December 20, 2022Reading Time: 3 minutes
On Tuesday, December 13, 2022, over 50 members and guests of AIA Central New Jersey (AIACNJ) gathered at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge for a professional exchange between AIACNJ fellows and emerging professionals. Small groups gathered over a casual buffet dinner and asked questions of the 7 featured fellows, which initiated vibrant discussion among all in attendance.
AIA NJ Fellows Carla Bonacci, FAIA, PP; Michael Farewell, FAIA, LEED AP; John D. S. Hatch, FAIA, LEED AP; Jon D. Hlafter, FAIA; Karen Nichols, FAIA; Pamela Rew, FAIA; and Ed Rothe, FAIA Emeritus, shared their histories from college, getting licensed, in practice, managing work/ life balance and anecdotal stories from the industry. Further, the other members of their cohort were encouraged to reflect on their experiences and share goals.
The evening culminated with a presentation by Karen Nichols, FAIA, sharing her thoughts on how to leverage the opportunities and challenges associated with individual contributors working in a team and as part of a larger office – “me, we, and us.” The fellows were forthcoming in their sharing and moderating of the small group discussions, and found the experience valuable to themselves, as well. Mr. Hlafter remarked, “I very much enjoyed meeting the young architects at my table and only wish that there were more time for me to get to know them.” Ms. Bonacci commented, “It was a great idea and I enjoyed meeting some new people, thank you for including me.” Mr. Hatch expressed, “I thought it was an excellent event. It was a great format for informal but very useful discussion. And I think the brief presentation at the end also worked well.”
This enriching event was generously provided free of charge to all attendees, encouraging greater attendance. Member firm DI Group Architecture recognized the excellent learning opportunity of this program and so sent Project Manager LoriAnne Jones, emerging professionals Patryk and Kamil Ciemierkiewicz, Tim Duddy, and Thomas Chaballa plus a high school student that is considering majoring in Architecture and her mother.
Outstanding evening, AIA CNJ!
By Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, AIA NJ Advocacy Consultant | Posted in AIA Central New Jersey | Tagged: #AIACNJ, #AIAFellowship, #AIAlegacy, #AIANJ, #AIAWIA, #AIAWIANJ, #CarlaBonacciFAIA, #cnjvoices, #EdwardNRotheFAIA, #emergingarchitects, #JohnHatchFAIA, #JonDHlafterFAIA, #KarenNicholsFAIA, #LoriAnneJonesAIA, #Mentorship, #MichaelFarewellFAIA, #NJAIA, #NJArchitects, #PamelaRewFAIA, DIGroup, Mentoring | Comments (0)
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