Monthly Archives: December 2015

What is Your Favorite Place?

AIA-NJIn 2015 AIANJ Public Awareness Committee started a new initiative to be an ongoing series of articles, written by architects about some of there favorite or most memorable spaces.  It could be a building, a park, a town.  Whatever is special to that person.  This is  My Favorite Places.
 
We are looking for members to continue this series in 2016.  Our committee will help you and can assist in getting it not only on our AIA-NJ website but also a local NJ paper.   If you are interested in writing a short article about your favorite place, please contact the AIANJ Public Awareness Chair, Bruce Turner, AIA, at [email protected].  

 

Casting Call for Building Dream Houses

Loud TV (a Leftfield Entertainment company, http://leftfield-entertainment.com/) is looking for individuals to be a part of new project in development about people who have built their own amazing and innovative homes and are now living mortgage-free.

About the project:

It’s the quintessential American dream to build and own your own home. In this show, we will want to hear the stories about the decision-making, the planning process, the build, and the final result for individuals who have made the leap to build their dream home. How have their lives changed? Would they recommend this lifestyle to others? We want to know about the fun features of the homes and what makes them unique.

If this sounds like something that you may be interested in learning more about, please feel free to reach out directly to Leftfield Entertainment at [email protected] or at 212-564-2607 ext. 2650.

2016 Inaugural and Awards Dinner

YOU’RE INVITED!
AIA NEW JERSEY
AIA NEWARK & SUBURBAN ARCHITECTS
INAUGURAL AND AWARDS GALA
 
WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 2016
TIME: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (Cocktails, dinner & dancing, live music)

WHERE: The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ 07932

COST: $150 / person ($75 associates/students)

Please RSVP by January 15, 2016
Black tie optional affair celebrates the distinguished service of our past year’s presidents and their boards of trustees at our gala event.

Presentation of our Service Awards, which highlight the best of our organizations members. These awards include; Distinguished Service Award, Architect of the Year, as well as many others.

Attendance between 250-275 attendees. Many of whom are current or past leaders of our two organizations, not to mention several VIPs from AIA National.

We hope you join us for a fun filled evening!
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AIA-NJ’s 17th Annual ‘Canstruction’ Event Demonstrates Design Excellence For Charity

“Forms of Communication”-Themed Competition Collects 13,145 Pounds of Food and More Than $6,000 For Community Food Bank of NJ

IMG_3250While dazzling crowds at the Livingston Mall with colossal structures made entirely from canned food, the Newark and Suburban section of AIA-NJ’s 17th annual “Canstruction” event saw 13,145 pounds of canned of food and more than $6,000 donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ).

Titled “Forms of Communications,” this year’s Canstruction event challenged four teams of talented architects and designers to build their most impressive can structures that portray the “ways and how to communicate.” The colossal designs were constructed during a 12-hour “Build Day” at the Livingston Mall, and remained on display for ten days, after which they were dismantled by a crew of food bank volunteers and shipped to CFBNJ’s warehouse for donation to one of the hundreds of food kitchens they support.

Team members were responsible for designing their structures, procuring and bringing their own canned goods, and constructing their displays.

The can displays were judged and awarded in various categories, including “Jurors Favorite,” “Structural Integrity,” “People’s Choice,” and “Best Meal.” The four judges for this year were Kimberly Bunn, AIA, president of AIA-NJ; Tim Vogel, CFBNJ Director; Margaret DeSantis, Event Co-chair; and Stephen Rooney, AIA, president of AIA-NJ’s Newark & Suburban Section.

“As architects, we constantly strive to serve the community, Canstruction combines elements of design and educational value with a charitable outreach that helps needy individuals,” said Bunn. “As a judge at this year’s event, I was truly impressed with the creations the competitors made with such limited materials, and it’s particularly gratifying to know that it is all going to an important cause.”

Following the judges’ deliberations, awards were handed out, including:

  • Gensler’s Morristown team took home two of the event’s awards, “Jurors Favorite” and “Best Use of Labels.”
  • NK Architects, perennial Canstruction participants and award winners, also from Morristown, took home the “Structural Integrity” award.
  • The “Best Meal” award was given to Solutions Architecture, Corp. of Newark.
  • The “Honorable Mention” award was presented to Martinsville-based De Biasse and Seminara Architects.

Get Involved in AIANJ EPiC

red_eagleWe are looking for members who are interested in becoming 2016 Section Directors within our Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC), which consists of architecture school graduates, AIA Associate members, and AIA members licensed for 10 years or less. Our mission is to promote the professional growth of emerging architects and support local communities through advocacy, education, and service. Through consistent communication and coordination between the state committee and local sections throughout New Jersey, EPiC provides programming, events, and service opportunities for our members to have fun while building relationships, developing leadership skills, and increasing emerging professional’s involvement within

the profession.

The Section Director position has a term of one year. Responsibilities of the position include:

– Promote the EPiC mission within your local AIA NJ section
– Attend a monthly teleconference with the state EPiC Committee
– Participation in one or more committees chaired by the state At-Large Directors

As a newly revived community within the AIA, EPiC provides a great opportunity to shape the emerging professional programming at both the section and state level. Such programming includes:

Hill Day: Advocacy training and meetings with New Jersey legislators in Trenton -ARE Seminars: Courses to help you pass the licensing exams
Service Opportunities: Design small impactful projects in local communities
Leadership Training: Improve your skills and promote member involvement

If you are interested in becoming an EPiC Section Director we would like to hear from you.

Please submit a letter of interest by e-mail to [email protected] by January 8, 2016 (500 words). Be sure to include your AIA NJ section in your letter. Although not required, we will accept up to two letters of recommendation (500 words).

We look forward to your interest.

Jessica O’Donnell, AIA

2016 EPiC Chair

AIA-NJ Committee Seeks to Collaborate with Municipalities on Design Competitions

Emerging Professionals Committee announces new leadership for re-launched program, plans to assist non-profits and municipalities on small-scale projects

AIA-NJAIA-NJ announced the new leadership of its Emerging Professionals Committee, which represents New Jersey architectural students and their new graduates as well as recently licensed architects.

Tasked with guiding and supporting the careers of aspiring and new architects – approximately 300 of whom operate in New Jersey – the recently re-launched committee will be chaired by Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, and advised by Nicholas Caravella, Assoc. AIA, and Ryan Day, AIA.

With the dual goal of supporting communities and promoting the professional growth of its constituents, the committee is seeking to find ways for emerging professionals to volunteer their services for the betterment of their communities. They hope to collaborate with local municipalities and not-for-profit institutions on small-scale projects for which emerging professionals will team with an experienced architect, providing design solutions to the organizations while benefitting from the learning opportunity inherent in the process.

The committee intends to work with organizations in need of these services through design competitions, providing participants with firsthand project experience and the winning submission with prize money as compensation.

“Engaging our newest and youngest members is a priority for AIA-NJ, and it’s excellent to see the revitalized committee’s hard work to improve our outreach to our rising stars,” said Kim Bunn, president of AIA-NJ. “Many community centers, nonprofits and municipalities can benefit from the design ability of our interns and young professionals and we’re extremely proud of the committee leadership for bringing this initiative to light.”

The committee also has three directors: Grace Friedhoff, Assoc. AIA, who is tasked with leading service initiatives; Megan Pritts, Assoc. AIA, who will lead advocacy efforts; and Mark Barone, AIA, who will oversee educational programming.

In addition to its service, advocacy and educational activities, committee members will also engage in community work, including mentoring high school students interested in architecture.

“There are many municipalities and nonprofits that will find the sort of collaboration we are proposing invaluable,” said Caravella, who has personally worked with the city of Newark on such initiatives in the past. “Whether designing a parklet in urban areas or working on renovations for community cultural centers, there are a variety of design projects of the appropriate scope and size in every county in the state. As members of the architectural profession, we constantly strive to better serve the community, and this is an ideal opportunity for emerging professionals to utilize their capabilities in a way that truly benefits society.”

If you are interested in collaborating with Emerging Professionals on a project, please contact the committee’s board of directors at [email protected] .