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On May 4, 2017 AIA NJ President, Ben Lee, AIA, Immediate Past President, Justin Mihalik, AIA and NJIT Associate Dean for Academics, John Cays, along with a Sussex County Board Member were invited to serve as design jury for the Senior Projects at Sussex County Technical School. Two project teams made their presentations: One for conversion of a barn into a residence. They completed…

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…

On June 26, 2017, NJ Senate passed S-3317 to require NJ to Join Climate Alliance to uphold Paris Climate Accord. AIA NJ supports the passing of this Senate Bill. Along with AIA National, AIA NJ stands for a sustainable future and for protecting communities from the impact of climate change.  Climate change caused by human activity remains one of the most urgent challenges…

AIANJ 2018 Slate of Officers

2018 SLATE of OFFICERS   The slate of officers for 2018 AIANJ Executive Committee  is as follows, the election of these nominated officers will happen at the Annual Board Meeting on September 13th. President:    Verity Frizzell, AIA President Elect:     Judith Donnelly, AIA 1st Vice President:     Kim Vierheilig, AIA 2nd Vice President:    Ruth Bussacco, AIA Secretary:  John Cwikla, AIA (two…

Pack a picnic and some folding chairs. Bring your friends and family. Everyone is invited to this free movie in the park! 8PM Refreshments are served 8:40PM Scholarship winners are announced 9PM The Ffature film, Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center, begins! Come early to pick a prime spot on the village green and enjoy the evening with your colleagues. 1.5 LUs…

Data provided by Dean David Mohney, FAIA through college liaison, Seth Leeb, AIA The second year of the School of Architecture wrapped up last month with final studio reviews.  The student body consists of 52 architecture students with 36 more expected to enter in the fall.  Applications to the program are up 250% compared to last year, primarily because knowledge of the new program is…

By Laurence E. Parisi, AIA A very special event took place during the 2017 AIA Conference in Orlando, for which I was privileged to be a part.  The mission of this event, sponsored by the Andersen Window Company under the auspices of the Cheeriodical Children’s Foundation, was to bring happiness to children receiving medical care at the Florida Hospital for Children. When asked…

On June 1st, Team RSC had a great time participating in the Corporate FunRun 5K held at the Meadowlands Racetrack. AIA NJ Members John Capazzi, Ken Mihalik, Erik Polyzou, Jae Jang and Eva Peragallo participated. RSC is proud to Tackle Kids Cancer. Our team of 25 was excited to support pediatric cancer research!

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOUNDATION | MAY 31, 2017 We want to see how and where you’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. So, we’ve created something that will be easy to take with you and fun to share, as you take part in activities honoring the legendary architect. Meet Flat Frank. We’re always excited to see how Frank Lloyd Wright…

AIA NJ recognizes this NJ State Historic Preservation Office Award winning project designed by HMR Architects of Princeton, NJ

  The reconstruction of the Nevius Dutch barn at Rockingham is a complete and accurate reconstruction of this threatened building type.  Prior to being dismantled the barn was threatened by neglect.  After being dismantled the barn remained in storage for over a decade until the project started in 2013.  The reconstruction of the barn included re-erecting the repaired frame on a new concrete…

The Bergen County Historic Preservation Commission commends the Closter Borough Hall with an award on May 4th, 2017

On May 4, Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Department of Parks, the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board, celebrating 35 years of historic preservation in Bergen County, N.J., recognized 13 deserving recipients with Bergen County Historic Preservation Awards. AIA NJ wishes to congratulate the design team, including AIA…

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program

Announcing the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The program consists of a comprehensive training curriculum, as well as a toll-free information line and website designed to provide technical guidance to the public. Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST &…

Historic Building Architects, LLC receives New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office Award for BAYADA

  Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner, Principal, Historic Building Architects LLC 312 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618 Tel 609-393-3999 Fax 609-393-4333 www.hba-llc.com   Historic Overview:   This is an excellent example of a Greek Revival Italianate wood frame house built in 1858 by John Buzby. The house is located in the heart of the Moorestown Historic District at the intersection of Main Street and Mill…

“BRIDGETON ROSE” HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS PROGRAM ON NOVEMBER 13 FEATURES FAMOUS ARCHITECTS AND HISTORIC CHURCHES Bridgeton, October 23, 2013. Do the names: Strickland–Eyre–Sloan–Furness–Venturi–mean anything to you? If so, you probably know more than a little something about historic American architecture. But even you could get an unexpected boost in your learning curve on Wednesday, November 13, when the City of Bridgeton Historic District…

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The Historic Resources Committee of  AIA New Jersey  is preparing Design Guidelines for Elevating Historic Buildings in NJ Owners of buildings in areas subject to flooding face a future that requires effective and thoughtful planning. Community flood hazard mitigation techniques (such as dune creation and drainage improvements) in concert with specific building techniques (such as resilient finishes, structural reinforcement and…

(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…

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…

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…

The Memorial Arts Building in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of 14 finalists in an EPA energy efficiency competition. Credit: EPA Is there a flabby, inefficient office building in your neighborhood that needs to drop a few kilowatts? Now that energy hog has a chance to be inspired, as 14 commercial buildings compete to “shape up” their energy consumption under the first National Building…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

I wanted to make you aware of a free webinar this week you might find interesting.  Reed Construction Data is broadcasting a webinar titled “Lessons in BIM Adoption: How Integrated Project Delivery Can Work” featuring the following speakers: Robert Leicht, PhD – BIM Manager for DPR Construction Scott Simpson, FAIA, LEED AP – Senior Director of Kling-Stubbins Markku Allison – Resource Architect for…

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…

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,…

Christie Signs Executive Orders Governor Chris Christie today signed a series of executive orders designed to make budgeting and finances more transparent, halt unfunded mandates on towns, freeze new regulations on business and broaden state pay-to-play prohibitions to limit donations by labor unions. A brief summary of the executive orders follows: Executive Order 1 freezes and suspends for a period of 90 days…

12/04/2009 – By Tom Ichniowski (ENR) Construction’s unemployment rate continued to to rise in November, climbing to 19.4% from October’s 18.7%, while the nation’s overall jobless rate declined slightly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported. Job creation has become a prime topic in Washington, as congressional Democrats work on new measures aimed at bringing more people back to work. Infrastructure spending is…

October 30, 2009 Gubernatorial Race Update A new Quinnipiac University poll has Governor Jon Corzine with a five point lead, 43%-38%, over Republican Christopher Christie – with independent Christopher Daggett at 13%.  This is Corzine’s first lead in a Quinnipiac poll and represents a six point swing for the Governor over a poll conducted two weeks ago by Quinnipiac. “You could see it…

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.

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…

August 25, 2009 Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council launched a Building Performance Initiative designed to put in place a comprehensive data collection effort from all buildings that have achieved LEED certification; implement an appropriate analysis methodology of that data; and provide feedback to building owners so they have better information with which to address any performance gaps that stem from…

At a recent AIA Newark Suburban board meeting we were discussing ways to increase the benefits to the membership.  One board member said that one of the most common email and phone call questions he gets is about where to find low cost continuing education (CE) credits. Especially at this time of odd numbered years when NJ architect licenses are set for renewal…

The purpose of the AIA NJ Technology In Practice blog is to share knowledge about the use of technology in the professional lives of our members and their firms. The goal is to expand the knowledge, flatten the learning curve, and decrease the time it takes to implement and benefit from the tools and technologies that allow Architects to be more efficient, more…

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…

May 22, 2009 Treasurer Provides Revenue Update; Outlines Further Cuts in FY2010 Budget State Treasurer David Rousseau appeared before both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee this week to provide updated revenue projections and the Administration’s proposals to close a gap in the FY2010 budget. The Governor’s budget proposal now anticipates spending of $28.61 billion which is $1.2…

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…

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…

AIA-NJ’s resolution requesting national to define the term environmentally responsible design contained in the new AIA contract documents failed to pass during the regular business session. This cryptic term remains undefined by AIA, leaving professionals exposed potentially because of the vagueness of the terminology and leaving it to others to define the term for us rather than taking a position, in my humble…

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….

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,…

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

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.        

The foundation has been laid to start AIA-NJ blogging. Let’s see where this goes.