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Be a Part of Your AIA – Call For 2017 Officers

AIAeagle_2016We are often asked what is the value of AIA membership.  There are many things that can be listed as an answer, however the bigger truth is we can’t do any thing without the participation of our members.  Make a difference in your profession.  Become involved in your AIA.

AIANJ is looking for members who are interested in serving in officer positions for 2017.  Every year an election is held to fill a number of these volunteer positions, this year the following are available:

 

2017 OFFICERS POSITIONS

– Treasurer (2 year term)

– 2nd Vice President (1 year term)

– 1st Vice President (1 year term)

– President Elect (1 year term)

– Regional Representative (3 year term)

This is an excellent opportunity to have a voice in the workings of an organization that builds and sustains the VALUE OF THE ARCHITECT.

If you have an interest becoming a leader of  AIA-NJ or would like to know more about any of the offices, please contact Kimberly Bunn, AIA, 2016 Nominations Committee Chairperson, no later than March 15, 2016

The following 2017 Officer positions are multi-year terms and will continue to be held by previously elected terms:

President – Ben Lee, AIA
(Current President-Elect position)

Past President – Justin Mihalik, AIA
(Current President position)

Brandon Warshofsky, Assoc. AIA – Regional Associate Director
(First year of a 2 year term)

AIA 2016 Convention

If you have not heard the AIA Convention is across the river this year.

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May 19th – 21st

Explore Philly 
There’s a lot to love – home to Grace Kelly, Rocky Balboa, and South Philly’s Italian Market, PHL is more than a cracked bell. This May, 500+ sessions and thousands of architect and design professionals will come to visit Philly’s 100+ neighborhoods packed with personalities, flavors, and places to love.

Register today !

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KSS Recognized for Community-Minded Architects


KSS Architects Awarded Two AIA New Jersey Service Awards

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANJ) held their annual Awards Dinner Saturday, January 30th, presenting Service Awards to two KSS architects in recognition of their individual accomplishments that have provided distinguished service to the profession and to the Society.

Kyle Rendall_2015 BWKyle Rendall, AIA, was named 2015 AIA NJ Young Architect of the Year, reflecting his dedicated professional and community achievements. Kyle attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.  Long before that, however, Kyle was proving his dedication to the practice of architecture, participating in his first internship in middle school. By the time he graduated from high school, Kyle was independently meeting with clients and running projects through schematic design and design development for a high-end residential firm in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Now an associate at KSS, where he has worked for six years, Kyle has contributed to the growth of the firm’s focus on PreK-12 education, taking a lead role in construction administration phases of team projects such as a mixed-use housing building for Teachers Village and an urban high school for KIPP NJ, and actively participating in marketing for future work.

Kyle’s dedication extends far beyond the office. Throughout his young career, Kyle has placed great emphasis on the belief that in order to live to the fullest within a community one must give back. Whether volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Trenton and Newark, procuring and carrying out pro bono projects, or serving as the Captain of the Princeton Fire Department, Kyle continually pushes the envelope of what it means to be a good architect.

“Kyle’s wonderful combination of expertise and community service has made him an integral part of KSS’s team,” said Merilee Meacock, KSS Partner. “Kyle’s architectural knowledge of construction techniques for complex, sophisticated building types has been invaluable, and his dedicated community service and drive to complete pro-bono work strongly reflects KSS’s mission of meaningful change. We believe he is very well-deserving of AIA NJ’s Young Architect of the Year Award.”

alicia_weaver_2016Alicia Weaver, Assoc. AIA,  was named 2015 AIA NJ Intern Architect of the Year. From an early age, Alicia kindled a passion for art and architecture, sketching Disney movie covers and building tree forts.  A crystallizing moment arose when Alicia watched her father construct an addition to her childhood home, and she became determined to become an architect.

While participating in the East Asia Study Abroad program at the University of Florida, Alicia built a strong recognition of the transformation through various engagements between traditional and modern architecture. Specifically focusing on the rapid urbanization of China and its effects on the building industry, Alicia’s work became her honors thesis, earning her magna cum laude upon graduation with a Bachelor of Design in 2008.

At KSS, Alicia has contributed to several projects, leading the project team for the STS Distribution Center and Headquarters, implementing KSS’s first project with Building Information Modeling (BIM), and administering the LEED Silver Coca Cola Distribution Center and Headquarters. As co-leader of the firm’s Sustainability Practice Group, Alicia shares her expertise in firm-wide presentations and seeks to uncover the potential and experience of her peers.

Dedicated to the future of architecture, Alicia also leads the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program at Hightstown High School, empowering high school students to pursue careers in ACE fields.

“Tenacity is the word that comes to mind when I think about Alicia,” said Ed Klimek, KSS Partner. “She has the courage to apply herself with full energy in all she does, whether it be design, working with contractors in the field, leading the ACE Mentorship program at KSS, or even snow boarding! Collaborating with Alicia always leaves you energized and excited about the work accomplished together.”

President’s Message – Happy 2016

JAM_headshotHappy New Year!

First and foremost, a big thank you to Kim Bunn AIA for her leadership as President taking on and delivering a new Strategic Plan and Member Core Services amongst all of the other successful programming events of 2015!  I am exhilarated to be your 2016 President and the year could not have started off any faster for us at AIANJ.  As just mentioned, AIANJ will be implementing its new strategic plan that has four key goals:

  • Advance the quality of the profession by keeping pace with technology, sustainable design practices and the ever-changing political, economic, social and physical environment.
  • Cultivate well-designed, livable, sustainable, resilient communities that enhance the public’s health, safety, and welfare.
  • Elevate the value of the profession; educate the public on the benefits of using architects for sustainable/innovative design; and promote a streamlined path to licensure.
  • Expand the diverse membership base; continue to enhance its organizational, membership and technical resources; and extend its policy advocacy role.

As you can imagine, the implementation of this plan is taking a lot of time and effort and I want to thank all of those who are involved for their commitment to the future of this organization.

This is also the first year of the implementation of Core Member Services, which is a new plan instituted by AIA to ensure that each member throughout the country receives a minimum level of membership benefits.  The good news is that AIANJ and its Sections meet all of the requirements of Core Member Services and will continue to deliver those benefits to all of you.

On the legislative front, the Governor signed Bill A2023 AcaSca (2R), which revises the definition of “responsible charge” as it relates to licensed architects.  This is a very important win for AIANJ as it supported the passage of this bill.  The revised language now recognizes the “digital age” in the architectural practice and the many firms who are utilizing production teams outside of their physical offices.  So in short, if you are working with a consultant or with a team member who is producing the drawings outside of the physical office that the architect sits in, you are practicing legally as long as you are providing the proper personal direction and oversight.  AIANJ thanks the efforts of Assembly members Louis Greenwald, Daniel Benson and Nilsa Cruz-Perez for their support!

Lastly, the sad news is the loss of the St. Mark’s Church in West Orange to a major fire on New Year’s Day.  The St. Mark’s Church underwent a major renovation and addition between 1861 and 1877 by Richard Upjohn FAIA, the founder of the AIA.  The church was nominated to the National Historic Register in 1977 and is also a State and local Historic Landmark.  Many AIANJ members including Jerry Eben AIA, Eli Goldstein AIA, Mark Hewitt FAIA and Marty Feitlowitz AIA, have been working with the church owner’s and the municipality to save the church from demolition.  This is a great example of AIANJ members taking the initiative to save an important and historic piece of architecture, while at the same time educating the public as to why it is important.

Educating the public about architects and architecture is something that all of us must do if we expect the public to value the talent and services we provide.  AIANJ through its Public Awareness Committee is committed to this important effort as it is one of the cornerstones of our Strategic Plan.  However, it does not stop there, it must continue with the boots on the ground, the members, who work with the public on a daily basis.  Let me know how AIANJ can help you in this most important effort.

Sincerely,

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Justin A. Mihalik, AIA

AIA New Jersey 2016 President

AIA West Jersey Seminar With Postgreen Homes

AIAeagle_2016AIA West Jersey will host the first General Membership Meeting and Dinner Seminar of 2016 on January 28th at Café Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill, NJ.

AIA West Jersey is excited to feature a presentation by Chad Ludeman, President of Postgreen Homes.  Chad will elaborate on strategies to help the architect-developer team succeed, and provide insight to Postgreen’s process for building high-quality homes on a spec developer’s budget.

RSVP:  No Later Than Tuesday, January 26th
see AIA WJ website to RSVP 

Location:  Cafe Aldo Lamberti: 2011 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ

Date:  Thursday, January 28, 2016

Additional details may be found on the AIA West Jersey website:

http://aiawestjersey.org/2016/01/general-membership-meeting-and-dinner-seminar-jan-28th-2016/
Thank You,
AIA West Jersey

 

Spring 2016 ARE Structures Course Offered

The College of Architecture & Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology is offering an online review course for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE 4.0) in Structural Systems this spring semester.

njit_coadThe course will start on January 30 and will cover the exam material in a lecture format, including the related graphic vignettes. The instruction will be delivered entirely online so students do not need to travel to campus to attend class. Lectures are delivered weekly through a password- protected website. Questions are answered through the same website or by e-mail. Registrants can view the lectures at their convenient time. The course will run for 15 weeks ending by May 15.

For further information and for registration, please contact the instructor, Rima Taher, by e-mail at: [email protected].

NJIT Design Showcase 2016

College of Architecture and Design Design Showcase 2016

njit_coadThe College of Architecture and Design at NJIT hosts its annual Design Showcase event in April of each year. This fundraising/networking event will be in its 10th year in 2016 and has grown into an incredible success over the years.

April 7, 2016
Weston Hall Gallery
5 – 9 pm

During the course of the evening, we provide an industry related lecture (good for CEU credits), networking between alumni and sponsors, and an exhibit showing the work of our top students which leads to internships and entry level hires in many firms.

The money raised from the event goes directly back to the students in the form of scholarships, architecture environment enhancements, and this past year the introduction of a 3D print lab which is run on a volunteer basis by our local AIAS chapter. 

This venue is an excellent opportunity to bring together current students, past students, and industry professionals. Whether an alum of NJIT or not, we would welcome any AIANJ member who would like to support the school, the students, and the growth of our program. 

AIANJ Code Seminar February

 UPDATE NOTE:  1/6/2016 – Additional space at the facility has been obtained, class size restrictions have been raised to for both days.

 

NJ Smart Growth 2016 Awards Deadline

 
 
 
Don’t miss the deadline! Do you have, or know of, a great plan or built project in New Jersey that represents high-quality growth and development or land preservation? Submit it now to New Jersey Future’s 2016 Smart Growth Awards competition. The deadline to submit is Jan. 15, 2016.
This year New Jersey Future celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Smart Growth Awards! The awards have honored the best in responsible development in the Garden State. Large projects and small, innovative plans and codes, policies that foster quality growth and placemaking — any built project or adopted plan is eligible. So if you’re working on something that will help make any part of New Jersey a more vibrant place to live, work or play, submit it to our Smart Growth Awards competition!
NEW THIS YEAR:  We will be accepting entries exclusively through our new online submission portal! This allows you and us to conserve paper and energy, and will allow the jury access to all entries from any location.
Submission deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016Don’t miss out!
Curious about what kinds of initiatives win a Smart Growth Award? Browse through profiles of past winners.
Questions? Please contact Elaine Clisham609-393-0008, ext. 102.

 

President’s Message – The Year of 2015

As 2015 is now in the past, it is amazing how fast the year flew by.  It has been an honor to serve as your AIANJ President over the past 12 months.

Much happened during the year, both in AIANJ and each of the six local sections.  Each month saw multiple events throughout the state.   I enjoyed meeting so many members, students and trade professionals; and talking about our profession of architecture that we share.

Internally, time was devoted to looking at the organizations long range strategic planning and evaluating the value to our members that the organization gives.  AIA national has been evaluating the value to the membership, and we at AIANJ have done the same thing.  It is your AIA, and we want to maximize your value from the organization.

We have reinforced many goals of the organization and we have been working towards them, including increased public outreach regarding the architecture profession, creating an online resource for both members and the public, more connection with the architects of tomorrow through increased involvement with the schools of architecture in the state and assistance for associates in the IDP/ARE process.

As part of that over the year AIANJ worked with all three of New Jersey’s Schools of Architecture – NJIT, Princeton, and NJ’s newest at Kean University.   To name a few initiatives – AIANJ sponsored an IDP event at NJIT, discussed the formation of an AIAS chapter at Kean University and opened dialogue with the new Dean at Princeton University.

Overall, 2015 was a good year, most of the firm owners I have talked with have agreed that the economy has improved from where we were a few years ago.   There was more project work, many firms have even brought on more staff to meet the need.  Students and young members have been successful in finding employment.  The profession is respected and we as the leaders are often reached out to for our ideas and participation locally.

All of the things that AIANJ did this year was the result of a team effort.   I would like to say Thank You to everyone who has played a part along the way.  There are to many people to call out by name, so just a Thank You to all.

And lastly, Good Luck to Justin Mihalik, AIA, as you start your year as 2016 President, I look forward to continuing to work with you.

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Kimberly Bunn, AIA, LEEDap
2015 AIANJ President

 

 

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