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New Perspectives on the Past – Registration Open

image001New Perspectives on the Past: 2015 New Jersey History & Historic Preservation Conference, scheduled for June 3-4, 2015 at the Hotel ML in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The annual conference offers more than 20 educational sessions and field workshops over two days. Featured speakers include Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI’s National Art Crime Team, Ruth Abram, founder of the Tenement Museum, and Elizabeth Silkes from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

Featured this year:
· Walking tour of historic Collingswood and discussion of tools for downtown revitalization
· Sessions on preservation planning, disaster response, and combatting demolition by neglect
· Historic wood window restoration hands-on workshop

Select sessions will be eligible for AIA, AICP, and ASLA continuing education credits. Networking opportunities will center around the Marketplace exhibit area and during the closing reception at the ML Hotel’s Coco Key Water Resort.

For more information and to register, visit the conference website at www.njpreservationconference.org

Donna M. Miller, AIA Earns NJ Architect License

miller_cag Donna M. Miller, AIA has just successfully completed all sections of the rigorous Architectural Registration Examination administered by the New Jersey State Board of Architects and NCARB.
As a newly Registered Architect in the State of New Jersey, Donna now assumes all of the professional responsibilities of a licensed design professional.
Donna has made many very positive contributions in the management of significant design projects over the past five years at Cornerstone. She is a Project Architect, overseeing the design, documentation and implementation of designs for several of CAG’s high profile clients. Most notable; SHI, Chelsea Senior Living, Springfield Township, PTC Therapeutics, Foley Inc., and Environ among others.
Donna lives in Matawan, NJ with her husband Jason, their newborn daughter Evelyn and their dog Blue.

NJIT School of Architecture Appoints New Director

2015-092Richard Garber, AIA, associate professor of architecture, has been appointed director of the School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Garber is the author of BIM Design: Realizing the Creative Potential of Building Information Modeling, published by Wiley in 2014. He also was the editor of Closing the Gap: Information Models in Contemporary Design Practice, published by Wiley in 2009. He is an award-winning architect and partner at GRO Architects. In addition to large-scale planning, Garber is an internationally recognized expert in the application of parametric design and building information modeling.

In 2009, Garber and his architecture students were selected as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. In 2011, as part of a worldwide competition, they designed and built a prototype of a solar house, which was exhibited in Washington, D.C. Two years later, Garber and his students entered the China Solar Decathlon alongside the Harbin Institute of Technology— and built a prototype in Datong, China. In addition, Garber has conducted city-planning research in the developing countryside of Wuhan, China with Zeyuan Qiu, an associate professor in chemical and environmental engineering at NJIT.

“I am thrilled by the prospect of continuing my responsibilities to the School of Architecture in this new and exciting role,” said Garber. “As a committed educator and practicing architect, I look forward to the opportunity to build on our core strengths of digital design and fabrication, high performance buildings and sustainable urbanization. We will do this while capitalizing on the school’s position within the state’s premier STEM institution. It will be fun.”

In his new role, Garber will focus on restructuring the School of Architecture to make full use of the extraordinary talent represented by his colleagues. He intends to work closely with his fellow faculty members to orchestrate this transformation.

Click here to read more about the College of Architecture and Design.

AIANJ East Coast Green – Save The Date : June 17, 2015

AIANJ East Coast Green 

Creating a Culture of Sustainability

Bike Rentals & Mountain Biking - Postcard - Large

June 17, 2015
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
at NJIT School of Architecture

Learn more about the conference program and schedule

Featuring AIANJ COTE Top10 Green Projects

Submit your project
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NJIT Students Win Global Schindler Award

Students Fundraising To Support Travel Costs To Accept Award

Eleven NJIT students in the Master of Infrastructure Planning (MIP) program (a mix of undergraduates and graduate students) led by Georgeen Theodore recently were acknowledged for a Global Schindler Award, a design competition seeking an original design concept to engage the specific spatial condition in Shenzhen, China “Considering the Interface between Mobility and the City”.

The task was to create an urban design-based response to the mobility issues related to Shenzhen and its local and regional relationships in the pearl River Delta. It also required addressing social, economic and environmental challenges presented by globalization and urbanization.

This was the first time in the history of the competition that it was opened for North American universities. Out of the 250 total submissions, only 12 were chosen. Of those twelve, the group form NJIT is the only U.S. based team. They are planning to travel to Shenzhen to accept the award and see the site that was the focus of their design project.

njit_coadThe students seek to raise an additional $5000 to help offset their costs. Any monies collected will be spent on air-fare, trains, hotels and visa applications. The cost per individual student to travel to China is expected to be in excess of $2,000 each.

Their project was titled

SEZ TO EZX: SHENZHEN XROADS

You can read more about their project and fundraising efforts here.

AIA New Jersey 2015 State Convention

Practicing in the New Normal

Save the Date – October 23 & 24, 2015
ITINERARY:
Two Days of Seminars   (earn up to 13 credits)
Three Tracks of Concentration
Two Keynote Design Speakers
One Keynote Business Speaker
Friday One Day Expo
Design Competition
Student Design Competition
Friday Design Awards Dinner
Friday and Saturday Tours
Visit the AIA-NJ State Convention Website for updates at: http://www.aianjconvention.com ** Registration is not open yet **
** However check back to learn more as it becomes available **

AIANJ 2015 Convention Save the Date

  NEW FORMAT:
Design Expo Friday
Design Award Winners announced at the Friday night Design Awards Dinner.
Vendor speaking opportunities
Panel discussion with leading
School of Architecture Deans

Mark it on your calendars to come join us in October !

2015 Annual Scholarship Awarded to Saif Haobsh

NJIT Architecture Student Receives AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Grant for the Second Time

AIA-NJ2015scholarship is pleased to announce that Saif Haobsh was granted the organization’s annual Scholarship Award. The $5,000 grant was presented to the Pompton Lakes resident at AIA-NJ’s annual gala, which was held in Moorestown, N.J. A rising star among New Jersey architecture students, Haobsh also received the prestigious AIA-NJ award in 2011.

Currently in his final year of studies as an NJIT architecture student, Haobsh has a stellar academic record, and intends to further his education with a Masters in Architecture. His extracurricular activities include serving as Manager of NJIT’s Fabrication Lab and model shop. He also served as Project Manager for the NJIT AIAS Freedom By Design, which involved renovating courtyards at a Newark public school and working on the façade design for an occupational rehabilitation center.

Haobsh’s architectural interests include his fascination with the topic of resiliency and the social implications of innovative living conditions and emerging technologies.

The AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Program grants scholarships to qualified architecture students who demonstrate scholastic achievement, talent and potential for success in the architectural profession.

“It always gives us great pleasure to recognize and encourage New Jersey architecture’s rising stars,” said Kimberly Bunn, president of AIA-NJ. “We will continue finding and awarding the brightest in young architecture talent, to help today’s student architects grow into the stewards of our profession.”

In addition to his AIA-NJ honors, in 2014, Haobsh received the Clarence Tabor Memorial Award from the Architects League of Northern New Jersey (ALNNJ) a local section of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ). The Tabor Award is given to students who have shown academic achievement and are entering the final year of an undergraduate architectural program.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Scholarship Award are available.  Find out more information and application online.

AIA-NJ 2015-2016 Scholarships Available

red_eagleThe AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation is seeking qualified applicants currently attending Schools of Architecture to award scholarship monies associated with the 2015-16 AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation Program of Scholarships.   An application form for grant consideration is required from all applicants.  Our Foundation encourages wide distribution of this notice along with disseminating information about our requirements and application forms (available on AIA NJ website) to eligible architectural students.

Deadline for receipt of completed applications for financial aid (including receipt of transcripts and portfolio materials) is FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015.   Grant awards may typically range in size from $2,500 to $5,000 per recipient and may be awarded to one or to multiple, selected architectural students for the 2015-16 School Year, dependent on funds available.

More information and application at aia-nj.org.

The award selection is based upon a scholastic achievement, financial need, personal statement of goals and interests, and architectural talent as determined by an evaluation of a portfolio submission.    If you have any questions about the scholarship program or our scholarship foundation, please direct them to:

Attn: Ms. Cris Miseo, AIA

Miseo Associates, PA Architects
205 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936

Work Tel. #973.533.0002

Denise Scott Brown Keynote at Scholarship Fundraiser

WIA Scholarship Fundraiser Featuring Denise Scott Brown

ScottBrownWomen In Architecture (WIA) is proud to present its Annual Scholarship Fundraiser featuring Denise Scott Brown. We will pay tribute to Denise’s influence on the architecture profession with presentations by esteemed colleagues and collaborators of Denise Scott Brown, including Claudia Cueto, Nancy Rogo Trainer as well as Caroline James and ArielleAssouline-Lichten, the women behind the Pritzker Prize petition. Their presentations will precede the keynote address by Denise herself where she will share insights of her pioneering career and discuss the changing role of women in the architecture and the design industry.

Come join us for an evening to honor Denise Scott Brown and her profound impact on the Philadelphia design community and the greater architecture profession. The proceeds of this event will support a Charter High School for Architecture & Design (CHAD) female graduating senior’s pursuit of a design degree.

Seats are limited, please RSVP today! Continue reading

Help Celebrate Architecture Week

AIA-NJNational Architecture Week April 12-18, 2015

This week we are celebrating Architecture Week. In order to celebrate we are promoting an #archselfie campaign. This campaign seeks to acknowledge that certain individual buildings can have more personal meaning than others, and for different reasons. A new project can reinvent the way we use, see, or experience them within our community. Sometimes it’s their resilience, never changing or moving, that holds the meaning and represents something constant in our lives. Or, an existing building may have shaped our lives, or the lives of countless others that came before us.

Therefore, we will be celebrating architecture as a source of reinvention, recognizing the architect’s profound ability to impact an industry through design, a community through a building’s purpose, and the beauty of architecture itself through restoration and historic preservation. As a part of this campaign we are asking anyone to post “selfies” of themselves in front of any architecture they deem worthy: is it unique, is it meaningful, is it a place near and dear to your heart? Is it your home, school or office? Is it a place where you live, work or play, eat, sleep or pray? Whatever the reason, share it with others using the hashtags #archselfie #archselfienj archweek2015 & #iLookUp, because every building has an architect!

This year Architecture Week also falls on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13. While not educated as an architect, Jefferson is the only U.S. president to be recognized for his architectural affinity.  Jefferson once said: “Architecture is my delight.” Is it your delight? Learn more about Thomas Jefferson here, or share other resources you have found about him.

Happy Architecture Week!

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