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.

Food Bank of South Jersey Canstruction

2015 South Jersey CanstructionDuring Hunger Action Month (Sept.) Food Bank of South Jersey tries to do creative things to bring awareness to the global issue of hunger that impacts our beautiful South Jersey community. Last year, we launched a Canstruction event, which was a hit. See pictures below and the attachments.  Also, go to our website and click on the link for Canstruction.
There is a wonderful video!  www.foodbanksj.org

 

South Jersey Corporations build giant structures made out of full cans of food! The “build” date for the event is Saturday, September 17.  There’s plenty of time to register, submit your design, (Sept 8) assemble your team, and procure your cans.  The structures will be on display at Rutgers Camden Campus for one week.  There is a judging and award ceremony as well.

 

This event is a  unique “food drive”.  It’s a great team building opportunity, and the best part is that all the canned goods are donated to the Food Bank of South Jersey to feed those in need. It doesn’t get much better than that!

 

If your team is up for the fun and challenge, we welcome you.
Also, challenge another company to join you in making a difference!

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WIA Lecture Series: Women and Democracy

WIA Final LogoPlease Join Us – All Welcome

A NIGHT OF NETWORKING, LIGHT HORS’DOEUVRES, REFRESHMENTS AND DISCUSSIONS WITH FELLOW WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY

Speakers:
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi

When:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

6:00PM TO 9PM

Where:

MWW GROUP | 1 MEADOWLANDS PLAZA EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ 07073

RSVP by SEPTEMBER 21

to Kim Vierheilig at [email protected]
AIA Members: No Charge | Non-AIA Members: $20 (at door) 1.0 CEU Pending Approval

THANKS to our Sponsor
Pella-Windows-e1427296056817

 

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CanStruction 2016 – Register Your Build Team

This year the Olympics will continue in NJ for architects and designers.
Register NOW!

Assemble your team!

Design your can structure!

Help the Community Food Bank of New Jersey

September 2nd –  Entry Deadline

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REGISTRATION FORM HERE

Questions?  John DeBrito, AIA:  [email protected]

Sponsored by

Pella-Windows

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AEC Cares at the 2016 AIA National Convention

In this month’s ARCHITECT Magazine, July 2016, pages 52-53 feature the AEC Cares project from the National Convention in Philadelphia. The project was a “blitz-build” renovation of the Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center. As described on the AEC Cares website: “In 2016, AEC Cares partnered with the Community Design Collaborative to renovate the Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center. Used by hundreds of children in the Sharswood neighborhood for after school and sports programs, the center was in desperate need of repair and upgrades.” As their sixth annual blitz build, project Philadelphia, as it was dubbed, took place on May 18th, 2016, the day before the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. AIA WJ Emerging Professional, Jeffrey Brummer, AIA, was a member of the design team. Jeffrey is located on the far left side of the design team photograph on page 52 (and below).

Visit www.aeccares.com for more information. There are videos on the website highlighting the program.

Story submitted by Mark Barone, AIA, President-Elect of AIA West Jersey

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In Memoriam – Frank “Bud” Radey, Jr AIA

FrankRadeyJrAIAFrank H. “Bud” Radey, Jr. A.I.A died on August 1, 2016 age 84. of Moorestown, NJ

Bud has always said he was the luckiest person he knew, and fulfilled all of the aspirations he ever had.  His childhood was spent in Collingswood where he “adopted” Newton Creek and the woods and farms around Cuthbert Rd.  Here he trapped muskrats and hunted small game with his pet hound.  He loved sports, especially the high hurdles., wrestling and football, lettering in these at the Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School.

At the Georgia Institute of Technology, he majored in architecture and belonged to the fraternity of Phi Gamm Delta with which he maintained a life-long affinity.

1960 his banner year, marrying his sweetheart, Patricia Hoopes Lapp and achieving his architectural license. He practiced with his father until 1975, at which time he became sole practitioner specializing in schools and corporate construction. Piloting his own plane he was able to efficiently service his clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

For many years, Mr. Radey was a licensing examiner for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and graded over two thousand site and building design tests taken throughout the United State and Canada.

He served as Commissioner of the New Jersey State Board of Architects. He received an American Institute of Architect’s “Presidential Citation” for his success in the formulation of the N.J. Building Design legislation which specifies the areas of professional responsibilities of architects and engineers. In this regard, he also received a “Letter of Commendation from the 1991 Deputy Attorney General.

Mr. Radey served as the First Chairman of the Legislated Joint Committee of Architects and Engineers which adjudicates disputes between the two professions. As a member of the American Arbitration Association, Mr. Radey served on numerous panels providing non- appealable awards in construction disputes.

He was a Trustee of the Stratford Military Academy and served for several years as a member of the Moorestown Appearance Committee. He was a volunteer driver for the American Red Cross and personally donated over 7 gallons of blood, starting from his days in College.

After retiring from architecture in 1985. Bud spent the rest of his life traveling and tending to his farm in Moorestown.

Husband of 56 years of Patricia (nee Lapp). Father of Frank Radey III and his wife Carolyn, Cheryl Lynne Simpson and her husband Jonathan. Grandfather of Danielle and Michael Radey, Jack, Max and Benjamin Simpson.

Memorial service Sunday 12 Noon at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 318 Chester Ave. Moorestown, NJ.
Visitation 11: 30 am to service time.   Interment will be Private.
Please no Flowers. Memorial contributions to the Church Building fund or Salvation Army.

Condolences may be left at http://www.lewisfuneralhomemoorestown.com

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A Note From AIA-NJ:

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 Bud’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

KSS Architects Recognizes & Elevates Dedicated Employees

KSS Architects, a design firm focused on architecture, interior design, and planning, is pleased to announce the promotion of several employees who embody the values & dedication of the firm.

 

KSS7_16FacesMayva Donnon, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to Principal. Mayva, at KSS for 11 years, has distinguished herself as a leader in designing spaces for clients in the realm of community, with a particular emphasis on educational clients and clients who serve special needs communities.

 

“Mayva is on a mission to improve the world,” says Merilee Meacock, AIA, LEED AP, PP, a Partner at KSS. “She is a great example of how our people align with our firm’s values—her energy, creativity, and thoughtfulness are integral to the way we deliver exceptional projects.”

 

Rebecca Udell has been promoted to Executive Director of Marketing Strategy.  With a long history at the firm, Rebecca’s career has been informed by over 20 years of experience as an Interior Designer, receiving her MBA at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and her involvement in several industry organizations including serving as President of CREW Philadelphia. Her experience as a practitioner, ability to see the meta view, and strategic mindset has made her an integral part of the growth and transition of KSS Architects.

 

“Rebecca has profound vision,” says Merilee. “She helps us understand where we’re headed as a firm and plants the seeds of change to help us get there. Rebecca is a key voice and representative of the values of our firm.”

 

Nicole Hollenbeck, AIA, LEED AP, has been named an Associate. The AIA-New Jersey Intern Architect of the Year in 2014, Nicole is a dedicated member of the firm’s industrial team and also a leader of the technical practice group, which strives to elevate the firm’s use of technology and innovative tools to advance both KSS projects and the field of architecture.

 

“Nicole has taken great initiative in developing the technical language with which we approach our projects,” says Ed Klimek, AIA, NCARB, Partner at the firm. “Her ability to understand a client’s needs, do research, and apply precise solutions is critical to the success of many of our industrial projects. Nicole earns the trust of our clients, and trust is everything in architecture.”

 

Christina Marconi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has also been named an Associate. A talented architect with an acute attention to detail, Christina works on the firm’s higher education team, and serves as a leader of the firm’s dedication to the future of architecture—Christina organizes the firm’s ACE Mentor initiative in Philadelphia, which has been nationally recognized by the White House and ACE National for its efforts to mentor local students for future careers in architecture, construction, and engineering industries.

 

“Christina is exceptional at guiding the process from design through to implementation,” says Pamela Rew, FAIA, Partner at the firm. “The tact with which she navigates design opportunities and challenges is of incredible value to each client and  an example to architects everywhere—she understands a client’s needs, takes ownership over project management, and sees it through to completion in a way that enacts the true program and design aspirations of a project.”

AIA Convention Reception Winner

Congratulations Michael Frame, Assoc. AIA

An AIA-NJ member, he was recently announced to be one of the winners of the 2016 AIA Convention New Members Reception.

Winners were randomly selected among those who attended the New Members Reception and submitted an entry for the drawing  at AIA Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Gilded Age Architecture Featured in ASID Event

Join ASID for a Summer Networking Event

Gilded Age Architecture and Jazz in the Garden at Van Vleck House in Montclair.  Enjoy the tastings of Celebrity Chef Ariane Duarte, the music of Manouchebag, and connect with NJ’s finest design professionals, students and industry partners.

Ticket sales end on July 18. At the door price: $60

Thank you to our Sponsor:

Stark Carpet

WHEN       Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE    Van Vleck House & Gardens – 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
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AIANJ 2016Service Awards Nominations Open

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Submissions are open for the 2016 AIANJ Service Award nominations.

The AIA NJ annual Service Awards are given to recognize accomplishments of individuals and firms that have provided distinguished service to the profession and to the Society. They are designed to focus on the accomplishments of members and non-members on issues of public awareness of the built environment, service to the community and other non-design aspects of Architecture.

Awards are awarded in the following categories:
• Distinguished Service
• Architect of the Year
• Young Architect of the Year
• Firm of the Year
• Intern Architect of the Year
• Resident of the Year

Submission Deadline is September 16, 2016
For more information or to download Nomination Forms visit our website.

Congratulations to the 2015 AIA NJ Service Award Recipients:

Distinguished Service Award Verity L. Frizzel, AIA
Architect of the Year Robert F. Barranger, AIA
Architectural Firm of the Year Tokarski Millemann Architects
Young Architect of the Year Kyle S. Rendall, AIA
Intern Architect of the Year Alicia Weaver, Associate AIA
Resident of the Year Dr. George Pruitt

WORKING WITH THE MEDIA – “Bridging” your Message

AIA-NJBelow is the sixth in a series of “Working with the Media” articles. With your help, we hope to be able to leverage our strength in numbers to help promote architects, architecture and AIA-NJ. The other installments of the Working with the Media series can be found here.

Previously in Working with the Media, we focused on the basic elements of delivering your message in an interview. In a nutshell, this strategy recalled the principles of the “inverted pyramid,” by which the interviewee emphasizes the most salient points first, followed by supporting details and minutiae. This strategy helps to ensure that your most important insights are recognized as such by the reporter.

That said, a reporter will often begin working on a story with a specific “angle” in mind. Perhaps they’re looking for commentary on a new piece of legislation from an architectural perspective, or maybe they’re writing about a controversial development project. These interviews carry several professional sensitivities, making it important as ever to prepare a clearly mapped message. While it’s always ideal to cooperate with reporters as much as possible, there will be times when a reporter is seeking response to a question you’re unable to answer for legal or other reasons – or because you don’t have expertise on that specific topic.

If, in the course of an interview, you are asked such a question, you may want to “bridge” your answer – that is, gently transition the topic of conversation in your response. This is naturally preferable to a “no comment” response, since you may be able to offer some valuable information for the reporter without hitting on the topic’s specific sensitivities.

A few phrases that can help you bridge your conversation:

  • While I’m not at liberty to discuss specifics on that right now, I can tell you that…”
  • “I think what’s most relevant is…”
  • “I can’t speak for any of the involved parties, but it is generally true that…”

The goal in bridging your message is not to be evasive and avoidant, but to guide the conversation to a space where you can provide valuable commentary without overstepping any professional boundaries. In some cases, the journalist’s “probing” questions may actually have the simple goal of moving the conversation forward, and your relevant comments, which don’t necessarily answer the question directly, will give them the additional color they were seeking.

Ultimately, while bridging within an interview may feel somewhat unnatural at first, it’s preferable to providing a reporter with an on-the-record comment that could have negative legal (or other) ramifications.

If you would like to read the previous articles in this series, please see the following links:

Working with the Media Pays Off

Building Relationships

Writing a Letter to the Editor

Personal Engagement

Composing a Press Release

Composing a Boilerplate

Kyle Kirkpatrick
Account Supervisor
Beckerman PR Real Estate Team

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