Monthly Archives: July 2014

New Benefits to Yout Membership

red_eagleby Justin A. Mihalik, AIA Membership Chair 2014

Just flying back home from the 2014 Convention and there are some exciting new benefits to your membership I wanted to share with you.  First, if you have not been to an AIA Convention it is a must at least once in your lifetime!  Visit the schedule on AIA’s website and pick a city that you have always wanted to visit and make your reservations. The 2015 Convention will be in Atlanta. There are so many fabulous tours and behind the scenes tours of the cities, buildings, parks and places that are sure to teach you something that you did not know before.  Personally, I use the convention as an opportunity to take my family so that they too can enjoy another beautiful city in this country.  My kids were able to see the city this year from the crown of the Chicago Tribune tower and it was just fabulous!

The benefits of membership is something that is always questioned by members so I felt it was important to share with you some exciting things AIA is doing to help provide its members with the tools and information that will make us all successful.  First, in order to keep the membership up to date on what it has been doing thus far in 2014, AIA has published the AIA Foresight Report, the first of its kind, which you can download from the AIA website for free.  This document is an example of the transparency of the Institute and its move toward full inclusion of the membership on its operations.   Second, is a new strategic partnership with Reed Construction Data that is sure to be the best thing AIA has done since it has embarked upon Repositioning.  I was fortunate to have taken part in a market test group at the Convention to get a sneak peak and give valuable feedback.  The product called accessArchitecture, is a web portal that will allow AIA members for free as part of your membership the ability to access Reed’s database of over 500,000 projects for things like products and specifications specified, project data, construction cost data, and owner and project team information.  But probably by far the best feature is project leads!  Members will be able to search for job leads anywhere in the country, by project type, project value, and even by owner.  As an architect who does retail franchise work in many states, this enables me the ability to seek out other opportunities in markets that I am already working in. There is also very important market trend data available that allows you to see analyticals on various aspects of the market, whether geographical or by project type. The dashboard is totally customizable to each user and is memorized for the next time you use it again.  The best part about this is that it is free with your membership!  Now that is value and if you are able to use this tool to your advantage it will pay for your membership.

Regional Architecture Groups Look At Critical Infrastructure in a Post-Sandy World

Reprint of article published on July 11, 2014, on NJBiz

Chapters of the American Institute of Architects from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island held a “regional recovery working group” Friday on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, focusing on changes to critical infrastructure design in a post-Hurricane Sandy world.

The event was the third in a series of Sandy-related workshops. Others have looked at Sandy’s effects on cities and coastal communities.

Speakers from both the public and private sectors weighed in Friday, touching on issues concerning resiliency, design, building codes and the coordination on the parts of regional governing bodies.

“Forums like this are pretty awesome because it’s the idea exchange that happens,” said John Boulé, a vice president of global planning firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. “Brain cells start to knock against each other … and hopefully it will spur you to some action.”

Boulé discussed protecting transportation assets and rethinking planning strategies, namely by incorporating cost-benefit analysis into the framework.

“You have to come up with different ways of thinking about risk,” Boulé said.

Scott Davis, senior advisor in the office of the secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that at the federal level, making progress after Sandy is the goal, but it’s difficult to put broad timetables on projects.

“I think we’re all looking to move forward as quickly as possible and some projects might be more complicated than others,” Davis said.

Davis added that he feels a focus point in the future for architecture groups and others in the industry will be turning resiliency into a household word, much like sustainability is today.

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Sustainable Jersey Looking for Participants

Sustainable Jersey has contacted AIA-NJ to see if there would be interest in filling some openings on their Task Force.  Here is some information about the program.

Sustainable Jersey is supported by 24 issue-based Task Forces (TFs) that help maintain the integrity and substance of the certification program.  Over 300 leaders in New Jersey volunteer to serve on the Sustainable Jersey Task Forces from academia, the non-profit sector, the business community, and state, local, federal, and county government.  The Task Forces research and disseminate best practices, translate global and state imperatives into local actions, test sustainability planning models and develop community resources for the program.

For More Information on Sustainable Jersey Task Forces:

Specifically to Green Design:

•             Typically the Green Design TF meet about 2 times a year. These meetings can be scheduled when/ where/ how it is most convenient for the members to meet. They typically are about 2 hours long.

•             The expected products from a TF are “Actions” that are then Incorporated into the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program. All actions are listed here:


List of Current Green Design Actions:

Green Building Policy/Resolution – 5 Points

Green Building Training – 5 Points

Green Building Education – 5 Points

Commercial and Residential Buildings

  • Create a Green Development Checklist – 10 Points
  • Site Plan Green Design Standards – 20 Points

Green Design Municipal Buildings

  • New Construction  – 20 Points
  • Existing Buildings – Construction Waste Recycling  – 10 Points
  • Existing Buildings – Upgrade/Retrofit-Light Pollution  – 10 Points
  • Existing Buildings – Upgrade/Retrofit-Water Conservation  – 10 Points


•             After actions are added into the program, TF’s are then charged with developing training and outreach to provide support to municipalities that are looking to receive points for that action. Participants take feedback from municipalities on proposed actions and then revise the actions accordingly on annual cycle.


If anyone is interested in being a part of the Sustainable Jersey Green Design Task Force please contact:

Athena Sarafides, LEED AP

Sustainability and Green Energy

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Tel: (609) 777-4211

Fax: (609) 292-1921

[email protected]


Meet the AIA-NJ 2015 Officers

red_eagleWhen serving as past president you automatically become the chairman of the Election Committee. Along with the help of the Past Presidents of each Section it is my pleasure to introduce you to the Executive Committee for AIA-NJ 2015.  As you can see the leadership is in good hands, however I am sure Kim Bunn our 2015 President will be looking for our members to participate on Committees.  If you have interest and would like more information you can contact Kim or Kurt.

Jack A. Purvis, AIA

2015 AIA-New Jersey Officers

bunn_2014President:   Kimberly Bunn, AIA, LEEDap, is principal of Bunn Architecture in Moorestown, NJ, and is licensed in NJ and PA.  She has been an active member of AIA-NJ since 1999, serving on various committees both in her local West Jersey section and AIA New Jersey.  She is currently AIA-NJ President-Elect and Communications Chair, and has over the years been involved with COTE, East Coast Green Committee, Historic Preservation Committee, Legislative & Government Affairs Committee, Membership Committee, Newsletter Committee, Women in Architecture, Public Awareness Committee, Communications Committee, Young Architects and an AIA150 Champion.    As a Past President of AIA West Jersey, she currently the chairs the Photography Competition and is a trustee to the West Jersey board.   In addition in her local community she sits on various boards, leads semi-annual Architectural and Historical Architecture Tours, and has for over 15 years worked with elementary schools to introduce students to architecture.

Mihalick_2014  President Elect: Justin A. Mihalik, AIA has been involved in the AIA for the last 12 years, starting as a Trustee at AIA Newark & Suburban Architects.  Justin was President of AIA Newark Suburban Architects in 2008, and since has held the positions of Treasurer, 2nd Vice President, and presently as First Vice President for AIA New Jersey.  Justin also serves on the Legislative & Government Affairs Committee, he serves as Membership Chairperson and Vice Chair for the NJ Architects Political Action Committee (NJAPAC).  Justin was recently appointed to the Fundraising Committee of ArchiPAC, the federal PAC for AIA National.  With the rest of his spare time, he acts as Principal of his own architectural practice located in Essex Fells, NJ, which just entered it’s 16th year in business.


Lee_2014First Vice President: Mr. Lee has over 35 years of experience in the field of architecture.  He is a Board Certified Healthcare Architect by the American College of Healthcare Architects. He is Registered Architect in 22 States incl. DC. Registered Professional Planner, Certified Interior Designer, LEED accredit professional, and Mr. Lee also has a Masters Degree in Management. He is a Managing Principal / CFO at NK Architects located in Morristown, NJ and New York City. He is the Principal-in-Charge of the NK Healthcare Design Group and responsible for a staff of 60+ persons. His professional affiliations includes, American College of Healthcare Architects, American Society of Hospital Engineers, American Hospital Association, Healthcare Facilities Management Society of New Jersey, NJ Chapter of American Planning Association, and US Green Building Council LEED accredit professional. His roles in AIA includes: Past President for Architects League of Northern New Jersey, Officers and Board of Trustees at ALNNJ for many years, AIA-NJ L&GA and APAC committees and a Treasurer, a member of American Institute of Architects since 1979, and an AIA150 Champion. Currently he is a Board member of World Impact an urban ministry organization. His prior community involvements include County Committeeman in Passaic County, West Paterson Planning Board, Chinatown Planning Council, Habitat for Humanity and a VISTA volunteer for Architects Renewal Committee in Harlem. He has been an architect in his own architectural practice. Prior to NK Architects his experience includes The Grad Partnership, Welton Becket Associates, Gruzen & Partners, Haines Lundberg & Waehler and Ballou Levy Fellgraff.

Frizell_2014  Second Vice President: Verity Frizzell, AIA, LEED AP+ is Principal of Feltz & Frizzell Architects, LLC, located in Point Pleasant, NJ.  She has been working in the Jersey Shore area for 19 years.  She received her BS-Arch from The University of Virginia, and her M-Arch from The University of Texas.  She has been actively involved with AIA both on the local and state levels since she joined in 2003, and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from both her local Section and AIA-New Jersey.  Verity has served as Treasurer, Vice President, President –Elect, President, Past-President and Trustee at AIA-Jersey Shore.  She served as chair of the Committee on the Environment for three years at AIA-NJ, and recently completed serving a two year term as Secretary of AIA-NJ.  Her practice involves both residential and commercial design, with an emphasis on sustainability.  Ms. Frizzell currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Bay Head Planning Board, where she chaired a committee to re-examine the local ordinances in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Lazarus_2014  Treasurer: Steven B. Lazarus, one of the founding principals at Axis Architectural Studio, graduated from Cornell University School Of Architecture, one of the country’s leading architectural schools. Prior to the formation of Axis, Mr. Lazarus was a partner of another New Jersey architectural firm, where he developed his skills as a leader, businessman and an architect. During this period, Mr. Lazarus created successful relationships with The Port Authority of NY & NJ, several large corporations and with many individuals in the private sector. After the formation of Axis Architectural Studio, Mr. Lazarus continued to develop those relationships and expand upon them with the assistance of a strong architectural team. As principal, he provides leadership and direction for all of the staff. His professional skills and excellent design ability are evident by the diversity of successful projects and repeat clients. Mr. Lazarus’ responsibilities focus on business development and management, marketing, initial project programming and design. Mr. Lazarus is also successful at maintaining the strength of the firm’s finances and to ensure a positive, high quality environment for the staff. He believes the strength of the firm is a compilation of all the people who work within it. Mr. Lazarus has been a registered architect since 1986. He is a member in good standing with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and has licenses to practice architecture in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas and North Carolina. Mr. Lazarus is also a licensed Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey. He is a member of the American Institute of Architecture and is currently the Vice President of The Architects League Of Northern New Jersey. This enables him to dedicate time to the advancement of architecture for Axis Architectural Studio and for the profession as a whole.

Donnelly_2014Secretary: Judith Anne Donnelly, AIA is the Principal Owner of Donnelly Architecture, LLC. An Architectural firm that works on both residential and commercial projects; the focus of DA, LLC ‘ is project excellence’ with a personal touch.  Judy Donnelly is licensed to practice architecture in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Judy Donnelly has a B.F.A. (Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts-Interior Design) from Kean University and an M.A. (Master’s Degree in Architecture) from New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Judy Donnelly graduated with honors from both schools and received the Henry Adams AIA award (GPA) while at NJIT along with several other awards. Today, Judy Donnelly is proud to be the Secretary of AIA-NJ (The American Institute of Architects-New Jersey Chapter of the AIA). In 2010, Ms. Donnelly was the President of AIANS (The American Institute of Architects-Newark & Suburban Section of the AIA) where she was in charge of the AIA Membership for over 500 Architects in NJ.   Ms. Donnelly served many positions at AIANS including but not limited to: Continuing Education Chairperson, a Delegate to AIANJ, Secretary and President-Elect. She currently serves as the Building Tour Chairperson. Judy Donnelly serves the community with pro-bono architectural services and continues to volunteer her time: she has been a judge many times at the North Jersey Craftsman’s Fair, a guest critique for CCM’s (County College of Morris) Interior Design Program, a guest speaker for Norwescap, a guest workshop instructor at the CCM Teen arts festival.  In 2013 she hosted a Children’s fort building event at Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy, NJ. Judy Donnelly was an adjunct teacher at Berkeley College of Business (Bergen County, NJ); here she taught manual drafting and computer aided design for the Interior Design program. Judy Donnelly is a strong believer in ‘sustainable design’ to provide a better, safer, cleaner environment for the future of all living beings and for the world.

cozzarelliRegional Director:  Robert Cozzarelli, AIA, is Principal-In-Charge of Rutherford, NJ based Cozzarelli Cirminiello Architects, LLC, and a Principal of Bertone Cozzarelli Healthcare Architects, LLC, which provides architecture, planning, construction management, design-build, and interior services for various building types: healthcare, educational, institutional, hospitality, retail, office, private residence, and forensic analysis.  Bob is licensed to practice architecture in several states. Since 1998, Bob has served many roles for AIA New Jersey with great pride, honor and respect while representing its membership.  Bob’s roles have included President (2004); Executive Board Member; liaison to the State Board of Architects; Governance Task Force Chair; and Events Task Force Chair; Founding / Permanent Member of the AIA New Jersey Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award; Founder and Chairman of the first CANstruction event for AIA New Jersey, and AIA Livable Communities Symposium on School Construction and Brownfield’s coordinated with Congressman Bill Pascrell.  On behalf of AIA National Bob has moderated regional causes (2002) and chaired the Grassroots Leadership Network New Jersey (2005).  Currently serving as AIA National Regional Director -2014-2016, Bob was appointed to the new AIA National Practice and Prosperity Committee.  Additionally, Bob was chosen to speak at AIA National Grassroots & Leadership Conference 2014 – “Survivor: Capital Hill Meeting Your Elected Representative.”  At this year’s Chicago Convention Bob will chair the AIA-New Jersey caucus. Bob’s honors include the following: AIA New Jersey 2005 Distinguish Service Award; AIA New Jersey 2009 Architect-of-the-Year; AIA Newark & Suburban Architects 2006 Herman C. Litwack, FAIA Distinguish Service Award; NJIT 2008 Alumni Association Achievement Honor Roll Medal; John I. Crecco Foundation Community Service Award 2010; The New Jersey Planning Officials’ 2011 Achievement In Planning Award; UNICO 2011 Bloomfield Millie Grazie Award; Columbus Day Celebration 2010 Italian-American Man-Of-The-Year; and Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Medal – 1997.  Bob’s professional affiliations include being an associate member of The Health Care Association of New Jersey; Construction Specification Institute and has served on the School of Architecture Board of Visitors at NJIT; School of Architecture NJIT Dean’s Council and as an invited member of Congressman Pascrell’s Small Business Advisory Committee. Some of Bob’s published papers include, “To Pro Bono or Not-To-Pro Bono” and “The Importance of Mentoring.” As a newly elected AIA Regional Director Bob said, “Architects are unique and irreplaceable profession and to be able to represent the members of AIA-New Jersey on the national level is the greatest honor of my professional career.  As Regional Director my efforts will continue to communicate to the public the essential role of the architects in society and their professional obligation to the public in the practice of architecture by designing functional, efficient, attractive and safe environments.”  Bob is married to Susan D. Cozzarelli, RN for the past 35 years.  They have two children, Robert Cozzarelli, Jr, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Rebecca who is currently attending veterinary medical school.

Caravello_2014Regional Associates Director:  Nicholas Anthony Caravella, Assoc. AIA graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology i 2012.  His membership in the AIAS and other leadership organizations on campus inspired him to join the AIA after graduation.  His first internship was with Arcari + Iovino Architects, where his mentor, Anthony Iovino, encouraged him to join the AIA-ALNNJ board of trustees.  Nicholas became involved in the planning and organization of events for Emerging Professionals in his area and seeks to continue on this path as the Region Associates Director.  He now works at Kamlesh Shah Designs, Inc. in Cranbury, NJ.



Kurt Kalafsky, AIA

Kurt Kalafsky, AIA

Past President Kurt Kalafsky: “I am very excited about the 2015 slate of officers, they are some of the most dedicated people I know when it comes to advancing the AIA and our profession. I look forward to serving under Kim during her presidency and will do whatever I can to support this fine team”


Architecture for Humanity REDC


Resilience Through Education & Design Center

July 18-20 at the Seaside Heights Community Center,
1000 Bay Blvd., Seaside Heights, NJ 08751.  

Questions and comments

Contact person is: Gail Gambarini, Regional Project Coordinator, 917-751-3788,
[email protected] 


USGBC-NJ Hosts Senator Norcross Networking Event



USGBC NJ Chapter
South Branch Presents
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Wyndham Philadelphia – Mount Laurel

Come out and enjoy a night of networking and socializing with others in green building & advocacy related fields. Senator Norcross will discuss the topics of economic development, green building, and school construction, particularly in South Jersey.


Senator Donald Norcross (D),
Legislative District 5:
Committees: Law and Public Safety, Chair, Military and Veterans’ Affairs Transportation. Senator Donald Norcross was sworn to the Senate on January 19, 2010. The Senator has been an advocate for the working men and women of New Jersey. He also championed efforts to expand and diversify the workforce through the recruitment and hiring of women and minorities. As a legislator, he is working to reduce the costs of government and to bring property taxes under control. He also promotes reform movements within government spending, ethics, and accountability. He is dedicated to creating public-private partnerships and other initiatives to spur economic development, revitalize neighborhoods, and rejuvenate the downtown business districts within Camden.CLICK HERE for full bio.



• 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm sign-in, networking & drinks (cash bar)
• 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm buffet dinner and networking
• 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm speaker Senator Norcross (includes Q&A)
Members/ Non-members & Students/ Emerging Professionals: $25
(Click here to register)
LOCATION: Wyndham Philadelphia – Mount Laurel
1111 Route 73 North, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

AIA Convention Recap – New Jersey & Chicago

A number of AIA-NJ members just returned from an inspiring few days at the AIA National convention in Chicago.   In addition to continuing education seminars, engaged keynote speakers and a large expo floor the city had so much to offer a group of architects.  With architecture from a wide range of styles and time periods, architects did not have to go far to see a lot.

In addition, delegates representing AIA-NJ and all six local sections attended business meetings and events necessary for AIA to continue being a viable organization for all members.  Future leaders were elected – Congratulations to 2015 First Vice President & 2016 President-Elect Russell Davidson, FAIA, and the other new members of the AIA board.  See the list here.

The new governance model was approved by a vote of the delegates as part of Repositioning, what for more information on how this will happen over the next year.  The overview is on AIA’s website, click here.

New initiatives were announced including a new partnership with REED to allow AIA members to get information on projects in your area that could generate potential work for AIA members.  A new three year national Public Awareness campaign will be beginning soon to help promote Architects and Architecture.  Exciting things are happening at AIA, talk to your local AIA representatives to learn more or find out how you can get involved.

Andersen representatives with AIA-NJ leadership during the event.

Andersen representatives with AIA-NJ leadership during the event.

AIA-NJ also had two of the newest AIA Fellows invested at this convention.  Congratulations to John Hatch, FAIA, and Gary Lapera, FAIA.   Thursday night a reception was held bringing the NJ members in Chicago together to celebrate our NJ fellows.  Thanks our sponsors – Andersen Windows and Doors for helping to make this event a wonderful event.  See a few photos on our Facebook pa



Architecture Positions Available

New Jersey Architecture Firm looking to fill the following positions:


ARCHITECT   – Well established creative Architectural Design Studio seeking Architect with B. of Arch Degree plus 6 to10 years’ experience.  Qualifications include good working knowledge of   Construction Drawings /Details. Candidate must be proficient in Architectural Desktop, Revit would be a plus. Applicant must be capable of producing and delivering projects from concept to finish. Design projects include Schools, Residential   commercial and institutional, masonry and gut renovations.   Candidates must have excellent work ethics and be able to direct and manage staff.  Respond with a resume illustrating your experience and leadership qualities. Also include salary history and requirements.   We offer competitive salary w/ benefits, send resume to [email protected]



ARCHITECT- JUNIOR – seeking motivated person with 1 to 3+yrs experience. Architectural recent grads welcome. Basic knowledge of design and construction working drawings are essential. We use AutoCAD & Architectural Desktop. A working knowledge of these programs is mandatory. Projects include public schools, commercial, medical, mid-rise & residential designs. Competitive salary Competitive salary w/ benefits send resume to [email protected]




Bill now moves to Governor Christie’s desk

Last night, the New Jersey State Senate unanimously passed A2025, a AIA-NJ-supported bill that grants immunity from liability for certain professional services rendered during emergencies under certain circumstances.

The bill was also unanimously passed by the Assembly in May, with the support of sponsors Assemblymen Lou Greenwald, Paul Moriarty, and Upendra Chivukula.

The bill now moves to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for his signature. This is an important bill that AIA-NJ has been in support of for years. Please call or write to Gov. Christie to let him know how important this is for us:

Office of the Governor 
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625


To send a message to the Governor online, follow

this link and select from the topic list, ‘Law & Public Safety’.