April 23, 2018
Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA
Every year, a week in April is chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to celebrate Architecture across the country. April is chosen because it is the birth month of Thomas Jefferson, the country’s third President, and a self-taught amateur architect.
Two famous buildings everyone should know are his home, Monticello, and the campus of the University of Virginia. Jeffersonian Architecture is the term given to these buildings and several others he designed. His architecture was based on the more famous Andrea Palladio, an Italian architect who lived more than two centuries before Jefferson.
I have written letters to the Chronicle annually to inform the citizenry about this celebration and various connections to some historic architecture right here in West Orange and around New Jersey. One of the campaigns AIA started some years back was the “I look up” campaign, whose amazing videos can be viewed here.
This year AIA New Jersey is celebrating its commitment to encouraging Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Profession by providing K-12 Architectural Programming that supports these ideas to children statewide. If your readers would like to schedule a presentation for their community, they can e-mail their request to info@AIA-NJ.ORG
I hope your readers will explore our programs and join us in the celebration by visiting us at AIA-NJ.ORG.
Jerome L. Eben, FAIA
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