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.

Inauguration and Awards Gala 2017

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.

c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

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

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ALNNJ 2017 Officers c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

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

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2017 AIANJ Officers: Bruce Turner, AIA; Jessica O’Donnell, AIA; Brandon Warshofsky, Assoc AIA; Steven Lazarus, AIA; Ben Lee, AIA; John Cwikla, AIA; Kim Vierheilig, AIA; Justin Mihalik, AIA; Judith Donnelly, AIA; c 2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

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

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Ben Lee, AIA with Robert Cozzarelli, AIA and Bruce Turner, AIA c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

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.

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AIANJ Past Presidents c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 President Justin Mihalik with 2017 President Ben Lee, AIA c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIANJ Presents 2016 Service Award Winners

Presentations were made to the AIA New Jersey Service Award winners at the Annual Awards Dinner held January 14th at the Sheraton Mahwah.

Congratulations to this years recipients and Thank You to the sponsors:

Intern of the Year

Intern of the Year – Megan Pritts, Associate AIA sponsored by Conspectus, Inc        c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

Paul Barlo, AIA - Architect of the Year

Paul Barlo, AIA – Architect of the Year sponsored by Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LP  c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimmerle Group - Firm of the Year

Kimmerle Group – Architectural Firm of the Year sponsored by Van-Note Harvey Associates   c. 2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

Young Architect of the Year

Andrew Burian AIA – Young Architect of the Year sponsored by NK Architects   c. 2017  AIANJ & Hollander Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Hanrahan AIA - Distinguished Service Award

Michael Hanrahan AIA – Distinguished Service Award sponsored by Whitehorn Financial Group   c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

AIAWJ 2016 Photography Competition Awardees

AIA West Jersey has announced the top selected images of the 11th Annual Photography Competition.  The selected images are featured in the 2017 AIA West Jersey Calendar.

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2017 Calendar cover with the Best Overall Image

The top selected photographs for the year are:

  • Best Overall Image
    Bruges Church
    Glenn Goldman, FAIA
  • Best Color Image
    Kennebunkport Chapel
    Amy Nowak-Palmerini, AIA
  • Best Black&White
    Palace Stairway
    Jacob Goldman

 

Thanks to all the architects and students who submitted images to the 2016 competition.
Congratulations to the photographers and the winning images.

Calendars are available for purchase through AIA West Jersey.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy to help promote the local architectural profession please contact [email protected]

 

2017 Newark & Suburban Past Presidents Banquet

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January 21, 2017
Metropolitan Room
at The Newark Club

6 – 11  PM

 

BLACK TIE Optional

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Price will increase on Sunday, January 8 to $175 for regular members/$100 for Associate members

RSVP Deadline noon January 14

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Upcoming AIA West Jersey Events in 2017

aiawjAs the holiday season comes to a close, we look to 2017 and the year ahead. AIA West Jersey will be introducing new members to the executive committee, and planning the year’s programming. In fact, a number of events are already in the works.

Wine and Cheese Tasting / Inaugural:
To kick the year off, AIA WJ will host a wine and cheese tasting event on January 19th co-sponsored by Graphisoft, producers of ARCHICAD one of the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software applications used by architects, designers and engineers. This event will feature a presentation of vineyard projects designed in ARCHICAD while attendees sample wines and chesses presented by a guest sommelier. AIA New Jersey 2017 President, Ben Lee, AIA, will be in attendance to swear in the members of the 2017 AIA WJ Board. Please check your inbox in early January for registration information.
Attendance will be limited, so RSVP early to save your place.

Emerging Professionals Tour:
AIA West Jersey invites our EPs, as well as the general membership, to join us for a tour of NextFab, a collaborative makerspace with digital and traditional fabrication tools, 3D printers, CNC machines, classes, events, and professional consulting services. The tour is tentatively scheduled for February 23rd, at NextFab’s Washington Avenue facility in South Philadelphia. Mark your calendars, and get a taste of the facility at: www.nextfab.com

Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) Historic Louden Barn Tour:
If you joined us in September for the joint AIA West and South Jersey Dinner Meeting, you’ve already heard about the renovation of the historic Louden Barn (built 1932) on the Bishop Farmstead at PPA Headquarters in Southampton, NJ.  On March 25th, AIA West and South Jersey will offer a tour of the completed barn project, hosted by PPA staff and the project architect, engineer, geothermal consultant. This tour will include access to the expansive hayloft, a space not typically open to the public.

This and many more events are available to AIA Members and guests in 2017.  We look forward to sharing the experiences with you.

Be sure to check the AIA West Jersey website (www.aiawestjersey.org) and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AIAWestJersey) for updates as we move into the New Year.

AIA West Jersey strives to bring quality programming and value to its membership, and believes that the organization is YOUR AIA. Please reach out to us with constructive criticism and feedback via [email protected].

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Mark Barone, AIA

Incoming President 2017

Top New Jersey Architects Celebrated at AIA-NJ’s 2016 Design Day

AIAeagle_2016Last fall, an awards ceremony was held announcing the state’s most impressive building designs at the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA-NJ) Design Day conference – the largest architectural gathering in the state.  

Held at the Palace at Somerset Park, the event celebrated architecture in the Garden State, and featured the public display of more than 100 design entries submitted by 51 firms. The event was capped by the Design Awards reception, where a panel of prestigious judges announced the winning entries.

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University, 2016 Design Day focused on the school’s architecture, including a keynote lecture on the physical development of the New Brunswick campusThe event also included a tour of the school’s College Avenue Campus,highlighting some of Rutgers’ original buildings as well as newly-built structures that match the original design motif. The tour also fostered a discussion about how some of the school’s oldest buildings are being repurposed. 

We are in the midst of an extremely productive year for AIA-NJ, and honoring our members for their impressive projects is an important part of encouraging excellence in architectural design,” said Justin Mihalik, president of AIA-NJ. “In addition to the design awards reception, the informative speeches and fascinating campus tour contributed toward making this year’s Design Day a major success.”

The conference was highlighted by seminars and keynote lectures: The morning portion of the program included several illuminating panels, focused respectively on increasing diversity within the architectural profession and emerging technologies for architects. Keynotes included StephenChrisman of Ferguson & Shahimian Architects’ “New Traditional Architecture,” discussing a wide range of contemporary luxury residential projects across the country; and Rick Joy of Rick Joy Architects “Taking the Time,” a discussion about his contemporary architecture style.  

The winners of the Design Awards announced at the conference included:

• HDR, based in Lawrenceville, received three accolades: a merit award in the Unbuilt category for their work on the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science & Innovation at the University of Maryland; a merit award in the Built Open category for their design of the Institute for Animal Health; and an honor award in the Built Open category for their work on the Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care
• Stonewater Architecture, based in Colonia, received a merit award in the Unbuilt category for the Village House design
• Ikon.5 Architects, based in Princeton, received two accolades: a merit award in the Unbuilt category for their design of the Unitarian Church Expansion in Summit; and a merit award in the Unbuilt category for their work on Olympic Archery Park
• Solid & Void, based in Somerville, received a merit award in the Interior category for the Guerilla Fitness design 
• Francis Cauffman, based in New York City, received a merit award in the Built Open category for their work on the Biotrial North American Headquarters
• CTS Group Architecture/Planningbased in Chatham, received two accolades: a merit award in the Historic Preservation category for their design o93 Reade Street; and an honor award in the Historic Preservation category for the Porcelanosa Exterior Façade Restoration
• Erdy McHenry Architecture, based in Philadelphia, received a merit award in the Residential category for their design of the Rowan University Holly Pointe Commons
• Joseph Hobart Weiss Architecture, Planning and Design, based in Princeton, received a merit award in the Residential category for their work on the Prospect Ave. Residence
• Ballinger, based in Philadelphia, received an honor award in the Built Open category for the New Jersey Institute for Food | Nutrition + Health 

South Jersey CANstruction Event

canstructionThe Food Bank of South Jersey to host it’s second annual Canstruction event at Rutgers Camden.  They are looking for architects and engineers to participate.

Get your team together today, design and build a can structure, and help fight hunger.  Find out more information

About the Food Bank of South Jersey

The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is based in Pennsauken, New Jersey and it exists to provide an immediate solution to the urgent problem of hunger by providing food to needy people, teaching them to eat nutritiously, and helping them to find sustainable ways to improve their lives. For the past 30 years, the Food Bank has provided relief to struggling families and vulnerable seniors who live in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.

All of this is made possible because of partners like you. When you donate funds or food to FBSJ, you are making a genuine difference in people’s lives. For that, we say “Thank You!”

Information about Canstruction Pennsauken

February 10 – 22 (Please review the event schedule on the previous page)
Rutgers University, Student Campus Center ● 326 Penn Street ● Camden, NJ

Theme: Food Lovers

Team Next Steps

Your team should designate a Team Captain and Mentor. Thoroughly review the Team Captain Guidebook to become familiar with the Rules and Regulations, Design Principles, and the Design Process.

Teams should be actively procuring the cans of food necessary for a winning structure. The Food Bank has resources to help teams procure cans for use in the build.  See foodbanksj.org for additional information.

Submit Design

Tuesday, January 31: deadline for submitting design sketch, dimensions, structure title & description.

2015 South Jersey Canstruction

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Adams Rehmann & Heggan CAN-Do “Wit”

Governance Week 2016

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017. I am excited to serve all of you as the 2017-2019 AIA New Jersey Regional Representative to the AIA National Strategic Council. My tenure got a jumpstart early in December when I attended Governance Week 2016. This served as my orientation/initiation to the Strategic Council and a farewell to the outgoing Class of 2016. Among that group is our outgoing Regional Representative Robert Cozzarelli, AIA. His tenure marked the transition from the previous role as Regional Director on the AIA Board to the new role of Regional Representative on the Strategic Council. That is NOT a distinction without a difference. These are significantly different roles. Bob, and the rest of his Class of 2016, were at the forefront of defining this new system which has the specific goal of better serving the members and the profession. After attending these meetings in Washington, DC, I can personally attest to that fact that Bob was highly respected and did a very good job representing us. He will be a tough act to follow. I want to personally thank Bob for his many years of hard work and dedication to the AIA and the support he has offered me throughout the years.

The agenda for the week was packed. Our work started with two half-day sessions of orientation. During these sessions we were reminded that the purpose of the Strategic Council is to advance the profession of architecture by informing the Board and other Institute bodies of important issues and opportunities.  Toward that end we were challenged to continually ask the question: “What does it mean and why does it matter?” and to listen more than we speak. With that in mind I will remind you that my door is always open to all of you. I can be reached by phone at 856-405-0351 or by email at [email protected] Or, if you want to meet face-to-face, and you are in Vineland, you are welcome to stop by. Or, let me know if you want me to come see you.

paul-revere-williams-faiaAfter our orientation sessions, my group (the Class of 2019, or XIX as we refer to ourselves) was invited to join a Joint Board/Council Meeting. As you may have read in other publications, this was the meeting where the Gold Medal, the Firm Award, The Topaz Medallion, The Kemper Award and the Whitney M. Young Award were considered and ratified. It was a humbling experience to be in the room as these awards were deliberated and announced. It was especially moving to be a witness to the posthumous award of the 2017 AIA Gold Medal to Paul Revere Williams, FAIA.

The next day we were invited to the final Strategic Council Assembly of 2016. This was a day-long session with a variety of generative exercises, outreach exercises, reports, discussions and agenda setting for 2017. Beyond the specific discussion on any topic, it was apparent that the focus of the Council, and the remainder of the leadership, has the member experience at its core. This discussion was informed by the goals of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, namely: Elevating Public Awareness, Advocating for the Profession and Advancing Knowledge and Expertise. To achieve its goals, the AIA has articulated the following primary objectives: Career Pathways, Influence, Innovation, Market Leadership, Outreach, Policy, Relevance and Research. All the while we are constantly being challenged to try to find The Next Big Thing.

After (and among) all of these working sessions, we also had time for networking with our fellow Councilors and other leaders of the Institute. Since the Council only meets face-to-face three times during the year, this time was critically important to build or expand these relationships. Among these meetings was a reception at the Institute Headquarters, the AIA Presidential Inauguration, which was held at the Museum of African American History and Culture, and a Class of 2016 Dinner that was hosted at the home of Robert and Holly Ivy. I was glad to be joined at the inaugural by my wife Sarah, and David and Suzanne Del Vecchio, Jerry and Marsha Eben, and Verity and Andy Frizzell. I am sure they will also be glad to share with you their impressions of that event.

AIAeagle_2016Now it is time to get down to work. These are exciting and challenging times for our profession. But, working together I am confident that we all can make the AIA and our profession of ever increasing service to society.

Bruce D. Turner, AIA
AIA New Jersey 2017-2019 Regional Representative

President’s Message – The Second Half of the Year

JAM_headshotThe second half of the year has just flown by and that’s because there has been a lot of good things going on for AIANJ.  In July leaders from the six Sections and AIANJ met to have a mid-term review on our Strategic Goals and to plan for the second half of the year.  You may recall that under the leadership of Kimberly Bunn our immediate Past President, over the course of two day long workshops, leaders brainstormed and collaborated on a new Strategic Plan with four main goals involving architects and the profession, the public, and AIANJ membership.  These goals incorporate the work of all of our committees as well as collaboration with our six Sections.

Just two weeks ago, leaders met once again for a President’s Roundtable Leadership Conference, which focused on our transition over the next six weeks to our incoming President Ben Lee.  The President’s of the six sections gave a State of the Section report and then we began the planning of 2017.  I am very happy to say that the plan for 2017 is in keeping with the strategic goals and the collaboration between the Sections is growing.

In September, a small group of us attended the annual Large States Conference in Austin TX hosted by the AIA Texas Society of Architects.  “Large States” is made up of eight state components that are single state Chapters, which NJ is the smallest, and these Chapters make up almost 50% of the AIA membership.  This is a two-day conference focusing on issues that affect our members as well as AIA leadership and we share best practices in order to improve the level of service.  I am very proud to say that AIANJ is right there at the top with the largest of the state components in services and activities.  Probably the most important of the roundtable discussions was that regarding “credentialing”.  This has been a topic hanging around AIA for more than 30 years and it finally seems that it may have enough traction to move forward.  The only example of credentialing thus far in the AIA is the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA).  This group was formed out of the original knowledge community on this subject.  The recommendation made to AIA leaders was to create additional specializations from other knowledge communities using the ACHA as the model.  Standby…

This year at the League of Municipalities, I will be making a presentation to the Department of Community Affairs Fire Safety Commission regarding AIANJ’s position on the use of lightweight construction materials and the recommendations we have made in our whitepaper, which you can download through the AIANJ website.  This is an important step for the organization in which AIANJ will be recognized as the expert on this subject.  AIANJ will continue to work with our legislators and educate them that legislation is not the right place for changing the building code.  I personally have shared the whitepaper with several construction officials who have agreed with our recommendations.

So what I have left in my bucket list are two main items: Large Firm Roundtable and the AIANJ Scholarship Foundation.  I am currently working with several principals of NJ large firms (20+ employees) to rejuvenate this adhoc committee in order to bring large firm involvement back into our seven components.  I want to thank the ongoing dedication of firms including Gensler, KSS Architects, Kitchen & Associates and NK Architects.  The success of AIANJ comes from its diversity in all aspects of life, but also in firm size.  Last but not least, discussions have begun with the AIANJ Scholarship Foundation in order to re-energize this very important foundation, which primarily provides scholarships to architecture students on a yearly basis.  Many other state components have broadened the mission of their Foundations and my hope is that we will be able to do the same.

Sincerely,

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Justin A. Mihalik AIA
AIA New Jersey President

Spiezle Architectural Group Appoints Thomas S Perrino

Spiezle Architectural Group Appoints Thomas S. Perrino President and Chief Executive Officer

Plans Continued Growth and Diversification Following Recent GS Architects Acquisition

 
tom_perrino-reducedSpiezle Architectural Group, Inc., an award-winning, full-service architectural, interior design and planning firm with offices in Trenton, New Jersey and Media, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas S. Perrino, AIA LEEDap, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer after serving as its Interim Chief Executive Officer since December 2015.  The move positions Mr. Perrino to further drive the firm’s growth and diversification strategy on the heels of its recent acquisition of GS Architects.

 

“I’m honored to have been named President and CEO of Spiezle Architectural Group having spent over half my professional career with the firm. I look forward to guiding our growth and evolution into new markets and geographies,” said Mr. Perrino.  “I’m enthusiastic about the future and continuing the momentum we have established in providing our clients with distinguished architecture, interior design, planning and sustainability services.”

 

A well-earned ascension, Mr. Perrino’s appointment culminates a long and successful tenure with Spiezle Architectural Group spanning more than a decade. He brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of management, architectural design, and construction.   Mr. Perrino’s strategic vision and thought leadership significantly strengthened various market sectors within Spiezle including the expansion of its corporate/commercial and higher education markets.  An integral part of the firm’s longevity, he plans to build upon the employee-owned culture and reputation that has been a cornerstone of its 62-year legacy.

 

“We welcome Tom to his new role as President and CEO, and I’m confident that his appointment will continue to build upon his efforts, and those of the rest of the executive team, to lead Spiezle to future levels of achievement,” said Anthony J. “Skip” Cimino, chairman of the board, Spiezle Architectural Group.  “Tom’s extensive knowledge of the industry, creative talent and proven business acumen made him the ideal selection for the position.”Spiezle_logo_cmyk