Union-only Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) Eliminate Merit Shop Contractors From Competing For and Winning Construction Projects

June 8, 2011

Construction contracts subject to union-only PLAs are almost always awarded exclusively to unionized contractors and their all-union workforces. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 20 percent of New Jersey’s private construction workforce belongs to a union. This means PLAs would discriminate against eight out Read More

Saphire + Albarran Architecture LLC celebrates its 25th year

June 8, 2011

Saphire + Albarran Architecture LLC celebrates its 25th year in business on May 13, 2011.  Founded by Joseph Saphire, AIA in 1986 as Saphire Associates, the firm reformed as Saphire + Albarran Architecture LLC in recognition of a new partner, longtime associate Edwin Albarran.  Based in Princeton for 20 years the firm now operates from Read More

Emerging Professional’s Companion

June 8, 2011

The Emerging Professional’s Companion (EPC) is a tool offered by NCARB to assist interns to earn IDP training unit outside of the office environment.  Interns complete learning activities for IDP training units.  This allows interns who may have lost their job to continue making progress towards licensure.  This is also useful for interns whose office Read More

President Obama, AIA?

June 8, 2011

President Obama, AIA? By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA AIA NJ Regional Director ’11-‘13 As I was sitting down to write this article about the AIA Convention, in recovering New Orleans, I received an E-mail from AIANJ Past President Bruce Turner, AIA, who also serves as our current PA Committee Chair. Along with the message was Read More

June Message from the AIA-NJ President

June 8, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I always find late Spring to be a busy time of year.  For those of us with children, the school year is wrapping up.  Graduations are upon us.  Little League is going full steam ahead towards the playoffs.  Families are planning their summer activities.  Memorial Day has just passed Read More


June 8, 2011

I am one of those. An octogenarian, facing the inevitable. Leaving a trail of buildings, and also the certifications of their emergence. Among them are files that contain the anatomies of 258 NJ nursing homes. As I contemplate my trove of 258 opportunities for initiative toward new work, I wish that I had another half Read More

The Power of a Story II

May 13, 2011

By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA AIA NJ Regional Director ’11-‘13 Apparently many of you enjoyed my article last month entitled The Power of a Story and told me so.  Therefore, the communication that I had hoped for in my very first article as your Regional Director is finally happening! As the saying goes “keep those Read More

Stockton College to cut ribbon on landmark campus center by KSS Architects

May 13, 2011

$65 million, 153,000 square-feet project is largest in College’s history KSS Architects is excited to announce that The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will be celebrating the opening of its new campus center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sat., May 7. The $65 million, 153,000 square feet campus center will become a welcoming living Read More

Message from the AIA-NJ Regional Director

April 11, 2011

The Power of a Story By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA AIA NJ Regional Director ’11-‘13 At my stage in the profession, and if I begin by starting at my very first job in architecture as an office boy for Halavey H. Simmons, AIA, I am now in my 45th year!   When you have that many Read More

Message from AIA-NJ the President

April 11, 2011

By now, 2011 is in full swing. I can’t believe its April already. The weather is getting a bit warmer, flowers are beginning to bloom and I can again watch my beloved New York Yankees pursue their 28th World Championship. Hopefully you have also noticed a flurry of activity from AIA New Jersey. On April Read More

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