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.

EVENT: Meier & Eisenman at the Maplewood Ideas Festival

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World-renowned architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman will be featured guest speakers at the Maplewood Ideas Festival 2015.

Meier’s achievements include the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Among many worldwide projects, Eisenman designed the University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted this year’s Super Bowl, and the Berlin Holocaust Memorial.

Meier and Eisenman, both graduates of Columbia High School in Maplewood, will be speaking on Monday, March 23 at 7 pm at Columbia High School.  The event is free but registration is required.  More information is available regarding the festival and the event here. Register here.

AIA New Jersey Interviewed by WPIX TV Regarding Lightweight Wood Construction

edgewater-fire-chopper-2In the wake of the tragic events of the Avalon at Edgewater fire, Justin Mihalik, AIA, the newly elected President-Elect of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was recently interviewed by WPIX TV regarding the use of lightweight wood construction.  You can see the WPIX report here. The report is 5:26 in length.  Justin’s comments start at approximately the 1:59 mark and run through the 3:00 mark.

Granted, the conversation is far more complex than can be explained in one minute of TV time. And, the issue has received significant attention, including legislation proposing mandating fire sprinklers in all residential construction (Bill A1698) and a proposed two-year moratorium on all lightweight wood construction. Given the severity of the event and the public attention, it is more important than ever that architects and AIA New Jersey have a voice in this discussion.

This issue is being actively addressed by our Codes & Standards Committee, chaired by Robert Longo, AIA, our Legistative & Government Affairs Committee, chaired by David Del Vecchio, AIA, our Public Awareness Committee, chaired by Bruce Turner, AIA, our President, Kimberly Bunn, AIA, our Executive Director, Joe Simonetta, and the Executive Committee. Therefore, please make sure you share your opinions with your leaders of AIA New Jersey and your political representatives. Architects cannot stand on the sidelines while others determine the shape of the built environment.

Bruce Turner, AIA
Public Awareness Committee Chair

Careers: FVHD Architects + Planners promotes Joseph Como

FVHD is pleased to announce that Joseph V. Como, AIA, LEED Green Associate is joining our exceptional team of Senior Associate Gary A. Rostron, AIA, and Associate Jason J. Dubowitch, AIA, NCARB

JOSEPH V. COMO

FVHD Architects + Planners is pleased to announce the promotion of Joseph Como, AIA, LEED GA to Associate, effective January 1, 2015. Joseph has over 15 years experience working on public and educational facilities, providing consistent management and leadership on all projects. His creativity and attention to detail make him a valuable member of the firm. Since graduating from Philadelphia University in 2000 with a 5-year Professional Bachelors in Architecture, he has approached all projects with great enthusiasm, striving to make each a success for the client, firm, and community.  As an Associate of the Firm, Joseph will increase his involvement in the Firm’s operations, supporting the Principals, while continuing his role as Project Manager. He is a Registered Architect in New Jersey, credentialed with USGBC as a LEED Green Associate, and a current member of the Lawrence Township Historic Preservation Committee. Recently, Joseph has completed renovations to the Ambassador’s Residence to Cyprus, in Washington DC, additions and renovations to the Hillsborough #3 Fire Station, in Hillsborough NJ, and is currently working on security additions and renovations at (9) facilities for Marlboro Township Public Schools. Continue reading

President’s Message – Welcome 2015

AIA-NJHappy New Year AIA New Jersey !

It’s hard to believe that it is 2015.  With a new year comes new challenges and new beginnings.  For me the new year brings the start of my year as AIA-NJ President.   I am looking forward to an exciting year promoting our New Jersey architects and architecture.

As many of you hopefully know by now, at the end of 2014 AIA national launched a new awareness campaign asking the question – “What Do You See When You Look Up?”   To see the first video go to www.ilookup.org .  Help us spread the word to – Look Up.

Later this week, on Friday, January 9th, we will gather at the annual AIA-NJ Awards Dinner to honor this years Service and Design Award recipients.  This evening will showcase some of the best of AIA New Jersey.  Congratulations to all the winners!

As the year continues, many of our committees are already in the planning stages for a number of initiatives, from engaging political leaders on legislative issues that effect the architecture profession, to hosting code seminars to keep members up on the latest changes.  Watch your email for newsletters and information on these topics and much more.

If there is an issue that is important to you regarding our profession, please reach out.  The board members of AIA New Jersey and the local sections are here representing you…..the members.   We want to hear from you!

Kimberly Bunn, AIA
2015 AIA-NJ President

What Do You See When You Look Up?

AIA wants to know – “What Do You See When You Look Up?”

See what architects see and pass it on, go to:

http://www.ilookup.org

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RREM Seminar for Construction & Design Professionals

 

Still time to register for December 10th or December 11th RREM Seminars
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2014 CanStruction

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For the fourth consecutive year, Livingston Mall is hosting CANstruction, a food drive program held in conjunction with The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA-NJ) and their local AIA Newark and Suburban section. The exhibit was on display in the mall through November 2.  An Awards Dinner will be held on November 6th at The Wilshire Hotel in West Orange, see Newark & Suburban website for more information.

Now in its 16th year, CANstruction’s design competition will help fight hunger and benefit local food banks. Architects and designers teamed up for an eight-hour “Build Day” to create structures made entirely from canned foods which are on display through November 2. With Halloween approaching, the theme for this year’s event is “Trick-CAN-Treat”.

After the event, the cans will be donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) where they will be distributed to different community food programs. CFBNJ, a charitable organization, distributes 40 million pounds of food and groceries each year, providing food for more than 1,000 nonprofit programs. The combined effort of these nonprofit programs serves more than 900,000 people in 18 New Jersey counties.

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2014 Design Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the architects who participated in the 2014 AIA-NJ Design Awards.  We had over ninety architectural designs submitted.  The quality of work was outstanding.   The list below of Honor and Merit winners were announced earlier this week.

We would also like to that this year’s judges including: Guy Geier, AIA of FXFOWLE of New York, Vern McKissick, AIA of McKissick Associates Architects of Harrisburg, PA, and Paul Lewis, AIA of LTL Architects of New York.

A celebration of Architecture in New Jersey will take place on Friday evening, January 9, 2015, at the Moorestown Community House in Moorestown, New Jersey.  Please visit the AIA-NJ Website in the coming weeks for more information.
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HONOR WINNERS BUILT OPEN

Project:  Downtown Market

Architect:  Hugh Boyd, AIA

Firm: Hugh Boyd Architects


Project:  Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center

Architect:  Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA

Firm: ikon.5 architects


Project:  Rutgers Business School

Architect:  Enrique Norton

Firm:  Ten Arquitectos, AIA

 

HONOR WINNER BUILT – HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Project:  The Wheeler Opera House Balcony Reconstruction

Architect:  Michael R. Schnoering, AIA

Firm:  Mills + Schnoering, LLC

 

HONOR WINNER – BUILT – RESIDENTIAL

Project:  Tidewater Residence

Architect:  Michael Ryan, AIA

Firm:  Michael Ryan Architects

 

MERIT WINNER UNBUILT

Project:  Training Recreation Education Center Newark Housing Authority

Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA

Firm:  ikon.5 architects

 

MERIT WINNERS BUILT – OPEN

Project:  Brown Hall Princeton University

Architect:  Michael Schade, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C

Firm:  Atkin, Olshin & Schade Architects 

 

Project:  Campbell Employee Center

Architect:  Tejoon Jung, AIA LEED AP

Firm: Jacobs

 

Project:  E.J.  Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University

Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA

Firm:    ikon.5 architects

Project:  Physical Sciences Complex, University of Maryland

Architect: Michael Smith, AIA

Firm:  HDR

 

MERIT WINNER BUILT – RESIDENTIAL

Project:  930 Jefferson Street

Architects:  Frank J. Minervini, AIA & Anthony C. Vandermark, AIA

Firm:  Minervini & Vandermark Architecture

 

MERIT WINNER BUILT – INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

Project:  Schindler Elevator Corporation US Headquarters Phase II 

Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA
Firm:  ikon.5 architects

THANK YOU!

CanStruction 2014 – Call for Entries

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16th Annual New Jersey Design/Build Competition

It starts with one can, to feed the hungry, to lift the spirit, to change the world. Can- struction is a charity committed to ending hunger, using “one can” as a catalyst for change. Every month, over 500,000 New Jerseyans access hunger reflief programs supported by the Community Food Bank of NJ. New Jersey’s design/build competition puts a visual spotlight on hunger while showcasing the state’s best and brightest designers.

Think you have what it takes to design and build a structure entirely out of canned food? Enter today! Get creative and help!

This year’s theme: “Trick-CAN-Treat: Creative Halloween designs”

WHO -

Teams of New Jersey Architects, Designers, Engineers, and Contractors

 

WHAT – Design and build structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10′ x 10′ x 8′H space

 

WHERE – Livingston Mall, Livingston, NJ

 

WHEN – September 10th   : Deadline for entry – 5:00 PM

October 24th: Build Day  – 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

October 24:  Open to the Public

November 2nd:  Decanstruction (end of display)

Nov. 6th:  Awards Dinner – TBA

 

HOW – Download and Complete entry form.

Download Call for Entries

 

WHY – To benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Complete rules & regulations will be emailed upon receipt of entry form. Teams are responsible for acquiring canned food .

 

INFO – Contact Ronald Weston, AIA

CANstruction Chair

Contact Ronald Weston, AIA to request an entry form.
Email: rweston@westonarchitecture.com
Phone: 973.280.9614

Articles for Newsletter

red_eagleAs members of AIA-NJ membership, we would like to hear about your projects.  A member benefit many do not know about is publishing articles about NJ Architecture by NJ Architects.

Send any press releases regarding projects to AIA-NJ for it’s newsletter.  We can not guarantee that everything you submit will be published, however based on space and availability we will put any submissions in for review by the editorial team when the issues are being prepared.

Please submit via email to newsletter@aia-nj.org

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