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.

Women in Leadership – Meadowlands USA article

AIA New Jersey’s Second Vice President Kim Vierheilig, AIA, was interviewed by Meadowlands USA magazine and spoke about AIA’s role in mentoring in the profession.  In the article, along with Sally Glick, principal and chief growth strategist at Sobel & Co., they spoke about challenges in their respective fields.

In the article Vierheilig shared:
“When I first started out of college there was basically no kind of networking group or anything that was geared to women. Now you have so much stuff and people are willing to actually share stories. I think that Women in Architecture is a platform to me to try and reach out and help women who are coming out of college, who maybe don’t know exactly where their careers want to lead them.”

Read the full article here: WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: KIM VIERHEILIG & SALLY GLICK

 

STEVEN A. SAFARY, AIA, Architect and Artist , 1932-2017

By Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

 

I was one of many colleagues of Steven A. Safary for forty years.  On August 5th, I spoke at a Memorial for Steve organized by his family a few months after his passing.

 

Wil Shortz is the New York Times “LIFELONG PUZZLE MASTER” and is fond of saying “if you can figure out what you love to do most………then see if you can make a living doing it!”

 

This statement reminded me of Steve who loved puzzles and related doing them to the work in the practice of our profession.  For my friend, colleague, teacher, and mentor, it was just that simple.

 

I once asked Steve what the initial ‘A’ stood for in his name, and only used the initial?  Steve told me that it simply stood for the first letter of the alphabet.  He added it when Agnes (his spouse for over 50 years) arrived at Camp Kilmer, NJ after fleeing the ill-fated student uprising known as the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.  He explained at the time that the simple letter did not necessarily have to have any other letters after it. Well, I think that those who knew Steve can agree that the ‘A’ not only stood for ARCHITECT, but also for ARTIST.  Because that was what Steve was in his real professional life.  

 

I had already been working at Lehman Architectural Partnership as a draftsman when Steve joined the firm in 1978.  Other young draftsmen and I worked not under Steve, but alongside him, learning and expanding our knowledge on just how to put a building together.  

A client, Sutton Construction Company, was embarking on building speculative buildings.  Steve designed two simple boxes.  A low office component up front with a larger component used as a warehouse or industrial space behind.  The floor plans were simple, changed little, but each of the structures had its own identity.  The facades showed off Steve’s talent and knowledge of different building materials.  Most of the buildings were built in what originally had been Camp Kilmer so one could state that Steve had come full circle from refugee to a broken down former army base that he was now responsible for giving new life to in creative architecture.

 

In the early ‘80s, we found a new client in Toys ‘R’ Us.  Together under the LAP title block, we designed new or renovated stores, repeatedly across the country.  Each time, Steve produced a rendering for the cover sheet.  Rendering is where Steve showed his artistic talent and every project had the flare of his imaginary cars in front of the facades.  

 

I brought a request of Steve’s talent and asked him to re-create a rendering of my mother’s childhood synagogue in Bamberg, Germany.  Steve sketched out a remembrance from an old photograph, choosing a black and white format, because of his own experience of becoming a refugee from his childhood home.   My mother cherished it as a memory of her days before the Holocaust, until her passing.  I have used the rendering in school presentations where I relate my parents escape from a horrific time in history.

 

It was Steve that organized all of us at LAP to get involved in AIA.  Under his guidance, we put together the monthly newsletter, which he named the Rostrum.  It became AIA Newark and Suburban Architects’ platform for reaching out to the membership.  Steve put together the first local Design Day, so members could present their work and be recognized for it.  This important program continues to this day.  

 

Steven A. Safary, AIA was the real thing, an ARCHITECT and true creative genius that we all will miss.

 

The Safary family has requested that in the spirit of Steve as a teacher and mentor to younger people and future architects that donations in his name be made to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.

 

Thank you,

 

Jerry

 

AIANJ 2017 Service Awards Nominations

Nominations are open for 2017 Service Awards.

Find more information on our website:
http://aia-nj.org/events-programs/awards/service-awards/

The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet scheduled for January 13th, 2018.

Congratulations to the 2016 AIA NJ Service Award Recipients:

Distinguished Service Award Michael Hanrahan, AIA
Architect of the Year Paul Barlo, AIA
Architectural Firm of the Year Kimmerle Group
Young Architect of the Year Andrew Burian, AIA
Intern Architect of the Year Megan Pritts, Associate AIA

AIA NJ officers participate in Sussex County Technical School Final Jury

On May 4, 2017 AIA NJ President, Ben Lee, AIA, Immediate Past President, Justin Mihalik, AIA and NJIT Associate Dean for Academics, John Cays, along with a Sussex County Board Member were invited to serve as design jury for the Senior Projects at Sussex County Technical School.

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Two project teams made their presentations:

One for conversion of a barn into a residence. They completed site & zoning research. The building design was based on taking advantage of the views. They produced a computer 3D image as well as a scale model.

The second project was to convert a school bus to an eco-friendly mobile home for travel and demonstration of eco-friendly design components and built-in furniture and furnishings.

Both teams showed dedication and tremendous effort and investment. Some of the seniors plan to pursuit architectural education.

AIAWJ Meeting and Allied Event – June 28th

On June 28th, we will gather to thank AIA West Jersey allied businesses and professionals at Flying Fish Brewery in Somerdale, NJ.   This General Membership Networking Social will feature a tour of the brewery, food and beverages, the opportunity meet local representatives, and a continuing education presentation all in a relaxed setting.

Event Update: This program has been approved for 3 HSW credits.

Confirmed attending Allied Members include: Andersen Windows & Doors, ARC Document Solutions, Diener Brick, Diversified Lighting Associates, DuBell Lumber Company, Garland Industries, Marvin Windows & Doors, and Pella Windows & Doors.  Please visit our website to learn more about your local representatives.  http://aiawestjersey.org/allied-members/

As an added bonus, June 28th is a “Barrel-Aged Wednesday” so Flying Fish will be tapping a special beer that evening.

The cost of admission includes the guided tour, one drink and souvenir pint glass, snacks, and the CEU presentation.  Full event details available below.   Please RSVP to Jessica O’Donnell, AIA at [email protected] by June 26th. 

ACE MENTOR PROGRAM of NJ – 17th ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP DINNER

“For the past six years I have been part of the NJ affiliate of the national ACE Mentor Program whose focus is to mentor students curious about the building industry. These professionals range from architects, interior designers, and landscape architects; civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers; contractors, construction managers; and related companies and organizations.  Each dedicated member/mentor is willing to put long hours into a 100% voluntary effort, for the benefit of high school students and the future of the industry.

For those unfamiliar with the organization it’s a group of roughly 2,900 volunteers nationwide that lead students through hands on programs, 15 session of 2 hours each that simulate industry experience. Meant to inspire students to further explore studies in these fields, there is absolutely no cost to the students or to their associated schools!

In addition to volunteering for the face-to-face sessions, mentors\volunteers hold events to raise money for student scholarships. Students who enroll in an industry related degree will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships, which in the past have ranged from $500 up to $2,500, This year, however, we want offer our students more.

We’re inviting all members, industry organizations, school representatives, current and interested students and parents, related companies, and other interested individuals to the Annual Scholarship Dinner on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ.   Come and meet our current active members and scholarship recipients; network and learn about selected projects around the state that have made impacts on their communities.  And if you are feeling extra generous, please donate or sign up to be a sponsor for this event!  Please go to www.AceMentor.org to learn about our organization, and visit our local affiliate page to register for the event at http://www.AceMentor.org/affiliates/new-jersey/new-jersey/events/. “

AIA Architects on a Mission to Bring Happiness and Cheer to the Young Patients at the Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando

By Laurence E. Parisi, AIA

A very special event took place during the 2017 AIA Conference in Orlando, for which I was privileged to be a part.  The mission of this event, sponsored by the Andersen Window Company under the auspices of the Cheeriodical Children’s Foundation, was to bring happiness to children receiving medical care at the Florida Hospital for Children.

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When asked by Gary Messiano, Business Architectural Representative for Andersen Windows, to be part of this great program, I admit I was a bit apprehensive. The thought of children with serious medical issues makes me deeply saddened. However, after learning about all the good the Cheeriodicals organization does, I accepted this mission to bring happiness and comfort to children facing hardship.

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When the conference floor opened on Thursday, volunteers for the Cheeriodical event gathered at the Andersen Window display and started preparing gift boxes by filling them with toys, games, puzzles, plush animals, and many other fun items.  All day long, there were many architects, students and other vendors stopping by and helping prepare gift boxes.  The boxes were tailored for children of all ages and genders. By the end of Thursday, we had prepared approximately 150 boxes. Continue reading

AIA NJ Members give back: RSC Architects

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On June 1st, Team RSC had a great time participating in the Corporate FunRun 5K held at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

AIA NJ Members John Capazzi, Ken Mihalik, Erik Polyzou, Jae Jang and Eva Peragallo participated. RSC is proud to Tackle Kids Cancer.

Our team of 25 was excited to support pediatric cancer research!

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The Bergen County Historic Preservation Commission commends the Closter Borough Hall with an award on May 4th, 2017

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On May 4, Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Department of Parks, the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board, celebrating 35 years of historic preservation in Bergen County, N.J., recognized 13 deserving recipients with Bergen County Historic Preservation Awards.

AIA NJ wishes to congratulate the design team, including AIA N.J. Past President Michael Hanrahan, AIA and Clarke Caton Hintz, for being recognized for their contributions to the preservation of the Closter Borough Hall.

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Michael Hanrahan, AIA – 2011 President

“Clarke Caton Hintz was pleased to be part of this wonderful project.  It’s always nice to see a valued building restored so that it can continue to serve the community for generations to come”                                               ~Michael Hanrahan, AIA

Award Category: Restoration

Project Team: Mayor Emeritus Sophie Heymann and Council; Michael Hanrahan, AIA Clark Caton Hintz architectural firm; William Dahle, Superintendent, Dept. of Public Works; former Borough Administrators Richard Sheola and Jonathan DeJoseph; former Councilman Thomas Hennessey; members of the Closter Historic Preservation Commission.

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Historic Building Architects, LLC receives New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office Award for BAYADA

 

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Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner, Principal,
Historic Building Architects LLC
312 West State Street,
Trenton, NJ 08618

Tel 609-393-3999
Fax 609-393-4333
www.hba-llc.com

 

Historic Overview:

 

This is an excellent example of a Greek Revival Italianate wood frame house built in 1858 by John Buzby. The house is located in the heart of the Moorestown Historic District at the intersection of Main Street and Mill Street. The property remained in the Buzby family until 1920.  Since then, it has transitioned to commercial use and was used as a hotel, beauty shop, and real estate office. In 2015, Mark Baiada, founder of BAYADA Home Health Care purchased the property with the intention of restoring it to its original grandeur for the corporate headquarters of his company.  Historic Building Architects, LLC were selected as the Preservation Architects to assist with the design and restoration of the house.  Extensive research was completed reviewing pattern books and architectural details and finishes used for the period.

 

Scope of Work:

 

This is truly a rehabilitation project.  It acknowledges the need to alter and add to the historic property to meet the continuing and changing uses while retaining the property’s historic character.  Although this project was for commercial office use, the owner wanted the architect to meticulously restore and preserve the interior architectural features of the building.  This included the wood floors that were salvaged and reused on the second floor, the wood inlaid details on the first floor, the plaster moldings and cornices, the stair details, including the decorative balustrades, the large wood paneled doors, the wood windows with their inlaid panels below, and the fireplace mantels were all meticulously preserved by skilled, largely local craftsmen.  Continue reading