Monthly Archives: November 2011

Dec. 1st AIA-NJ Members Available for Booksigning – AIA New Jersey Guidebook

AIA-NJ Guidebook

Philip Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, and Michael Mills, FAIA, will be on hand for a talk and book-signing Thursday, December 1st, 7:00 pm at Princeton Public Library to answer questions about the AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places which was released this fall.

The idea for which came out of a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the AIA. “The AIA New Jersey decided to list the 150 best buildings in the state,” Kennedy-Grant said. “The list was made, and somebody said, ‘This is great. We should make this into a book.’ So a selection was made by members, and then a committee made the final choices.”   Kennedy-Grant co-authored and edited the book with fellow Bernardsville architect Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, and Princeton architect Michael Mills, FAIA. Architect Michael Graves, FAIA, contributed the foreword, along with architect Karen Nichols, FAIA,. The 150 color photographs are by Bernardsville photographer Alexander (Sandy) M. Noble.

Read article about Princeton Library event:

Can’t make it to the event – the books will make great holiday gifts and can be purchased online through Rutgers Press,  $29.95.

IDP 2.0 Coming in April 2012 – How Will It Effect You?

The final phase of IDP 2.0 is coming in April 2012. Find out how it will affect you!

FREE Webinar

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 –  1:00 pm
1 hour 30 minutes

IDP 2.0 is the most significant change to the Intern Development Program (IDP) since its inception in the 1970s. In April 2012, NCARB will implement the final phase, which will include new experience categories, areas, and settings. The changes reflect the experience required to competently practice architecture independently as identified in the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture.

Please join Assistant Director, IDP Nick Serfass, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP to learn about the changes to the IDP and how the rollover will affect you. Topics will include:

New experience settings
New experience categories and areas
New supervisor requirements
Academic internships
The rollover rules
Resources and tools

Learn more or Register
Space is limited to first 500 – register now.

Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA a Guest of Steve Adubato’s One-on-One

Architect and author of the AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places, Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, will be a guest of Steve Adubato for his television show, One-on-One, on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. The show will air on NJTV at 7 PM and 11:30 PM, and on WNET 13 at 11:30 PM. This interview follows recent articles in the Star Ledger and Inside Jersey in which the AIA New Jersey Guidebook was publicized.


By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA
AIA NJ Regional Director ’11-‘13

As you begin to read this message………… are reading it, I hope……………you should have in your hands a letter from Jeffery Potter, FAIA who will begin his year as AIA National President shortly.   With his letter is also your 2012 Architect Membership Dues Renewal Invoice.

Depending on your local Section’s dues, your individual balance is somewhere around $550.  Like many of you, I have struggled in my practice over the past three or four years.  This amount is a considerable cost to pay up front, even if most of it is tax-deductible.

About this time last year, and as many of you know, I took a position as an Architect and Ambassador for Deutsche Steinzeug Ceramics.  Working for this company over the last twelve months, has helped me in my practice, allowed me to travel and meet more of you on a one to one basis as I do Lunch and Learns.  We have spent time talking about the many versatile products of the company.  I usually always find some time to also talk about OUR AIA.  In addition, the communication lines have been open via the phone and in exchange of hundreds, if not thousands of E-mails with a great many of you.   As such the heading of this article has been mentioned more times than I can count in these communications and as Jeff has put it so well “AIA membership is still one of the first things I address.”

While AIA supports our practices, businesses, as your Regional Director, I have been part of the Advocacy Team, who are working to educate OUR political leaders in what they can do improve OUR current economic situation.  But WAIT the AIA does more!  Your local Section and the Chapter provide opportunities so that you can remain current with the State’s requirement for continuing education and the opportunity to meet and greet other professionals as well as the vendors who support us. I have talked with many of your local leaders and written about the opportunity for our Emerging Professionals (EP’s) to network in Washington early next year to learn more from national staff and national leaders on how we can bring back to YOU  the AIA member new ways to enhance your practices, build knowledge to help your clients.

These are just some of the ways AIA helps our nearly 1,800 NJ members and the 79,000 other of OUR colleagues around the country.  Make your New Year’s resolution now to pay your invoice before the end of this year (think of the tax incentive) and to do more by getting involved on a committee of the Section you belong too or being on its Board of Trustees.  Learn and see what AIA is doing for you as you get involved in participating and you will be able to say what AIA has done lately for you! I can tell you from nearly 40 years of active service to AIA that we have opportunities that need the creativity of our many members so that the organization and the profession can continue to thrive.

Thank you,

[email protected]

AIA Hails Congressional Repeal of 3 Percent Withholding Statute

AIAThe American Institute of Architects (AIA) today hailed the House of Representative’s passage of Senate legislation that repeals the 3 percent withholding statute, which requires government agencies to collect a 3 percent fee on payments made to individual contractors, including architects.

The legislation now heads to President Obama for signature, and the President has said he would sign the repeal into law.

House passage of the Senate bill also means passage of tax incentives for businesses who hire unemployed veterans.

Abolishing the 3 percent withholding mandate on government agencies has been one of many AIA legislative priorities. Since 2007, more than 5,500 AIA members have sent nearly 20,000 messages to Capitol Hill in support of repealing the 3% withholding statute.

“This vote is a signal to the design and construction sector, which has been hit hard in this economy and which is working hard at getting back on its feet,” said AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA. “One of the best ways to unleash the job-creating potential of our sector is to remove needless regulations and fees, wherever possible.

AIA-WJ Photography Competition Selections Announced

Serpentine Movement by Ben Nicolson

The top selections of the 2011 AIA West Jersey Photography Competition were announced at our annual meeting tonight.

Congratulations to the Top Selection photos and photographers –
 Overall Best Photo: Serpentine Movement by Ben Nicolson
Best Black & White Photo:  Chesapeake Barn by Robert Auld, AIA
 Best Color Photo:    12000 Horizon Way by Nevin Kishbaugh
Top Selections:  Train by Night by Adrienne Lattuca, Assoc AIA
Barberini Stairs by Sarah Davis, Assoc AIA
St Peter’s Dome, Vatican City by Jacob Goldman
Inner Workings by Steven Cohen, AIA
Reptile House by Kimberly Bunn, AIA
Skydome British Museum by Robert O’Reilly, AIA
Chrysler Building by Frank Cunha III, AIA
Eastern State Penitentary by Sean Edwards
Homes and Color by Glenn Goldman, FAIA
Inside the Bell Tower by Amy Nowak-Palmerini, AIA
Merit Selections for the 2012 calendar included:
Hampton Court Castle London by Robert O’Reilly, AIA
LaPedrera- The Sentinels by Amy Nowak-Palmerini, AIA
Monoma Magnified by Emily Savoca
A Touch of Green by Adrienne Lattuca, Assoc AIA
Red Stairs by Victor Rodriguez
Schloss Neuschwanstein by Glenn Goldman, FAIA
Eye to Yahweh by Daniel Campbell, AIA
Sachs Bridge by Sean Edwards
Commerce University, Nevin Kishbaugh
Florence Landscape by Jacob Goldman
Soaring Canopy by Kimberly Bunn, AIA
SOM’s Freedom Tower Under Construction by Frank Cunha III, AIA

AIA New Jersey Hosts First Tri-States Design Conference

AIATraditionalism versus modernity.” That was the theme at the first-ever American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tri State Conference, which was recently hosted by the AIA-New Jersey chapter, in conjunction with the AIA New York State and AIA Pennsylvania chapters, in Atlantic City, N.J. With more than 300 attendees, including world-famous architects Richard Meier and Stanley Tigerman, who were the keynote speakers, the conference united members of the architectural profession and explored topics ranging from energy efficiency to public infrastructure to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designations.

“This conference was the product of many years of collaboration between the state chapters,” said Michael Hanrahan, president of AIA-NJ. “The first-class caliber of our keynote speakers reflects the quality of the conference.“  The conference offered a great opportunity for architects of all levels of experience to learn collectively about the important trends and updates in architecture today, said Hanrahan.

Keynote speakers Meier and Tigerman offered anecdotal information from their respective practices – Meier, with more of a modernist approach; and Tigerman, with more of a traditionalist approach.

Meier, who was born in Newark, N.J., talked about a handful of his projects, while showcasing them through a slide show. “Architecture is the mother of the arts,” Meier said. “I like to believe that architecture connects the present with the past and the tangible with the intangible. I believe that architecture has the power inspire, to elevate the spirit to feed both the mind and the body. For me, it’s the most public of the arts.” Meier went on to explain his infamous stark white building designs. “White is the most wonderful color because within it you can see all the colors of the rainbow,” he said. “The whiteness of white is never just white; it is almost always transformed by light and that which is changing — the sky, the clouds, the sun and moon.”

Tigerman’s also showed examples of his work and historical precedents. His remarks focused around his lifelong search for meaning in his work, and spoke of the plans for his buildings — not the walls, but the void contained within. “In many cases these spaces became sacred, like the sacred space of a monastic cloister,” he said. “In form and elevation, the fabric of buildings appears to be torn apart, revealing the space within.” It was an acceptance of transience, or “Wabi Sabi,” as he put it, that compelled him; a search for the ineffable. “Nothing lasts,” said Tigerman. “Nothing is perfect. Nothing lasts forever. I don’t know the answers, I am seeking that too.”  And, when questioned as to how one could put these thoughts into practical terms on other projects, Tigerman replied, “First you have to believe in what you are doing before you have any hope of being able to convince others.”

The conference also featured the Tri-States Design Awards, for which each state chapter selected state winners that were submitted for the tri-state design competition. There were 24 winners in the categories of Special Initiatives, Residential Architecture, Non-Residential Architecture, Regional and Urban Design, Interior Architecture, Historic Preservation and Unbuilt. “The conference attracted the best from all over the region, and through the design awards the best work from the past year was showcased for all to see,” Hanrahan said.

The New Jersey design winners included Minervini Vandermark Architecture of Hoboken, N.J., who won a merit award in the Residential category for its 33 Willow Terrace project in Hoboken, N.J.; Payette Architect of Boston, Mass., in collaboration with the design architecture firm Hopkins Architects of London, England, who won an honor award in the Non-Residential category for its Frick Chemistry Lab project in Princeton, N.J.; Kohn Pederson Fox Associates of New York, N.Y., who won a merit award in the Non-Residential category for its Centra at Metropark project in Iselin, N.J.; and Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC of Philadelphia, who won a merit award for its Roosevelt Plaza project in Camden, N.J.

The conference offered event-goers a choice of over 25 courses, all of which counted toward continuing education credits. Attendees were able to obtain 12 of these credits during the conference. The subject matter of the courses fell within the theme of the conference, and the courses catered to all levels of the profession.

AIA Launches Stalled Projects Database

A Memo from AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA

I wanted to bring your attention to the launch of a major initiative at the AIA – one that addresses the number one issue facing our members in this sluggish economy – access to credit.

Despite record low interest rates, banks remain reluctant to lend to the design and construction sector. As the May Architecture Billings Index showed, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of commercial building projects nationwide that have been stalled for no other reason than lack of financing.

To address this problem, we announced in June at CGI America, a Clinton Global Initiative jobs conference in Chicago our intent to develop a database of sorts that would assemble projects that have been stalled for no other reason than lack of financing. Since then, we have been encouraged by the number of investment firms that reached out to us to be listed in this database. So, we undertook a four-month long effort to develop a page on – the Stalled Projects page, which will act as a networking website for real-estate investors and your clients, the developers.

This unique page of seeks to put you more in control of your own destiny. Instead of waiting for the banks, you will be able to reach out to a group of investors who have chosen to list themselves for the sole reason of lending money to creditworthy projects. The AIA Stalled Projects page will be a place where developers and investors can meet to exchange information. Investors looking to invest in commercial real estate will be able to peruse a list of projects seeking capital. Developers looking for investment capital will be able to look up and reach out to investors willing to lend.

In order for this initiative to be a success, we need your help. We need members to list their stalled projects on this page, to populate the site so that investors will find it worthwhile. We intend to announce this AIA initiative in a major press announcement November 7, so we need as many projects to be listed as possible now. If you list your project, it will be available for anyone who has signed in to see. As times goes on, we hope to have hundreds of projects and hundreds of investors populating this site, interacting and building working relationships with one another. Please email any comments about the site to [email protected].

There’s money out there for your project; all that’s needed is for you to list it on the AIA’s Stalled Projects page.

Thank you!

Clark Manus, FAIA
AIA President