Pro Tour of Renewable Energy-Powered Houses

AIA-NJ member Alan Spector is hosting a tour of two houses – one his own – that use a combination of both passive and active renewable energy systems. The tour is on September 4 in Augusta and Lafayette, NJ. The tour is approved for 2.5 AIA LU|HSW.

WHERE: Lafayette, NJ 07848
WHEN: Friday, September 4, 2015 – 1:00pm to 5:30pm
COST: Member registration: $25 | Non-member registration: $35
CREDITS: 2.5 AIA LU/HSW (approved) and 2.5 GBCI (pending approval)

Click here for more information.

SURE HOUSE Tour, Networking Reception & Fundraiser

Join the USGBC NJ for a very special event: SURE HOUSE Tour, Networking Reception & Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 22nd, 6:00-9:00 PM. Hoboken, NJ. 
 
SURE HOUSE is Stevens Institute of Technology’s Solar Decathlon entry for 2015. CLICK HERE to Register.
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Patrick J. Fucci, AIA Earns NJ Architect License

Cornerstone Architectural Groups’ Patrick (PJ) J. Fucci, AIA has just successfully completed all sections of the rigorous Architectural Registration Examination administered by the New Jersey State Board of Architects and NCARB.

As a newly Registered Architect in the State of New Jersey, PJ now assumes all of the professional responsibilities of a licensed Architect. PJ has made many very positive contributions in the management of significant design projects over the past twelve+ years at Cornerstone. PJ is a project manager, (now Project Architect), overseeing the design, documentation and implementation of designs for several of Cornerstone’s high profile clients. Most notable; Adler Development, Branchburg Township, Fragrance Resources and Metlife Stadium. PJ lives in Bound Brook, NJ with his wife Nikki, their dog Layla.

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Job Opening: Milltown, NJ

Company: Kurt J. Ludwig, AIA, Incorporated

Location: Milltown, NJ 08850

Status: Full Time Employee

Available Position: We are currently seeking an Architectural Designer/ Draftsperson

Our Firm: We are a full service architectural design firm specializing in custom new construction, additions, and alterations for residential and commercial design. Our size and structure provides opportunities for personal involvement and growth. Visit our website at http://www.kjludwig.com and see how our valued partnership with our clients has allowed us to be part of quality projects over many years. We are committed to service and quality excellence to our clients and our team members. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Requirements:
• Must hold a degree
• Must have experience in Architectural Design and Drafting
• Minimum of two years experience

Responsibilities:
• Assist with construction documents
• Field survey existing conditions
• Produce drawings of existing conditions

Need to be proficient in AutoCad Architecture 2015 and AutoCad LT 2015. Will need a car. Excellent opportunity for self-motivated, goal oriented team player. Please forward resume to [email protected].

AIAWJ Photo Competition Celebrates 10th Year

AIA West Jersey Annual Architectural Photography Competition Call For Entries

2015 – Call for Entries

AIA West Jersey Photography Competition

The AIA West Jersey Photography Competition enters it’s 10th year and has opened the competition for entry submissions.   Send in your interesting images of everything architectural – from the buildings around the corner, to a current project to an interesting place you visited.
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My Favorite Places – Mechanic Street

A new series has started – My Favorite Places

AIA-NJThis will be an ongoing series of articles, written by architects about some of there favorite or most memorable spaces.  It could be a building, a park, a town.  Whatever is special to that person.  The first article was penned by AIA West Jersey member Mark Barone, AIA, and was featured in the Courier Post newspaper.   Mark talks about a favorite place in his new hometown of Haddonfield, NJ., here is an excerpt of the printed article:

A few years ago, my family relocated from Brooklyn to Haddonfield. As a family with young children, we found the town appealing because of its schools, vibrant main street and easy access to transportation into Philadelphia.

But for me, the town had another draw; as an architect, I enjoy wandering around town, observing the details of historic buildings and homes, and Haddonfield has no shortage of these unique structures.

However, the place I appreciate the most is not a building, but a space between buildings: Mechanic Street, a short one-block long alley connecting the two main streets that run through the center of town. Mechanic Street’s early history is one of transportation, in particular horse-drawn transportation.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this street housed several horse stables that provided horses for sale or for hire by travelers and residents. A blacksmith shop, wheelwright and manufacturing building that produced carriages, buggies and wagons anchored the street end…

See full article here:
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/2015/06/24/commentary-mechanic-street-deserves-appreciation/29254881/

If you are interested in writing a short article about your favorite place, please contact the AIANJ Public Awareness Chair, Bruce Turner, AIA.  Our committee can help you and can assist in getting it not only on our AIA-NJ website but also a local NJ paper.

CANstruction 2015 – Call for Entries

Forms of Communication

The 2015 CANstruction event will be held October 8th through 18th at the Livingston Mall, Livingston NJ.

Entry Deadline – Sept 8

Design Your Can Structure!

Click here for registration form.

For more information contact AIA Newark & Suburban
Ron Weston – [email protected]

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National Design Services Act Re-introduced in Congress

red_eagleAs of June 25, 2015, the National Design Services Act has been re-introduced by Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO-7). This program would authorize student loan debt relief for architectural school graduates who provide volunteer services to communities in need through nonprofit community design centers. Help secure the future of your profession by asking your member of Congress to co-sponsor this vital legislation today!

Emerging architectural professionals currently face some of the highest student debt loads when compared with graduates in other fields. Beyond tuition, additional costs unique to architecture, such as modeling materials, technical books, and specialized software only add to the burden. In order for the profession of architecture to remain relevant, we need to ensure that our emerging professionals have every opportunity to gain experience, pay down their debt, and find rewarding work in the architectural field.

This program would reduce the burden of debt on emerging architectural professionals while bringing quality design within reach for underprivileged communities. Contact your member of Congress NOW and ask him or her to co-sponsor the National Design Services Act!

2015 Traditional Building Conference

2015 Traditional BuildingMaterials and Methods
Princeton – July 21-22, 2015

At the historic Nassau Inn across the street from the Princeton University Campus.

This conference will make full use of the walkable nature and proximity of Princeton’s village center and Princeton University’s campus. Most sessions will take place at the historic Nassau Inn with some sessions on campus. Bring your walking shoes!

Click here to see the Schedule of Events

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WORKING WITH THE MEDIA – Composing a Press Release

AIA-NJIn our year end review of the 2014 activities of the AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee, we asked you to stay tuned for tools that will help you make a splash in the press. Below is the third in a series of articles that will help you in that regard. With your help, we hope to be able to leverage our strength in numbers to help promote architects and architecture.

Our previous installments of Working with the Media discussed ways in which you, in a personal or professional context, can begin to build a bridge with the editorial staff of your local or regional publications. This included some strategies as to how to introduce yourself (and your expertise) to the outlet, along with a brief guide for writing an effective letter to the editor. These techniques are useful in positioning yourself as an architectural expert and a go-to source for future pieces related to development, construction, and design.

But, announcing news of your own requires a more deliberate structure of information. This is where a written announcement, usually referred to as a press release, comes in handy.

The logic behind a press release is that it provides detailed, accurate, and controlled dissemination of information. A well-composed press release lists each of the necessary factual elements of an announcement, leaving little room for speculation or supposition – the who, what, when, where and why. In today’s ultra-fast-paced digital news world, it’s an especially handy tool for providing a journalist with the nearly all of the information they’d need for a story – all in one neat package.

Ultimately, you’ll have to employ what you know about the interests of a particular media outlet to judge whether your announcement might be “newsworthy.” But, most press release announcements for architects fall into a few categories:

• Major contracts
• Awards
• Notable or innovative large-scale designs
• Anniversaries or other milestones
• Hiring, promotions, etc

Once you’ve decided to proceed with the press release, there are several rules of thumb that ensure that it’s well organized and digestible for a reporter:

Length: A press release is designed for efficiency; your release should rarely exceed 500 words, and a simple one-pager is usually preferable.
Messaging: The “inverted pyramid” model applies in press releases, which is to say that the most important points should appear first, while minutiae and contextual details should be included in the latter portions. For project-based announcements, latter paragraphs should reference building-specific information including size, cost, start date, finish date, function (program), owner, architect, contractor, funding source, project personnel, etc.
Structure: Each release should contain a headline, date, location, contact information, and boilerplate information about your company. Examples of suggested formats can be found here.
Voice: Press releases are written essentially as if they are news stories. Press releases should be based entirely on fact, written completely in the third person. In a previous entry in Working with the Media, we mentioned that press releases may, in some instances, be published as-is. A good litmus test is to read your press release and ask yourself if it could stand on its own as a news story.
Include a quote: Typically, press releases will include a quote from the issuer somewhere after the lead paragraph. This is your opportunity to provide more subjective insight and interpretation.

In future installments, we’ll be going more in-depth into how to finesse the language within your press releases and how to properly tailor your announcement to a variety of press outlets.

For more suggestions, refer to AIA Best Practices – Getting Good Press on the web at http://www.aia.org. Please note this is a password protected, member only website. Therefore, we cannot provide a direct link to the site for you. But you can find it under Practicing Architecture; Best Practices; Part 2 – Firm Management; Chapter 6: Marketing and Business Development. You might also find a lot of other beneficial material in this area of the website.

If you would like to read the previous articles in this series, please see the following links:

Building Relationships

Writing a Letter to the Editor

Kyle Kirkpatrick
Account Supervisor
Beckerman PR Real Estate Team

Bruce D. Turner, AIA
Chair, AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee

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