Monthly Archives: April 2011

AIA Top Ten Sustainable Projects Announced

AIA Selects Top Ten Green Projects

The AIA its Committee on the Environment, COTE, have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans.
See photos and details online.

2011 Top Ten Award Winners
For information on the ten measures and supporting metrics used to evaluate the entries, see the Top Ten Metrics View.

– Cherokee Studios (Brooks + Scarpa) Los Angeles, CA
– First Unitarian (The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc.) Madison, WI
– Greensburg Schools (BNIM) Greensburg, KS
– High Tech High Chula Vista (Studio E Architects) Chula Vista, CA
– Livestrong Foundation (Lake|Flato) Austin, TX
– LOTT Building (The Miller Hull Partnership) Olympia, WA
– OS House Racine (Johnsen Schmaling Architects) Racine, WI
– Research Support NREL (RNL) Golden, CO
– Step Up on 5th (Brooks + Scarpa) Santa Monica, CA
– Vancouver Convention Center West (LMN Architects) Vancouver, British Columbia

AIA New Jersey is hosting it’s Inaugural AIA-NJ Top Ten, to find out more information on how to enter your New Jersey project (or if you are an architect in NJ) see entry guidelines. Entry deadline is May 31, 2011.

East Coast Green Registration OPEN

Registration is open for the 2011 event – go to: to see the courses, speakers and register to attend to get your spot now.

Brookdale Community College
Warner Student Life Center
Lincroft, NJ
June 23 , 2011 – 6 AIA & GBCI CEU’s

Pre-conference day sponsored by CMHC International
June 22, 2011 – 7 AIA & USGBC CEU’s



Register at [email protected] by Tuesday April 26th to Attend this Event FREE!

Date: Thursday, April 28th

Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm

The Heldrich
10 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

NJ Young Professionals (NJYP) will be hosting their 10th bi-annual Young Professionals Multi-Group Mixer, scheduled to take place on April 28, 2011, in New Brunswick. As always 15-20 YP organizations are expected to participate and 400-600 Young Professionals from across the state will attend.

The purpose of the YP Multi-Group Mixer is to bring together young professionals from various organizations for a night of social networking… and for group-to-group cross exposure. Young professionals attend to make new contacts, make new friends, and to learn about other organizations.

Cost for group participation:
AIANJ members may be a part of this event for FREE. Just send your first and last name and your AIA# to [email protected] before end of business on April 26, 2011.

Who can attend the Mixer:
This event is limited to those who are 21-39 years old. If your organization extends beyond that age range we ask that you let your members know the range that is being targeted. All professionals are invited to attend as are students and those seeking employment.

Guest Lists:
If you are NOT on our guest list you will be charged $20 at the door, no exceptions.
Those on the guest list will be let in without getting charged anything.
Participants will be asked what group they are with when they arrive.
AGAIN, everyone not on the guest list will be charged $20.
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Message from the AIA-NJ Regional Director

The Power of a Story
By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA
AIA NJ Regional Director ’11-‘13

At my stage in the profession, and if I begin by starting at my very first job in architecture as an office boy for Halavey H. Simmons, AIA, I am now in my 45th year!   When you have that many years behind you, there seems to be a reflection of time or an experience that you can bring forward and tell.  In affect a story.

This is the case with me, and recently while being deposed in a case that I am working on as an expert, the attorney from the other side asked about my credentials as an architect and in doing so asked me to start from my very first job in architecture. So I did and in doing so I realized that it really was literally was a series of stories that I could tell and recall with ease one after the other.  I will not bore you with the details of each experience, but as I have done in the previous articles written this year try to connect those what I write to you with the title of the particular article you see above.

There is power in telling a story and as many of you who know me, understand that I like to pump up what I do for a living, because I am extremely proud of being an architect.  So was the case recently when I visited Alex’s (my grandson) Kindergarten class in Loveland, OH.  There were about twenty-four 5 and 6 year olds in Mrs. Barramundi’s  bright classroom and I was given the honor of allowing to sit in her rocking chair (sitting cross legged on the floor is just not for me) to speak a little bit about what I do back in NJ and what it means to be an architect.

After a few short explanatory sentences, I asked the children if they would like to make architecture.  There was a resounding YES and I called on Jack to stand straight up in the middle of the floor.  Alex had informed me the night before that Jack was the tallest in the class and at nearly 5’ he is an Ohio State future basketball star unless neighboring Kentucky gets a hold of him first!

I then asked the two smallest children to place their hands against Jack’s upper arms on either side of him and move their feet out so that their backs made a slight arching shape.   I announced to the class that the three had formed what can be considered a flying buttress. This shape was followed by 2 children holding their hands up high and pushing gently against each other to form an arch. I then asked the rest of the class to pair off follow the first two to form an arch and stand shoulder to shoulder and announced that they had now formed a vault. I not only think that understood, I know that they understood!

Alex reported when he returned home at the end of the school day that I was a hit and in their class project of building a city out of wood blocks they were attempting to incorporate each of the three forms that I had explained earlier in the morning.

Not all of these children will become architects, but they have now been exposed to architecture and it is my hope that someday this first experience will resonate with them and be a fond memory when one or more of them will be retaining an architect to design their home or corporate headquarters.

The power of this story is that you too can tell a similar story, but first you have to visit a local school.  Just think if each member did one career day what we could do together in setting the future for the future architects that will take our place not to long from now.

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Message from AIA-NJ the President

By now, 2011 is in full swing. I can’t believe its April already. The weather is getting a bit warmer, flowers are beginning to bloom and I can again watch my beloved New York Yankees pursue their 28th World Championship. Hopefully you have also noticed a flurry of activity from AIA New Jersey.

On April 13, 2011 and April 14, 2011, we will have over 300 architects attending our continuing education program discussing the changes to New Jersey’s building code. Thank you in advance to Stacey Ruhle Kliesch and Charles Spitz for organizing such a successful event.
The Legislative and Government Affairs committee continues to monitor bills that directly affect the practice of architecture. These bills cover such diverse topics such as the environment, procurement, codes and licensure. In a parallel effort, our Public Awareness committee continues to promote the value of architects. You may have seen some of our recent letters to the editor which publically addressed reports of Governor Christie’s recent remarks. Similarly, AIA New Jersey met with the School Development Authority to advocate the use of architects throughout school design and construction process and to object to rumors suggesting the use of stock school plans throughout the State.

The planning for the inaugural TriStates Design Conference is moving along rapidly. Opportunities still exist to become a speaker, a sponsor or exhibit at the trade show. This will prove to be a wonderful and exciting event. We have already confirmed Richard Meier and Stanley Tigerman as our keynote speakers.

Finally, I have closed each of my monthly articles with a plea for volunteers and for issues that affect you, our members. Outside of people pointing out my tie is crooked in my headshot or that they’ll only come to AIA meetings if they are held at the “Bada Bing” (and you know who you are), no one seriously contacts me. These are trying times and we are all in this together. Please, let me know how we can best help you. No idea or concern is too modest. In addition, we have a Call for Nominations currently seeking future leaders of AIA New Jersey. I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at [email protected]

Socially Conscious Bronx Charter School Receives Design Award

AIA-NJ Design Award - NY Foundling by Environetics

A combination charter school and not-for-profit voluntary child care agency designed by Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based Environetics has won a Merit Award in the “Built” category from the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ).

The award for the renovation and expansion of the New York Foundling agency in Bronx, N.Y., was announced this past September at AIA-NJ’s annual “Design Day” conference at Bally’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. The design award was presented at the annual AIA-NJ awards dinner to be held in January 2011 in Princeton, N.J.

“We are excited to see projects being created at this high level of innovation and quality by New Jersey firms,” said Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED AP, 2010 president of AIA-NJ. “I am honored to recognize these architects for their dedication and commitment to their craft and to the architecture community.”
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In Memoriam – Riva Sloan, AIA

Riva Sloan, AIA passed away on March 30, 2011. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

Ms. Sloan was a partner at Axis Architectural Studio licensed in both New York and New Jersey, and a graduate of The University of Maryland School of Architecture. She was a member of Architect’s League of Northern NJ, Industrial Commercial Real Estate Women, and an Executive Board Member of The Industrial Office Real Estate Brokers Association.

Services will be April 6th, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm at the Old Tappan Manor 137 Orangeburg Road in Old Tappan, New Jersey.

As per AIA New Jersey policy, a donation is being made in Riva’s name to the: AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation, Robert Zaccone, AlA , 212 White Ave., Old Tappan, N.J. 07675

Home Improvement Firms Must Register

Excerpt of article from The Daily
to read the full article (is in the second section) goto:

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs is seeking out unregistered home improvement contractors to warn them to comply or face fines up to $10,000 each.

Under New Jersey’s Contractors’ Registration Act, home improvement contractors must register with the state and obtain a registration number that begins “13VH …”

Contractors must display that number on their signage, including signs on commercial vehicles, as a reference for consumers. To register, a home improvement contractor must provide proof of liability insurance and disclose a legitimate business address.

Complaints about dishonest or shoddy home improvement contractors are the second-most common type of complaint the State Division of Consumer Affairs received from consumers in 2010, representing 1,401 of the 13,761 consumer complaints the Division received.

The undercover effort includes using a pickup truck disguised as a home improvement contractor’s truck. State Consumer Affairs investigators, in tandem with county and municipal Consumer Affairs investigators, are scouting the parking lots of home improvement stores, hardware stores, and other places across the state where contractors congregate, seeking out those who advertise that they perform home improvement work, but fail to display a state registration number.

“We’re going on the offensive,” said Thomas R. Calcagni, Acting Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs. Since March 2, investigators have issued warnings to 54 contractors in Essex, Gloucester, Morris and Warren counties.
Register using materials available at — application.htm

Consumers can check the online database of approximately 43,000 registered contractors at