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 subject line: Sandy Relief Program .
Thank you for your help.
– AIA New Jersey 
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  • Joyce Raspa, AIA, Esq.  On February 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Hey Jack:
    I brought this up for discussion at the ALNNJ Board meeting tonight and there were some suggestions such as: training for Architects with speakers/programs on the industry going forward, assisting the public in need of architectural services due to the Sandy devastion, a Habitat for Humanity type effort.
    Good Luck!

  • Todd Hause  On March 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Given the modest amount of money, relative to the amount of destruction caused by the hurricane; it seems the best way to use it is to facilitate pro-bono or reduced-fee projects that otherwise might not happen. This could be as simple as bringing clients and architects into contact with each other.

    One of the more memorable (to me) stories of recovery told of a local design-build firm that donated its services to design a new footbridge for Liberty State Park, to replace one that had been washed away. This struck me as exactly the kind of local, community-scale effort we could all get involved in, especially if given a little assistance overcoming such obstacles as knowing who to work with.

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