Monthly Archives: March 2009

Mark Alan Hewitt and Anne E. Weber Elevated to American Institute of Architects College of Fellows

Anne Weber, FAIA

Anne Weber, FAIA

Alan Hewitt, FAIA

Alan Hewitt, FAIA

Two AIA New Jersey architects have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, of Bernardsville, N.J., and Anne E. Weber, FAIA, of Princeton, N.J., are included in the 112 architects who have been elevated this year.

Out of a membership of more than 86,000, fewer than 2,600 AIA members are distinguished with the honor of fellowship. It is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership who have made significant contributions in the following areas: the aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession; the standards of architectural education, training, and practice; the building industry, through leadership in AIA and related organizations; the advancement of living standards through improved environment; and the advancement of society through significant public service. Continue reading

YAF Professionals Mixer

Join other “Young Professional” organizations throughout the state. Participating will get you exposure to hundreds of young professionals eager to network. The first two hours are an extended “cocktail hour” with low music conducive to business networking and making new connections. Later the event takes on a more social atmosphere, with great music, dancing and conversation.

Attendance is free with RSVP by March 26th. Otherwise, $15 at the door without reservation.

RSVP to Manuel Pereiras at [email protected] with “YAF Mixer” in subject line – confirmation within 48 hours.

The Lieb House on the Move

March 10, 2009 –

There has been a flurry of media attention about the Lieb House’s successful transport from Long Beach Island, NJ and arrival on Long Island. After being loaded onto a barge at Barnegat, it floated by Pier 17 in NYC (South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge), on it’s way to final destination in Glen Cove, NY. Architects Robert Venturi, original designer of the house, and Denise Scott Brown were in attendance on Pier 17 as the house passed.

Only 40 but Having A Change of Life – The Lieb House

February 2009 –
by Fred B. Adelson, Ph.D.
Professor, Art Department, Rowan University

As some may know, New Jersey is regrettably loosing the Lieb House by Venturi and Rauch. During the 1960s, this home on Long Beach Island and the Vanna Venturi House (Chestnut Hill, PA) were Robert Venturi’s only two residential commissions to go beyond the proposal stage. Indeed, the two-story vacation home at the Jersey shore is an important and conceptually provocative work from these formative years. Continue reading

The Future of Eero Saarinen’s Bell Labs

Janaury 2009 –
AIA-NJ was the lead organizer and sponsor of a three day charrette to plan for the survival and adaptation of Bell Labs. The Bell Lab’s Charrette Report which documents the importance of Saarinen’s masterpiece, the charrette process and the collaborative efforts of architects, landscape architects, engineers, historians, planners, and interns is available:

Due to file size of report it may take longer to download on older machines –
PDF (4,399 KB)

Bell Labs More Flexible, More Adaptable

May 2008 –
A three-day brainstorming event of architects, landscape architects, preservationists, planners, historians, mechanical engineers, and sustainable consultants concluded on Sunday with innovative visions and exciting news that the nearly 2,000,000 square foot office building and research facility in Holmdel, originally built as Bell Laboratories on 472 acres, has immense capacity for rehabilitation and adaptation.

Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects’ New Jersey Chapter (AIA-NJ), Preservation New Jersey, the Docomomo-NY Tristate Chapter, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and billed as a Design Charrette, the event convened 38 design professionals from New Jersey, New York and the northeast to address the problems that surround the sustainable reuse and retention of the historically significant building and landscape designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen and landscape architect Hideo Sasaki in the early 1960s. Continue reading

By-Laws Amendments Passed at Members Meeting

At a membership meeting of the Chapter held on February 17, two bylaws amendments were passed which will now allow the Chapter to issue Chapter meeting notices and distribute election ballots via e-mail. The details of these bylaws amendments (#5-2009 and #6-2009) can be reviewed at the following location on AIA NJ’s website:

From this point forward, meeting notices and election ballots will no longer be distributed by mail to AIA NJ members and will only be sent by e-mail. Members who have not provided an e-mail address to AIA NJ should do so immediately to continue receiving these notices. Should members not have an e-mail address or prefer not to receive meeting notices and election ballots via e-mail they must send a request in writing to AIA NJ (414 River View Plaza, Trenton NJ 08611-3420) asking that these notices continue to be mailed to them.