AIA-NJ Seeks Submissions For Its Annual Design Awards Program

August 2, 2010

Submissions Will Judged At Annual Design Conference To Be Held In Conjunction With East Coast Green Conference

AIA-NJ has announced that it is seeking submissions from architects for its annual design awards program, which brings public and professional recognition to architectural projects that exhibit design excellence.

The design awards will be presented at AIA-NJ’s annual design conference, Design Day, which will be held on Sept. 16 at Bally’s Atlantic City, N.J., in conjunction with AIA-NJ’s first-ever green conference, East Coast Green.

“The annual design awards program provides AIA New Jersey the opportunity to recognize the very best design work being done in the state; both by its members and other AIA member architects,” said Stephen J. Carlidge, AIA, committee co-chairman. “We encourage architects with New Jersey ties to submit projects of all types and sizes.”

To be considered, the submissions, which are due on or before Aug. 20, 2010, must have been completed since Jan. 1, 2008, and submitted by AIA architects with New Jersey ties (i.e., the projects, offices and/or licenses must be located in New Jersey).

A project may be submitted in only one of seven categories, which include “Built” and “Un-Built” designations.

The categories include: “Un-built — Open,” projects for which the design work has been completed but construction has not; “Un-built — Carbon Neutral Design,” projects for which the design work has been completed and the construction has not, and that demonstrate carbon reduction; “Built — Open,” any completed project; “Built — Preservation,” projects in which the primary design objective was the restoration of a historic building or structure; “Built — Design/Build,” any completed project in which the owner held a single contract with an entity responsible for both the design and construction of the project; “Built — Interior Architecture,” any completed project in which the scope of work is limited to interior architecture only; and “Built — Carbon Neutral Design,” any completed project that demonstrates carbon reduction.

In addition to the design awards program, Design Day will feature presentations by Aaron Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, and architecture critic for Architecture Magazine; Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, design principal of Los Angeles-based Ehrlich Architects; and Craig Dykers, senior partner and director of Snohetta, a architecture and landscape architecture practice based in Oslo, Norway and New York City.

The daylong event will conclude with an awards reception to announce and honor the Design Day Awards winners.

East Coast Green, which is being held in conjunction with Design Day, will be a two-day green conference held at Bally’s Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 16 and 17.

The conference will be preceded on Sept. 15, 2010, by a full day of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) workshops sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. A Green Building Expo featuring green building products and materials will also be held in conjunction with the conference.

The theme will be “Meeting the Architecture 2030 Goals.” Architecture 2030 is a U.S. based, non-traditional environmental advocacy group focused on protecting the global environment by using innovation and common sense to develop, and quickly implement, bold solutions to global warming.

“The line-up of keynote speakers at East Coast Green comprises a virtual who’s who of the green marketplace,” said Carlidge. “That, coupled with the cross-disciplinary collaboration and the 2010 Design Day, makes this a one-of-a-kind green building conference.”

The conference will feature 40 presenters, as well as the three keynote speakers: president of Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; founder of “The Architecture 2030 Challenge,” Edward Mazria; and internationally recognized proponent and practitioner of sustainability, Bill Reed.

In addition, there will be over 30 courses, all of which are eligible for up to 14 AIA and USGBC continuing education credits.

For more information, to register and submission guidelines for Design Day, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.aia-nj.org/events/DDdesignday.shtml” http://www.aia-nj.org/events/DDdesignday.shtml.

To register for East Coast Green, visit the website at HYPERLINK “http://www.aia-nj.org/ECG/” www.aia-nj.org/ECG/. Pricing varies depending on the package — two-day pass, one-day pass or a la carte items.

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available. Sponsors and exhibitors will have the opportunity to increase their company’s visibility in the “greening” consumer markets, as well as to network with leaders and present their products and applications to an audience of early adopters and industry leaders.

For information on exhibiting or sponsorship, visit the ECG website or e-mail Jack Purvis, AIA, LEED AP, at ECGsponsors@aia-nj.org.

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