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5 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Next month marks the 5 year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Since the storm, AIA NJ Members have taken steps to rebuild a more resilient New Jersey and have better educated themselves to protect our communities from future catastrophes.

If you have been a part of the recovery or renewal and would like to share your story or projects, please contact [email protected] to set up an interview.

Thank you!

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2017 NJIT Lecture Series

Join NJIT for it’s Lecture Series at the College of Architecture and Design

Fall 2017

The Kids are Back in School, How ‘Bout You?

Jerry Eben, FAIA has been speaking to children about architecture for over 30 years now, estimating that he has reached over 10 thousand children with valuable information about our profession. Recently, he has started teaming up with fellow architect Jose Gennaro, AIA to provide bi-lingual programs, especially in schools with large Spanish speaking/ ESL populations.

Jose made his first presentation about 12 years ago when a teacher friend asked him to present at her Perth Amboy school career day. Many of his early programs were geared toward showing young immigrant students what opportunities for success are attainable, with focus and commitment.

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The majority of their partnered sessions are requested in the spring by schools that feature career discussions, but they try and respond to all requests, year-round. They travel most anywhere that they are asked, but most often find themselves in Harrison, Newark, Perth Amboy and the surrounds. If they are not available to attend themselves, will seek out a willing AIA colleague from the school’s local community.

 

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Jose likes sharing his trade best with 3rd-5th graders, while Jerry finds 6th-8th grade most rewarding, but they have presented to all ages, K-12! Most presentations are about 20-30 minutes, with renderings, perspectives, blueprints and photographs circulating around the room.

AIA Newark and Suburban has also provided giveaway items, such as pencils, with the section name embossed on the side.

 

The kids especially love to check out traditional drafting tools and hear about the transition from drawing by hand to CAD.
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The architects share ideas on the best classes to take in high school to prepare for applying for an architecture degree in college, the basic process of licensure, what a day is like in an architectural firm and other career statistics. They discuss building types and what it’s like to run a project.
But even more important than encouraging kids to become architects, the men seek to enlighten the kids on being aware of the buildings in their own communities, respecting their environments, and understanding the value of good design.
Jerry and Jose are cultivating your next generation of educated clients! 
Jerry always tries to get the kids engaged in building human flying buttresses with two tall children & two small children. When he asks where they have seen this around the neighborhood, he always gets a correct answer from a few: “The church around the corner!” He recommends that everyone “LOOK UP” and see the architecture they interact with every day.
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The program is so well received that most schools ask them back year after year.  They have received pictures and thank you notes from the kids.
Jerry recommends the book EXPERIENCING ARCHITECTURE by Steen Eiler Rasmusson and would love to encourage all AIA NJ members to order a few copies from Amazon to offer each school as a leave behind, to extend the lesson beyond their short talk.
Jose suggests the AIA NJ Guidebook to 150 BEST Buildings and Places as a great resource for local kids to find interesting architecture, no matter where they live.
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Both encourage YOU to contact your local school and offer to come in and share your profession with the students. Architects are naturals at presenting, and the conversation requires nothing more than your regular, off the cuff, knowledge.
For more resources and recommendations, look for the next installment of “The Kids are Back in School, How ‘Bout You?” in a future AIA NJ article.

Results of the 2017 AIANJ Annual Meeting

red_eagleAIANJ 2017 Annual General Membership Meeting

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, AIANJ held its 2017 Annual General Membership Meeting in Kenilworth, NJ.

The general members in attendance were asked to consider two important decisions: endorsing the proposed slate of officers for 2018 and approving the revised bylaws put forth by the AIANJ Governance Task Force.

Each was called to a vote and passed. 


The slate of officers for 2018 AIANJ Executive Committee is as follows:

President:    Verity Frizzell, AIA

President Elect:     Judith Donnelly, AIA

1st Vice President:     Kim Vierheilig, AIA

2nd Vice President:    Ruth Bussacco, AIA

Secretary:  John Cwikla, AIA (two year term)

Treasurer:     Steve B. Lazarus, AIA (2nd Year of Two Year term)

Immediate Past President:     Ben Lee, AIA

Regional Representative (2nd Year of Three-year term):    Bruce Turner, AIA

YARD:    Jessica O’Donnell, AIA

RAD:     Brandon Warshofsky, Assoc. AIA

AIANJ thanks all of the newly elected officers for their willingness to serve.


The proposed bylaws changes were finalized after the Governance Task Force received comments from the members at the May meeting.

Please see the resultant report, here.

The approved version passed easily, with only one request for clarification from the attendees.

Click here to read the approved bylaws. All new content is easily identified by looking for the blue text.

AIANJ would like to thank all members that attended the meeting and participated in the election. 

AIANJ Visit with Congressman Pascrell

Bob Cozzarelli, AIA and Larry Parisi, AIA meeting with Congressman Bill Pascrell in his New Jersey District Office September 5th to discuss key issues concerning AIA and the federal government

2017 QUAD State Conference Registration Open

Join AIA New Jersey AIA New York AIA Connecticut and AIA Pennsylvania at the multi-day conference dedicated to design, technology and tradition.

QUAD State Conference Registration is Now Open!

1 Full Day Expo

From drones to engineers to printers to the latest in design materials, you will find them at the QUAD State Conference Expo.

 

Keynote Speakers

General session presentations from Steve Dumez, FAIA, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Leigh Stringer, EYP; Michael Pryor, Design Morphine; Pavlina Vardoulaki, Design Morphine; and Li Chen, Francis Bitoni Studio.

 

Architectural Tours

Choose from the New York State Capitol Building, The Egg, Philip Schuyler Mansion, EMPAC at RPI, University at Albany Business Center, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Zen Zero Energy Nanotechnology Building.

 

Spec Academies

Programs designed to provide you with technical information on methods and materials to enhance your projects.

 

22+ LUs/HSWs*

Obtain your continuing education credits by attending various programs throughout the conference. Spec academies, educational sessions, and architectural tours all carry LU/HSW credit. * Total number of LUs/HSWs earned depends on sessions attended. 

 

30+ Educational Sessions

A generous offering of educational opportunities presented by content leaders from all over the world.

 

Conference Location

Albany Capital Center

55 Lodge St.

Albany, NY

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Albany, NY

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$149/night

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Albany, NY

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AIA NJ Leaders participate in the Municipal Land Use Law RE-FORUM Meeting on May 19,2017

Presentation of Compendium of Notes

from MLUL RE-FORUM Meeting on May 19, 2017 

to the West Orange Township Council

by Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, PP, [email protected]

 

The Hon. Joe Krakoviak, West Orange Township Council President recently invited AIA NJ Past President Jerome Eben, FAIA to speak on the Municipal Land Use Law Re-Forum. Organized by the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association this past May, AIA NJ was one of many sponsors. Jerry talked about this extremely informative event and a follow up meeting in July that he attended with President Ben Lee, AIA.

Jerry explained to the Council, Hon. Robert Parisi, Mayor and about 75 members of the public that along with many of his colleagues, we have long known that the  zoning in this New Jersey is broken and has been for a very long time.  He explained that AIA-NJ had a decade ago, given thought to the problem, as well as a name, calling it:

 

“Zoning Ridiculousness”

 

Jerry spoke of the lack of intelligent planning throughout New Jersey’s 565 municipalities.  Highlighting that this is especially critical in areas along common border lines.   Despite the apparent fact that individual Master Plans declare that the so called intelligent planning exists between these communities, in truth it does not.
This is the consensus of the many professionals who have the chore of navigating the MLUL on behalf of their clients.  He explained that the costs both the clients and in turn (alphabetically) architects, attorneys, engineers, planners and sometimes many other consultants in appearing before municipal regulatory boards, is out of control.

In a very general way, what came out of the RE-FORUM meeting was the following important QUESTION:

How can we enhance and update the MLUL to reflect 21st century planning advancements, recognize the diversity of conditions across municipalities, create an efficient, value-driven review process, and ensure development and preservation outcomes that support shared statewide priorities of prosperity, environmental stewardship, affordability, mobility, public health & safety, quality places and sustainable design?

 

The meeting organizers recommended attendance by experienced practitioners, decision-makers and opinion leaders.  There were well over 150 participants to share their vision for how the MLUL could be updated to authorized the use of invocative planning tools in NJ communities. The goal would be to PREVENT internal inconsistencies between Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances and re-examination reports that in fact confound the for mentioned professionals, not to mention the public.

The Compendium of Notes from this program reflect the highlights from twenty-eight (28) Breakout Sessions.  Over fifty (50) pages of records have been placed on the association’s web page.  They reflect the general opinions from those who participated in these sessions.  

Click here to read the entire report.
Because of a time constraint, Jerry addressed only a few of the items, but he tells us they were those close to his long time push to get enforcement under control, make sure contents of the Master Plan include detailed points to review on the zoning ordinances and that it would be helpful to professionals appearing before these boards if the volunteer board members were better educated and prepared by visiting the proposed sites prior to their actual meeting.

 

He also mentioned that it is extremely important for Zoning Officers to be a trained in Planning and Zoning issues and State certified with followed up mandatory continuing education credits!  

 

Lastly, he spoke of the support of non-automobile mobility options………SAFE STREETS ARE A MUST and ordinances on paper need to be applied to all applicants with strict enforcement.

 

The Re-Forum committee meets again in September. Ben and Jerry will be present and promise their fellow members of AIA NJ a follow up to where hopefully this will lead all of us to the removal of Zoning Ridiculousness in our State.

 

AIA NJ 2017 Service Award Nominations are open!

  AIA-NJ Service Awards Program is Now Open!
The AIA NJ Architect of the Year Award
Description of Award/Eligibility
An award may be given to a registered architect AIA New Jersey member in good standing recognized as having made a major accomplishment in the field of architecture and has distinguished himself/herself both professionally and personally. The award is to be based on professional, technical and personal accomplishments. 
The AIA NJ Intern Architect of the Year Award
Description of Award/Eligibility
An award may be given to an Associate AIA New Jersey member in good standing recognized as having made a significant contribution
within the Architectural Experience Program (formerly IDP) and has distinguished himself/herself both professionally and personally by not just meeting the requirements of the program, but by surpassing them. The award basis is on both professional and technical accomplishments.
The AIA NJ Resident of the Year Award
Description of Award/Eligibility
An award may be given to a resident of New Jersey recognized as having made major contributions to the built environment through community activity, legislative involvement, professional (non-architect) practice or by means of other appropriate activities.
The AIA NJ Firm of the Year Award
Description of Award/Eligibility
An award may be given to an Architectural/Engineering, or Architect led Design/Build Firm located in New Jersey recognized as having made major accomplishments to the field of architecture. The award basis is to be professional, technical and personal accomplishments.
The AIA NJ Distinguished Service Award
Description of Award/Eligibility
An award may be given to a registered architect AIA New Jersey member in good standing recognized as having provided distinguished service to the profession and to the Society. The award is to be based solely on his/her involvement in the profession and in AIA’s programs and activities.
The AIA NJ Young Architect of the Year Award
Description of Award/Eligibility
An award may be given to an individual recognized as having made major accomplishments in the field of architecture and has distinguished himself/herself both professionally and personally. This award is to be presented only to an AIA New Jersey member who has been registered in the practice of Architecture for no more than ten (10) years. This award is to recognize an individual for achievements in the profession at an early point in their career.
Deadline:
September 29
 
Submit via email:
Submit by mail:
Service Awards Program
414 River View Plaza
Trenton, NJ 08611-3420
Please visit our website for additional information about the program, awards, and more.
With any other questions, please call 609-393-5690.

Raymond F. Wells, AIA, 1928-2017

He lived by the motto, “Service above Self”

AIA NJ is sorry to share the news that Raymond F. Wells, AIA has passed away on August 27, 2017.  We share his obituary with you here. If you were a colleague of Ray’s, we invite you to comment on this post with a memory.

Please consider making a donation to the AIA NJ Scholarship Foundation in the name of Raymond F. Wells, AIA, so that his contribution to architecture can live on through you.