Category Archives: Members & the Community

Latest news and information on the various ways AIA-NJ Members are involved in their New Jersey communities beyond designing the built environment.

AIA South Jersey Member, Catherine Lorentz, AIA is featured in the news

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The Press of Atlantic City has featured Catherine’s home restoration project in their April Home and Garden section. Congratulations, Catherine, from your colleagues at AIA NJ. AC PRESS-1 copyAC PRESS-2

Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, Elevated to American Institute of Architects College of Fellows

 

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Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

New Jersey Architect Recognized with National Distinction

On Thursday April 27, 2017, the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) will celebrate the elevation of Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, a beloved member, mentor and leader, to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) prestigious College of Fellows.

 

The fellowship program was developed to honor those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. The program recognizes architects in several categories, including outstanding service to the profession, service to the community, design, architectural education and career or volunteer excellence beyond the built environment. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to the profession and to society at a national level. The 2017 fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the National AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando FL.

 

Upon receiving word of his elevation, Eben stated “I have been incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the public in a career that has included the completion of buildings for all types of construction and uses, across the entire country, while at the same time supporting my colleagues through volunteer efforts with the AIA.  I am truly honored that the AIA has recognized me as a Fellow.”

 

In a career now in its fifth decade, Mr. Eben has served in more than forty different leadership positions, always acting tirelessly as an advocate and representative for the profession and the AIA. Soon after becoming a licensed architect, Jerry assumed leadership positions in AIA Newark and Suburban Architects, one of six (6) local sections of the Chapter.  In fact, he has served in every position available, in AIA-NJ and in each he has not only fulfilled his duties, but done more.  When his term as President of the Chapter coincided with the 150th anniversary of the AIA, he inaugurated an original public affairs effort, employing a firm to gain press and deploying 150 architects to visit middle and high schools from which they graduated during the annual National Architecture Week.

 

Jerry’s personal touch and grassroots approach have been the key to his ongoing success.  In 2011 he began a three-year stint on the AIA National Board, serving on various committees with a concentration on advocacy and reaching out to government officials regarding the elimination of urban Brownfields to help “bring back from the brink,” America’s cities.

 

From the time of his move to West Orange, he worked for the rehabilitation of the Edison Battery Building with the goal of enhancing the historic downtown.  Enlisting members of Congress from both sides of the aisle in this cause, he organized symposia to educate local leaders on the potential of these sites.  He has testified on Capitol Hill as an expert witness on the subject. He has spoken at AIA Conferences, teaching his colleagues how to promote beneficial legislation.

 

Jerry’s dedication to community is unrelenting.  He has written frequent opinion pieces in the local press, with the goal of educating the public of the importance of architecture and this commitment as an art, as well as a social necessity.

 

He strongly believes that the promotion of architecture and its profession must start with our children, future architects, clients, and citizens.  For thirty years, he has spoken to 10,000 young adults about making architecture a career choice.  His lectures include building safety ideas, so when you go on vacation and your child counts how many hotel room doors to the nearest fire exit, you know that they have heard this from one of Mr. Eben’s presentations.

 

This year begins Eben’s 45th in the AIA and as he has often stated, “that many of his former employers encouraged his involvement in the organization, and I want to sincerely thank them for the encouragement.  In addition, I want to thank friends and colleagues at the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the support of my family for allowing me to participate.”

 

Out of a total AIA membership now surpassing 90,000, there are just three per cent distinguished with the honor of fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA who have promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession; advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice; coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations; advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment; or made the profession of ever-increasing service to society.

 

To join the celebration at the AIA NJ Fellows Reception, find us at Copper Canyon Grill, 9101 International Dr #1220, Orlando FL at 6PM on April 27, 2017. Festivities hosted by President Elect, Verity Frizzell, AIA.

 
About AIA and AIA New Jersey

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional organization that helps architects serve the public’s needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its 300 plus local chapters represent 90,000 licensed architects and allied professionals. The organization’s local chapter, AIA New Jersey, has served as the voice of the architecture profession in the Garden State since 1900. Based in Trenton, AIA New Jersey has 2,000 members in six local sections. For more information, please visit www.aia-nj.org.

 

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AIANJ 2017 Special Meeting

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All AIA New Jersey Members are welcome to attend the organization’s Special Meeting to review and vote on a ByLaws change.

Date:         Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time:         6:00 pm
Location:  Trenton Country Club
201 Sullivan Way
Trenton, NJ 08628

**Due to the venue’s wardrobe policies, jeans are not permitted. Thank you.**

2017 AIANJ Fellows Reception

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Join AIA New Jersey in celebrating our newest
2017 AIA Fellow, Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

AIA NJ FELLOWS RECEPTION
Thursday, April 27th 2017
6:00 – 8:00 in the Evening
at
Copper Canyon Grill 
 
9101 International Dr #1220
Orlando, FL 32819
 
Sponsored by:

 

Donald King FAIA Message on Diversity

AIA stands for Equality and Human Rights

“Diversity is a cultural ethos embraced by AIA membership to foster inclusion, service, and a quality of life in celebration of all communities in our society. This is regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or identity, age, geography, intellectual or practice area.”

As Black History Month comes to a close, AIA New Jersey would like to share the message below with our members and followers. This message is from the At-Large Director of the AIA National Board of Directors. It has been, and continues to be, a goal of our organization to support and encourage new architect members from all underrepresented demographics. While the path to licensure is difficult for anyone, clearly Mr. King has overcome unique challenges in his life in order to stand with us as he does today, as a member, as a leader, and as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects.

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This is my maternal great-great Grandfather. He was born two years before the founding of the AIA, in Moss, Georgia. Until the age of 8, he was not free in a free country.

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NJIT Design Showcase 2017

Please join the College of Architecture and Design

and co-chairs Chuck Dietz ’83 & Marc Parette ’83 

for

Design Showcase 2017

Celebrating CoAD’s continued commitment
to students and industry professionals

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 Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weston Hall Gallery

NJIT College of Architecture and Design

4:30 p.m.

 

An evening featuring keynote speakers Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith of MOS Architects, student design awards,  live music and cocktail reception

Registration with dedicated professional networking session for all guests begins promptly at 4:30 p.m.

To register for the event and for sponsorship opportunities
click below:

 
For additional event details please contact Lauren Brolly at
[email protected] / 973-596-5531 or by visiting: 

Design Showcase 2017! 

We look forward to seeing you on March 30th!

ADVOCACY VALUE STATEMENT  

February 2017

AIAeagle_2016AIA New Jersey (AIANJ) is more important than ever as our country is going through transitions. Our profession has been respected by all because of our values and our commitment to improve the built environment. It is important for us to represent our membership to support or to defend these values.

 

AIA National has released 2017 Statement of our Values, AIA NJ is united in support of the national statement:

Value Statement 

In it we state our priorities:

  • We stand for equity and human rights,
  • We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities,
  • We stand for a sustainable future,
  • We stand for protecting communities from the impact of climate change,
  • We stand for economic opportunity,
  • We stand for investing in the future, and
  • We speak up, and policymakers listen.

Read more at AIA

 

AIA New Jersey

AIA NJ has our professional values that echoes the AIA National statement. As licensed Architects we are all working to advance the quality of life of built environment and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. We also has our values formulated through the efforts of our PROFESSIONAL Committees. The following are the values and programs specifically developed in AIA NJ:

  • Sustainable Environment
  • Resiliency
  • Health & Wellness
  • Historic Resources
  • Homeland Security
  • Diversity & Women in Architecture

As we set our ADVOCACY agenda and priorities for 2017, the above values statement for AIA and AIA NJ are the most important issues for our MEMBERS.

Therefore, it is important that the Communication, Public Awareness, Legislative & Government Affairs and Membership committees all working toward the same goals.

Ben P. Lee,
AIA NJ President

A Lifetime of Love for Family, and Architecture

Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

West Orange, NJ
February 14, 2017

On Friday, January 27th, NJ Architect Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, was sorting his thoughts in preparation of sharing his passion with more than 50 students at the 7th annual Pacific Cascade Middle School Career Fair in Issaquah, WA. Jerry had flown across the country from his home in West Orange, NJ to Issaquah, WA to share this very special event with his grandson, Alex Kernish.  On that day, classes of 6th, 7th and 8th graders would hear Mr. Eben speak on his profession, being an architect!  Jerry’s goal in making these presentations, estimated to have reached more than 10,000 people over the last 30 years, has always been to explain that the role of the architect in society is vital, protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, through the buildings that architects design.

How did this long distance invitation from the principal come to be, over the possibility of recruiting a local professional to visit the children? Alex’s mother, Dena, knows that there is no greater cheerleader for the cause than her beloved father, and submitted his contact information for consideration.

In Jerry’s toolkit were a few dozen of the beautiful photographs taken by Alexander Noble for the decade old AIA-NJ 150 Buildings and Places exhibit. Jerry’s confident that his nostalgic, historical storytelling, interwoven with the images, formed a lasting memory for a lot of these young adults.  He does not doubt that after leaving the classroom, they did look up at some of the wonderful architecture that is nestled so well within the natural and planted landscape of Issaquah, including their own beautiful school, provided by a board that understands the value of quality and consistency in their built environment, an so employs a district architect to provide all of the services to their school community. He knows that the seeds have been planted for some of these youngsters to come east for vacation with their families, seeking a trip back in time at the Edison Museum or maybe to consider applying to college in some of the magnificent halls shared in the images of Rutgers and Princeton.

He explained to them that if they like to draw, build, create or experiment with structures they should consider architecture as a career.  He stated that “it is a profession that you can continue to do into old age” and mentioned, Gilbert Seltzer, AIA, from West Orange, who goes to work every day and is more than a century young!

Jerry taught the importance of building codes, explaining why big buildings have at least two means of egress, sprinklers and rules about occupancy and use.  He encouraged that on their visits to the local movie theater or shopping mall, (and especially if they are on their own) that they need to be cognizant of where they are and that sometimes the way in to a building is not the fastest way out!

Jerry conveyed the role of the American Institute of Architects, the international, professional society, which has and continues to support architects, now in its 160th year, with continuing education, career advice, contracts and political advocacy, and most of all unification, providing one voice for architects to share and promote their values.

Jerry encourages us all to take some time out to go to a local school and speak about what it is that we do. It can be a real benefit for these young people and us, because those who do not choose to become architects may be our clients, and an informed person makes a better client!

AIANJ Installs Ben Lee as 2017 President

Lee is Managing Principal and Chief Financial Officer of NK Architects Morristown, N.J.

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Ben Lee, AIA

The American Institute of Architects – New Jersey (AIA- NJ) has announced Ben Lee, AIA, as the organization’s 2017 president.

Lee, a resident of Wayne, will be formally installed during AIA-NJ’s annual awards gala, which will be held on Jan. 14 at the Sheraton in Mahwah, N.J. Lee has been an active board member of AIA-NJ for the past five years, serving as president elect in 2016, first vice president in 2015 and treasurer in 2014.  Lee was also the 2011 president of the Architects League of Northern New Jersey, one of AIA-NJ’s six local sections.

As president of AIA-NJ, Lee’s objective for the year is to make architects more aware of how the design of the built environment can impact health and wellness. Under his direction, AIA-NJ will work with the New Jersey State Legislature and will implement a government and public awareness advocacy campaign to enhance the well-being of individuals across the state through the design process.

“As architects, we are best positioned to improve the population’s health through our design for housing, schools, offices and commercial buildings,” Lee said. “By developing physical space that promote walking, biking, parks and recreation and public gathering spaces, we are creating a healthier and more livable community.”

With over 35 years of experience in architecture, Lee is managing principal and chief financial officer of Morristown-based NK Architects, a national architectural, structural engineering, planning and interior design firm. A board-certified healthcare architect, he has applied his design and management skills to advance NK’s Healthcare Design Group.
Last year, Lee was awarded the 2016 Kindred Spirit Award by Carrier Clinic for his assistance in the non-profit behavioral healthcare system providing a safe, restorative, and respectful environment for adolescents and adults receiving mental health and addiction treatment services.
Lee is also a member of several other professional groups such as the American Society of Hospital Engineers, the American Hospital Association, the Healthcare Facilities Management Society of New Jersey, the USGBC LEED accredited professional and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association.

AZURE Magazine Awards for Design Excellence

azawards2017AZURE, the influential contemporary design and architecture magazine, announces the opening of submissions to the 2017 AZ AWARDS. The 7th annual international competition celebrates excellence in design.

* Entries are juried by a panel of architects & designers at the forefront of their professions
* Finalists and Winners are published in the AZ Awards Annual issue and are recognized at the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto on June 23, 2017.
* Student winner receives a $5000 cash prize.
 
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Submissions are open to architects, designers and firms of all disciplines, manufacturers and clients.
 
Categories include:
Architecture: residential, commercial & institutional, temporary & demonstration spaces
Landscape Architecture: public and private landscapes
Design: furniture, furniture systems, lighting fixtures, lighting installations, interior products, architectural products
Interiors: residential, commercial & institutional
Experiential Graphic Design: wayfinding, sign programs, information and map design, experiential brand identity
Concepts: unbuilt competition entries, concepts/ideas/prototypes
A+ Award: $5000 prize for work developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2016. 
 
Final entry deadline: February 21, 2017.