Monthly Archives: February 2014

BILL TO HELP IMPROVE RESPONSE TO THE NEXT SUPERSTORM SANDY RELEASED BY ASSEMBLY PANEL

njleg2_txtGREENWALD, MORIARTY & CHIVUKULA BILL TO HELP IMPROVE RESPONSE TO THE NEXT SUPERSTORM SANDY RELEASED BY ASSEMBLY PANEL

(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula to improve the state’s ability to respond to large-scale natural disasters.

“Whether it is tornadoes in Alabama, earthquakes in California or hurricanes in New Jersey, Good Samaritan laws are critical in ensuring a safe, effective and speedy response to major natural disasters,” said Greenwald (D-Camden / Burlington). “By passing a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey, we will better prepare our state to respond rapidly and efficiently to the next Superstorm Sandy.”

The bill (A2025) would bolster safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like Sandy – the scale of which can easily overwhelm local governments – by shielding licensed architects and professional engineers from liability when they volunteer to help local governments respond to major natural disasters.
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NJ Redevelopment Forum 2014

Redevelopment Forum

The 2014 Redevelopment Forum will be Friday, March 14, at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.

Making It Happen: Local Approaches to Downtown Economic Revitalization

A new generation of workers and budding families are looking to call downtown home. With them come the corporations, small businesses and institutions that make a vibrant, walkable community full of jobs, transportation options and activity. Getting to that point can be a struggle for many towns and cities; and in an era of dwindling state and federal support, generating and coordinating the local capacity necessary to plan and implement revitalization strategies is a challenge. This plenary session will showcase three unique and exciting approaches to downtown economic revitalization, featuring speakers from Cincinnati, Detroit and Providence. The lessons they learned and the work they accomplished can inform towns and cities both large and small on how to focus their time and talents on creating exciting and thriving downtowns.

Former New York City Economic Development Head To Deliver Redevelopment Forum Keynote

pinskySeth Pinsky, who from 2008 to 2013 served as president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), will deliver the luncheon keynote at New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum.

There are a few sponsorships available! Please contact Marianne Jann, 609-393-0008, ext. 101. View various sponsorships available here.

– See more at: http://forum.njfuture.org

Presidents Message – A New Year

Kurt Kalafsky, AIA

Kurt Kalafsky, AIA

AIA New Jersey has hit the ground running in 2014. I’d be remiss if I didn’t first thank Jack Purvis, AIA for his leadership last year and I Iook forward to continuing to work together in the coming year. We will strive to put the architect in the forefront where it comes to rebuilding all of our communities across the state as we continue the rebuilding process after hurricane Sandy.

I have had the opportunity to visit with most of the sections at their inaugural dinners and have a few more to go, but in each that I have visited so far it has been encouraging to see so many new faces getting involved to help advance our profession. The next generation is our future and we need to continue to encourage and support them as they take on more leadership positions in the AIA.

We are gearing up for Grassroots in March where we will be taking our voices to the Washington to meet with our representatives and let them know that we have a great understanding of what needs to be done to move not only New Jersey, but our country forward as we come out of what has been the worst recession that most of us have experienced in our lifetimes.

I have been asked by many “What’s on your agenda for the coming year?” But I don’t see it like that. This is not my AIA, this is our AIA. Likewise it is not my agenda, it is our agenda. This is how I approached the leadership conference last year. For those who weren’t there, we asked ourselves some hard questions. What do we do well? What do we not do well? What should we start doing? What should we stop doing? What should we continue doing? Three major topics where chosen and broken down in great detail, Governance, Activities and Membership. We have assigned task forces to further discuss these issues and bring recommendation back to the board for action. This is what I see my role as your president, to help facilitate the will of the membership.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming year. Speak up, be heard, after all, we are Architects!

Kurt M Kalafsky AIA
AIA-NJ 2014 President

Regional Directors Message: An AIA Architect Can

An AIA Architect Can

Make An Impact On Other Lives

By Robert Cozzarelli, AIA
2014-2016 Regional Director, New Jersey

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This past summer, I had the opportunity to witness Mariano Rivera’s last two games at Yankee Stadium.  As a lifelong Yankee Fan, it was an experience that I could never believe would happen during my lifetime and a moment that was bigger than the game of baseball.  Needless to say, both games at Yankee Stadium were overwhelming with cheering fans that had tears in there eyes, clapping endlessly, while watching Mariano pitch his last games.  But the most memorable moment came during his final game without notice.  The moment that will be part of Yankee history, and ours, involved Derek Jeter, along with Andy Pettitte, walking out from the Yankee dugout to the pitchers mound to escort Mariano off the field, in his honor.  The fans erupted with endless cheering.  It was at that incredible moment that I realized, Mariano Rivera, simply did his job, with class, distinction and greatness.  He did his job for 17 seasons, in the most professional manner, and his career culminated to be recognized as the greatest relief pitcher in Major League history.  While doing this, Mariano not only managed to touch the hearts of Yankee Fans, but all Major League Baseball teams and their fans.

In 1997 Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinson’s number 42 jersey, but also allowed any player at that time with number 42 to continue wearing it until their retirement.  Ironically, this happed to be the same year Mariano Rivera became a Yankee and his number was 42 on his rookie jersey.  On the day of Mariano’s last home game, he retired and this would be the first time that the Yankees organization retired a player’s number on the same day of his retirement.  Furthermore, it was the last day that a Major League Baseball player would wear number 42.

There was a ceremony that same day, prior to the game, to retire Mariano’s number 42 jersey.  Presently, at Yankee Stadium, in Monument Park there are two plaques with number 42; one is for Mariano Rivera and the other for Jackie Robinson.

Now what I found that was most moving during this ceremony was that Mariano took the time to acknowledge Jackie Robinsons plaque and to read the quote on his plaque, to himself, which reads as follows:

“A Life Is Not Important Except In The Impact It Has On Other Lives”

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PRACTICING ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT A LICENSE – DON’T LET IT HAPPEN

AIA-NJThis is a reissue of the original article from 2011.  There has been great success as of recent against parties who were practicing architecture illegally.  If you know of someone who is practicing illegally, please file a complaint!  Read below to understand the process.

AIANJ members have been contacting the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee lately regarding illegal or unlicensed practice, including the offering or providing architectural services by unlicensed practitioners and the practice of “plan stamping” i.e. licensed architects signing and sealing drawings produced by those without a license with little or no direct supervisory control over their production. They often ask, “What is the AIA doing about this?”

As a professional organization, it is AIANJ’s role to inform its members about our successful lobbying effort on behalf of its members as well as for non-members for the ability of the State Board of Architects to investigate the illegal and unlicensed practice of architecture.

Members are the eyes and ears of the AIA. It is every architect’s legal responsibility to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the public by reporting potential instances of illegal and unlicensed practice to the State Board. The State Board cannot proactively investigate alleged cases of misconduct, but rather must rely on members of the public (and especially the licensed professionals it regulates) to file complaints when they become aware of a violation of the regulations.

Therefore, it is important that we all understand how to properly file a complaint with the State Board of Architects against someone who may be illegally practicing architecture.  The first step is to understand what constitutes the illegal practice of architecture by reviewing the New Jersey State Board of Architects Law and Regulations, which can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/oag/ca/arch/arch_rules.htm.  The description of the practice of architecture may be found under Article 45:3-10 of the Architects Law, “Practice of Architecture; what constitutes; exceptions”.

The next step is to download the complaint form, which can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/oag/ca/complaint/archcom.pdf.  Once you download the form, read it carefully and follow the instructions.  Provide as much information as possible including any evidence that you may have that supports your complaint.  Include any written documentation you come across including letterhead, business cards, mailers, magazine ads, print outs from a violator’s website, or any statement they make that uses the term “architect”, “architecture” or “architectural” without including a bona fide license number of a registered architect.

You may submit a claim anonymously but it must be in writing.  However, if additional information is required by the Board to process the complaint, an anonymous complainant will not be able to respond to the request.  Therefore, if you want the complaint to have the best possible chance of being enforced it is recommended that you include your contact information on the complaint.  Please be aware that the investigation process may take several months before the Board renders a decision, since the Board needs to follow certain guidelines in making notifications to the alleged violator in accordance with state laws.

Once a decision is rendered, it will be posted on the State Board’s website under “Board Actions”. We ask that you follow through with each complaint and notify our committee of any actions taken by the Board so that we may publish the results of your efforts. If the Board does in fact find that someone is practicing illegally or without a license, the actions may be a warning, suspension, fines, or removal of license.

AIA New Jersey is the only credible voice speaking on behalf of the architectural profession here in our state.  But we need your help filing these complaints. Architects are the only people who can really police this industry and ensure that the public receives the best possible services and protection. Rest assured that members of the L&GA committee do actually file complaints as individuals on a regular basis.  But as a volunteer organization, we simply do not have the time and resources to proactively search out all the instances of illegal practice across the state.

The only way to deter those who practice illegally is by hitting them where it hurts the most, in their wallets!  So please, protect your livelihood while protecting New Jersey’s citizens by filing a complaint if you suspect that someone is practicing illegally!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee at [email protected].

Justin A. Mihalik, AIA,  Licensure Subcommittee Chairperson

David DelVecchio, AIA,  Legislative & Government Affairs Committee, Chairperson

Membership Renewal time…what are your options?

red_eagleby Justin A. Mihalik, AIA, Membership Chair 2014

Once again it is that time of year to renew our AIA membership. In my opinion, one of the most valuable assets to have as an Architect, so of course, I renewed just after the new year to get that first business expense!  We at AIANJ are here to serve our members in any way we can to help you get the most out of your membership.  By now you should have received three reminders via email from National for renewal.  In order to renew your membership, all you need to do is follow the link in the email, or click the link here,  http://aia.org/renew/, which will direct you to the AIA website and provide you with directions on renewing.  We understand that there are still members who may be unemployed or just finding it hard to make ends meet due to the economy.  AIA has options so that you can keep your membership in good standing and those options are the following: to enroll in the Dues Installment Plan or to request a waiver due to a financial hardship. In order to request a waiver, please contact Kelly Biddle with Membership Services at AIANJ at 609-393-5690, and she will be happy to assist you with the process.  For those members that have reached the age of 70, you may qualify for Emeritus status, which is free.  Please contact Kelly Biddle to find out if you qualify.

The AIA has been hard at work for all its members and here is a link to an update of what they have been accomplishing http://aia.org/practicing/AIAB089537.

Personally, I am in my 14th year of membership, and have been actively involved in the organization for 10 of those years.  I can guarantee you that if you want the most out of your membership, get involved at your local Chapter.  For me it has helped me become more aware of the issues that affect the profession here in NJ as well as nationally, and more importantly it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference!

 

 

AIA South Jersey Member Meeting

AIASJ Feb 25 2014