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 South & West Jersey Joint Meeting

Functional Resilience:  The New Sustainability
Greg Winkler, AIA of Mid-Atlantic Precast Association

May 13, 2013 – Annata Wine Bar, Hammonton
5 pm to 9 pm



Architecture Week 2014

Celebrate Architecture Week 2014

April 6-12, 2014

ArchWeek2014What is National Architecture Week?
National Architecture Week, April 6─12, is a time to showcase the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities and society in general.  It is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).


Join us in celebrating Architecture, follow AIA national’s social media events, take the opportunity to talk about Architecture to a local group or school.  There are many ways to get involved.  Check some out here.



Update – NJ Good Samaritan Legislation

red_eagleDear Member,Late last night, the New Jersey Legislature gave final approval to what is commonly known as ‘Good Samaritan’ legislation. The bills, Assembly Bill 3694 and Senate Bill 3131 are now on the desk of Governor Christie for action.

Please call the Governor’s Office today to voice your support for the ‘Good Samaritan’ bill at (609) 292-6000. Tell his office that you are a constituent, a voter, and supporter of A3694 and S3131.

You can also email the Governor’s Office by submitting this form on the Governor’s webpage.


The following statement from the Senate Budget Committee explains the bill and its benefits to the state.The Senate Budget and Appropriations committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 3131.

This bill grants public employee status to licensed architects and professional engineers for certain services rendered during and following emergencies without compensation and at the request of public officials.

This “Good Samaritan” legislation provides immunity in accordance with procedures established under the “Tort Claims Act” for the licensed architects and professional engineers who volunteer time, expertise, and services to help rebuild communities that have been damaged by disasters, such as hurricanes, fires, and, tornados.

The bill provides licensed architects and professional engineers with public employee status pursuant to the Tort Claims Act and they shall not be personally liable for any personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, or other loss caused by an act, error, or omission while practicing architecture or engineering following an emergency.  In order for the public employee status to apply, the practice of architecture or engineering must be performed:

(1)  voluntarily and without compensation;

(2)  at the request of a public safety official, acting in an official capacity; and

(3)  at the scene of a declared national or State emergency caused by a major earthquake, hurricane, tornado, fire, explosion, collapse, or similar disaster or catastrophic event, during or within 90 days following the emergency, or for any extended period as determined by executive order issued by the Governor under the Governor’s emergency executive powers.

As used in the bill, “public safety official” means any appointed or elected federal, State, or local official with executive responsibility to coordinate public safety or law enforcement in the jurisdiction in which the emergency has occurred.

In addition, the public employee status and immunity will not apply, if:

(1) the architect or professional engineer, or a private entity for which the architect or engineer is employed, has an existing contract for services with the public entity, other than the State of New Jersey, whose public safety officer made the request for architectural or engineering services;

(2) the architect or professional engineer, or a private entity for which the architect or engineer is employed, enters into any contract for services that involves the performance of any additional architectural or engineering services related to the voluntary, uncompensated services performed for the public entity whose public safety officer made the request for architectural or engineering services; and

(3) the act or omission by the architect or engineer does not require the public entity to defend and indemnify a public employee pursuant to N.J.S.59:10-1 or N.J.S.59:10-2.

As reported, this bill is identical to Assembly Bill No. 3694 (1R), as also reported by the committee on this date.

At Awards Gala AIA-NJ Reflects and Looks Toward Future

Design Competition Winners and Service Award Recipients Honored, 2014 Officers Installed During Jan. 11 Event in Shrewsbury

From the creation of innovative new homes, offices, schools and other buildings to the preservation of some of New Jersey’s most important structures, the architecture profession had a profound impact on New Jersey in 2013.

While the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), which was formed in 1900, has long played an important role in improving the landscape and economy of The Garden State, 2013 was an especially active year for the organization and its members.


(L to R) Jack Purvis, 2013 AIA-NJ President presents Kurt Kalafsky, 2014 President, with his official gavel.

On Jan. 11, New Jersey’s architectural community gathered with friends and family to reflect on the year’s successes. At AIA-NJ’s annual awards gala, held at Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, the organization honored the winners of its annual design competition. A total of 17 projects were recognized for their originality and advancement of the field. Additionally, AIA-NJ honored the recipients of its service awards, which are bestowed upon individuals and firms that have demonstrated exceptional service to the profession.


2014 AIA-NJ Officers at installation

The awards gala also served as an opportunity for AIA-NJ to install its 2014 officers, providing a glimpse into what’s in store for the organization this year. The 2014 officers include:  Continue reading

Final Presidents Message for 2013

Purvis_2013My year as President of AIA-NJ is coming to an end. What a year it has been for the AIA and me.   As a result of Super Storm Sandy, AIA-NJ has come to the forefront as a source for information with regard to recovery.   Numerous members of the AIA-NJ have interviewed and articles written providing information to the public.  We have been asked to participate on committees with state agencies to offer information that only we as Architects can provide.  I want to thank our members who have stepped and provided information and are part of the solution.

2014 will provide a change the Executive Committee, Kurt Kalafsky will be President, Kim Bunn President Elect, Justin Mihalik First Vice President, Steven Lazarus, Second Vice President, Robert Cozzarelli will be the new Regional Director and Judy Donnelly will be the new secretary.  I would like to thank Verity Frizzell (2 years) as secretary and Jerry Eben (3 years) as regional Director for their hard work and dedication to AIA-NJ.  Their participation will be missed.  Jerry Eben is not retiring; he is now running for secretary for AIA National.

At the Board Meeting of December the following was reviewed.

  • Good Samaritan Bill is now before now on the agenda of our state legislatures.  Through the hard work of the L & GA committee and Chairman David DelVecchio this may become law.  This will allow AIA member who want to act as first responders in case of a disaster to be provided with liability insurance similar to that provided to the police.
  • Design Day was a huge success this year with the most design board ever submitted.   There is a committee working on next year conference chaired by Seth Leeb.  A change in the format and location are being reviewed.  There is always room for volunteer help, if you have an interest contact Seth.
  • AIA-NJ Website is about completed and should be up and running after the first of the year.
  • The Historical Preservation Committee is working on the guidelines for raising historic structures in the new flood zones.  We are having a meeting on January 11 at 9:00 at my office.  Please join us if you have an interest.


2014 AIA National Convention is in Chicago at the McCormick Place, June 26 – 28, 2014

The Unofficial New Jersey hotel:

Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601, Tel: (312)-565-1234

Register online:

AIA-NJ will be presenting two educational programs at the 2014 National Convention

Joe Simonetta: Politics and the Profession: NOT a Pretty Picture

Jack Purvis and Paul Barlo: The Rebirth of Camp Osborn a Neighborhood Destroyed by Super Storm Sandy


I want to thank the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Committee Chairs and the Membership of AIA-NJ for all the hard work and allowing me to be your representative of the AIA-NJ  on a State and National Level.

Jack A. Purvis, AIA

Fort Hancock – Vision for 21st Century

Request for Expressions of Interest

Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit
Monmouth County, New Jersey 


The National Park Service, with the advice of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee, is seeking interested parties to redevelop historic structures in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Submissions are due by 5 pm December 16, 2013.

The NPS seeks proposals from individuals, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, and non-profit or for-profit organizations and educational institutions for ideas for the re-use of 35 historic buildings in the Gateway National Recreation Area ( Sandy Hook Unit.

Individuals, governmental agencies, not-for-profit and for-profit orgnizations are welcome to submit proposals.  All legal uses will be considered. There will be two site visits: November 6 and November 14 at 10 a.m.

Interested respondents can submit questions to:

Find More information and Full RFEI at:



CANstruction 2013 at Livingston Mall




AIA-NJ to Target Superstorm Sandy Relief at 15th Annual ‘Canstruction’ Event on Nov. 14 and 15


LIVINGSTON, N.J.  (Sept. 5, 2013) – The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA-NJ) Newark and Suburban section today announced that Canstruction, its annual design exhibition to benefit local food bank programs, will be held on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Livingston Mall in Livingston, N.J.


The unique food charity program is part of a national AIA-sponsored event that calls upon teams of architects, engineers, contractors and designers, as well as college design students, to design and build giant-sized structures made entirely from canned food.


After an eight-hour “Build Day” on Nov. 14, a distinguished guest panel will judge the structures on Nov. 15 at an awards gala. After winners are declared, the creations will remain on view to the general public as art exhibits.


Titled “NJ Shore CAN Rebuild – Coastal NJ Architecture,” this year’s competition encourages teams to creatively interpret and draw inspiration from New Jersey’s coastal and shore manmade and natural structures, including buildings and infrastructures.


“With New Jersey communities still recovering from the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy, the need for community food bank support is greater than ever,” said Jack Purvis, president of AIA-NJ. “This event is one way for architects and design professionals to showcase talent, have fun and give back to communities in need in a significant way.”


Participating firms are responsible for obtaining the cans used in their structures. This involves soliciting donations from food manufacturers, supermarkets, clients, family and friends. There are still openings for creative design and building industry firms to sign up a team, and volunteers are welcome to pitch in.


“Event organizers and the registered teams are seeking support and donations for this fall’s 2013 Canstruction,” said Ronald Weston, AIA, LEED AP, who is serving as chair of the event. “Everyone CAN help make this event a success!”


At the conclusion of the exhibition, the cans are donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) for distribution to community food programs. CFBNJ distributes 40 million pounds of food and groceries each year, ultimately serving more than 1,500 nonprofit programs, including 436 programs served by its partner distribution organizations. The combined efforts of these nonprofit programs assist more than 900,000 people in 18 New Jersey counties.


This will be the 15th year for the design competition in New Jersey. Last year, New Jersey teams comprised of architects, designers and engineers used and donated over 25,100 pounds of food to build structures based on intricate designs that were conceptualized in advance.


For the third consecutive year, Simon Property Group® has generously made available its Livingston Mall as the host venue for the event. Goya Foods has also signed on again to donate canned goods to support a selected team entered in the event.


Since the founding of Canstruction, over 21 million pounds of food have been donated to community food banks to aid in the fight against hunger.


For more information on how to become a sponsor, competitor, donor or volunteer, contact Ronald Weston, AIA, at

Scientists, Architects, Engineers and Musicians -

NJIT Technology and Society Forum

Scientists, Architects, Engineers and Musicians – What Do They Have in Common?

Wednesday, November 13, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Campus Center Ballroom

Musical Exploration with David Rimelis

Click Here for more information: Rimelis_flyer

WIA-NJ October Meeting

WIA New JerseyJoin Women In Architecture New Jersey for a discussion with Jenny Whitson. Jenny Joined Gensler in 2011 and quickly paved her path to become part of the firms leadership in sustainability.

Jenny brings over 7 years of experience and works on leading the sustainability effort at Gensler. With a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University, Jenny balances her knowledge of both sustainability and design throughout her work.   Outside of the office, Jenny has lectured at Berkley College in Paramus NJ.

The format of this meeting will be an open discussion on carving your own path in the industry. Please come with your questions.  We will follow with a brief discussion regarding next steps for WIA-NJ.

Hosted by Gensler

When:       Tuesday, October 22st @ 6:00 PM

Where:      10 North Park Place, 4th Floor Morristown, NJ 07960

RSVP:     by end of Monday, October 21st

Voting for 2013 Photography Competition Open

AIA West Jersey Photography CompetitionThe public voting portion of the 2013 AIA West Jersey Photography Competition is open.   Go to our website to place your vote for your favorite.

Many great images were submitted to this years competition.  A panel of three jurors narrowed all the entries to the finalists that are in the public voting portion.  The jurors and public votes will decide the top three images that received cash awards and the coveted cover spot on a printed 2014 calendar.

Thank you to our 2013 jurors:

- James DelGross, AIA
- Jack Purvis, AIA
- Michael Soriano, AIA

Voting ends midnight October 20th, so go cast your vote TODAY.



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