AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places

AIA-NJ Guidebook

Bernardsville, New Jersey, 24 October 2011 – Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA has edited and co-authored AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places, published by Rutgers University Press this month.

In 2007 the national organization of the American Institute of Architects celebrated 150 years.  The New Jersey Chapter decided to honor this milestone by creating a list of the 150 best examples of architecture in this state.  A committee was established to oversee the project, and the nearly 2,000 members of AIA New Jersey were asked to submit their suggestions for the list.  Once this list was compiled, the leadership determined it should be published in book form.  Mr. Kennedy-Grant, chairman of the editorial board for nine years of Architecture New Jersey, a former publication of AIA New Jersey, was tapped to undertake the book project.

Mr. Kennedy-Grant in turn asked two distinguished architects/architectural historians, Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA of Bernardsville and Michael J. Mills, FAIA of Princeton, to assist with writing informative text about the 150 locations. Sandy Noble, also from Bernardsville, was selected as the photographer, responsible for new images of all 150 sites. Internationally renowned New Jersey architect Michael Graves, FAIA has written the foreword, with Karen Nichols, FAIA.

AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places (Paper $29.95, October 2011, 978-0-8135-5126-5) reveals the state’s rich architectural legacy and the eclectic mix of periods and styles that make it unique. Only in New Jersey can you find the cradle of America’s industrial revolution, stately Victorian inns, and distinctive “Doo Wop style” motels. The volume includes both justly renowned buildings and hidden architectural gems. The book’s authors give equal attention to the works of such modern masters as Louis Kahn and Frank Lloyd Wright and to the ballparks and diners that give the Garden State its local flavor. Stunning color photographs capture the beauty of New Jersey’s architectural heritage. Thorough descriptions of each building explain its historical significance and architectural features in clear, direct language.

Compact and organized by region, the AIA New Jersey Guidebook is a wonderful traveling companion for road trips across the state or sightseeing day trips. Start your tour of the Garden State today!

Book Signing:

Please join Messrs. Kennedy-Grant, Hewitt, and Mills at The Bookworm, 99 Claremont Road, Bernardsville, for a book signing on Saturday, 5 November 2011, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Lectures:

On Thursday, 1 December at 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library, and

On Wednesday, 7 December at 7:00 p.m. at the Bernardsville Public Library,

Mr. Kennedy-Grant will present lectures, in which he will show examples from the book and discuss what these buildings reveal about both our culture and ourselves.

www.kennedygrantarchitecture.com

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Comments

  • Bruce D. Turner, AIA  On November 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I just received my personal copy of the AIA New Jersey Guidebook and quickly read the Forward, Acknowledgments, Introduction, and Closing Thoughts. I also quickly reviewed the work for my local region of the state. This book is wonderful! It is exactly what it set out to be. It is quick and easy reading, with thoughtful and meaningful commentary that will raise the awareness of those who delve into the pages. Hopefully, it will not be an end, but a beginning of a conversation about architects and architecture in the great state of New Jersey.

  • Bruce D. Turner, AIA  On November 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

    The AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places made the mainstream news today (11/03/11) at http://www.nj.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2011/11/new_jersey_architecture_showca.html

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