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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.
Join AIA New Jersey in celebrating our newest
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.
Please join the College of Architecture and Design
and co-chairs Chuck Dietz ’83 & Marc Parette ’83
Design Showcase 2017
|For additional event details please contact Lauren Brolly at
[email protected] / 973-596-5531 or by visiting:
We look forward to seeing you on March 30th!
AIA 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:
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.
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
- 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
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!
Lee is Managing Principal and Chief Financial Officer of NK Architects Morristown, N.J.
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.”
* 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.
Submissions are open to architects, designers and firms of all disciplines, manufacturers and clients.
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.
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Strike Zone Lanes
Egg Harbor City, NJ
All Emerging Professionals Invited
RSVP: Christina Amey, AIA
AIA recently announced that AIA New Jersey member Jerome (Jerry) Leslie Eben has been elevated to AIA Fellow. Fellowship is AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.
Jerry has committed more than three decades to OUR profession and to the Institute that supports the architects and architecture across the country. His elevation to Fellow reflects his dedication to AIA as a member, an officer and trustee of AIA Newark and Suburban, an officer and trustee of AIA New Jersey and, AIA Regional Director. It also reflects his dedication and commitment to students and aspiring young architects around the country.
Advocacy and the next generation of architects are two of Jerry’s passions. He has shepherded countless young architects into the profession through his mentorship. He has been involved in career fairs throughout the State, around the country, and has spoken at numerous events about architecture. And, through his interactions with many legislators and officials, he has tirelessly promoted AIA’s message at both the local and national levels.
Jerry will receive his Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The Investiture Ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. We at AIA New Jersey congratulate Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA on this tremendous accomplishment and thank him for his dedication and service to the AIA.
Congratulations Jerry !
AIA New Jersey (AIANJ) and Architects League of Northern New Jersey (ALNNJ) hosted the Annual Inauguration and Awards Gala Saturday evening at the Sheraton in Mahwah, NJ. The event gathered architects and allied professions along with their families to celebrate architecture and swear in the incoming boards of both organizations.
2017 AIANJ President Ben Lee, AIA, and 2015 ALNNJ President Paul Bryan, AIA, welcomed and toasted to a successful 2016 and for a prosperous 2017 ahead.
Architects League of Northern NJ presented the following awards and installed their 2017 Officers:
ALNNJ Trustee Awards
– Matthew A. Fink, AIA
– Todd M. Hause, AIA
– Joseph E. David, AIA
ALNNJ Vegliante Memorial Award
– R. Terry Durden, AIA
AIA New Jersey made presentations to the 2016 Service Award winners and the 2016 Design Award winners.
AIANJ Service Awards
– Intern Architect of the Year Megan Pritts, Associate AIA
– Young Architect of the Year Andrew Burian, AIA
– Architect of the Year Paul Barlo, AIA
– Architectural Firm of the Year Kimmerle Group
– Distinguished Service Award Michael J. Hanrahan, AIA
AIANJ 2016 Design Awards
– 93 Reade Street • CTS
– Biotrial North America Headquarters • Francis Cauffman
– Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science & Innovation • HDR
– Guerrilla Fitness • Solid and Void
– Holly Pointe Commons, Rowan University • Erdy McHenry Architects
– MD Anderson Cancer Center • HDR
– NJ Insitute for Food Nutrition and Health • Ballinger
– Olympic Archery Park • ikon.5 architects
– Pinbright Institute • HDR
– Porcelanosa • CTS
– Prosepct Avenue House • Joseph Hobart Weiss
– The Unitarian Church Expansion • ikon.5 architects
– Village House • Stonewater Architects
The new Regional Representative Bruce Turner, AIA, installed the 2017 AIANJ officers. Outgoing Regional Representative Robert Cozzarelli, AIA, was honored for his service to the organization as well as other past presidents in attendance.