Monthly Archives: February 2013

Architect Bernard A Kellenyi FAIA Dies at 93

Bernard A Kellenyi FAIA
1920 – 2013

Bernard Alexander Kellenyi FAIA passed away this past Sunday at the age of 93. Bernie had been a member of AIA since 1948, having graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture cum laude from Catholic University.

Immediately upon graduation, Bernie entered the military, flying his bomber to England as part of the US 8th Air Force where he would serve as the 1st  pilot on a B-17 Bomber (also known as a “Flying Fortress”). Bernie arrived in England on D-Day in 1944 and flew 35 combat missions over enemy occupied Europe. During his 35 missions Bernie aided in the destruction of strategic military targets in Berlin, Schweinfurt, Munich, Nurnberg and Bremen to name just a few, sustaining severe damage on several occasions from anti-aircraft artillery and German fighters. In addition to flying support missions to assist the ground forces during the battle of the Bulge, one of Bernie’s more memorable and satisfying missions was a low level flight deep into German occupied France to drop supplies to assist the French Resistance Freedom Fighters known as the Marquies. For his service Bernie received special commendation for five missions, and was awarded the Air Medal with Four Oak Clusters as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After returning from the war, Bernie started an architectural practice in Monmouth County New Jersey, currently Kellenyi Johnson Wagner Architects of Red Bank, building a successful firm and completing many significant projects including Brookdale Community College, the Monmouth Park Racetrack Clubhouse and Grandstand and corporate headquarters for Electronics Associates and Jersey Central Power and Light.

In addition to a successful private practice, Bernie found time to give back to his profession, serving continuously on the New Jersey State Board of Architects from 1976 to 2006, having been appointed by five consecutive governors from Brendan T. Byrne to James E. McGreevy and serving as Board President on three separate occasions. As a “charter member” of the Site Plan Rule Ad Hoc Committee, comprised of members from the Boards of Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors and Planners Bernie was instrumental in the development of new rules which were adopted in 1981 establishing areas of responsibility for professionals involved in site plan preparation; and more particularly, preserving the rights of the architect to prepare site plans.

Perhaps his most significant achievement during his tenure on the State Board was his role in drafting and passage into law of the “Building Design Services Act” in 1991. This law helped to clarify the overlapping parameters of practice by architects and engineers on the design of buildings based on the principle of defining the areas of practice by “Use Groups” as defined at that time by the BOCA national building codes.

During his tenure on the Board, he was also instrumental in developing regulations for a degree requirement, the Intern Development Program, continuing education requirements, a rule to facilitate reciprocity and updating rules to coordinate with the changing building industry.

For his professional achievements and service to the profession, Bernie was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2001.

Bernie also served the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards from 1976 through 2000. As a Director of NCARB, he played a significant role in setting a new direction for examination, licensing and new practice related standards for the profession. He represented the profession during a critical period when examination methods, educational standards and training procedures were undergoing substantial revisions. The qualifying / professional method of examination was being challenged, and the new nine parts ARE (Architect Registration Examination) was initiated.

Bernie’s service to NCARB included working with numerous Committees including chairing the Methodology, Professional Conduct and Communications Committees. Bernie was a member of the NCARB Middle Atlantic Conference from 1977 to 1984, holding the position of Regional Chairman from 1980 to 1981. He also served as a Director on the National Council Board of Directors from 1981 to 1984. Bernie’s leadership was recognized by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, awarding him the Middle Atlantic Region’s Outstanding Leadership Citations in 1984 and the NCARB President’s Medal in 1996.

Bernard was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Joseph, and in 2010 by his beloved wife of 68 years, Margaret Bingham Kellenyi. He is survived by his son John and wife Teresita of Maplewood, his daughter, Kathleen Fitzgerald and husband Brian of Red Bank, sisters; Mitzi Danowitz of FL and Patricia Chernawsky of Lincroft, grandchildren; John, Rory, Glenn and Kyle Fitzgerald, Cristina and Timothy Kellenyi and Jessica Orrego, and great-grandchildren, Toby and Sadie Thompson.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28th from 6:30-9pm and Friday, March 1st from 8:30 to 9:30am at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, 10am at St. James RC Church, Red Bank. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bernard’s memory to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 14 Commerce Dr., Suite 301, Cranford, NJ 07016. Please visit Bernard’s memorial website available at

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Bernard Kellenyi FAIA – In Memoriam

We at AIA-NJ were told of the sad news today of the passing of Bernard Kellenyi on February 24, 2013.  In a message from his son he was remembered as a wonderful person in many ways – decorated World War II B17 pilot, highly accomplished architect, successful business owner, respected community member – but most importantly Bernie was a loving, kind and caring family man and friend with an amazingly positive outlook on life. He will be sorely missed. Bernie died peacefully with John, Kathy, Teresita and Tawanna, his devoted caretaker of the last few years, at his side.

Services will be held:

Thursday, Feb 28th viewing from 6:30 to 9pm and Friday March 1st viewing from 8:30 to 9:30am at the John E. Day funeral home in Red Bank, NJ.

Funeral mass at 10 am on March 1st at St. James Catholic Church in Red Bank, NJ.   A noontime luncheon reception will be held at Salt Creek Grill, 4 Bingham Ave. Rumson.

Click here to read the full obituary  as posted on

The family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bernard’s memory to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 14 Commerce Dr., Suite 301, Cranford, N.J. 07016.

AIA-NJIn keeping with our policy of promoting architecture and mentoring our future professionals, AIA New Jersey will be making a donation in Bernard’s name to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.

If you would also like to make a donation in his name to the Scholarship Foundation, please send donations to:
AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation
c/o Robert Zaccone, AlA
212 White Avenue
Old Tappan, N.J. 07675

Robert Ivy, FAIA at NJIT: “What You Do Matters”

Robert Ivy PhotoRobert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/CEO of the American Institute of Architects recently spoke during an NJIT career services event:


The event had members from the National Council of Registration Boards (NCARB),  NJ State Board of Architects and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to talk to and answer questions about the ARE and IDP process.

Mr. Ivy’s discussion was intended to explain why one would get licensed, and what their career path might look like.   However, as the talk progressed, it became more and more clear that not only was this sound advice for students of architecture, but they were also inspirational words of wisdom for the seasoned practitioner, and others in the public realm as well.

You can (and should) watch the full video of Mr. Ivy’s talk by clicking here (it is only 7:40 long), but the following are a few notable quotes:

– “The good news is that we are in an economy now that is picking up.”

– “Architectural firms faced a loss of 40% of their revenues; 28% of their workforce.”

– “The indicators are up and things look better.”

– “McGraw-Hill reported that there will be a shortage of architects in the very near future, perhaps as early as 2014.”

– “The Architectural Billings Index (ABI) has been on the rise for the first time since 2008.”

– “The wave is rising. You can ride the wave.”

– “What you do matters.”

– “The temptation is to say that I am waiting for the real thing to happen – the real me to emerge. The real you is happening right this minute. It resides in the opportunities you take.”

– “Hard work, desire, passion, execution, getting it done.”

– “You can find all sorts of rationales for why you shouldn’t do something. You can find better rationales for why you should.”

Smart Design Focus of AIA-NJ & NJIT Symposium


What Constitutes “Smart Design” To Be Focus of Free AIANJ Fall Symposium



Anyone interested in the worlds of architecture and design won’t want to miss the upcoming, free annual AIANJ Fall Symposium in Weston Hall, Summit and Warren streets, home of NJIT’sCollege of Architecture and Design (COAD). The event, set for March 6, 2013 from 4- 8 p.m. is a wonderful opportunity to hear fascinating debates among seasoned architects, designers and educators as they discuss questions like what is smart design while examining the ongoing technological transformation of the design disciplines.

The event should be easy to reach either via public transportation on NJ Transit Electric Light Rail (NJIT/Warren Street Station) or by car. Street parking should be available. Food may be purchased from vendors in the NJIT Campus Center.

“It is generally accepted that the history of innovation has relied heavily on technological advancements of the military,” explained event co-organizer Rhett Russo, associate professor at COAD. “However, equally significant contributions also belong to the history of architecture. The material procurement, maritime transport of stone, surveying and machinery necessary to build the great pyramids, as well many other significant structures, relies upon a robust network of distributed Intelligence, that seeks to overcome the lack of knowledge, time, space, and tools that are commonly available.”

Another question to be discussed: What constitutes design?

“Design has expanded exponentially at both ends of the spectrum,” said Matt Burgermaster, event co-organizer and assistant professor at COAD. “Design redefines both the large and the small to reveal unprecedented opportunities for innovation ranging from the global to the Nano-scale. How are architects and designers situating their work within these distribution networks? How do they innovate in this context? How have new approaches to business and logistics altered the way they conceptualize, construct and interact with our environment. These are some of the questions we will pose and hopefully answer.”

Speakers include the following COAD faculty members: Professor Glenn Goldman, FAIA + IIDA, Director, COAD School of Art and Design; Associate professors Keith Krumwiede and Richard Garber; Assistant professors Martina Decker, Taro Narahara, Jesse LeCavalierBrooks Atwood and Andrzej Zarzycki.


March 6, 4:00pm – 8:00 pm
NJIT School of Architecture, Weston Lecture Hall

Please RSVP – (973_ 596-3080

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Kalafsky Named to AIA National Resolutions Committee

KMK-100928-300TRENTON, N.J. (February 21, 2013) — Kurt M. Kalafsky, AIA, a member of AIA Jersey Shore, was recently appointed to the Resolutions Committee of the National Board of the American Institute of Architects.

Kalafsky, of The Aztec Corporation/Aztec Architects LLC of Iselin, N.J., has been a member of AIA-NJ since 1993 and of AIA-NJ’s Jersey Shore section since 1997. He served as secretary of AIA-NJ in 2010-2011, vice president of AIA-NJ in 2012 and is currently the 2013 president-elect. He has also chaired AIA-NJ’s Codes and Standards Committee for four years. Mr. Kalafsky’s term on the Resolutions Committee will commence immediately and continue through December 31, 2015.

As a member of the AIA Resolutions Committee he will work with the cosponsors of resolutions received in accordance with the Institute’s schedule and regulations to try to combine similar resolutions developing substitute resolutions acceptable to each such cosponsor; the Committee may also edit resolutions for grammar and clarity and conformity to form. All resolutions approved by the Resolutions Committee for consideration at the convention are forwarded the Institute Secretary who then transmits them to all components of the Institute.

“I am greatly honored to be given the opportunity to give back to my profession and to the Institute on both a state and national scale.” Kalafsky said.

Mr. Kalafsky is one of the original founders and Chief Technology Officer of The Aztec Corporation and Aztec Architects, LLC. He is a Registered Architect in twenty eight states and the District of Columbia. His 30 years of practical experience has created breadth of knowledge and performance in the research and development of digital mediums in corporate office interiors and base building architecture. Mr. Kalafsky researches the latest technology in both hardware and software for new advancements in the CADD/BIM Industry to develop ways to service Aztec’s clients more effectively and efficiently.

Ideas Needed for Sandy Relief

AIA-NJOver the last month an AIA-NJ task force has been exploring options to best help New Jersey post Hurricane Sandy.  At the beginning of the year, the American Institute of Architects made a contribution of $37,500 to AIA-NJ to help with Sandy Recovery efforts .  The task force was established to develop programs to distribute the funds.
We are looking for suggestions from YOU – our membership – on ways to do this.  Any ideas or suggestions on how the money could be used to help bring our local communities closer to pre-Sandy times.   Got an idea comment below, or  forward them via email to AIA-NJ President Jack Purvis at [email protected] subject line: Sandy Relief Program .
Thank you for your help.
– AIA New Jersey 

AIA-NJ Honors Its Annual Scholarship Foundation Winners

New Jersey Architecture Students Honored for Outstanding Achievement

AIA-NJ  has announced the grant winners of its annual Scholarship Foundation.  The scholarship winners were announced at the organization’s recent annual awards gala in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.

Eligibility for the grants was based on scholastic achievement and financial need as well as architectural talent. Every year, the AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees decides on the winners.

The scholarship award honorees were:

  • mullen-smlAmanda Mullen of Woodbridge, N.J., a student at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., won a $5,000 grant. Mullen is in her third year of a five-year bachelor’s degree program.
  • blitzer-smlSarah Blitzer of Haworth, N.J., who received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., won a $4,000 grant. Blitzer is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in architecture and historical preservation at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • young_smlSteven Young of Fair Lawn, N.J., an undergraduate student at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., won a $3,000 grant. Young is currently in his final, thesis year of study for a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

“Architecture students are the future of the architecture industry,” said Jack Purvis, president of AIA-NJ. “As the statewide organization for New Jersey architects, we recognize the importance of celebrating architectural students’ achievements, as well as helping them to meet their financial obligations. The grants are a testament to their success and thirst to succeed in this vital profession.”

The application process for AIA-NJ’s 2013 annual Scholarship Awards will be announced later this year. For further information, please visit

Michael Graves, FAIA Appointed to U.S. Access Board

AIA-NJ Nominates Michael Graves to New Jersey Hall of FamePresident Obama recently appointed Michael Graves, FAIA to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, also known as The Access Board.

Graves will devote his time to accessibility for people with disabilities.

“I am honored to have been appointed to the United States Access Board by President Obama,” Graves said.  “When I became paralyzed, I realized that as an architect and designer, and then a patient, I had a unique perspective.  As a result, I became passionate about using this perspective to improve healthcare and accessibility through design projects.  Now, as a member of the Access Board, I expect to provide national leadership on accessible design, and hope I can contribute on a grand scale.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board in pursuit of this important mission.”

The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.

For more information about The Access Board, click here.

Internship Development Program & Architectural Registration Exam Seminar

NJIT & AIA-NJ Host event for aspiring architects on the IDP program and the ARE process.

Speakers and panelists will be from AIA-NJ, NCARB, and the NJ State Board of Architects.

In addition, Robert Ivy, FAIA, the American Institute of Architects Executive Vice President and Chief  Executive Officer will be in attendance.

Don’t miss this informative event !


February 14, 2013 5:30PM-9:30PM

Weston Lecture Hall 1

To Attend, Please RSVP Online at:

IDP Flyer 2013

Special Convention Rate for Young Professionals

AIA-NJLimited Offer: 2013 National Convention Promotions

The AIA is offering a new Young Professional rate for the 2013 AIA National Convention to be held in Denver in June, 2013.

AIA architect and associate members, 40 years of age or younger, can receive a reduced registration rate of almost 30 percent off. This promotion is restricted to the first 700 members who meet age and membership criteria and complete their registration. See the complete details .

  • Registration Opens: January 23