NJ Architect Newsletter

Steven Safary, AIA, Past President of AIANS, suffered a massive stroke and passed on June 7. There will be a memorial service on August 5 at 11 AM at www.gaitamemorialhome.com/ Gaita Memorial Home in Little Falls.  

    A Sustainable Engine for Innovation in Philadelphia Case Study: The University of Pennsylvania’s Pennovation Center The University of Pennsylvania’s new Pennovation Center is a rebel, a futurist, a disruptor. It’s a phenomenon of a building that is also a machine for sparking new growth in the fields of learning, commerce, and community across greater Philadelphia and beyond. What’s more, its bold…

Looking for Architectural Revit Modeler   ECS Group’s laser-driven technologies – and 35+ years of experience – have made us the nation’s leading Building Survey and “As-Built” CAD/Revit Development Specialist!   We’re looking for an experienced professional to help our well-established and GROWING team to meet our clients’ ever-increasing requests for comprehensive Revit models and BIM support services.   Major Architectural firms, Developers,…

On June 28th, we will gather to thank AIA West Jersey allied businesses and professionals at Flying Fish Brewery in Somerdale, NJ.   This General Membership Networking Social will feature a tour of the brewery, food and beverages, the opportunity meet local representatives, and a continuing education presentation all in a relaxed setting. Event Update: This program has been approved for 3 HSW credits. Confirmed…

AIA New Jersey 2017 Design Awards will be juried in September.  Submission information will be released soon, with a submission deadline of August 15th.  What for more information. All entries can also be submitted for the 2017 QUAD State Conference. Find more information of the QUAD State Conference –   Mark your calendars to attend in the fall. Preliminary schedule for the QUAD…

      MAY GENERAL MEETING: Are you Financially Prepared for the future? Creating a Financial Plan by O’Leary Financial TOPICS TO DISCUSS: – Investing for Retirement – Principles of Investing – 2016 Market Review – 2017 Outlook LOCATION: Spring Lake Manor 415 NJ-71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 DATE: Monday, May 22, 2017 AGENDA: Registration/ Check-In – 5:00pm EP Meet & Greet  – 5:00pm-6:00pm Main…

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Carl Elefante, FAIA  National AIA President, 2018 AIA Newark & Suburban :  General Meeting #3 Design Impact Matters – Architects Shape Lives 2017 presents a changing landscape, as concerns over environmental decline, increasing atmospheric carbon, and competition for resources mount. At the same time, creative and courageous people are forging new pathways full of promise and hope. More and…

Due to a change in the NJ legislative schedule AIA NJ Architects Action Day will be postponed until November 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will be able to join us this fall. Do you want your voice to be heard? Take a stand to preserve the common values we share in our profession. When Architects speak up, policy makers…

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2014 AIA SMALL PROJECT AWARDS Submission Deadline: Before 5PM ET, November 18, 2013 The Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the tenth annual Small Project Award Program to recognize the work of small project practitioners and to promote excellence in small project design. This Award Program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring…

Watch video taken at news conference held Monday, October 28, 2013, on the need for Good Samaritan legislation in New Jersey on the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Majority Leader Greenwald on Improving Future Disaster Response, Recovery with Good Samaritan Bill (A-3694) See video here:  http://vimeo.com/78010727

Members of AIA-NJ were at the NJ State House today in support of Good Samaritan legislation. Reprinted from: News From The Assembly Democrats GREENWALD: GOOD SAMARITAN LAW NEEDED TO IMPROVE RESPONSE TO THE NEXT SUPERSTORM SANDY (TRENTON) — Joined by professional experts the day before the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall in New Jersey, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden,…

National IDP Design Competition This Competition is for those interns working with an advisor.  They can earn as much as 300 hours through participation in the Competition. Prequalification is not required; only submission by due date and application fee.  Teams are encouraged. More information and forms can be viewed on the aiasfv.org website.  

The public voting portion of the 2013 AIA West Jersey Photography Competition is open.   Go to our website to place your vote for your favorite. Many great images were submitted to this years competition.  A panel of three jurors narrowed all the entries to the finalists that are in the public voting portion.  The jurors and public votes will decide the top…

When I first started working my way up through the officers ranks, I thought the presidency would be an easy position to hold.  You know kiss a couple of babies, cut some ribbons, easy stuff.  It is not true. This has been one of the busiest years of my life and one of the more fulfilling.  I have had the benefit of a…

By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA AIANJ Regional Director, ’11-‘13 All, I have been involved in AIA New Jersey for many years, and am proud to serve as your Regional Director on the AIA National Board.  At the most recent AIA board meeting in September we had a very important vote that will direct AIA’s future.  Please read the Message from the AIA President…

                                      All:I would like to provide this update on the landmark decision made by the AIA National Board of Directors last week at our meeting in Toronto. I am so proud of the bold leadership of our Board that moves us closer to our goal…

The third 2013 Design Conference Keynote speakers is Kirsten Murray, partner and principal of Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA.   The firm is based on a simple principal –  “That buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives.” When she joined the firms’ owners group in 2008 it was  “continuing the evolution…

2013 Design Conference Keynote speaker Coren Sharples, AIA is a Founding Principal of SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction as well as a registered architect in the States of New York and New Jersey. Ms. Sharples holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of Business and Social Science, University of Maryland, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where she graduated with Honors…

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…

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

(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…

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,…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…