Monthly Archives: January 2011

Edgar Tafel, Wright-Trained Architect, Dies at 98

Published: January 24, 2011 – NY Times

Edgar Tafel, an architect who was among the best known of Frank Lloyd Wright’s many apprentices, died on Jan. 18 at his home in Manhattan. He was 98.

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Meltzer/Mandl Completes Final Design for $150M New Jersey Transit Village | News | Architectural Record

Meltzer/Mandl Completes Final Design for $150M New Jersey Transit Village | News | Architectural Record.

ISRAEL: An Architect’s View of 2000 Years of Structure & Design

Shalom, Salam and Welcome Friends!!

As a kid, I was taught NEVER mix POLITICS or RELIGION with work…….WELL HERE IS THE OPPORTUNITY to not only mix a phenomenal work experience with Politics and Religion BUT to earn Continuing Education Credits in the process.

This is a Once in a Lifetime Travel Experience:

ISRAEL: An Architect’s View of 2000 Years of Structure & Design

This tour will be personally escorted by me. The meetings with renowned architects like Moshe Safdie, Haim Dotan and David Reznik, among others, have all been pre-arranged and the sightseeing experience with a fully qualified English speaking guide will be incredible.

How good does Sustainable Design get when there are theaters and buildings in use for almost 2000 years???

The space is limited, so make your plans to join us now and spend spring time in Jerusalem, truly one of the most beautiful and intriguing cities of the world.

Find out more information:

Contact me for additional information and register very soon and remember to let you members know about this program! They will thank you.

Shalom, I hope to see you in Israel this spring

J. Laura Green
Program & Membership Director
268 South State Street Suite 190
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Employment opportunities

  • County College of Morris IMMEDIATELY (this week) seeking teacher for 3D computer drawing class using Revit, 3DS Max, Inventor, and SketchUp.  Contact James Howard at [email protected] or 973 328-5436.


  • Architectural Detailer w/ min. 3 years of construction document experience for immediate full/partime employment for a Nutley, NJ architectural firm.  Architectural education and AutoCad experience required.  Send resume by e-mail to [email protected].

IDEAS Competition 2011

The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and the AIA Committee on Design (COD) invites architects, students, and allied design professionals to submit sketches to the international 2011 YAF/COD Ideas Competition.

In this unique sketch competition, submitters are asked to explore the principles of Universal Design as well as their overlap with values of social and environmental sustainability.

Winners will be announced and will have their work exhibited at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 12-14, 2011. Selected entries will be displayed on the AIA website.

For Complete Submission Details, Download the 2011 Ideas Competition Call for Entries (PDF)Before beginning your submission, please visit the 2011 YAF/COD Ideas Competition Walkthrough to familiarize yourself with the online submission process. (PDF)Visit the Submission Site to Submit Now! 
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The AIA NJ IDP Committee’s Annual Report and NCARB’s Changes to the Licensure Process

Joyce Marie Scatuccio, Associate AIA
IDP Coordinator AIA NJ 2006 -2010

As the year comes to a close I am very proud to have accomplished all the goals that I have set out to do with the Intern Development Program (IDP) Committee. In the 2006 I was elected to Acting Intern Development Program (IDP) Coordinator. After I finished up my two year term as Regional Associate Director (RAD) in 2006, I started my three year term of IDP Coordinator for AIA NJ from 2007 – 2010. The years 2006 through 2010 became the period of change to the IDP and the ARE by NCARB. NCARB found it necessary to update many regulations to the IDP and the ARE based on the Practice Analysis of Architecture survey and other feedback. These changes began my intense journey to educate students and interns architects within our state.
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Michael Hanrahan Installed as President of AIA-NJ at Annual Awards Gala

2011 AIA-NJ Officers: (L to R) Claire Wholean, Jack Purvis, Kimberly Bunn, Laurence Parisi, Justin Mihalik, Michael Hanrahan, Jerome Eben, Kurt Kalafsky, Jason Kliwinski

Michael Hanrahan, AIA, of Readington Township, N.J. in Hunterdon County, was installed as president of the American Institute of Architects’ New Jersey chapter (AIA-NJ) at the organization’s annual awards gala held recently at Carl Icahn Laboratory at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

Hanrahan was among nine AIA-NJ officers installed at the event, which also celebrated the top achievements among architects and architectural companies throughout the state with service and design awards.

Hanrahan, an associate partner at Clarke Canton Hintz, an award-winning architecture, planning and landscape architecture firm based in Trenton, N.J., has been with the firm for nearly 15 years. He has served as project manager on a variety of project types in a variety of market sectors.

Hanrahan has extensive experience in historic preservation and the adaptive re-use of existing buildings. Past projects include the interior restoration of the historic Hunterdon County Courthouse and Jail in Flemington, N.J.; 200 Elm Drive, the adaptive re-use of the former Princeton University boiler house for new administrative offices in Princeton; and the restoration and renovation of the Roebling Mansion as the new home of the New Jersey League of Municipalities in Trenton.

Most recently, Hanrahan was the project manager for the 164th Street Garage, a 660-space parking garage supporting the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx; and the “Big 4” capital projects at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., which include the renovation of the Robert J. Collins Arena, construction of a new recreation and fitness center, the renovation and expansion of the automotive technology facility and the interior renovation of the Western Monmouth Branch Campus.

He was the former AIA-NJ executive board vice president in 2010, first vice president in 2009, secretary from 2006 to 2008 and the AIA-NJ Central Jersey section executive board president in 2005.

Last year, Hanrahan was recognized as the AIA-NJ “Young Architect of Year” and in 2001 was recognized as the AIA-NJ “Intern Architect of the Year.” His firm, Clarke Caton Hintz, was the 2010 AIA-NJ “Firm of the Year.”

In addition to his leadership role within AIA-NJ, Hanrahan is a member of the Construction Specification Institute, Preservation New Jersey and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hanrahan also volunteers in his community as an assistant coach for the Readington Township Little League and is a former member of the local historic preservation commission.

Other newly installed officers include Laurence E. Parisi, AIA, owner and president of Laurence E. Parisi P.C. Architects in North Bergen, N.J., who was installed as president-elect; Jack Purvis, AIA, owner of Jack A. Purvis-Architect in Allenwood, N.J., who was installed as first vice president; Kimberly Bunn, AIA, owner of Bunn Architecture in Moorestown, N.J., who was installed as second vice president; Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, principal and chief technology officer at the Aztec Corporation/Aztec Architects LLC in Iselin, N.J., who was installed as secretary; Justin A. Mihalik, AIA, principal at J.A. Mihalik Architect LLC in Livingston, N.J., who was installed as treasurer; Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, architect and ambassador for Deutsche Steinzeug, a German ceramic tile manufacturer and principal of his eponymous firm in West Orange, N.J., who was installed as regional director; Claire Wholean, Assoc. AIA, project manager at Kenny & Khan Architects in New York, N.Y., who was installed as regional associate director; and Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED AP and director of sustainable design with the Spiezle Group in Trenton, who was installed as immediate past president.

Service award winners include Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, owner of Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, Architect LLC, of Ridgewood, N.J., who was recognized with the “Distinguished Service Award;” David Del Vecchio, AIA, owner of David Del Vecchio, Architect, LLC in Cranford, N.J., who was honored with the “Architect of the Year Award;” Stephen Doyle, AIA, Assoc. at KSS Architects in Princeton, who was honored with the “Young Architect of the Year Award;” John A. Cwikla, Assoc. AIA, intern architect at Potter Architects LLC in Springfield, N.J., who was honored with the “Intern of the Year Award;” and Frank Cunha, III, AIA, senior project manager for the design and construction facilities department at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. and photographer at FC3 Photography in Hamburg, N.J., who was honored with the “Resident of the Year Award.”

Also, AIA-NJ announced a total of 11 Design Awards at the Awards Gala.

In the “Built” category, two Honor Awards were announced. The winners were Ann Beha Architects for the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and KSS Architects for the Human Rights Institute at Kean University in Union, N.J.

The Merit Award winners in the “Built” category were Ikon.5 Architects for the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J.; Environetics for the renovation and expansion of the New York Foundling agency in Bronx, N.Y.; and two awards for KSS Architects for the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, N.Y., the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Honors Award in the “Unbuilt” category was awarded to HDR CUH2A for the Biomedical Educational Research Institute at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea.

The Merit Award winners in the “Design/Build” category were Midouhas Architecture for the Vlahakis residence in Harvey Cedars, N.J.; and Minervini Vandermark Architecture for a studio office at 360 14th St. in Hoboken, N.J.

Merit Award winners in the “Interior Architecture” category were Hugh A. Boyd Architect for the Landmark supermarket in Manila, Republic of the Philippines; and Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design for the Waku Ghin restaurant in Marina Bay Sands, Republic of Singapore.

ARE Structures Seminar

Architects League Of Northern New Jersey is pleased to offer a 3-day weekend ARE Structures Seminar presented by David Thaddeus, AIA, NCARB Professor of Structures and Architectural Design at UNC-Charlotte

Friday -Feb 11, 2011 through Sunday -Feb 13, 2011
3 day – 8 am to 7 pm

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first serve basis.

Registration deadline – January 30, 2011
Registration fee: $325 (includes photocopies of study materials)
Host location – the conference rooms of: Tricarico

Architecture and Design 502 Valley Road, 2nd Floor Wayne, NJ 07470
For more information John Scott, AIA Phone: 732-371-1372
Email: [email protected]


AIA Legislative Agenda As Congress Convenes

As 112th Congress Convenes, the American Institute of Architects Issues Agenda Focusing on Creating Jobs in Design and Construction Sector

Contact: John Schneidawind
[email protected]

Washington, D.C. – January 4, 2011 – The American Institute of Architects today unveiled its top four legislative priorities with the 112th Congress that convenes tomorrow. Each initiative focuses on creating jobs in a design and construction industry that accounts for one in nine dollars of Gross Domestic Product.

“When architects work, the nation builds,” said AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA. “By following these four core principles, Congress has a chance to enact policies that unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of America’s design professionals, create economic growth and rebuild our struggling communities and aging infrastructure.”

The AIA’s top legislative priorities are:

  • Unfreeze Credit, Create Jobs: Thousands of needed construction projects that would employ millions of Americans are on hold because credit is frozen. Banks received billions in federal taxpayer bailouts; now it’s time to ensure those banks lend. Congress should support efforts to reign in regulatory overkill in the wake of the banking crisis by passing legislation such as the Equal Treatment of Covered Bonds Act,, which would create a market for the kind of bond that has been used in Europe for capital projects and is generally more secure than other securitized bonds, like mortgage-backed securities. Advocates say it could unleash a market for sounder, more straightforward financing. The AIA also supports the Capital Access for Main Street Act, which would help prevent large numbers of commercial foreclosures and free up credit to help small business get back to work.
  • Regulatory Burdens That Hold Small Business Back: Small architecture firms and sole practitioners know all too well the burdens of high tax rates and burdensome paperwork. In 2010, the AIA helped defeat a plan to increase payroll taxes on thousands of small architecture firms that organize as S corporations. Now Congress needs to pass the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act, which would repeal the expensive and unneeded new Form 1099 paperwork requirement slipped into the health care reform bill.
  • the Market for Building Retrofits as an Engine of Economic Growth: Across the country, building owners, state and local governments and school districts want to lower energy bills by retrofitting their buildings, but lack the financing to do it. By increasing incentives for efficient building designs and renovations that show real results, Congress can create jobs while securing our energy independence. Congress should increase the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction from the current $1.80sf to $3.00sf.
  • a Transportation Bill to Get our Communities Moving Again: Our current transportation system is broken. Crumbling infrastructure and rising congestion have crippled our nation’s competitiveness, reduced safety, and increased greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, outdated transportation laws and tax policy have slowed projects down, deprived the public of a voice in the planning process, and forced Americans into longer and longer commutes. The current tax incentives for building/real estate activities do not adequately take into account locating developments near transit systems, for example.






AIA Announces Second Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition

The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals announces EP:2011, the second annual exhibition of work, art, and designs of emerging architects across North America. EP:2011 will promote the compelling work of the rising generation of architects and inspire professionals to mentor and engage the many talented and motivated emerging professionals across the country.

The exhibit will be displayed at the American Center for Architecture in Washington, DC from January 17th through February 5th, the final day of the AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.

In order to best represent the diversity and talents of emerging professionals, the AIA asks you to submit your works. Submissions can be the result of work in a firm, class, design studio, design competition, or personal investigation. Submission types include, but are not limited to, presentation boards, developmental design sketches and renderings, complete drawing sets, models, photography, paintings, and video. The AIA encourages the creative use of the exhibition space and the use of alternative and mixed media.

Work can be submitted by any architecture student, intern architect, or architect licensed less than ten years. Submissions from AIA and AIAS members will receive priority for display, but an effort to include as much work as possible will be made to create an exhibit that is inclusive of all emerging professionals.

Submissions must be received by January 7, 2011:
  • All files must be submitted in a single PDF or ZIP file format.
  • No one file can be larger than 25MB.
  • All images should be in JPEG or PDF file format.
  • Images must have a resolution of at least 150 dpi but should not exceed 300 dpi.
  • A description of the project (max 500 words) and the names of all parties involved in its creation must be submitted along with images in PDF or DOC file format.
  • No copyrighted material or work not of your own efforts can be submitted without prior consent from original author.

Submit files directly through the uploading widget or by email to: [email protected].

If you wish to submit a model or other three-dimensional work for display, please send a JPEG and brief description to[email protected]. AIA staff will contact you if the work can be accommodated in the display. Please direct all questions regarding exhibition space and submissions to this address; please do not submit project files to this address.