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.

2015 Photography Competition – Voting Open

AIA West Jersey Photography CompetitionNow in it’s 10th year – the AIA West Jersey Photography Competition has opened the public voting period to select the top images.

Go to our website to place your vote for your favorite.

As in years past, many great images were submitted from photographers around the country.  A panel of jurors narrowed all the entries to the finalists that are displayed in the public voting portion of the competition.   All of the public votes and juror votes will be tallied to decide the top three images that received cash awards and the coveted cover spot on a printed 2016 wall calendar.

Many Thanks to our 2015 jurors:

– Ronald Bertone, FAIA
– Jason Lutz, AIA
– Michael Soriano, AIA

Cast your vote TODAY.

In Memoriam – Howard Horii, FAIA

Howard Nobuo Horii

(January 4, 1923 – November 16, 2015)

Architect, Artist, Educator

Howard Nobuo Horii of Westfield, N.J., died peacefully at home on November, 16. He was 92. Born and raised in California, he moved to New York City after World War II, from an internment camp in Arizona where he and his family, from 1942-1945, and thousands of other Japanese Americans had been relocated from their homes. In New York City he worked fulltime as an artist and designer while attending and earning degrees in architecture from The Cooper Union for Science and Art, and from Pratt Institute. Following his graduation from Pratt in 1958, he was hired by the Grad architectural and engineering firm in Newark, New Jersey where he was employed for 50 years, starting as a junior designer and retiring as principal emeritus. Major projects he worked on at Grad in New Jersey include The Hilton at Short Hills, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Newark, the North American headquarters for Mercedes Benz in northern New Jersey, Prudential corporate office buildings in Newark and Roseland, and BASF North American Corporate Headquarters in Mount Olive.

Long active in the architectural profession and the recipient of numerous awards, Howard was a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), a past president of The New Jersey State Board of Architects, and a past president of the Newark/Suburban Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. An educator, Howard taught in the Construction and Facilities Management Department at Pratt for 44 years, and for many summers conducted a walking tour of Manhattan’s historical and landmark buildings. An artist, his watercolors are featured in the book Truth in the Rivers written by his brother-in-law, author and historian Bruce Hopkins, which includes essays about the Japanese American experience during the war, along with essays and poems about civil rights, nature, and community.

Howard is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Paula; his former wife, Shizuko Nakamura; his beloved children Steve (Gail Fishman), Ken (Harriet Pappas) and Jane (Bob Clancy); his grandchildren Mary (Jamie Riches), Bryan, Patrick, Kevin, Michael, John and Katherine Clancy, and Jina and Amelia Pappas-Horii; his brothers Harry (Chita) and Robert (Mary), his sister Louise Kawamoto; his sisters-in-law Jeanette Horii and Jeanette Hopkins (Bruce); his brothers-in-law Marc (Jane Bunnell) Embree and Warren (Anne) Embree, and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, and a daughter.

A memorial service was held at First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street, Westfield, N.J., on Saturday, December 12 at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a gift in Howard’s memory to The Fund for Pratt – Architecture at

To see Obituary click here.


AIA New Jersey is very saddened by this loss to our architecture community in New Jersey.   In keeping with our policy of promoting architecture and mentoring our future professionals, AIA New Jersey will be making a donation in Howard’s name to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.

If you would also like to make a donation in his name to the Scholarship Foundation, please send donations to:
AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation
c/o Jeanne Perantoni, AlA
1011 US Highway 22, Suite 203
Bridgewater, NJ  08807


In Memoriam – F. Ronald Liszewski

F. Ronald Liszewski
(1938 – 2015)
AGE: 77 • Williamstown

F. Ronald Liszewski, “Ron”, on October 30, 2015, of Williamstown. Age 77. Beloved father of Denise S. Egolf (Wayne) and Adam D. Liszewski (Lori). Devoted grandfather of Ashli White (Adam), Breana Egolf (Raymond Sheller, Jr.), Shane Liszewski, and Emily Liszewski. Loving great grandfather of Caleb White and Devon White. Brother of Joseph Lisiewski, Jack Lisiewski, and the late Diane Grabowski.

Visitation  was held Wednesday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s memory to VITAS Innovative Hospice, 18 E. Laurel Road, 3rd Floor, Stratford, NJ 08084. Family and friends may share memories at http://www.GardnerFuneral – See more at:


AIA New Jersey is very saddened by this loss to our architecture community in New Jersey.   In keeping with our policy of promoting architecture and mentoring our future professionals, AIA New Jersey will be making a donation in Ron’s name to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.

If you would also like to make a donation in his name to the Scholarship Foundation, please send donations to:
AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation
c/o Jeanne Perantoni, AlA
1011 US Highway 22, Suite 203
Bridgewater, NJ  08807

AIA Look Up Film Challenge

LookUp Film ScreenshotAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA) Look Up Film Challenge Winners Selected, Public Vote to Commence

CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The winners of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Look Up Film Challenge have been announced at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. A jury comprised of architects and media professionals selected three top prize winners and recognized seven additional films in themed categories. The public can view and vote on their favorite video to win the Public Choice Award here: Public voting will be open until November 1st.

Film Challenge Winners: Continue reading

NJ Canstruction Update

Two Canstruction events are happening in New Jersey this fall.  canstruction

AIA Newark & Suburban is hosting it’s annual Canstruction event to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey at Livingston Mall starting this week.

Build day is Thursday, October 8th, and the structures will be on display until October 18th.    Stop by and see the creative build-outs the teams develop this year – Livingston Mall, Livingston NJ.

Find out more information – at

In South Jersey, the South Jersey Food Bank just finished it’s first annual Canstruction Event at Cherry Hill Mall.  Three teams put their imaginations and architectural skills to the test in the inaugural competition.  Participants included GREYHAWK, a construction management and consulting firm; Lammey & Giorgio, an architectural and planning firm, and Adams Rehmann & Heggan (ARH), a consulting design firm.

The judging panel included representatives from Lockheed Martin, Rowan University’s College of Engineering, Home Depot, and AIA New Jersey (AIA-NJ).  A number of awards were presented at an Awards Ceremony this past Sunday, October 4th.

Greyhawk Construction CAN-Dole

Greyhawk Construction CAN-Dole

Lammey & Giorgio

Lammey & Giorgio
“The Wave”

Adams Rehmann & Heggan CAN-Do

Adams Rehmann & Heggan
CAN-Do “Wit”

Both events are sanctioned by Canstruction®, a non-profit organization that has helped hunger-relief organizations like FBSJ raise 30 million pounds of food through its innovative twist on conducting food drives.

Architects League: Architectural Tour of Turkey


AIA NJ members just returned from a tour of Turkey 9/10 thru 9/19/2015!

This an Architectural Tour of Turkey arranged by the Architects League of Northern NJ for AIA NJ members. The tour was pre-approved Continuing Education program for 27 LUs. The following is a highlight of the trip.

Day 1 – Istanbul, meet with architectural tour director on the Pierre Loti Hill view of the Golden Horn and embark on Bosphorus Cruise From the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, new luxury villas In contrast with old Ottoman Houses and the Rumeli Fortress. Visit Egyptian Spice Market, that was built in the 17th century A.D. and also the Rustempasa Mosque with its beautiful Iznik tiles. The mosque was built in 1560 by the imperial architect Sinan for the son in law of the grand vizier of Suleyman the Magnificent.

Day 2 – Istanbul Architectural tour of “Sultan Ahmet Square”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.  Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Visit the Underground Cistern. 6 hours

Day 3 – Istanbul, architectural tour of the Kariye Museum (Chora Church) with its 14th century mosaics and frescoes with scenes from the Bible. The Istanbul’s Byzantine City Walls that were for the most part built during the 5th century by Emperor Theodosius and are 8 km long. Topkapi Gate takes its name from the time of Fatih (Mehmet). At the end of the walls on the Marmara Sea side of the city walls view the Castle of the Seven Towers. It was used as a prison during Byzantine and Ottoman times. Explore the “Selamlik” chambers of the 19th c. Dolmabahce Palace.

Day 4 – Visit of the historic Archaeological museum and Architectural walking tour in Istiklal Streetd for over 150 years has been the center of the nightlife of the city. During daylight, visit Armenian and Romaic churches, ancient districts, In the Byzantine period. It was in the Byzantine period that the area began to be called Galata and a fortress was built by Emperor Theodosius II. Galata was a Genoese colony from the 6th to 15th centuries.

Day 5 – Cappadocia, visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. Visit Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. To Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River, the longest river of Turkey. Then to Goreme Open Air Museum chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Visit Uchisar Castle.

Day 6 – Cappadocia, start with a hot air balloon ride over the Cappadocia Valley, visit to Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock- cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. Visit Ortahisar Castle, and visit Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith.

Day 7 – Cappadocia, to Ihlara Valley, created from the ashes of the volcanic Mt. Hasan. which is watered with Melendiz River by Belisirma, proceed to Selime with hollowed out citadel and churches where fairy chimneys rest on the steep hillside. Stop at Yaprakhisar village, visit to Derinkuyu Underground Village where dwellings with stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches and wineries were used as refuges for the Christian communities.

Day 8 – Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Tour: A tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old Marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Also a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John.

Day 9 Izmir – Discover Izmir with a visit of the Archaeological Museum, Walking tour through the ancient Agora, and the iconic clock tower at the Konack Square.

Be a Part of Your AIA

red_eagleAIA is seeking nominations for members to serve on AIA national committees.   If you have an interest area and want to be a part of the national conversation on that topic.  Click here to find out more and see a full list of committee.  You will need to log into the member area first to be able to view this.

Committee Term
Academy of Architecture for Health Advisory Group 1 year
Academy of Architecture for Justice Leadership Group 1 year
Codes & Standards Committee 1 year
Committee on Architecture for Education Leadership Group 1 year
Committee on Design Advisory Group 1 year
Committee on the Environment Advisory Group 1 year
Construction Contract Administration Leadership Group 1 year
Continuing Education Committee 1 year
Corporate Architects and Facility Management Advisory Group 1 year
Custom Residential Architects Network Advisory Group 1 year
Disaster Assistance Committee 1 year
Diversity Council 1 year
Documents Committee 1 year
Federal Architecture Task Group 1 year
Historic Resources Committee Advisory Group 1 year
Housing Knowledge Community Advisory Group 1 year
Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art & Architecture Leadership Group 1 year
Interior Architecture Knowledge Community Leadership Group 1 year
International Practice Committee Advisory Group 1 year
National Ethics Council                                                                                                                  

Practice Management Knowledge Community Leadership Group
Project Delivery Knowledge Community Leadership Group
Public Architects Committee Advisory Group
Regional and Urban Design Committee Leadership Group
Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community Leadership Group
Small Project Practitioners Advisory Group
Technical Design for Building Performance Advisory Group
Technology in Architectural Practice Leadership Group

AIAWJ Photo Competition Celebrates 10th Year

AIA West Jersey Annual Architectural Photography Competition Call For Entries

2015 – Call for Entries

AIA West Jersey Photography Competition

The AIA West Jersey Photography Competition enters it’s 10th year and has opened the competition for entry submissions.   Send in your interesting images of everything architectural – from the buildings around the corner, to a current project to an interesting place you visited.
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My Favorite Places – Mechanic Street

A new series has started – My Favorite Places

AIA-NJThis will be an ongoing series of articles, written by architects about some of there favorite or most memorable spaces.  It could be a building, a park, a town.  Whatever is special to that person.  The first article was penned by AIA West Jersey member Mark Barone, AIA, and was featured in the Courier Post newspaper.   Mark talks about a favorite place in his new hometown of Haddonfield, NJ., here is an excerpt of the printed article:

A few years ago, my family relocated from Brooklyn to Haddonfield. As a family with young children, we found the town appealing because of its schools, vibrant main street and easy access to transportation into Philadelphia.

But for me, the town had another draw; as an architect, I enjoy wandering around town, observing the details of historic buildings and homes, and Haddonfield has no shortage of these unique structures.

However, the place I appreciate the most is not a building, but a space between buildings: Mechanic Street, a short one-block long alley connecting the two main streets that run through the center of town. Mechanic Street’s early history is one of transportation, in particular horse-drawn transportation.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this street housed several horse stables that provided horses for sale or for hire by travelers and residents. A blacksmith shop, wheelwright and manufacturing building that produced carriages, buggies and wagons anchored the street end…

See full article here:

If you are interested in writing a short article about your favorite place, please contact the AIANJ Public Awareness Chair, Bruce Turner, AIA.  Our committee can help you and can assist in getting it not only on our AIA-NJ website but also a local NJ paper.

CANstruction 2015 – Call for Entries

Forms of Communication

The 2015 CANstruction event will be held October 8th through 18th at the Livingston Mall, Livingston NJ.

Entry Deadline – Sept 8

Design Your Can Structure!

Click here for registration form.

For more information contact AIA Newark & Suburban
Ron Weston – [email protected]



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