CSI 2015 Mid-Atlantic Conference

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The Mid-Altantic Region CSI Conference annually brings together construction industry professionals from CSI Chapters, allied associations, design professionals and specifiers.

Thorough technical presentations and tours we will explore our theme of ‘Detailing Innovation’, intended to explore innovative changes that will impact the construction industry in the near future, these will include Sustainablity, Energy, and Construction Technology. Additonal events and tours will offer networking, and social opportunites.  Presentations and tours will offer AIA Continuing Education Credits

For more information or to register:

www.csiphila.org/marc2015/

Redevelopment Forum on March 13

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New Jersey Future’s Redevelopment Forum is a daylong conference that brings together more than 500 municipal and state leaders and leading professionals in planning, development, law, transportation, architecture, construction, environmental conservation and historic preservation to share best practices and lessons learned.  We have applied for and expect to receive AIA, AICP, CLE and GBCI continuing education credits
Tickets are $110 for New Jersey Future members, municipal employees and non-profits  and $150 for non-members until February 20 (after February 20 tickets are $155 for members and $190 for non-members).
Questions: contact Marianne Jann at 609-393-0008, ext. 101.

AIA New Jersey Interviewed by WPIX TV Regarding Lightweight Wood Construction

edgewater-fire-chopper-2In the wake of the tragic events of the Avalon at Edgewater fire, Justin Mihalik, AIA, the newly elected President-Elect of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was recently interviewed by WPIX TV regarding the use of lightweight wood construction.  You can see the WPIX report here. The report is 5:26 in length.  Justin’s comments start at approximately the 1:59 mark and run through the 3:00 mark.

Granted, the conversation is far more complex than can be explained in one minute of TV time. And, the issue has received significant attention, including legislation proposing mandating fire sprinklers in all residential construction (Bill A1698) and a proposed two-year moratorium on all lightweight wood construction. Given the severity of the event and the public attention, it is more important than ever that architects and AIA New Jersey have a voice in this discussion.

This issue is being actively addressed by our Codes & Standards Committee, chaired by Robert Longo, AIA, our Legistative & Government Affairs Committee, chaired by David Del Vecchio, AIA, our Public Awareness Committee, chaired by Bruce Turner, AIA, our President, Kimberly Bunn, AIA, our Executive Director, Joe Simonetta, and the Executive Committee. Therefore, please make sure you share your opinions with your leaders of AIA New Jersey and your political representatives. Architects cannot stand on the sidelines while others determine the shape of the built environment.

Bruce Turner, AIA
Public Awareness Committee Chair

Resilient Design in the 21st Century Workshop

 

 

 

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A Conversation with David Childs FAIA

Presented by NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design, the conversation will be led by Urs Gauchat, Dean of the College of Architecture and Design with David Childs FAIA, chief designer for One World Trade Center and chairman emeritus and consulting design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).   Joining Childs will be Julie Hiromoto AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, an associate at SOM who worked with him on One WTC

Wednesday, February 11, 2014

4 p.m.: “Ground Zero Supertower” screening
5 p.m.: Reception
6 p.m. Conversation

Weston Hall 1, located in the College of Architecture and Design on the NJIT campus

Free to All

Questions and Information:
Contact Thomas Dallessio at thomas.g.dallessio(at)njit(dot)edu or call 973.596.5872

 

 

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Coastal Floor Mitigation Workshop

 

 

Preservation New Jersey is presenting a series of workshops on Resiliency.
Co-Sponsor: New Jersey Historic Trust

Date: March 12, 2015
Times: 2 pm – 5:30 pm (Registration begins at 1 pm)

Cost: $25.00
Pre-registration encouraged
AIA Continuing Education Credits available.

 

 

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Working With The Media

AIA-NJIn our recent 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 first in a series of articles that will help you in that regard. This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more. With your help, we hope to be able to leverage our strength in numbers to help promote architects and architecture.

You’ve just completed design and implementation of your plans for a building. Or perhaps you feel that the media is ignoring an important architectural story in the news. The question is: Now what? How can you leverage your hard work and expertise to build your reputation and attract future business prospects?

Luckily, for architects, several avenues exist to publicize projects through “earned media” – that is, unpaid, “legitimate” news stories. And with the proliferation of specialized digital media, it’s even more likely that a building that you’ve helped to design can garner significant media coverage.

But first thing’s first. It’s often not enough to simply “cold call” a news outlet in order to garner ink. Working with the media is as much about building relationships as it is about hard news. Remember, reporters are people, too!

Building a working acquaintanceship with your local media is effective not only in building respect for your firm’s individual projects, but also in positioning yourself as a go-to expert for architectural issues. Reporters will often need to quickly reach out to an industry expert in order to obtain necessary information or print a quote for their story. This process is called source filing.

Luckily, beginning the dialogue with your local media is relatively straightforward:

  • Familiarize yourself with local media: The first step to interacting with your local reporters is to understand their publication and their area of expertise. Read your local papers and identify which reporters report on real estate, business, and community development.
  • Email a reporter: In most publications, it’s easy to locate an email address for a particular reporter on its website. Simply send a brief “hello” introducing yourself, your practice, and your specific area of expertise. It helps to reference a story that the reporter wrote recently, which demonstrates your familiarity with their work.
  • Call the publication: Particularly when you’re seeking to connect with a reporter about a timely issue, it’s best to call the publication’s main number and ask for the reporter. You can even invite them to lunch or coffee as an introduction.

While these approaches may not translate to instantaneous news coverage, building a relationship with your local reporter is the most prudent first step to constructing your own public relations campaign. Over time, it will pay dividends.

For more suggestions, refer to AIA Best Practices – Getting Good Press on the web at 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.

Kyle Kirkpatrick
Account Supervisor
Beckerman PR Real Estate Team

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

AIA-NJ Honors Six Service Award Winners

Organization Honors Architects and Firms For Their Exemplary Work in 2014

serviceawardsBIGAIA-NJ is known for its dedication to elevating the profession of architecture and improving The Garden State’s built environment. This month, the organization honored individual members and firms who demonstrated an exceptional commitment to advancing the standards of the architecture profession.

Presented during the gala at the Moorestown Community House, AIA-NJ Service Awards are designed to honor the work of the state’s most talented and forward-thinking architects and architectural firms.

“Our Service Awards program is an opportunity to recognize the tremendous amount of talent within AIA New Jersey,” said Kimberly Bunn, AIA who serves as president of AIA-NJ. “The winners represent some of the best and brightest leaders in New Jersey architecture. Not only do they serve the profession, but they also serve the communities in which we all live, work and play. Our award winners fulfill the mission of architects worldwide by constantly striving to “look up” and imagine great new possibilities.” Continue reading

Membership Update 2015

red_eagleAs we begin 2015, I wanted to let the members know that AIA New Jersey (AIANJ) is holding strong and that its membership is growing!  We have seen an 8% growth since 2013 and closed the year with 1,961 members.  In dissecting the numbers, we are seeing our largest growth in our Associates category, which had an increase of almost 15%!  What do these numbers tell us?  Well, that the economy is without a doubt recovering, young architects are being employed and that they see the value of being a member of the AIA.  This past year AIA launched a free membership program for new college graduates for up to 18 months (http://www.aia.org/join/).  I urge all firm Principals to promote this free membership to your young architects and get them involved in a local AIANJ Section.  Since joining AIA in 1998 I have taken full advantage of what AIA has to offer and my career has been richer than I ever expected it to be.  Make a New Year’s resolution to get involved in your local AIANJ Section and promote your career to the next level!

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Careers: FVHD Architects + Planners promotes Joseph Como

FVHD is pleased to announce that Joseph V. Como, AIA, LEED Green Associate is joining our exceptional team of Senior Associate Gary A. Rostron, AIA, and Associate Jason J. Dubowitch, AIA, NCARB

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FVHD Architects + Planners is pleased to announce the promotion of Joseph Como, AIA, LEED GA to Associate, effective January 1, 2015. Joseph has over 15 years experience working on public and educational facilities, providing consistent management and leadership on all projects. His creativity and attention to detail make him a valuable member of the firm. Since graduating from Philadelphia University in 2000 with a 5-year Professional Bachelors in Architecture, he has approached all projects with great enthusiasm, striving to make each a success for the client, firm, and community.  As an Associate of the Firm, Joseph will increase his involvement in the Firm’s operations, supporting the Principals, while continuing his role as Project Manager. He is a Registered Architect in New Jersey, credentialed with USGBC as a LEED Green Associate, and a current member of the Lawrence Township Historic Preservation Committee. Recently, Joseph has completed renovations to the Ambassador’s Residence to Cyprus, in Washington DC, additions and renovations to the Hillsborough #3 Fire Station, in Hillsborough NJ, and is currently working on security additions and renovations at (9) facilities for Marlboro Township Public Schools. Continue reading

Building Information Modeling Seminar

AIA South Jersey is collaborating with Atlantic Cape Community College and Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst and Doukas to present the following continuing education program on Building Information Modeling (BIM). For more information please feel free to contact Bruce D. Turner, AIA by e-mail at bdtaia@aol.com or by phone at (856) 405-0351.

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