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Half Moon Offers NJ IRC Building Code Seminar

Review the adoption and enforcement of the New Jersey Edition of the International Residential Code (IRC).

Learn about recent and anticipated code amendments.

Examine code requirements for building planning and shell construction.

Discuss energy efficiency requirements and compliance methods.

Explore code requirements for mechanical, fuel gas, plumbing and electrical systems.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Holiday Inn, Cherry Hill, NJ

Instructor Daniel Scott Mascione, AIA, LEEDap

6.5 HSW AIA Learning Units
Tuition:  $ 269 per registration

More information
Offered by HalfMoon Education

 

President’s Message – The Second Half of the Year

JAM_headshotThe second half of the year has just flown by and that’s because there has been a lot of good things going on for AIANJ.  In July leaders from the six Sections and AIANJ met to have a mid-term review on our Strategic Goals and to plan for the second half of the year.  You may recall that under the leadership of Kimberly Bunn our immediate Past President, over the course of two day long workshops, leaders brainstormed and collaborated on a new Strategic Plan with four main goals involving architects and the profession, the public, and AIANJ membership.  These goals incorporate the work of all of our committees as well as collaboration with our six Sections.

Just two weeks ago, leaders met once again for a President’s Roundtable Leadership Conference, which focused on our transition over the next six weeks to our incoming President Ben Lee.  The President’s of the six sections gave a State of the Section report and then we began the planning of 2017.  I am very happy to say that the plan for 2017 is in keeping with the strategic goals and the collaboration between the Sections is growing.

In September, a small group of us attended the annual Large States Conference in Austin TX hosted by the AIA Texas Society of Architects.  “Large States” is made up of eight state components that are single state Chapters, which NJ is the smallest, and these Chapters make up almost 50% of the AIA membership.  This is a two-day conference focusing on issues that affect our members as well as AIA leadership and we share best practices in order to improve the level of service.  I am very proud to say that AIANJ is right there at the top with the largest of the state components in services and activities.  Probably the most important of the roundtable discussions was that regarding “credentialing”.  This has been a topic hanging around AIA for more than 30 years and it finally seems that it may have enough traction to move forward.  The only example of credentialing thus far in the AIA is the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA).  This group was formed out of the original knowledge community on this subject.  The recommendation made to AIA leaders was to create additional specializations from other knowledge communities using the ACHA as the model.  Standby…

This year at the League of Municipalities, I will be making a presentation to the Department of Community Affairs Fire Safety Commission regarding AIANJ’s position on the use of lightweight construction materials and the recommendations we have made in our whitepaper, which you can download through the AIANJ website.  This is an important step for the organization in which AIANJ will be recognized as the expert on this subject.  AIANJ will continue to work with our legislators and educate them that legislation is not the right place for changing the building code.  I personally have shared the whitepaper with several construction officials who have agreed with our recommendations.

So what I have left in my bucket list are two main items: Large Firm Roundtable and the AIANJ Scholarship Foundation.  I am currently working with several principals of NJ large firms (20+ employees) to rejuvenate this adhoc committee in order to bring large firm involvement back into our seven components.  I want to thank the ongoing dedication of firms including Gensler, KSS Architects, Kitchen & Associates and NK Architects.  The success of AIANJ comes from its diversity in all aspects of life, but also in firm size.  Last but not least, discussions have begun with the AIANJ Scholarship Foundation in order to re-energize this very important foundation, which primarily provides scholarships to architecture students on a yearly basis.  Many other state components have broadened the mission of their Foundations and my hope is that we will be able to do the same.

Sincerely,

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Justin A. Mihalik AIA
AIA New Jersey President

Spiezle Architectural Group Appoints Thomas S Perrino

Spiezle Architectural Group Appoints Thomas S. Perrino President and Chief Executive Officer

Plans Continued Growth and Diversification Following Recent GS Architects Acquisition

 
tom_perrino-reducedSpiezle Architectural Group, Inc., an award-winning, full-service architectural, interior design and planning firm with offices in Trenton, New Jersey and Media, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas S. Perrino, AIA LEEDap, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer after serving as its Interim Chief Executive Officer since December 2015.  The move positions Mr. Perrino to further drive the firm’s growth and diversification strategy on the heels of its recent acquisition of GS Architects.

 

“I’m honored to have been named President and CEO of Spiezle Architectural Group having spent over half my professional career with the firm. I look forward to guiding our growth and evolution into new markets and geographies,” said Mr. Perrino.  “I’m enthusiastic about the future and continuing the momentum we have established in providing our clients with distinguished architecture, interior design, planning and sustainability services.”

 

A well-earned ascension, Mr. Perrino’s appointment culminates a long and successful tenure with Spiezle Architectural Group spanning more than a decade. He brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of management, architectural design, and construction.   Mr. Perrino’s strategic vision and thought leadership significantly strengthened various market sectors within Spiezle including the expansion of its corporate/commercial and higher education markets.  An integral part of the firm’s longevity, he plans to build upon the employee-owned culture and reputation that has been a cornerstone of its 62-year legacy.

 

“We welcome Tom to his new role as President and CEO, and I’m confident that his appointment will continue to build upon his efforts, and those of the rest of the executive team, to lead Spiezle to future levels of achievement,” said Anthony J. “Skip” Cimino, chairman of the board, Spiezle Architectural Group.  “Tom’s extensive knowledge of the industry, creative talent and proven business acumen made him the ideal selection for the position.”Spiezle_logo_cmyk

NCARB Launches ARE 5.0

The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0 launched November 1, 2016, and incorporates the latest testing technology.

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The next version of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), ARE 5.0, will launch November 1, 2016, incorporating the latest testing technologies and format that more closely aligns with modern practice. The six-division exam will include case studies that simulate real-world practice, and will be offered without a fee increase.

Developed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the multi-division exam is taken by all candidates seeking architectural licensure in the United States. As with all licensing exams, the ARE is updated periodically to ensure it continues to test the knowledge and skills necessary for the independent practice of architecture.

To adapt to changes in the profession, ARE 5.0 will incorporate a new division structure and the latest graphic testing methods. The exam content has been reorganized into six divisions, which are designed to reflect the phases of architectural practice—from practice management to construction and evaluation. The new divisions also align with the experience areas of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), making the licensure process smoother and easier to understand for candidates.

Incorporating the Latest Testing Technology

The new exam will retire vignettes—a graphic question type used in the current version—and incorporate two new question types: hot spots and drag-and-place. ARE 5.0 will also include case studies to assess a candidate’s ability to synthesize multiple pieces of information. Each ARE 5.0 division will feature 80 to 120 questions comprised of these new question types, plus multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, and fill-in-the-blank questions.

NCARB carefully develops the ARE in conjunction with hundreds of practicing architects who volunteer their time, services, and expertise to write, test, and analyze the exam. The ARE is then reviewed by experts who verify the questions are fair, reliable, and in compliance with national testing standards.

 

2016 AIANJ DESIGN AWARD WINNERS

2016 DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS

MERIT UNBUILT

PROJECT:
Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science & Innovation
FIRM
HDR 

PROJECT:
Village House
FIRM
Stonewater Architects   

PROJECT:
The Unitarian Church Expansion
FIRM
ikon.5 architects   

     

PROJECT:
Olympic Archery Park
FIRM
ikon.5 architects   

MERIT INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE 


PROJECT:
Guerrilla Fitness
FIRM
Solid and Void   

MERIT BUILT-OPEN

PROJECT:
Pinbright Institute
FIRM
HDR  


PROJECT:
Biotrial North America Headquarters
FIRM
Francis Cauffman   

MERIT HISTORIC PRESERVATION

PROJECT:
93 Reade Street
FIRM
CTS  

MERIT RESIDENTIAL

PROJECT:
Holly Pointe Commons, Rowan University
FIRM
Erdy McHenry Architects  

PROJECT:
Prosepct Avenue House
FIRM
Joseph Hobart Weiss   

 

HONOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION 

 
PROJECT:
Porcelanosa
FIRM
CTS   
 

HONOR BUILT 

 
PROJECT:
NJ Insitute for Food Nutrition and Health
FIRM
              Ballinger         
PROJECT:
MD Anderson Cancer Center
FIRM
HDR  

 

Francis Cauffman Wins AIANJ Award for Biotrial’s North American Headquarters

Annual awards program honors design excellence in New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ–Architecture firm Francis Cauffman has been honored with a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Jersey, as part of their 2016 Design Awards. The Merit Award for Built Projects celebrates French contract research company Biotrial’s North American headquarters in Newark, New Jersey’s University Heights Science & Technology Park (UHSTP).

The AIA is a professional organization that builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. The annual Design Awards bring public and professional recognition to design teams that have made a significant contribution to design excellence in New Jersey.

“Francis Cauffman has a great team that collaborated closely with Biotrial to understand their work and their specific needs for this building,” said James Crispino, President of Francis Cauffman. “Our building embodies Biotrial’s culture and seamlessly integrates it into the urban fabric of Newark.”

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Biotral’s new North American headquarters in Newark.  Photo by Chris Cooper.

 

Francis Cauffman’s team included: Buro Happold (Building Systems Engineer); Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineer); Sciame (Construction Manager, Cost Estimator); David Langdon (Cost Estimator); Langan Engineering Services (Site Civil, Traffic, and Landscape Architect); Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster (Land Use Attorney), Joseph A. Natoli Construction Inc. (General Contractor).

Biotrial’s Design
The 70,000-sq.-ft. building is strategically located in the Park, an urban redevelopment initiative uniting five universities and other biomedical organizations.  The high quality of the building’s design, which expresses Biotrial’s mission, has raised the bar for this redevelopment neighborhood, adding jobs and stimulating growth.

Francis Cauffman designed the building as two interlocking planes, whose materials reflect Biotrial’s values. The rear, private façade is solid black brick with matching mortar, which gives a sense of strength and solidity. In contrast, the front is a fritted glass curtain wall, communicating openness and transparency. The fritting creates movement as the light passes through, while also providing privacy. Inspired by the nature of Biotrial’s work, the designers created a ribbon of metal, suggestive of the fluidity of chemistry, to tie the two planes together. The ribbon forms an entrance canopy on the private side, moves through the building as the lobby ceiling, and reemerges on the public side to create a frame for the vestibule and finally the canopy for services.

Natural light penetrates deeply into the interior through the glass, and through asymmetrical ribbon windows in the brick façade. Inside, the building contains a laboratory, pharmacy, and clinical facilities including a 100-bed unit to conduct trials, corporate and volunteer recruitment office, a café, library, lounge, and gardens. 

YAF Connection October 2016

yaf-connect_11_16The latest Young Architects Forum publication Connection has been released.
The topic is Data Driven Design.   Click on link below to the publication:

Interested in learning more about the Young Architects Forum (YAF) reach out to
the AIANJ Young Architect Regional Director Jessica O’Donnell.

Structural Design for Practitioners

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AIA NJ Offers the Following Continuing Education Program

Title:     Structural Design for Practitioners
Dates:   November 9 & 14, 2016
Time:    6 to 9:15 p.m. each evening
Place:    College of Architecture and Design
Weston Hall, NJIT, Newark Park in the garage

Course Description:

This is a two part course with part one focusing on building codes and structural standards; overview of lateral load resisting systems, moment frames, shear walls, braced frames, and wood structures. The connector selection process using examples of common connectors. Part two will focus on steel structures and an overview of structural design methods including Allowable Stress Design and Load and Resistance Factor Design; how to size steel columns under axial loads and general types of steel connections.

Credits: 6 HSW/LU

Instructor:    Rima Taher, PhD, PE,

Senior University Lecturer, NJIT, Newark, N.J.

Fee:    $150 AIA Members; $225 Non Members

Deadline:    Register before November 6, 2016 (while seats are available)

Space is limited to 40 registrants
Coffee and cookies will be served at break

Register to attend online at https://myprereg.com//Events/AIASDP16 

 

Drawing Inspiration from our Emerging Professionals – Megan Pritts

megan_pritts“Drawing Inspiration from our Emerging Professionals” is an eight-part series that will be published on the AIA NJ blog over the course of the month of October, AIA Emerging Professionals Month. In this series, our young professionals will chronicle the personal stories of how they were attracted to become architects — and how architecture inspires them.

At the age of 5, I already knew I wanted to become an architect. What inspired me was the environment around me in which I grew up. Living in the suburbs, I drew variations of what I saw from houses to gardens to school buildings. I drew a house for each of my friends with vibrant colors and imaginative shapes that reflected the personality or image of them in my head.I drew each of these houses from the view of the street and later learned that one side or face of a building is called a facade. My series of facade studies started taking shape within a neighborhood where I drew landscapes, roads and driveways connecting all of the homes to other buildings like schoolhouses. I assume this progression from drawing houses to interconnected neighborhoods came from riding the school bus every day and beginning to understand how neighborhoods are planned and connected.

I would argue that anything can be inspirational for a child. I found so much inspiration from my natural surroundings and the built world I lived in that I used that to imagine new structures that would enhance the existing environment. My passion for drawing and my early imagination led me to develop a sense or ability to design at a young age.

Growing up, I never stopped sketching, designing and planning, so it was only natural for me to pursue a career in architecture.

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