-Wilson Architects in Milwaukee. In March, the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) awarded the…

Allan Kehrt FAIA will be leading the discussion on the application process for becoming an FAIA. Allan, this past year was the Chairman of the National FAIA jury and had been a juror for several years. This is an extrodinary opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about the application process. A seminar will be held: June 16th at 5:00 PM Clarke, Canton…

All members of AIA-NJ are invited to attend the AIA-NJ Candidates Night Presentations on Tuesday May 18th 6PM, at the offices of Clarke Caton Hintz in the Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. Please RSVP to Lori Lee at [email protected] so that adequate seating will be available. There is a contest for President Elect, with Joyce Raspa, AIA, Esq. and Laurence…

Annual event devoted to the preservation, advancement and dissemination of Cuban and Cuban-American culture. Keynote Address Historical Overview and Legacy of Cuban Architecture; The Colonial Period and the Cuban Republic; Revolution and Post-Revolution; Cuban Architecture and Urbanism Full Cycle; evening Concert – The Music and Architecture of a Romantic City starring Chico Álvarez and his Band Event is sponsored by The Cuban Cultural…

Goals for Centennial Include Focusing On Future Growth, Leadership Shelton, Conn. (April 14, 2010) — Fletcher Thompson, an award-winning full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm headquartered in Shelton, Conn., is proud to announce the celebration of its 100-year anniversary. With six East Coast offices, in Shelton and Hartford, Conn.; Boston, Mass.; Somerset, N.J.; Naples, Fla.; and New York City, Fletcher Thompson is…

Third Annual Ceremony Celebrates New Jersey Legends The New Jersey Hall of Fame honored almost a dozen inductees at a star-studded gala ceremony on Sunday, May 2nd at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The inductees included Count Basie, Judy Blume, Justice William Brennan, Danny DeVito, Larry Doby, Michael Graves, Carl Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Alice Paul, Les Paul, Susan Sarandon, Wally…

Trenton, NJ – April 20, 2010 –In the University’s ongoing pursuit of sustainability, Rider University recently received LEED™ Silver certification for the newest addition to the Lawrenceville campus, West Village Residence Halls. The new residence halls, which were completed for this past fall semester, are the University’s first buildings that were constructed to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Silver Standard,…

Tickets and Sponsorship Available For East Coast’s Largest GREEN Conference The Committee on the Environment AIA-NJ, has announced that registration for its East Coast Green Conference to be held at Bally’s Atlantic City, N.J., in the fall, will open on Earth Day, April 22. “What better time to open up registration for a conference who’s main focus is on sustainability in architecture and…

The Newark and Suburban Architects section of AIA-NJ was recently recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a “Grassroots” excellence award for its 2008 “Live the Box” international design competition. The design competition challenged innovative designers to “re-invent the box” by using shipping containers as both building blocks and primary design elements in a conceptual urban, multi-family, mixed-use project for Newark,…

STARS TO COME OUT FOR NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME Come help us celebrate Michael Graves’ induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Tickets are now on sale for the third annual ceremony. This historic event will be a star-studded red-carpet celebration the Class of 2010 is celebrated and inducted: NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME – CLASS OF 2010 Michael Graves, FAIA…

The 2nd Annual Green Buildings Summit, being hosted by the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal, set to take place June 2, 2010 at the Trenton Marriott at Lafayette Yard, Trenton, NJ. Through this partnership, we have secured a discounted rate for our members to both attend and exhibit. Simply enter your member code. This year’s keynote speaker is, President Lee Solomon. President Solomon…

AIA Announces New Contract Documents

Our Documents-on-Demand service is back with six new documents including 3 sub-contractor forms. Get yours today!  Six new documents, including three sub-contractor forms, have just been added to the popular AIA Documents-on-Demand™, bringing the total documents available through this service to 22. Save time and money with this web-based solution, which allows both PC and MAC users to easily access and fill…

“Design Matters” is the theme of National Architecture Week, which runs from April 12th to 16th. One of the ways AIA-NJ is celebrating is with an architectural display at the NJ State House. The display of architectural projects prepared by a number of AIA-NJ architecture firms will be featured in the State House outside of Café NJ in Gold Finch Square. The display…

Dear Members, We have had a busy first quarter here at AIA-NJ. In these last 3 months we visited Washington DC and met with your representatives to press an agenda important to the health and financial well being of our members, developed a focused educational series for our members, worked with USGBC-NJ to deliver sustainability training at no cost through a Department of…

by Joyce M. Scatuccio, Associate AIA IDP Coordinator AIA NJ The Intern Development Program (IDP) was introduced to the Architecture community in 1976. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) implemented the newly formed IDP to provide a uniformed system for documentation and specified training requirements for all interns. Through the next 34 years NCARB and the Architecture community continuously review and…

By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, PP AIA-NJ Mega Issue Champion In 2010, AIANJ will be making a concerted effort on our four Mega Issues. One of the four is what we are calling Zoning Ridiculousness, which our President, Jason Kliwinski, has charged me to champion. In doing so, I am looking for a few good men and/or women of AIANJ to help us…

David DelVecchio, AIA, LEEDap AIA-NJ Regional Director Joint AIA-USGBC Task Force Issues a Letter to their respective Boards I have been asked to share with you the good news on the work of the Joint AIA-USGBC Task Force. The co-chairs of the AIA-USGBC task force, (Gail Vittori, Immediate Past Board Chair, USGBC and Clark Manus, FAIA, 2011 AIA President) and the chief executives…

The 2010 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 134 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows to be honored at an investiture ceremony in Miami on Friday, June 11 during the 2010 AIA National Convention. AIA New Jersey member and Bernardsville based architect Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, will be among those elevated. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have…

Architecture, Construction and Engineering Mentor Program Introduces Students to Design Careers in Cumberland County. Students from six area high schools have proposed a new athletic facility for the former Vineland Speedway site as part of a unique mentoring program they have been participating in since September. The student plan calls for a new athletic complex for both Cumberland County College and the community,…

Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects is restoring the Trenton Bath House and Day Camp, a seminal mid-century modern landmark. The Princeton, NJ-based architecture firm Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC (FMG) announces that construction has started for the restoration of Louis I. Kahn’s Trenton Bath House and Day Camp. These landmark buildings, designed by the renowned Modernist architect Kahn (1901-1974) for the Jewish Community Center…

Garden Street Lofts, Hoboken’s first and only LEED residences, were awarded Gold certification by the U. S. Green Buildings Council, making it New Jersey’s only LEED-certified condo residences at that level. The 30-unit building, which opened just over one year ago in January 2009 is nearly 80% sold despite continued challenges in the market.

Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design LLC (JZA+D), a full-service, multi-disciplined architecture and design firm, is designing Waku Ghin., a modern, 8,000 square-foot restaurant at The Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino in Singapore for one of the world’s most elite chefs, Tetsuya Wakuda. Seeking a dynamic, refined dining experience, Chef Wakuda has tapped JZA+D to create an environment rich in tone and texture…

STRATEGIC ALLIANCE PANEL: Key Speakers Will Address Re-Development Challenges at Atlantic Builder’s Convention in April. The Strategic Alliance, a group of eight real estate-related professional companies, will present a seminar at the upcoming Atlantic Builders Convention on April 15 in Atlantic City, N.J. The discussion titled “Preparing for the Recovery – Are You Ready?” is a continuation of last year’s program, “Boot Camp…

AIA-NJ recognized famous architect, Eleanore Pettersen, FAIA, with the “Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award” at its annual awards gala held at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J. Pettersen, who passed away in 2003, received the award posthumously, in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of architecture. “Ms. Pettersen’s achievements are impressive to all who learn of them and are still…

Faridy Veisz Fraytak, PC, (FVF) of Trenton, NJ, a full service architectural firm in continuous practice for 92 years, is pleased to announce the promotions of George R. Duthie AIA and William D. (Ted) Hopkins III AIA, LEED AP, to the position of principals of the Firm. Mr. Duthie has been employed by FVF for more than 22 years. Prior to his promotion,…

March 18, 2010 On June 29, 2009, the AIA, along with the International Code Council (ICC) and ASTM International, announced the formation of the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC) and charged it with creating an International Green Construction Code (IGCC). Since then, an enormous amount of time and effort on the part of the members and staff of all three organizations, as well…

The Young Professionals Multi-Group Mixer is an extraordinary event that will combine both business and social networking. 400-500 Young Professionals from 26 different YP organizations are expected to attend the EIGHTH bi-annual event scheduled for April 22nd at the Heldrich in New Brunswick, NJ.  Registration is now open so grab a ticket and save the date!

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AIA Media Relations Needs Your Help

Every quarter, AIA issues a Home Design Trend Survey, based on the work of 500 architecture firms that concentrate their on the residential sector. The last report, issued March 9, [link to www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB082441] showed that kitchen and bathroom designs were more modest than before. However, according to AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA, because “kitchens remain the nerve center of the…

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Trenton Area is currently in need of an architect to work pro bono or reduced fees to design a two story single family home of approximately 1200 square feet. The room requirements are 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, kitchen, living/dining room combination with a full basement. The house will be located in an urban setting on a city main street…

NJBIZ List of NJ Architectural Firms

New Jersey’s leading business newspaper and reference source, is preparing a list of New Jersey’s Architectural Firms, ranked by the number of New Jersey licensed architects. We seek your cooperation in adding information about your organization to our database. This will ensure that your company is considered for the list read by business professionals and consumers statewide. The top 25 companies with the…

Monday, March 1, 2010 Last updated: Monday March 1, 2010, 6:48 PM BY CLAIRE HEININGER STATE HOUSE BUREAU TRENTON — The federal government will not bail out New Jersey’s insolvent unemployment insurance fund, but it may find ways to lessen the state’s burden, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said Monday. With 27 states having borrowed about $30 billion from the feds to pay their…

—Architects, Real Estate Professionals, Students and Alumni to Gather at Design Exhibit— NEWARK, N.J. (February 24, 2010)—The College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host its fifth annual Design Showcase on April 15, 2010, at Weston Hall on the NJIT Campus in Newark, New Jersey. From 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, registrants are invited to view…

AIA-NJ has hit the ground running in 2010, starting in January with the AIA-NJ Awards Dinner and many local section Inaugural Dinners to install local officers. February began with the annual trip to Washington DC for AIA Grassroots during which we experienced one of the year’s worst snowstorms. This did not stop AIA-NJ from getting to the Hill and pressing issues important to…

From David DelVecchio, AIA, LEEDap AIA-NJ Regional Director Here’s a brief re-cap of the 2010 Grassroots Conference in Washington, DC earlier in February including some information about bylaws changes that will be the subject of a vote at the Annual Meeting of the Institute in June at the convention in Miami. Including information on AIA-NJ delegation visits to Capital Hill, AIA Blueprint plan…

AIA New Jersey held its Annual Awards Dinner in January at the Thomas Edison State College in Trenton. The evening started in the atrium space with presentations of AIA-NJ Presidential Citations to a number of individuals and the AIA-NJ Service Awards. After attendees were seated for dinner, Regional Director David DelVecchio, AIA, installed the 2010 officers. Past President Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, spoke…

Organizers of East Coast Green announced this week that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the conference. Kennedy will be the closing keynote on the final day of the multi-day conference to be held in Atlantic City, NJ, in September 2010. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany…

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the AIA community. My name is Rob Schmitz and like many of you out there, I too have felt the pinch of these economic times. However, persistence and expansion of my skills to include expertise in sustainability has carried me through thus far. I have been involved with USGBC‐NJ for some time…

The Firefighter’s Memorial Park in Union City, NJ was recently given an Award of Merit by New York Construction magazine, and named to their “Best of 2009” list in the Landscape/Urban Design category. The Firefighter’s Memorial Park is a tribute to the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue firefighters fallen in the line of duty. Designed by RSC Architects, the park opened this…

By Fred B. Adelson, Ph.D. Professor, Art Department, Rowan University After World War II, Collingswood established itself as a flourishing South Jersey residential community, expanding beyond Haddon Avenue toward the Cooper River. This area, which was originally a vineyard, had become the Camden County Country Club by the early 1900s. Due to increased local opposition to policies that allowed members to golf on…

PRINCETON, N.J.—The American Institute of Architects appointed KSS Architects founding partner Allan Kehrt, FAIA, LEED AP, as Chair of the 2010 Jury of Fellows. Kehrt is one of three founding partners of the award-winning architectural design and planning firm KSS Architects, which has offices in Princeton, N.J., in Philadelphia. This February Kehrt’s one-year appointment as Chair will conclude his 3-year term on the…

Farewell Mills Gatsch combines expertise in architectural history and technical innovation to create award-winning contemporary architecture. Princeton, NJ – Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC is proud to celebrate 35 years of award-winning architecture and begin its 36th year of practice. Since the firm’s founding in 1974, FMG has been widely recognized for the design of new buildings and the stewardship of historic structures….

Architecture and Planning Firm Commemorates Renovation of Historic Space With Elected Officials and Special Guests TRENTON, N.J. (Jan. 5, 2010) – Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH), an award-winning architecture and planning firm founded in 1979, recently celebrated the grand opening of the firm’s new offices at the Trenton Masonic Temple located at 100 Barrack St. in Trenton, N.J. The Grand Lodge of New Jersey,…

AIA New Jersey’s Emerging Professionals Committee has launched our web page, Emerging Professionals. Please visit us and send us some feedback. One item of interest for Associate members preparing for the ARE, is our ARE Success Teams. We are very excited about this offering and look forward to a successful, no pun intended, launch this year. Please check it out and if you’re…

Adds Senior Care Studio and Sustainable Design Expertise Trenton, NJ – Steven Leone, AIA, LEEDap, NJ joins Spiezle Architectural Group as Principal and head of the newly established Senior Care design studio. Leone has more than 25 years of progressive experience in the field of architecture. His varied expertise encompasses the management and design of senior care, education, public works, and restaurants, and…

Designs Submitted By Competitors From Around the World NEWARK, N.J. (Dec. 17, 2009) — The Newark and Suburban Architects section of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), in conjunction with its Emerging Professionals and Young Architects Forum programs, has selected 21 finalists in its design competition for a Newark Visitors Center. The finalists were chosen from nearly 200…

KSS Architects Designs New Learning Lab for WHYY Public Media PHILADELPHIA—KSS Architects is designing the new Learning Lab at WHYY, a state-of-the-art educational facility that will enhance and expand the nationally-acclaimed public media organization’s existing Technology Center on Independence Mall in Center City, Philadelphia. The Learning Lab at WHYY, which includes 7,500 square feet of new and 4,000 square feet of renovated space,…

Many have heard various rumors about potential new building codes to be adopted by New Jersey. AIA-NJ has contacted NJ-DCA this week regarding and were told that no codes will be adopted in the immediate future. The new governor and administration has put a 90-day freeze on all proposed new building codes in the state. We will be staying in close contact with…

Call for AIA-NJ Officer Nominations

The 2010 Nominations Committee of AIA New Jersey is currently seeking qualified members in good standing for consideration to stand for election for the following offices for a term beginning in January 2011, unless noted otherwise.

Christie Nominates Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, Executive Director of School Development Authority Board. Governor Chris Christie today nominated Dr. Poonam Alaigh, to serve as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and Marc Larkins to serve as Executive Director of the New Jersey School Development Authority Board. Dr. Alaigh is the Executive Director at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey…

AIA Contract Documents is excited to announce our new release, which includes innovative solutions that address some of the industry’s latest trends, including Integrated Project Delivery, sustainability and federally funded projects. Current AIA Contract Documents customers are encouraged to attend a webcast on Tuesday, November 10 to learn about what’s new in our latest software release – bit.ly/12TTC2. Earn 1.5 learning units.

A new presentation entitled “Acoustical Designs of Sustainable Schools” WHIPPANY, N.J., OCT. 26, 2009 – Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates (LSG&A), one of the top acoustical engineering firms in the country, is pleased to announce that the firm continues as an AIA/CES Registered Provider with a new presentation entitled “Acoustical Designs of Sustainable Schools”. “The Sustainable Design is a new requirement for AIA and…

Draft of IGCC Green Code

Version 3 of the IGCC (International Green Construction Cose) Draft has been posted on the green codes website. This Version 3 will be the new base document for consideration of changes which will occur at the next SBTC meeting (Mtg #4) on December 15 – 17, 2009 in Bonita Springs, FL. Here’s the link: www.iccsafe.org/cs/sbtc/pages/firstdraftdevelopment.aspx

Beyond Green – Call for Entries

Along with our sponsors, SBIC is proud to announce the 2009 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards. This unique program recognizes the initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, as well as the real-world application of high-performance design and construction practices.

September 23, 2009 – The public has been given 60 days to comment on proposed revisions to regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The regulatory changes, contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking just announced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), focuses on providing individuals seeking protection against…

Students Help Feed Hungry With Design Contest That Benefits Community Food Programs AIA-NJ) announces that Canstruction, its annual design exhibition and contest to benefit community food programs, will be held at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., on Oct. 27, 2009, at The Atrium in Rowan Hall. Students mentored by architects, engineers and professors will compete to design and build giant structures made entirely…

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced a new series of comprehensive online resource guides on sustainable design and planning. Created for national and local policymakers, government agencies, design professionals, planners and students, the guides include hundreds of project case studies, research papers, organizations and other government resources on sustainable design aggregated for the first time. The announcement took place at…

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ announced a November 5 call for pilot projects that will test the first national rating system for sustainable landscapes. The Initiative is a partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable…

Architect Michael Graves Nominated by AIA-NJ EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) announced Sept. 15 that architect Michael Graves, FAIA, of Princeton, N.J., has been nominated for its Class of 2010. Graves’ nomination was championed by the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (NJ-AIA). Graves — the first architect to be nominated — was nominated…

Note: This article appeared in the June 2009 edition of the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal and the August 2009 edition of the Mann Report. By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, PP, CID, NFPA When I am at a gathering and meeting people for the first time, it is inevitable that they will ask, “What do you do for a living?” When I say…

NOTE: This article previously appeared in the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal in June 2009 and is slated to appear in the Mann Report in December. By Seth A. Leeb, AIA Immediate Past President, New Jersey Chapter, American Institute of Architects Seth A. Leeb, AIA, immediate past present of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) is the principal…

PRINCETON, N.J. — James Stewart Polshek, FAIA, will be the featured speaker at the annual Design Conference sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ). Polshek, senior design counsel of Polshek Partnership Architects, will discuss his lifelong convictions about the importance of modesty and generosity in the practice of architecture. The Design Conference, which will be held Sept….

Carl Kemm Loven Noted for Charming Norman Designs GLEN ROCK, N.J. – It wasn’t quite the same as inspecting the Dead Sea Scrolls, but for amateur historians Nancy Atkins Peck and Xiomara C. Paredes, AIA, the level of excitement was no less great. What they were inspecting was a cache of the plans of architect Carl Kemm Loven that had been stored in…

AIA-NJ has nominated architect Michael Graves, FAIA, of Princeton, N.J., to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The nomination was made by Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, president of AIA-NJ, which is based in Trenton, on behalf of the organization. Graves has been in the forefront of architectural design since he founded his practice in Princeton in 1964. He is an influential theorist, as…

TRENTON, N.J. (August 13, 2009) — Bruce D. Turner, AIA, a member of AIA South Jersey, was recently appointed to the 2009 Community Committee of the national board of AIA. Turner, of Bruce D. Turner, Architect of Vineland, N.J., has been a member of AIA-NJ since 1985 and of AIA-NJ’s South Jersey section since 1986. He served as president of AIA-NJ in 2005…

ACE Program Seeking to Expand in New Jersey VINELAND, N.J. (JULY 24) – The highly successful ACE (architecture, construction and engineering) Mentor Program of America, in which building industry professionals, including members of AIA-NJ, serve as mentors for high school students seeking careers in the building industry, is seeking to expand in New Jersey. The ACE program is seeking design and construction professionals…

(JULY 30, 2009) — AIA Newark and Suburban has announced that Canstruction, its annual design exhibition and contest to benefit community food programs, will be held for the first time this year at the Prudential Center in Newark N.J. Through their “Jersey Hockey Fights Hunger” initiative, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils will host Canstruction, along with their annual food drive to be held…

On June 25, 2009, the State Legislature voted with strong bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly to let the New Jersey voters decide in November whether to continue the State’s investments in open space. The timing was crucial, with the Garden State Preservation Trust essentially empty and no longer able to fund the NJ Historic Trust restoration grants or undertake new land…

On July 27, 2009 Governor Jon S. Corzine signed into law the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009. Sections 37 through 39 of the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009 suspend the Non-Residential Development Fee Act which was signed into law on July 17, 2008. As a result, proof of payment of a non-residential development fee or proof of an exemption…

The Center for Architecture announces the publication of the third edition of Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City, the most comprehensive book on the architectural treasures of Philadelphia. Authored by John Andrew Gallery, this updated, comprehensive guide provides descriptions and photographs of over four hundred of the city’s important buildings, with seven walking tours, historical timelines, and short biographies of Philadelphia architects…

Review Courses for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE 4.0) Structural Systems – Mechanical & Electrical Systems Two review courses will be offered this coming fall semester at the New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, to help prepare architecture graduates for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE 4.0) in the following two sections: Structural Systems and Building Systems (Mechanical & Electrical).

VINELAND, N.J. (JULY 24) – The highly successful ACE (architecture, construction and engineering) Mentor Program of America, in which building industry professionals, including members of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), serve as mentors for high school students seeking careers in the building industry, is seeking to expand in New Jersey. The ACE program is seeking design and…

Bells Labs, Architecturally Significant Modernist Building in Holmdel, N.J. HOLMDEL, N.J. (July 17, 2009) — Though most had seen photos of the Bell Labs building designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen — or even studied it in school — few of the architects who recently toured the shuttered building in Holmdel were prepared for the awe-inspiring scale and drama of the building, which…

Carleton Riker, Jr. – In Memoriam

CARLETON BERRIAN RIKER, JR. ASSOCIATE EMERITAS AIA November 26, 1919 – July 12, 2009 In 2007, AIANJ was prepared to present to those assembled at the annual AIA Convention, the Carleton Berrian Riker, Jr. we knew. The purpose was to gain emeritus status for Carl even though he was not a licensed architect. Our reasoning was that he given thousands of hours of…

Reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer Carlos Castro, AIA, arrived in Camden from Puerto Rico a quarter-century ago, unable to muster a word of English as a student at East Camden Middle School. But he kept a notepad in his pocket and wrote down everything he saw on the street. At the end of each day, he looked…

For the fourth year, AIA West Jersey is sponsoring a juried Photography Competition to celebrate architecture and the built environment. Images from past years entries have circled the globe, highlighting architecture from here in New Jersey to Italy, Scotland, Japan and more. The top three 2009 selections were awarded to the Philadelphia Comcast Building (by David Lummis, AIA), USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii…

Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP of New Brunswick, NJ announces that four of our attorneys passed the LEED exam and are now LEED Accredited Professionals, certified by the Green Building Institute. Anthony Iacocca, Richard Gaeckle, Jacob Grouser and Vincent Carita, play significant roles in the firm’s recently formed Green Building practice group, led by Partner Lawrence P. Powers. By serving the…

Members of AIA New Jersey, including AIA-NJ President Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, attended a fundraiser for the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA). In attendance was Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Chairman of the RGA as well as Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Christie. The event was another in a long list of events funded by APAC. The RGA has committed $2 million dollars to this years NJ…

Displaced Workers Now Have Access to 17 Products and Enhanced eLearning; Employers Get Discount for Hiring Program Participants; New Term License for AutoCAD software With more than 5,000 participants in the Autodesk Assistance Program and more than 5,000 product downloads to date, Autodesk is announcing significant additions to the program announced six weeks ago. The program was designed to help displaced workers in…

Status of IBC2009 in New Jersey

Note from Codes & Standards Committee on IBC2009 Many of our members have heard rumors that a new IBC code is going to be adopted for use in the state of New Jersey over the next month. The AIA-NJ Code Committee chair had a discussion with DCA and was told that they are targeting December 2009, to adopt the 2009 IBC. A list…

How the Public Perceives the Architect

This article appeared in Vol. 21, Issue 6 of the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal (June 12, 2009) By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, PP, CID, NFPA When I am at a gathering and meeting people for the first time, it is inevitable that they will ask, “What do you do for a living?” When I say that I am an architect, their response…

Article appeared in Vol. 21, Issue 6 of the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal (June 12, 2009) By Seth A. Leeb, AIA Immediate Past President, New Jersey Chapter, American Institute of Architects Seth A. Leeb, AIA, immediate past present of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) is the principal of Seth A. Leeb Architect in Parsippany, N.J., which…

PLEASE DO THIS TODAY New Jersey’s support for historic preservation has been especially strong since the 1980s. Through the New Jersey Historic Trust, more than 70 million dollars have been invested and hundreds of buildings having been restored throughout the state. Funding for the valuable programs provided by the Trust and open space are expiring and are in jeopardy under the current effort…

The partnership of AIA Newark & Suburban, Emerging Professionals and the Young Architects Forum invites designers from all over the world to find innovative, visionary and compelling proposals for a Newark, New Jersey Visitor’s Center. For more information goto: www.visitnewarknj.org/Home/Welcome.html

The national component staff will be on furlough and our offices closed June 1 through 8:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 8. AIArchitect will not be published next Friday. If you have questions or need assistance during that time, we created an online self-service resource page that provides directed links to specific information and how-to guidance. Please visit the self-service resource page, where…

New Jersey design professionals that do public work need to be aware that a long time practice of theirs concerning the inclusion of hard copies of prevailing wage determinations in their project specifications may no longer be advisable. As you are aware, New Jersey law requires the payment of prevailing wages on public projects. Accordingly, design professionals always include provisions in their specifications…

The Newark Suburban Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is pleased to announce the 11th annual New Jersey CANstruction competition has a new home! In October the competition will be held at The Prudential Center Arena in Newark to support the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. To celebrate our new location for 2009, structures made entirely from canned foods should be…

Turn-of-the-Century Structure Is National Historic Landmark ORANGE, N.J. — The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced its support of the restoration of the historic Orange Public Library at 348 Main St. in Orange, N.J., with a financial contribution. The contribution was made at a recent fund-raising event at which Samuel G. White, a great-grandson of architect Stanford White,…

Part of Effort to Preserve Fairytale Norman-Style Homes GLEN ROCK, N.J. – The fairytale Norman-style homes of New Jersey architect Carl Kemm Loven served as a source of inspiration and admiration for a group of more than 20 architects from the Architects League of Northern New Jersey who toured the homes on May 9. The tour, which was sponsored by the Architects League,…

A Note form the AIA State Government Network Representative: (May 13, 2009) The ICC is forming a new committee entitled the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC). The SBTC was originally tasked with the improvement of ICC Codes, Standards and Guidelines in the areas of sustainability and high performance. This includes areas of water, energy and mechanical efficiency, as well as new and renewable…

Publicizing your firm and services is important now more than ever. Do you have a project you want published? Want to reach New Jersey’s top design professionals and thousands of potential clients? Attend AIA-NJ Public Awareness Committee’s Public Relations and Architecture program and earn 1.5 AIA Learning Units while learning how to get coverage in Design NJ, the state’s leading home and design…

AIANJ OPEN HOUSE

AIA New Jersey’s Emerging Professionals Committee, in conjunction with AIA New Jersey, is sponsoring its first annual ‘Open House AIA’. We are asking all of our member firms to open their offices for the day to all high school students interested in a career in architecture. To learn more or sign up your firm: www.aia-nj.org/openhouse.shtml

April 2009 Washington, DC—The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) is designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by providing a psychometrically justifiable and legally defensible process that measures the level of competence necessary to practice independently. The exam has multiple divisions that test a candidate’s ability to perform many of the tasks an architect encounters in practice. To become licensed,…

Public Arts/Summit seeks artists and designers for three-dimensional works to be placed at two major entrances to the City of Summit. Information on project can be found on their website. Deadline for interested participants is June 15, 2009. SUMMIT ARTS PROJECT The City of Summit, in Union County, NJ, seeks artists and design professionals interested in creating original three-dimensional projects for installation at…

In lieu of AIA’s dedication to nurturing the Emerging Professional, AIA-NJ is launching a ‘Mentor Matching’ program. Through this program we will be doing our best to match mentor’s and protégé’s with similar interests, design philosophy, etc. Our hope is that by doing so, it will eliminate some of the initial awkwardness that can occur between a “seasoned veteran” and a “rookie”. Confidentiality…

State Revenues Expected to Decline Further Governor Jon Corzine confirmed yesterday that revenue collections may now come in between $1.5 billion to $2 billion short of what his administration has projected for the end of the current budget year and the new one that begins July 1. In March the Governor proposed a $29.8 billion dollar budget which is approximately $3 billion below…

Bateman Appointed to Judiciary Committee Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced this week that Deputy Republican Conference Leader Christopher “Kip” Bateman will take the new Republican seat that has been created on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate President Richard J. Codey announced in March that he was expanding the membership on both the Senate Judiciary and Labor committees by two, with one new…

TRENTON, N.J. (April 19,2009) — Two members of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) will be featured as “green-building pioneers” on a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television feature on green builders. Deane Evans, FAIA, executive director of the Center for Architecture and Building Science Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J., and David E….

New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) Launches Blog in Observance of National Architecture Week

National Architecture Week (April 13-19) was created to encourage a public dialogue about architecture. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is using social media to open and foster greater participation by the public and AIA members to employ design thinking to transform today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities. All week AIA is hosting National Architecture Week on Facebook as a catalyst for public celebrations…

From AIA YAF Connection – April 15, 2009 By Camilo Parra, AIA Two practice specialty groups are offering scholarships to emerging professionals for their Fall conferences this year. The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is holding their Fall conference in New York City on October 23-25. The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) is having their conference, Health Care Design 09, in…

A Note form the AIA State Government Network Representative: Coupled with the Federal Stimulus Package will be opportunities for Architects. Elaine Howley, Editor of the new privately released Guide to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, says “A lot of designers are put off by the term ‘shovel-ready. They think this bill isn’t really for them, but that’s not necessarily the…

A state-funded program offers those who were recently laid off and are collecting unemployment in the state of NJ access to free CAD and BIM training. For eligible New Jersey residents, Robotech offers a comprehensive training program approved by the Department of Labor for unemployed architects, interior designers, engineers, draftspersons or those interested in the architectural and engineering fields. The 10-week program includes…

The AlA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation is seeking qualified applicants who are currently attending Schools of Architecture to award scholarships to recognize scholastic achievement, demonstrated talent, and potential for success in the profession of Architecture. Multiple scholarships are awarded each year ranging from $2000 to $5000. Eligibility guidelines and applications can be found on the AIA-NJ website: www.aia-nj.org/about/scholarship.shtml Deadline for applications is Monday,…

PISCATAWAY — A package of bills sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which will promote renewable energy usage throughout the State of New Jersey was signed into law today by Governor Corzine at the Busch Cogeneration Facility at Rutgers University’s Busch campus. “Today, the Governor has taken a strong step forward in promoting clean, sustainable energy and New Jersey’s burgeoning green economy,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset,…

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SAVE THE DATES – July High Performance Design Workshop AIA New Jersey – Committee on the Environment USGBC New Jersey Chapter Rutgers – Edward J. Bloustein School DATES & TIMES: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 8:00am – 4:30 pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009 – 8:00am – 6:30 pm LOCATION: The Willow School (LEED PLATINUM CERTIFIED) 1150 Pottersville Road Gladstone, NJ 07934 (908) 470-9500

Two AIA New Jersey architects have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, of Bernardsville, N.J., and Anne E. Weber, FAIA, of Princeton, N.J., are included in the 112 architects who have been elevated this year. Out of…

The Lieb House on the Move

March 10, 2009 – There has been a flurry of media attention about the Lieb House’s successful transport from Long Beach Island, NJ and arrival on Long Island. After being loaded onto a barge at Barnegat, it floated by Pier 17 in NYC (South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge), on it’s way to final destination in Glen Cove, NY. Architects Robert Venturi, original…

February 2009 – by Fred B. Adelson, Ph.D. Professor, Art Department, Rowan University As some may know, New Jersey is regrettably loosing the Lieb House by Venturi and Rauch. During the 1960s, this home on Long Beach Island and the Vanna Venturi House (Chestnut Hill, PA) were Robert Venturi’s only two residential commissions to go beyond the proposal stage. Indeed, the two-story vacation…

Janaury 2009 – AIA-NJ was the lead organizer and sponsor of a three day charrette to plan for the survival and adaptation of Bell Labs. The Bell Lab’s Charrette Report which documents the importance of Saarinen’s masterpiece, the charrette process and the collaborative efforts of architects, landscape architects, engineers, historians, planners, and interns is available: www.aia-nj.org/PDFs/news/bell_labs_final_report.pdf NOTE: Due to file size of report…

May 2008 – A three-day brainstorming event of architects, landscape architects, preservationists, planners, historians, mechanical engineers, and sustainable consultants concluded on Sunday with innovative visions and exciting news that the nearly 2,000,000 square foot office building and research facility in Holmdel, originally built as Bell Laboratories on 472 acres, has immense capacity for rehabilitation and adaptation. Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects’…

By-Laws Amendments Passed at Members Meeting

At a membership meeting of the Chapter held on February 17, two bylaws amendments were passed which will now allow the Chapter to issue Chapter meeting notices and distribute election ballots via e-mail. The details of these bylaws amendments (#5-2009 and #6-2009) can be reviewed at the following location on AIA NJ’s website: www.aia-nj.org/meeting2009.shtml. From this point forward, meeting notices and election ballots will…

February Special Members Meeting

February 17th a special Members Meeting has been called to discuss and vote on a proposed by-laws change. If you want more information go to www.aia-nj.org or call the office to have information faxed to you. This is your AIA, hope to see you there. AIA-NJ Members Meeting February 17, 2009 @ 6:00 pm NK Architects, Morristown

AIA Small Firm Task Force Meets

Under the leadership of Jeffrey Rosenblum, AIA, the task force met on January 7, 2009 to begin the process of assessing the needs of this member segment. The goal is to determine what the AIA should be doing to better serve the special needs of small firms, loosely defined as having 20 or fewer employees. Some initiatives already under discussion include providing templates…

Small tax-exempt organizations (charitable organizations such as youth athletic leagues) that previously were not required to file returns because their gross receipts were normally $25,000 or less may be required to file an annual electronic notice. The Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006 added this filing requirement to improve transparency within the non-profit sector and ensure that donors and the IRS have current…

Grassroots 2009

Approximately 30 representatives from all sections of AIA-NJ attended the AIA National Grassroots conference in Washington DC on Feb 4 -7 to meet with their legislators and learn new leadership skills.     AIA-NJ officers Jason Kliwinski, David DelVecchio, Lauren Thompsen, Stacey Kliesch and Seth Leeb met with Senator Lautenberg on February 5th to discuss the Stimulus Package and other legislative issues.