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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…

AIANJ 2017 Design Awards

The 2017 AIANJ Design Competition The 2017 AIANJ Design Competition will be run electronically through a system called CadmiumCD. The electronic format will allow members to also participate the 2017 QUAD State Design Competition.  Instead of preparing a board, participants will upload photographs, drawings and copy into the system.  There have been minor changes to the submission categories this year for ease in…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

“For the past six years I have been part of the NJ affiliate of the national ACE Mentor Program whose focus is to mentor students curious about the building industry. These professionals range from architects, interior designers, and landscape architects; civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers; contractors, construction managers; and related companies and organizations.  Each dedicated member/mentor is willing to put long hours into a 100% voluntary effort, for the benefit of high school students…

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…

      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…

Resilient Design Roundtables Sponsored by the Center for Resilient Design New Jersey Institute of Technology   Design experts and other development professionals will present ideas for (re)building in a resilient manner. Federal, state and local officials have been invited to raise questions and present viewpoints. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend. Open to all Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:00pm – 5:0pm AIA Room,…

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…

Request for Expressions of Interest Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit Monmouth County, New Jersey  The National Park Service, with the advice of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee, is seeking interested parties to redevelop historic structures in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Submissions are due by 5 pm December 16, 2013. The NPS seeks proposals from…

    AIA-NJ to Target Superstorm Sandy Relief at 15th Annual ‘Canstruction’ Event on Nov. 14 and 15   LIVINGSTON, N.J.  (Sept. 5, 2013) – The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA-NJ) Newark and Suburban section today announced that Canstruction, its annual design exhibition to benefit local food bank programs, will be held on Nov. 14 and 15 at…

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,…

“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…

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.  

NJIT Technology and Society Forum Scientists, Architects, Engineers and Musicians – What Do They Have in Common? Wednesday, November 13, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Campus Center Ballroom Musical Exploration with David Rimelis Click Here for more information: Rimelis_flyer

Join Women In Architecture New Jersey for a discussion with Jenny Whitson. Jenny Joined Gensler in 2011 and quickly paved her path to become part of the firms leadership in sustainability. Jenny brings over 7 years of experience and works on leading the sustainability effort at Gensler. With a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University, Jenny balances her knowledge of both sustainability and…

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…

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…

5 Reasons to Attend East Coast Green: 1. Get CEUs for BOTH AIA and USGBC in one location for a very reasonable price 2. Relevant and timely educational workshops on incentives, policy, design highlighted by prominent keynotes 3. Networking opportunities with potential clients 4. See NJ Architects’ design talent at Design Day 5. The beach in September…. Early Bird registration ends July 31st…

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

AIA-NJ has launched a social media campaign for East Coast Green in order to increase awareness of the upcoming conference on Sept. 16 and 17. To stay abreast of relevant news and updates, please follow us on Twitter at    www.Twitter.com/East_CoastGreen and “like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/EastCoastGreen

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has made massive changes to the Internship Development Program (IDP) over the last two years.  The most recent being the full transition for all IDP record holders to the Six Month Rule.  Unfortunately many interns are still not aware of, or understand, these changes and how it affects their journey towards licensure. As a way…

(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…

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…

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…

Third Annual Ceremony Celebrates New Jersey Legends The New Jersey Hall of Fame honored almost a dozen inductees at a star-studded gala ceremony on Sunday, May 2nd at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The inductees included Count Basie, Judy Blume, Justice William Brennan, Danny DeVito, Larry Doby, Michael Graves, Carl Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Alice Paul, Les Paul, Susan Sarandon, Wally…

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,…

Tickets and Sponsorship Available For East Coast’s Largest GREEN Conference The Committee on the Environment AIA-NJ, has announced that registration for its East Coast Green Conference to be held at Bally’s Atlantic City, N.J., in the fall, will open on Earth Day, April 22. “What better time to open up registration for a conference who’s main focus is on sustainability in architecture and…

The Newark and Suburban Architects section of AIA-NJ was recently recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a “Grassroots” excellence award for its 2008 “Live the Box” international design competition. The design competition challenged innovative designers to “re-invent the box” by using shipping containers as both building blocks and primary design elements in a conceptual urban, multi-family, mixed-use project for Newark,…

STARS TO COME OUT FOR NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME Come help us celebrate Michael Graves’ induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Tickets are now on sale for the third annual ceremony. This historic event will be a star-studded red-carpet celebration the Class of 2010 is celebrated and inducted: NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME – CLASS OF 2010 Michael Graves, FAIA…

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…

AIA Announces New Contract Documents

Our Documents-on-Demand service is back with six new documents including 3 sub-contractor forms. Get yours today!  Six new documents, including three sub-contractor forms, have just been added to the popular AIA Documents-on-Demand™, bringing the total documents available through this service to 22. Save time and money with this web-based solution, which allows both PC and MAC users to easily access and fill…

“Design Matters” is the theme of National Architecture Week, which runs from April 12th to 16th. One of the ways AIA-NJ is celebrating is with an architectural display at the NJ State House. The display of architectural projects prepared by a number of AIA-NJ architecture firms will be featured in the State House outside of Café NJ in Gold Finch Square. The display…

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 Joyce M. Scatuccio, Associate AIA IDP Coordinator AIA NJ The Intern Development Program (IDP) was introduced to the Architecture community in 1976. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) implemented the newly formed IDP to provide a uniformed system for documentation and specified training requirements for all interns. Through the next 34 years NCARB and the Architecture community continuously review and…

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…

The 2010 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 134 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows to be honored at an investiture ceremony in Miami on Friday, June 11 during the 2010 AIA National Convention. AIA New Jersey member and Bernardsville based architect Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, will be among those elevated. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have…

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…

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…

AIA-NJ recognized famous architect, Eleanore Pettersen, FAIA, with the “Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award” at its annual awards gala held at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J. Pettersen, who passed away in 2003, received the award posthumously, in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of architecture. “Ms. Pettersen’s achievements are impressive to all who learn of them and are still…

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,…

March 18, 2010 On June 29, 2009, the AIA, along with the International Code Council (ICC) and ASTM International, announced the formation of the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC) and charged it with creating an International Green Construction Code (IGCC). Since then, an enormous amount of time and effort on the part of the members and staff of all three organizations, as well…

The Young Professionals Multi-Group Mixer is an extraordinary event that will combine both business and social networking. 400-500 Young Professionals from 26 different YP organizations are expected to attend the EIGHTH bi-annual event scheduled for April 22nd at the Heldrich in New Brunswick, NJ.  Registration is now open so grab a ticket and save the date!

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AIA Media Relations Needs Your Help

Every quarter, AIA issues a Home Design Trend Survey, based on the work of 500 architecture firms that concentrate their on the residential sector. The last report, issued March 9, [link to www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB082441] showed that kitchen and bathroom designs were more modest than before. However, according to AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA, because “kitchens remain the nerve center of the…

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Trenton Area is currently in need of an architect to work pro bono or reduced fees to design a two story single family home of approximately 1200 square feet. The room requirements are 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, kitchen, living/dining room combination with a full basement. The house will be located in an urban setting on a city main street…

NJBIZ List of NJ Architectural Firms

New Jersey’s leading business newspaper and reference source, is preparing a list of New Jersey’s Architectural Firms, ranked by the number of New Jersey licensed architects. We seek your cooperation in adding information about your organization to our database. This will ensure that your company is considered for the list read by business professionals and consumers statewide. The top 25 companies with the…

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…

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…

Organizers of East Coast Green announced this week that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the conference. Kennedy will be the closing keynote on the final day of the multi-day conference to be held in Atlantic City, NJ, in September 2010. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany…

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,…

Many have heard various rumors about potential new building codes to be adopted by New Jersey. AIA-NJ has contacted NJ-DCA this week regarding and were told that no codes will be adopted in the immediate future. The new governor and administration has put a 90-day freeze on all proposed new building codes in the state. We will be staying in close contact with…

Call for AIA-NJ Officer Nominations

The 2010 Nominations Committee of AIA New Jersey is currently seeking qualified members in good standing for consideration to stand for election for the following offices for a term beginning in January 2011, unless noted otherwise.

January 25, 2010 Governor Christie today warned New Jersey businesses that they can expect an increase of up to $1,000 per employee in their unemployment tax starting July 1 unless the federal government helps the state replenish the fund. Business taxes are increased by law when the fund’s balance dips below a certain level as measured every March. Christie says the fund will…

Christie Nominates Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, Executive Director of School Development Authority Board. Governor Chris Christie today nominated Dr. Poonam Alaigh, to serve as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and Marc Larkins to serve as Executive Director of the New Jersey School Development Authority Board. Dr. Alaigh is the Executive Director at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey…

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…

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq. Lawmakers have reacted swifty to the Appellate Division’s recent decision that affordable housing must be accorded “inherently beneficial” status when proposed in use variance applications, even if a town has already otherwise met all affordable housing obligations assigned by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). On September 18, two Republican Senators, Phillip Haines of Burlington County and Christopher…

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq. On August 24, 2009, the Appellate Division issued a decision in Homes of Hope v. Eastampton Land Use Planning Board that makes it harder for municipal land use boards to deny use variance applications by developers seeking to build affordable housing. At issue in the lawsuit was whether a 100% affordable housing project proposed by a non-profit developer…

AIA Contract Documents is excited to announce our new release, which includes innovative solutions that address some of the industry’s latest trends, including Integrated Project Delivery, sustainability and federally funded projects. Current AIA Contract Documents customers are encouraged to attend a webcast on Tuesday, November 10 to learn about what’s new in our latest software release – bit.ly/12TTC2. Earn 1.5 learning units.

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…

A new presentation entitled “Acoustical Designs of Sustainable Schools” WHIPPANY, N.J., OCT. 26, 2009 – Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates (LSG&A), one of the top acoustical engineering firms in the country, is pleased to announce that the firm continues as an AIA/CES Registered Provider with a new presentation entitled “Acoustical Designs of Sustainable Schools”. “The Sustainable Design is a new requirement for AIA and…

Draft of IGCC Green Code

Version 3 of the IGCC (International Green Construction Cose) Draft has been posted on the green codes website. This Version 3 will be the new base document for consideration of changes which will occur at the next SBTC meeting (Mtg #4) on December 15 – 17, 2009 in Bonita Springs, FL. Here’s the link: www.iccsafe.org/cs/sbtc/pages/firstdraftdevelopment.aspx

Monday, October 19, 2009 Gubernatorial Race Update A New York Times Poll that was released today shows Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leading Republican Chris Christie 40-37% while independent Christopher Daggett is at 14%.  Corzine’s lead over Christie is within the poll’s margin of error.  Despite Corzine’s lead among registered voters, his favorability ratings are more upside-down than in most other independent polls.  Only…

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.

September 23, 2009 – The public has been given 60 days to comment on proposed revisions to regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The regulatory changes, contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking just announced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), focuses on providing individuals seeking protection against…

Students Help Feed Hungry With Design Contest That Benefits Community Food Programs AIA-NJ) announces that Canstruction, its annual design exhibition and contest to benefit community food programs, will be held at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., on Oct. 27, 2009, at The Atrium in Rowan Hall. Students mentored by architects, engineers and professors will compete to design and build giant structures made entirely…

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…

Architect Michael Graves Nominated by AIA-NJ EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) announced Sept. 15 that architect Michael Graves, FAIA, of Princeton, N.J., has been nominated for its Class of 2010. Graves’ nomination was championed by the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (NJ-AIA). Graves — the first architect to be nominated — was nominated…

Note: This article appeared in the June 2009 edition of the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal and the August 2009 edition of the Mann Report. By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, PP, CID, NFPA When I am at a gathering and meeting people for the first time, it is inevitable that they will ask, “What do you do for a living?” When I say…

NOTE: This article previously appeared in the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal in June 2009 and is slated to appear in the Mann Report in December. By Seth A. Leeb, AIA Immediate Past President, New Jersey Chapter, American Institute of Architects Seth A. Leeb, AIA, immediate past present of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) is the principal…

PRINCETON, N.J. — James Stewart Polshek, FAIA, will be the featured speaker at the annual Design Conference sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ). Polshek, senior design counsel of Polshek Partnership Architects, will discuss his lifelong convictions about the importance of modesty and generosity in the practice of architecture. The Design Conference, which will be held Sept….

Carl Kemm Loven Noted for Charming Norman Designs GLEN ROCK, N.J. – It wasn’t quite the same as inspecting the Dead Sea Scrolls, but for amateur historians Nancy Atkins Peck and Xiomara C. Paredes, AIA, the level of excitement was no less great. What they were inspecting was a cache of the plans of architect Carl Kemm Loven that had been stored in…

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…

AIA-NJ has nominated architect Michael Graves, FAIA, of Princeton, N.J., to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The nomination was made by Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, president of AIA-NJ, which is based in Trenton, on behalf of the organization. Graves has been in the forefront of architectural design since he founded his practice in Princeton in 1964. He is an influential theorist, as…

TRENTON, N.J. (August 13, 2009) — Bruce D. Turner, AIA, a member of AIA South Jersey, was recently appointed to the 2009 Community Committee of the national board of AIA. Turner, of Bruce D. Turner, Architect of Vineland, N.J., has been a member of AIA-NJ since 1985 and of AIA-NJ’s South Jersey section since 1986. He served as president of AIA-NJ in 2005…

ACE Program Seeking to Expand in New Jersey VINELAND, N.J. (JULY 24) – The highly successful ACE (architecture, construction and engineering) Mentor Program of America, in which building industry professionals, including members of AIA-NJ, serve as mentors for high school students seeking careers in the building industry, is seeking to expand in New Jersey. The ACE program is seeking design and construction professionals…

(JULY 30, 2009) — AIA Newark and Suburban has announced that Canstruction, its annual design exhibition and contest to benefit community food programs, will be held for the first time this year at the Prudential Center in Newark N.J. Through their “Jersey Hockey Fights Hunger” initiative, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils will host Canstruction, along with their annual food drive to be held…

On June 25, 2009, the State Legislature voted with strong bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly to let the New Jersey voters decide in November whether to continue the State’s investments in open space. The timing was crucial, with the Garden State Preservation Trust essentially empty and no longer able to fund the NJ Historic Trust restoration grants or undertake new land…

On July 27, 2009 Governor Jon S. Corzine signed into law the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009. Sections 37 through 39 of the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009 suspend the Non-Residential Development Fee Act which was signed into law on July 17, 2008. As a result, proof of payment of a non-residential development fee or proof of an exemption…

The Center for Architecture announces the publication of the third edition of Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City, the most comprehensive book on the architectural treasures of Philadelphia. Authored by John Andrew Gallery, this updated, comprehensive guide provides descriptions and photographs of over four hundred of the city’s important buildings, with seven walking tours, historical timelines, and short biographies of Philadelphia architects…

Review Courses for the Architect Registration Examination (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).

VINELAND, N.J. (JULY 24) – The highly successful ACE (architecture, construction and engineering) Mentor Program of America, in which building industry professionals, including members of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), serve as mentors for high school students seeking careers in the building industry, is seeking to expand in New Jersey. The ACE program is seeking design and…

Bells Labs, Architecturally Significant Modernist Building in Holmdel, N.J. HOLMDEL, N.J. (July 17, 2009) — Though most had seen photos of the Bell Labs building designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen — or even studied it in school — few of the architects who recently toured the shuttered building in Holmdel were prepared for the awe-inspiring scale and drama of the building, which…

Carleton Riker, Jr. – In Memoriam

CARLETON BERRIAN RIKER, JR. ASSOCIATE EMERITAS AIA November 26, 1919 – July 12, 2009 In 2007, AIANJ was prepared to present to those assembled at the annual AIA Convention, the Carleton Berrian Riker, Jr. we knew. The purpose was to gain emeritus status for Carl even though he was not a licensed architect. Our reasoning was that he given thousands of hours of…

New Jersey homebuilders are applauding a unanimous June decision by the state Supreme Court that stops towns from requiring builders and developers to set aside land for open space (or pay a cash fee) as a permitting condition for housing developments. In the cases of New Jersey Shore Builders Association v. Township of Jackson and Builders League of South Jersey v. Egg Harbor…

Reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer Carlos Castro, AIA, arrived in Camden from Puerto Rico a quarter-century ago, unable to muster a word of English as a student at East Camden Middle School. But he kept a notepad in his pocket and wrote down everything he saw on the street. At the end of each day, he looked…

For the fourth year, AIA West Jersey is sponsoring a juried Photography Competition to celebrate architecture and the built environment. Images from past years entries have circled the globe, highlighting architecture from here in New Jersey to Italy, Scotland, Japan and more. The top three 2009 selections were awarded to the Philadelphia Comcast Building (by David Lummis, AIA), USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii…

Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP of New Brunswick, NJ announces that four of our attorneys passed the LEED exam and are now LEED Accredited Professionals, certified by the Green Building Institute. Anthony Iacocca, Richard Gaeckle, Jacob Grouser and Vincent Carita, play significant roles in the firm’s recently formed Green Building practice group, led by Partner Lawrence P. Powers. By serving the…

Members of AIA New Jersey, including AIA-NJ President Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, attended a fundraiser for the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA). In attendance was Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Chairman of the RGA as well as Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Christie. The event was another in a long list of events funded by APAC. The RGA has committed $2 million dollars to this years NJ…

Displaced Workers Now Have Access to 17 Products and Enhanced eLearning; Employers Get Discount for Hiring Program Participants; New Term License for AutoCAD software With more than 5,000 participants in the Autodesk Assistance Program and more than 5,000 product downloads to date, Autodesk is announcing significant additions to the program announced six weeks ago. The program was designed to help displaced workers in…

Status of IBC2009 in New Jersey

Note from Codes & Standards Committee on IBC2009 Many of our members have heard rumors that a new IBC code is going to be adopted for use in the state of New Jersey over the next month. The AIA-NJ Code Committee chair had a discussion with DCA and was told that they are targeting December 2009, to adopt the 2009 IBC. A list…

How the Public Perceives the Architect

This article appeared in Vol. 21, Issue 6 of the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal (June 12, 2009) By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, PP, CID, NFPA When I am at a gathering and meeting people for the first time, it is inevitable that they will ask, “What do you do for a living?” When I say that I am an architect, their response…

Article appeared in Vol. 21, Issue 6 of the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal (June 12, 2009) By Seth A. Leeb, AIA Immediate Past President, New Jersey Chapter, American Institute of Architects Seth A. Leeb, AIA, immediate past present of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) is the principal of Seth A. Leeb Architect in Parsippany, N.J., which…

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…

PLEASE DO THIS TODAY New Jersey’s support for historic preservation has been especially strong since the 1980s. Through the New Jersey Historic Trust, more than 70 million dollars have been invested and hundreds of buildings having been restored throughout the state. Funding for the valuable programs provided by the Trust and open space are expiring and are in jeopardy under the current effort…

The partnership of AIA Newark & Suburban, Emerging Professionals and the Young Architects Forum invites designers from all over the world to find innovative, visionary and compelling proposals for a Newark, New Jersey Visitor’s Center. For more information goto: www.visitnewarknj.org/Home/Welcome.html

I’ve been working with BIM, mostly Revit, for 10 years now.  In the beginning there wasn’t much published on the subject. It wasn’t even called BIM.  Back then the terms were more like Object Modeling and virtual building.  Now, not only do we have numerous printed books, we also have scores of software & service companies, websites, blogs and wiki’s devoted to all…

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…

New Jersey design professionals that do public work need to be aware that a long time practice of theirs concerning the inclusion of hard copies of prevailing wage determinations in their project specifications may no longer be advisable. As you are aware, New Jersey law requires the payment of prevailing wages on public projects. Accordingly, design professionals always include provisions in their specifications…

The Newark Suburban Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is pleased to announce the 11th annual New Jersey CANstruction competition has a new home! In October the competition will be held at The Prudential Center Arena in Newark to support the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. To celebrate our new location for 2009, structures made entirely from canned foods should be…

Turn-of-the-Century Structure Is National Historic Landmark ORANGE, N.J. — The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced its support of the restoration of the historic Orange Public Library at 348 Main St. in Orange, N.J., with a financial contribution. The contribution was made at a recent fund-raising event at which Samuel G. White, a great-grandson of architect Stanford White,…

Part of Effort to Preserve Fairytale Norman-Style Homes GLEN ROCK, N.J. – The fairytale Norman-style homes of New Jersey architect Carl Kemm Loven served as a source of inspiration and admiration for a group of more than 20 architects from the Architects League of Northern New Jersey who toured the homes on May 9. The tour, which was sponsored by the Architects League,…

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…

A Note form the AIA State Government Network Representative: (May 13, 2009) The ICC is forming a new committee entitled the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC). The SBTC was originally tasked with the improvement of ICC Codes, Standards and Guidelines in the areas of sustainability and high performance. This includes areas of water, energy and mechanical efficiency, as well as new and renewable…

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…

AIANJ OPEN HOUSE

AIA New Jersey’s Emerging Professionals Committee, in conjunction with AIA New Jersey, is sponsoring its first annual ‘Open House AIA’. We are asking all of our member firms to open their offices for the day to all high school students interested in a career in architecture. To learn more or sign up your firm: www.aia-nj.org/openhouse.shtml

April 2009 Washington, DC—The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) is designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by providing a psychometrically justifiable and legally defensible process that measures the level of competence necessary to practice independently. The exam has multiple divisions that test a candidate’s ability to perform many of the tasks an architect encounters in practice. To become licensed,…

May 8, 2009 Budget Shortfall Increases The Office of Legislative Services released a report this week that indicated the budget shortfall in the current fiscal year has grown to $1.2 billion, almost triple the $383 million shortfall OLS predicted when the Legislature’s budget hearings began in April. The OLS prediction was made based on April income tax collections that were about $800 million…

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…

In lieu of AIA’s dedication to nurturing the Emerging Professional, AIA-NJ is launching a ‘Mentor Matching’ program. Through this program we will be doing our best to match mentor’s and protégé’s with similar interests, design philosophy, etc. Our hope is that by doing so, it will eliminate some of the initial awkwardness that can occur between a “seasoned veteran” and a “rookie”. Confidentiality…

State Revenues Expected to Decline Further Governor Jon Corzine confirmed yesterday that revenue collections may now come in between $1.5 billion to $2 billion short of what his administration has projected for the end of the current budget year and the new one that begins July 1. In March the Governor proposed a $29.8 billion dollar budget which is approximately $3 billion below…

Bateman Appointed to Judiciary Committee Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced this week that Deputy Republican Conference Leader Christopher “Kip” Bateman will take the new Republican seat that has been created on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate President Richard J. Codey announced in March that he was expanding the membership on both the Senate Judiciary and Labor committees by two, with one new…

AIA-NJ COTE Activities

AIA-NJ COTE has been busy this year already and we have many more things planned. The first quarter of the year we ran 6 LEED study groups across the State (thanks to our volunteer facilitators and donated space, we were able to do so at an exceptionnally reduced cost). These 5 day, 2 hour workshops were attended by over 100 members with many…

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….

New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) Launches Blog in Observance of National Architecture Week

National Architecture Week (April 13-19) was created to encourage a public dialogue about architecture. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is using social media to open and foster greater participation by the public and AIA members to employ design thinking to transform today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities. All week AIA is hosting National Architecture Week on Facebook as a catalyst for public celebrations…

From AIA YAF Connection – April 15, 2009 By Camilo Parra, AIA Two practice specialty groups are offering scholarships to emerging professionals for their Fall conferences this year. The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is holding their Fall conference in New York City on October 23-25. The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) is having their conference, Health Care Design 09, in…

A Note form the AIA State Government Network Representative: Coupled with the Federal Stimulus Package will be opportunities for Architects. Elaine Howley, Editor of the new privately released Guide to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, says “A lot of designers are put off by the term ‘shovel-ready. They think this bill isn’t really for them, but that’s not necessarily the…

Legislative Action This week the Assembly Budget Committee held a public hearing on the Governor’s budget proposal. The hearing focused on economic development, public safety, transportation, environment and arts, history and cultural issues. Next week both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee will receive a budget overview and revenue forecast form the Office of Legislative Services and a…

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,…

PISCATAWAY — A package of bills sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which will promote renewable energy usage throughout the State of New Jersey was signed into law today by Governor Corzine at the Busch Cogeneration Facility at Rutgers University’s Busch campus. “Today, the Governor has taken a strong step forward in promoting clean, sustainable energy and New Jersey’s burgeoning green economy,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset,…

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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

Two AIA New Jersey architects have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, of Bernardsville, N.J., and Anne E. Weber, FAIA, of Princeton, N.J., are included in the 112 architects who have been elevated this year. Out of…

Join other “Young Professional” organizations throughout the state. Participating will get you exposure to hundreds of young professionals eager to network. The first two hours are an extended “cocktail hour” with low music conducive to business networking and making new connections. Later the event takes on a more social atmosphere, with great music, dancing and conversation. Attendance is free with RSVP by March…

The Lieb House on the Move

March 10, 2009 – There has been a flurry of media attention about the Lieb House’s successful transport from Long Beach Island, NJ and arrival on Long Island. After being loaded onto a barge at Barnegat, it floated by Pier 17 in NYC (South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge), on it’s way to final destination in Glen Cove, NY. Architects Robert Venturi, original…

February 2009 – by Fred B. Adelson, Ph.D. Professor, Art Department, Rowan University As some may know, New Jersey is regrettably loosing the Lieb House by Venturi and Rauch. During the 1960s, this home on Long Beach Island and the Vanna Venturi House (Chestnut Hill, PA) were Robert Venturi’s only two residential commissions to go beyond the proposal stage. Indeed, the two-story vacation…

Janaury 2009 – AIA-NJ was the lead organizer and sponsor of a three day charrette to plan for the survival and adaptation of Bell Labs. The Bell Lab’s Charrette Report which documents the importance of Saarinen’s masterpiece, the charrette process and the collaborative efforts of architects, landscape architects, engineers, historians, planners, and interns is available: www.aia-nj.org/PDFs/news/bell_labs_final_report.pdf NOTE: Due to file size of report…

May 2008 – A three-day brainstorming event of architects, landscape architects, preservationists, planners, historians, mechanical engineers, and sustainable consultants concluded on Sunday with innovative visions and exciting news that the nearly 2,000,000 square foot office building and research facility in Holmdel, originally built as Bell Laboratories on 472 acres, has immense capacity for rehabilitation and adaptation. Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects’…

By-Laws Amendments Passed at Members Meeting

At a membership meeting of the Chapter held on February 17, two bylaws amendments were passed which will now allow the Chapter to issue Chapter meeting notices and distribute election ballots via e-mail. The details of these bylaws amendments (#5-2009 and #6-2009) can be reviewed at the following location on AIA NJ’s website: www.aia-nj.org/meeting2009.shtml. From this point forward, meeting notices and election ballots will…

February Special Members Meeting

February 17th a special Members Meeting has been called to discuss and vote on a proposed by-laws change. If you want more information go to www.aia-nj.org or call the office to have information faxed to you. This is your AIA, hope to see you there. AIA-NJ Members Meeting February 17, 2009 @ 6:00 pm NK Architects, Morristown

AIA Small Firm Task Force Meets

Under the leadership of Jeffrey Rosenblum, AIA, the task force met on January 7, 2009 to begin the process of assessing the needs of this member segment. The goal is to determine what the AIA should be doing to better serve the special needs of small firms, loosely defined as having 20 or fewer employees. Some initiatives already under discussion include providing templates…

Small tax-exempt organizations (charitable organizations such as youth athletic leagues) that previously were not required to file returns because their gross receipts were normally $25,000 or less may be required to file an annual electronic notice. The Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006 added this filing requirement to improve transparency within the non-profit sector and ensure that donors and the IRS have current…

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 National Green Building Standard, known as ICC-700, was approved yesterday (Jan. 29, 2009) as an American National Standard. The new Standard provides guidance for safe and sustainable building practices for residential construction, including both new and renovated single-family to high-rise residential buildings. This is the first and only green standard that is consistent and coordinated with the Code Council’s family of I-Codes…

AIA-NJ supports the proposed 18 month moratorium on COAH fees to promote economic activity in the state. We have formed a special task force which will research issues and make recommendations for COAH going forward. AIA-NJ has also been invited by State Senator Lesniak to participate in the COAH discussion over the next 18 months. 

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