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.

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.

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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]


2015 Traditional Building Conference

2015 Traditional BuildingMaterials and Methods
Princeton – July 21-22, 2015

At the historic Nassau Inn across the street from the Princeton University Campus.

This conference will make full use of the walkable nature and proximity of Princeton’s village center and Princeton University’s campus. Most sessions will take place at the historic Nassau Inn with some sessions on campus. Bring your walking shoes!

Click here to see the Schedule of Events


AIA New Jersey and Houzz

We are excited to announce our participation in the Houzz Affiliation Badge Program. Houzz has become the leading online platform for home remodeling and design. With more than 25 million homeowners using Houzz every month, we know that using Houzz can help you build your brand and grow your business. The Badge Program will let you showcase your  affiliation right on your profile. Please follow us on Houzz and add the AIA New Jersey badge to your Houzz professional profile today by clicking the “Add as Affiliation” button under the Members area. Our logo will appear as an affiliation badge on your profile. schools&orgs6.png p.s. If your company is not yet on Houzz, just create a professional profile on Houzz here – it’s free and takes just a few minutes to set up.


NJIT Students Win Global Schindler Award

Students Fundraising To Support Travel Costs To Accept Award

Eleven NJIT students in the Master of Infrastructure Planning (MIP) program (a mix of undergraduates and graduate students) led by Georgeen Theodore recently were acknowledged for a Global Schindler Award, a design competition seeking an original design concept to engage the specific spatial condition in Shenzhen, China “Considering the Interface between Mobility and the City”.

The task was to create an urban design-based response to the mobility issues related to Shenzhen and its local and regional relationships in the pearl River Delta. It also required addressing social, economic and environmental challenges presented by globalization and urbanization.

This was the first time in the history of the competition that it was opened for North American universities. Out of the 250 total submissions, only 12 were chosen. Of those twelve, the group form NJIT is the only U.S. based team. They are planning to travel to Shenzhen to accept the award and see the site that was the focus of their design project.

njit_coadThe students seek to raise an additional $5000 to help offset their costs. Any monies collected will be spent on air-fare, trains, hotels and visa applications. The cost per individual student to travel to China is expected to be in excess of $2,000 each.

Their project was titled


You can read more about their project and fundraising efforts here.


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