National Convention – Chicago

The 2014 AIA Convention is in Chicago !
2014-spotArchitects from around the country will be at the AIA National Convention in June.

Connect with the world’s brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders. All in one place at one time, in the heart of America’s architectural epicenter—Chicago.

AIA is inviting you to be a part of an experience that is designed with purpose. A reimagined AIA National Convention that presents a fresh, new approach to how architects learn, engage, and connect with one another.

- See more at: http://convention.aia.org/

Reduced early bird rates end today, April 16th.  Sign up today and save on registration.

If you are in Chicago, please join AIA-NJ at a Thursday evening reception at Joe’s on Grand Avenue.
June 26, 2014, starting at 6:00 pm.    Please RSVP to AIA-NJ. Thanks to Andersen Windows & Doors for sponsoring this event again this year.

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NJ-APAC on Capital Hill

 

New Jersey Political Action Committee (NJ-APAC)
LOBBIES ON CAPITOL HILL at the
AIA GRASSROOTS 2014 – LEADERSHIP AND LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE

by Laurence E. Parisi, AIA Washington, D.C.
March 19, 2014

grassroots2014Another fabulous AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference has graced us, but not without extraordinary excitement, great colleague camaraderie, and well-organized Leadership Plenary Sessions.

NJ-APAC – The political branch of AIA-NJ was represented at “the hill” by Ben Lee, AIA and I, together we attended the Government Advocacy Networking Breakfast and Congressional Staff Panel who discussed the purpose and the criteria for Capitol Hill Visits. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your Congressional District representative on their “D.C. turf” and present to them the issues set forth by the Institute and request their support. These issues are established by the Institute to help promote and support architects and building growth in our country. This year we had three requests for our congressional and senatorial backing.

  1. ENERGY RETROFITS – The AIA supports efforts to extend and make modest improvements to the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (179D).
  2. STUDENT DEBT RELIEF – The AIA supports legislation to allow architecture students to contribute their design abilities to help communities in exchange for student loan assistance.
  3. DESIGN BUILD PROCUREMENT REFORM – The AIA supports common-sense reforms to procurement that will help more design firms enter the marketplace.

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Celebrate NJ Architecture 2014 Recap

ArchWeek2014Over the last week as part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has highlighted a small sampling of projects that exemplify how architects and architecture play and important role as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.  

Incase you missed it, here is a recap of the week:

 

Day One:  AIA-NJ Celebrates National Architecture Week

Day Two: Leading Design Firm Honored for Creative Rebuilding of Fire-Damaged School in East Brunswick, N.J.

Day Three: Ocean Grove, N.J.-Based Firm Designs Asbury Park J.A.M.S. to Serve as ‘Gateway’ to City’s West Side

Day Four: Nueva Vida Homes’ Will Be Nation’s First WaterSense Certified Neighborhood Development

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In wrapping up Architecture Week 2014 we would like to take a look back at last year’s AIA-NJ Architecture Week.  We highlighted ten of New Jersey’s Iconic Architects and positive impacts  they have made on their communities.   See last years list:

 

http://blog.aia-nj.org/2013/04/13/summary-the-garden-states-most-iconic-architects/

 

We hope you will continue to Celebrate Architecture everyday.

 

 

Celebrate NJ Architecture – Interface Studio Architects: Cramer Hill Community Development

As part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.   Each day this week this blog will highlight an AIA-NJ Design Award that exemplifies this -

Interface Studio Architects Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Design of Affordable Housing Community in Camden, N.J.

Philadelphia, Pa.-Based Firm’s ‘Nueva Vida Homes’ Will Be Nation’s First WaterSense Certified Neighborhood Development
da2014_isa1 The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Philadelphia-based architectural design firm Interface Studio Architects with a Merit Award for its imaginative design of the Nueva Vida Homes, an affordable housing community in nearby Camden, N.J.

“The Nueva Vida Homes demonstrate that affordable housing designs need not be insipid and uninspired,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Interface Studio Architects has devised a plan for a new community that is both thoughtful and practical, and it’s sure to provide a significant boost to the Camden community.”

Part of a three-phase neighborhood redevelopment effort led by Cramer Hill Community Development Corporation, the Nueva Vida Homes is currently in the schematic design phase. Therefore, its Merit Award was in the “Un-built” category, meant to recognize projects yet to be built, but which show great promise. The project consists of 19 scattered site in-fill homes for sale in an urban residential area of Camden. The iconic structures, coined “sidecar houses,” feature eye-catching, playfully designed exteriors intended reflect the eclectic design of the surrounding neighborhood.

Interface Studio Architects’ plans served as a paragon for efficiency and sustainability while maintaining affordability for its residents. The buildings will be the first urban dwellings to be labeled through the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, which promotes water conservation in building design. The home designs also received ENERGY STAR certification.

“We’re honored that our affordable housing proposals for Cramer Hill, Camden have been recognized by AIA NJ,” said Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Interactive Studio Architects. “It confirms our deeply held belief that high-performance, contemporary design has a place in modest housing types and markets. This award celebrates the conviction and vision of our client.”

The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in one of four categories: Open (meant for any building type), Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture. Projects are further designated as either Built or Un-built. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect. Submitted projects are evaluated during the organization’s annual Design Conference by a group of distinguished architects from throughout the country.da2014_isa2

Celebrate NJ Architecture – Shore Point: Asbury Park J.A.M.S.

As part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.   Each day this week this blog will highlight an AIA-NJ Design Award that exemplifies this -

Shore Point Architecture Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Design of Mixed-Use Community Performing Arts Building in Asbury Park

Ocean Grove, N.J.-Based Firm Designs Asbury Park J.A.M.S. to Serve as ‘Gateway’ to City’s West Side

da2014_SPjams1 The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Ocean Grove, N.J.-based architectural design firm Shore Point Architecture with a Merit Award for its innovative design of Asbury Park J.A.M.S., a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.

“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is a prime example of the type of dynamic project that will advance and elevate the state of architecture in New Jersey,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Shore Point Architecture demonstrated incredible vision in designing the building, and is well deserving of this award.”

 

A 47,000-square-foot, mixed-use building, Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is currently in the schematic design phase. Therefore, its Merit Award was in the “Un-built” category, meant to recognize projects yet to be built, but which show great promise. The building will feature a 200-seat performance theater that will also serve as a lecture hall and home to corporate conferences. The facility will also provide television/video production capabilities, and will house museum galleries and the administrative headquarters of the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Society.

Additionally, Asbury Park J.A.M.S. will feature a café with both indoor and outdoor seating, a “boutique” hotel providing overnight lodging for musicians visiting the area and a unique rooftop performance venue, providing yet another unique experience for visitors to Asbury Park.

“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is seen as the key element in the revitalization of the once vibrant west side of Asbury Park, as it will sit at the intersection of Springwood Avenue and Memorial Drive — literally the ‘gateway’ to the west side,” stated Stephen Carlidge, AIA, president of Shore Point Architecture. “We are extremely pleased to have been recognized by the AIA-NJ awards jury for this bold architectural statement of a building, as we believe that architecture can make a difference in making a place special and a place that people will want to be.”

The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in one of four categories: Open (meant for any building type), Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture. Projects are further designated as either Built or Un-built. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect. Submitted projects are evaluated during the organization’s annual Design Conference by a group of distinguished architects from throughout the country.

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Celebrate NJ Architecture – DIGroup:Memorial Elementary School

As part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.   Each day this week this blog will highlight an AIA-NJ Design Award that exemplifies this -

DIGroup Architecture Receives AIA-NJ Design Award for Memorial Elementary School

Leading Design Firm Honored for Creative Rebuilding of Fire-Damaged School in East Brunswick, N.J.

digroup01_da2013The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded New Brunswick, N.J.-based architecture and planning firm DIGroup Architecture with an Honor Award for its innovative rebuilding design of Memorial Elementary School, a facility in East Brunswick that was severely damaged by fire.

“DIGroup Architecture is well deserving of this award, having demonstrated true vision and imagination in this challenging rebuilding project,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “The redesign of Memorial Elementary is representative of the AIA’s goals at large: Advancement of the architectural profession with an emphasis on community service and sustainability.”

After a blaze devastated the building in 2008, DIGroup Architecture, through its 20-year standing relationship with the East Brunswick Board of Education, stepped in to lead the vast rebuilding project. Citing the original building’s energy inefficiencies and layout inconsistencies, the firm set forth a plan for a redesigned 72,000 square foot structure to include upgraded security systems, abundant natural light, and traffic-easing egresses.

“This building, and the story behind it, represent much more than great architecture. They are proof that through strong relationships, dedication, and trust, architects and New Jersey Public Schools can hold themselves to a higher level of architectural design,” said Jeff Venezia, AIA, president of DIGroup. “Despite the difficulties inherent in the design and construction of publicly funded projects, there is still time for architectural inquiry in pursuit of better facilities for students, teachers, and the communities that unite around them.”

Completed on time and on budget, the new Memorial Elementary School features two separate buildings connected by glass corridors, creating an accessible, fully secure courtyard connected to pre-K classrooms. DIGroup’s design also included the creation of “MemorialWalk,” a ceremonial pathway dedicated to members of the armed services.

“Every student deserves great architecture,” Venezia said. “They deserve an architect willing to explore options and communicate solutions to those who need to see them along the way.”

The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in one of four categories: Open (meant for any building type), Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture. Projects are further designated as either Built or Un-built. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect. Submitted projects are evaluated during the organization’s annual Design Conference by a group of distinguished architects from throughout the country.

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AIA-NJ Celebrates National Architecture Week

ArchWeek2014As part of a national event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. Held from April 6 through 12, National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign showcasing the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities and society in general. National Architecture Week is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).

This year’s National Architecture Week is highlighted by several events taking place on social media platforms. Throughout the week, AIA National will post links to videos on Twitter and Facebook from several award-winning architects sharing what inspires them about architecture. You can follow the Twitter activity by using the hashtag #archweek14.

The Architecture Is Awesome contest on Instagram will use the social networking platform to showcase architects’ favorite designs and encourage architecture fans to share their thoughts and engage with like-minded professionals during the week. Instagram users will also have an opportunity to win prize gift cards in the Architecture Is Awesome sweepstakes by uploading tagged images of their favorite local architectural sites. Five lucky winners will be selected based on what is considered to be the best images of architecture. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 16, on Twitter.

Occurring simultaneously in several markets will be the premier of the PBS series, Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture. The program will showcase some of the 21st century’s most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America. Each hour-long episode is organized around a central building typology theme — such as Performance Spaces or Art Spaces — and profiles three buildings. Learn more about this program and when it will be airing in your market here: http://www.coolspaces.tv/tvshow/on-air-schedule-2/

Residents of New Jersey can take part in National Architecture Week by learning about the architects and architectural projects that are significantly influencing daily life in the Garden State. The best examples can be found among AIA-NJ’s 2013 Design Award winners:

  • HDR Architecture, based in Princeton, N.J., for their work on two projects: The Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory, a net-zero energy use building at Georgia Tech, and the Leadership Academy, in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.;
  • Shore Point Architecture, based in Ocean Grove, N.J., for their work on Asbury Park J.A.M.S., a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.;
  • Clarke Caton Hintz, based in Trenton, N.J., for their work on Tillett Hall, an educational facility located on Rutgers University’s transformed Livingston Campus;
  • Studio Hillier, based in Princeton, N.J., for their work on the Urban Trifecta Architectural Design Studio, for their office space;
  • Taiek Kim, a sole proprietor based in Fort Lee, N.J., for his work on the 400 Sylvan Avenue; a unique and creative interior hallway;
  • Mills and Schnoering, based in Princeton, N.J., for their safety and comfort upgrades at the Statue of Liberty National Monument;
  • Interface Studio Architects, based in Philadelphia, Pa., for their work on Affordable Housing Development in Cramer Hill, including two sets of 10-unit buildings in Camden’s Cramer Hill neighborhood;
  • Historica Building Architects, based in Trenton, N.J., for their work on Interior Restoration and Adaptive Use of Iviswold Castle at Felician College in Rutherford, N.J.
  • KSS Architects, based in Princeton, N.J. for their work on two projects: The Eden Autism Services, Education & Outreach Center, a special needs school for approximately 80 students in Princeton, N.J., and the Ehinger Center, a campus hub and gathering space at Drew University in Madison, N.J.;
  • Ballinger, a firm based in Philadelphia, Pa., for their work on the Rutgers University, Institute of Food Nutrition & Health, a laboratory, research center, and lecture space on Rutgers’ Cook Campus;
  • Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, based in New York, N.Y.; for their work on 175 Park Avenue, a building that serves as the headquarters for the publicly-owned real estate firm Realogy in Madison, N.J.;
  • Always by Design, based in Philadelphia, Pa., for their work on the Prospect House, an approximately 2,100 square-foot sustainable shore home in Cape May Point, N.J.
  • Vitetta, a firm based in Philadelphia, P.A., for their work on Duke Farms, a large estate in Hillsborough;
  • ikon.5 architects, based in Princeton, N.J., for their work on the Ithaca Guest House, a sleek guest house in Ithaca, N.Y.;
  • DIGroupArchitecture, based in New Brunswick, N.J., for their work on Memorial Elementary School, the rebuilding of a fire damaged school building in East Brunswick, N.J.

AIA-WJ Hosts Back of House Tour at Barnes Foundation

AIA West Jersey and Pella Windows and Doors is hosting a second Back of House Tour at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia on April 12th.

This tour has limited space available, anyone interested please email the form below to jglaviano@LGARCH.com reserve a spot.

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AIA-WJ group during March Barnes Foundation tour

The same tour was held on March 29th to a packed group of AIA-WJ members and friends.  Even in the rain this was a wonderful tour, that all participants greatly enjoyed.

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Grassroots 2014 – Connect, Engage, Lead, Innovate

The AIA 2014 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference was held March 18th – 21st in Washington DC.  A number of your AIA-NJ leaders attended and were inspired to  build a better AIA.

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Some of the AIA-NJ members in attendance at Grassroots 2014

 

Along with hundreds of leaders from around the country and world AIA members discussed ways to effect change.  From the latest on AIA Repositioning  and how it could be seen in your local AIA chapters, to hearing from candidates for national AIA offices that will help to lead AIA next year and beyond.

In addition to seminars and guest speakers, part of Thursday was spent visiting our legislators on Capital Hill.  Taking issues important to all architects to our law-makers to effect change for all.

This year a number of items discussed were  discussed with local representatives.  Including the extension of 179D, the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction that expired at the end of 2013.  The necessity of procurement standards for Design-Build method of building on government projects.  Also, the National Design Services Act,  a program where architecture graduates with federally subsidized student loans could work in under-served communities in exchange for reduction of student debt.  Contact your local leaders to learn more on any of these items or how you can help.

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AIA-NJ President Kurt Kalafsky, President-Elect Kimberly Bunn, Aide to Senator Menendez, L&GA Chair Dave DelVecchio, and Regional Director Robert Cozzarelli on Capital Hill

 

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Jerome Eben from AIA-NJ a candidate for AIA national position of Secretary

During the candidates speeches, AIA-NJ member and past-president Jerome Eben, AIA, declared his candidacy for the office of AIA National Secretary.  We wish Jerry Good Luck in his run for office.

Architecture Week 2014

Celebrate Architecture Week 2014

April 6-12, 2014

ArchWeek2014What is National Architecture Week?
National Architecture Week, April 6─12, is a time to showcase the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities and society in general.  It is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).

 

Join us in celebrating Architecture, follow AIA national’s social media events, take the opportunity to talk about Architecture to a local group or school.  There are many ways to get involved.  Check some out here.

 

 

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