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February 15, 2022
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM


Join AIA Central NJ for our Virtual Meeting on February 15th: AIA New Jersey president John Cwikla, AIA, will perform the installation of the new CNJ board. Our evening educational seminar will be presented by Dennis Posen, AIA, of Posen Architects, LLC. This is the first in a series of special presentations focused on our 2022 theme, Architecture of Legacy and Uplift.

5:15 pm Networking | 5:30 pm Officer Installation | 5:45-6:45 Legacy Story Time

CEU Presentation: “Moments in the Life of an Entrepreneur: From ’70s, Drama Club & Pin Bar Drafting to a Covid Affected Present”

This educational seminar will focus on ideas of emerging, learning, legacy, and letting go in professional practice. This event is for participants of all stages in their careers. Attendees will be able to listen to a life story and see the path of an architect over a 45+ year trajectory.

From internship, through licensure, learn about working for others / with others, and moving into ownership and hearing stories of survival and thriving amidst recessions and other challenges. Participants will learn about developing relationships, thinking creatively in the world of business, as well as hearing firsthand lessons learned when wearing the ownership hat. To the emerging architect, these stories will help to understand how this profession has worked, and to the experienced professional this seminar will speak to the value of legacy, wisdom, and letting go.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the importance of an internship, and the value of licensure.
  2. Understand agile thinking and landing the job; when to think critically & when to think outside of the box.
  3. Gain insight into growing your network + developing client relationships.
  4. Put on the ownership hat: Understanding where the work comes from & lessons learned.
  5. Prepare for the next generation – Creating meaningful legacy and letting go.

This course has been submitted to AIA for CE Credit and is currently pending review.

About Our Speaker: Dennis Posen, AIA, established Posen Architects in 1996 in Elizabeth, NJ. His previous work experience includes Cannon, John Carl Warnecke & Associates, Grad Associates/The Grad Partnership, and Rothe Johnson. After twenty years of practice and ownership in other firms, he opened his own office, initially to focus on healthcare and corporate interiors. Larger scale projects soon followed with repeat work from White Plains Hospital and OASAS/New York State. In 2016, three key staff members became principals and a concentration in higher education/colleges and universities was added to the growing areas of design expertise.

Mr. Posen’s experience includes major corporate relocations, institutional master planning, large-scale office development, healthcare, and interior architecture. His expertise is focused on quality assurance and project management, and he is a resource to all project teams in the office. As an expert in project delivery, he bought an abandoned property: with no certificate of occupancy; received a zoning variance/change of use, and developed a two-tenant building, half of which is occupied by the company. He has been a guest lecturer at the New York University Real Estate Institute and has taught Professional Practice at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, School of Architecture.

Dennis was born and raised in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in Management from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business. He has been a licensed architect in multiple states for forty years and holds an NCARB certificate. He is also licensed as a Professional Planner in New Jersey and has chaired the Borough of Haworth, Zoning Board of Adjustment for almost 20 years.

Registration for this session is FREE for all participants.

When you register, please include your AIA number in the Special Instructions field, if applicable. A link to the virtual meeting will be provided within 24 hours of the session. Please contact Ram at if you have any questions.

TICKETS: $0.00 for Member and Non-Members 

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