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My Favorite Place – The Hidden Garden

AIA-NJThe following article was featured as a Letter to the Editor in the Time of Trenton and can be found online at NJ.com

Written as part of the My Favorite Places Series:

 

National Architecture Week is being celebrated April 10 – 16. The week is designed to increase the public’s attention of architecture’s role as a force for positive change in our communities. This article, one of a series of “My Favorite Places” pieces, shares an architect’s unique perspective on a local place, focusing on both the location’s design and the broader impact that the design has on the lives of those it touches.

I call it the hidden garden.

Nestled in the center of the Princeton University campus, there is a garden behind one of the university’s oldest buildings, Prospect House. Currently, this building functions as a private dining club for the university’s faculty and staff, but it previously housed past university presidents. When Woodrow Wilson presided over the school, his wife fenced in the garden and laid out the flower garden we see today, which is actually shaped like the university’s seal. A combination of tulip trees, an American beech and annual plants and flowers make up the design.

The garden is ‘hidden’ in the sense that the Prospect House obscures its view from the rest of the campus. The garden is set at grade with the basement level of Prospect House while the building is set on a bunker. A later renovation of the basement provides a full glass front stepping out to the garden. Sitting in the casual dining room at basement level gives off the feeling of an outdoor experience while sitting inside.

To the other side, the garden is surrounded by tall, manicured evergreens planted in a half circle to create a visual barrier from the rest of the campus to the east. During Wilson’s time at Prospect House, “students began to take shortcuts across the lawns and garden,” which made this measure necessary.

Now that it’s a place that can be enjoyed by the public, I visit the garden rather frequently, especially in the summer. With its history and seclusion, I find it to be an ideal retreat, as the space provides fragrant flowers, the soft sounds of the central fountain, leisurely walking paths and calming views within the garden and the house.

Both the house and gardens are excellent pieces of landscape design, architecture and planning, which can, once again, be enjoyed by all.

Megan Pritts, Assoc AIA

Princeton

Regional Representative Candidates

Two AIANJ members have submitted their names as candidates for election for the position of Regional Representative to be AIANJ’s voice on the AIA national Strategic Council.

Laurence Parisi, AIA, President AIA-NJ 2012

Laurence Parisi, AIA

 

The candidates are :
Laurence Parisis, AIA
and
Bruce D Turner, AIA.

 

 

 

Bruce Turner

Bruce D Turner, AIA

Please take a moment to learn more about these two members of the organization to be able to cast your vote in June.  View their Candidates Statements with the links above.  Contact your local section to find out when the candidates might be visiting your local sections.

Voting will be open online from June 10th to June 24th.  Watch for more information on voting.

– AIA New Jersey

NEWS AND UPDATES – DISASTER ASSISTANCE TRAINING HELD AT NJIT

AIA-NJ HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE
NEWS AND UPDATES – DISASTER ASSISTANCE TRAINING HELD AT NJIT
by: Laurence E. Parisi, AIA – Regional Disaster Assistance Coordinator.

Two individual AIA-NJ training sessions were held on April 1st and 2nd. The first session was for Architects with prior Disaster Assistance Training to become certified as Trainers, to enable them to train and qualify new Volunteers in Safety Assessment. The second day [pictured above] was held to train architects and engineers in volunteer disaster recovery assistance. Promulgated by AIA-NJ President Justin A Mihalik, AIA, the two day sessions were a tremendous success.

April 1, 2016 was no fool’s day for the11 members of the AIA-NJ and AIA-NY who attended the first of the two day training sessions. Participating in the 8 hour “train the trainer” disaster assistance program were the executive members of AIA-NJ and AIA-NY. The training for both sessions was headed up by Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA from Orlando, Florida and assisted by Laurence E. Parisi, AIA Chair of the AIA-NJ Homeland Security Committee, former AIA-NJ President. Mr. Lingerfelt is an experienced trainer of the California Safety Assessment Program.

We are truly fortunate to have Michael as our trainer. This is the third training session he has headed up for AIA-NJ; in my opinion he is the most invigorating trainer on the planet. Working with Michael on these disaster assistance programs has been an enriching and rewarding experience. By providing and supporting this event, our intention is to expand the training capabilities of AIA-NJ and AIA-NY. It is a benefit to New Jersey and New York, as coastal states, to be able to conduct training sessions for volunteering architects and engineers to be certified as card carrying Safety Assessment Workers by the California Safety Assessment Program. As we have learned from the recent past, disaster may strike at any time, and preparation is necessary.

April 2nd was just as explosive as April 1st, as nearly 100 architects and engineers attended the daylong disaster assistance training session. Sponsored by AIA-NJ, the goal of this program is to train professional architects and engineers as certified volunteer assistants in rapid recovery in the event of a catastrophic disaster such as Super Storm Sandy.

These training sessions will continue to be held periodically as an ongoing effort to strengthen and increase the number our professional volunteers. To date, we have approximately 300 architects and engineers in New Jersey that have been certified by the Office of the California Emergency Management as safety workers. Following a disaster, these safety workers will be able to respond to an affected area and evaluate the safety of homes and buildings.

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 AIA-NJ “Train the Trainer” attendees pictured from left to right: Justin A. Mihalik, AIA President AIA-NJ, Verity Frizzell, AIA President Elect, Kurt Kalafsky, AIA Past President, Kimberly Bunn, AIA Immediate Past President, Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, Trainer and Laurence E. Parisi, AIA, co-trainer and Past President.

We truly appreciate the hands-on efforts and logistical support of Ms. Laura Slomka, AIA-NJ Executive Assistant. We also wish to thank Urs P. Gauchat Dean of the School of Architecture and the administration of NJIT for allowing us to conduct our training at their facilities for these past sessions and all of the training sessions we’ve conducted.

Presidents Message – The AIA World Gets Smaller Everyday…

JAM_headshotOne of my goals this year is to meet with several firms across the state to discuss with them their involvement with AIA, the value of AIA to their firms, and to hear the good, the bad and the ugly.  This month I met with Stephen Schoch AIA, Managing Principal of Kitchen & Associates Services, Inc. in Collingswood.  Kitchen & Associates currently has 80 architects, engineers, planners and interior designers, and was founded in 1971 by Benjamin Kitchen AIA.  Stephen and I had not met one another before and we had no problem with diving into many issues.  As we discussed things, Stephen mentioned that he grew up in Hackensack and I said so did my wife.  Well Stephen and my wife grew up three houses from one another and it was one of those, “what are the chances of that” moments!  That just made the conversation even easier.

With my involvement at AIANJ, I know several K&A employees who are involved in local AIANJ Sections and the AIANJ Board of Directors, and have been for years.  This involvement comes with the all to important employer support and I wanted to take the time to applaud Stephen for his dedication to AIANJ and the profession.  We all need to take a page from the K&A playbook when it comes to this dedication, as K&A just supported 14 of its employees joining AIA by paying for their membership so that they could take advantage of going to the AIA Convention in Philadelphia for free with the new membership offer from AIA!  This effort goes hand in hand with the recent challenge from Russell Davidson FAIA, AIA President, where he announced that his firm is closing down the office for two days so that their employees can attend the Convention and take advantage of all that it has to offer.  These are great examples for all employers to consider.

Another topic that we discussed is the AIA Large Firm Roundtable.  The LFRT is comprised of chief executives from more than 60 large firms, the mission is to further the special and unique interests, both national and international, of large firms by working with and through the AIA.  Don’t worry small firms, there is also an AIA Small Firm Roundtable, which has recently been renamed to the Small Firm Exchange (SFX) and has a similar mission for small firms.  AIANJ is represented on the SFX but is not represented on the LFRT.  It is important that AIANJ is represented at both levels, as our membership is represented by both small and large firms.  In order for AIANJ to be a leader at the LFRT, it is paramount that we first start here on our home turf by resurrecting the AIANJ LFRT. If you are an executive of a NJ large firm and are interested in joining this committee, please contact me.  I will be reaching out too many of you to join this committee and will host a meeting to get the ball rolling.

Sometime over the next month, take the time to meet with one of your peers, enjoy a meal to discuss the profession and how to get connected with AIA, and you never know, your worlds may be closer than you think.  Hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Sincerely,

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Justin A. Mihalik, AIA

Phantastic Philadelphia

KSS Welcomes You To Philadelphia

A guide to the city for all, personally experienced and hand-crafted by your fun- and food-loving friends at KSS Architects

In town for the AIA Convention and digging deep into research for down-time activities? A newcomer looking to explore more Philly spots?

Look no further! Gather inspiration from locals of our favorite spots to munch, mingle, meander, and muse. Check out our list, exclusively compiled by our Philadelphia staff, categorized and curated for visitors of all interests.

We’ve organized our entries by overarching category, with each entry containing a link to further reading and brief WHY statement:

  1. FABULOUS SPOTS, unique Philly flair
  2. COFFEE SHOPS and CAFÉS, to get your [caffeine] buzz on
  3. MEALS, breakfast to dinner, and everything in between
  4. DESSERT, sweet, sweet delights
  5. DRINKS, to get your [other] buzz on
  6. PARTY SCENE, for those who partake in loud crowds and vigorous movement
  7. AWESOME SHOPS, cozy corners and cool collectibles
  8. ARTS & MUSEUMS, renowned international wonders
  9. GETTING OUT AND AWAY [bonus suggestion!]

Read more and Dive right on in!

AIANJ and AIANY COALITION TO PROVIDE DISASTER ASSISTANCE

THE AIA NEW JERSEY AND AIA NEW YORK COALITION TO PROVIDE DISASTER ASSISTANCE TRAINERS

The “Train the Trainer” event was held on April 1, 2016 Pictured from L to R: Tim Boyland, AIA AIANY, Mark Kruse, AIA AIANY, Verity Frizzill, AIA, Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, Kimberly Bunn, AIA, Dan Horn Assoc. AIA NY, Justin A. Mihalik, AIA, Illya Azaroff, AIA AIANY, Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA Trainer, Laurence E. Parisi, AIA Co-trainer.

The “Train the Trainer” event was held on April 1, 2016 Pictured from L to R:
Tim Boyland, AIA AIANY, Mark Kruse, AIA AIANY, Verity Frizzill, AIA, Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, Kimberly Bunn, AIA, Dan Horn Assoc. AIA NY, Justin A. Mihalik, AIA, Illya Azaroff, AIA AIANY, Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA Trainer, Laurence E. Parisi, AIA Co-trainer.

 

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Posen Architects Establishes New Leadership Team

Dennis Posen is joined by Thomas A. Fantacone, Lori Klein and Kosta Koulouris to lead the firm
as it celebrates its 20th anniversary

WEST ORANGE, NJ – As Posen Architects celebrates its 20th anniversary, the firm introduces a new leadership team structure. Dennis Posen, AIA, the founder of the firm, welcomes long-time Posen staff members Lori Klein, CID, and Kosta Koulouris, AIA, as well as recently hired Thomas A. Fantacone, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to join him as principals. Each principal will continue to actively lead individual projects, and will now share responsibility for the firm’s architectural and interior design direction, operational management, strategic planning and business development.

Lori Klein was a founding staff member of Posen Architects in 1996 and has more than 30 years of corporate, healthcare and commercial design experience. In her role on the leadership team, she will continue to focus on the firm’s space planning, programming, and interior design work and manage the firm’s Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E) services assisting clients with selection, specification, procurement, delivery and installation. Her projects have included the headquarters for Ansell, Evonik, Daiichi Sankyo, NJ Sharing Network and her design influence is evident in almost every project in the office.

Kosta Koulouris has been with Posen Architects since 2004, overseeing all elements of the architectural design, project management and construction process for clients that include the Dormitory Authority of New York (DASNY) and DASNY’s state-funded community agency partners such as the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Koulouris’ leadership responsibilities will include the day-to-day operations of the firm, such as staffing and recruitment, project management, and technology.

“Dennis’ highest priority has always been the quality of the work we provide to clients and welcoming us to join him to form the firm’s leadership team is a very natural evolution for each of us and for the firm,” notes Klein.

Koulouris adds, “We’ve proven that Posen Architects is a firm that moves creative, well-designed projects successfully through the regulatory environment – getting things done. Expanding and sharing the executive leadership functions allows us to build on that strong foundation and grow to better serve our clients’ design and facility needs.”

Thomas Fantacone joined Posen this year, after having worked at firms including Rothe Johnson Associates, Rothe Johnson Fantacone, Fletcher Thompson, and CDI L.R. Kimball. He has an accomplished architectural career of more than 35 years, with projects that include the Robert Wood Johnson Cancer Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield Corporate Office Facility, the Middlesex County Administration Building and Public Safety Building as well as numerous collaborations on 20 college and university campuses in the region. Architectural design will be his focus on the leadership team, including design review of all of the firm’s architectural projects, mentorship of emerging professionals and increasing design recognition for the firm.

“I’m excited to be here and feel that my portfolio of work is a complement to the high caliber work that Posen Architects has been producing for the past 20 years. I look forward to contributing to the leadership team and working with this talented group of colleagues,” remarks Fantacone.

Dennis Posen established Posen Architects in 1996 after 20 years of practice and ownership in other firms. His project experience includes major corporate relocations, institutional master planning, large-scale office development, healthcare facilities and interior architecture. As with the other principals, he will continue to take a design and project management lead on a wide range of individual projects; as a member of the leadership team, he will spearhead business development, finance and strategic planning.

“These are talented professionals and proven leaders –– and I am delighted that we will work together to guide the future of the firm, ” said Posen. “This expanded leadership team will allow us to reach new heights of accomplishment in our work, our professional development, and, most importantly, in our clients’ continued satisfaction.”

The announcement of Posen Architects’ expanded leadership team is an auspicious start to the firm’s 20th anniversary year. Celebrations – to be announced throughout 2016 – will include client recognition and other special events.

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About Posen Architects

Founded in 1996, Posen Architects LLC provides architecture, interior design, planning, and regulatory consulting services from offices in West Orange, New Jersey and White Plains, New York. The firm works throughout the metropolitan region and has a broad portfolio of healthcare, institutional, science and technology, and commercial projects.

Position Available – North Jersey & New York

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Architect Position Available – Trenton

Project Architect / Job Captain

Employer: Clarke Caton Hintz

Location: Trenton, NJ, US

 

The firm seeks a project architect / job captain (licensed preferred but not required) with 7 – 10 years experience.  Must be proficient in Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD, with knowledge of AutoCAD Architecture greatly preferred.  Knowledge of 3D modeling software such as SketchUp, Rhino, Lumion and or 3D Studio Max desired.  Must be familiar with Microsoft Office software and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator) is a plus.

 

If interested, please visit our employment form website by clicking on the link below and fill out the application.

http://cch-form.weebly.com/architect.html

 

Thank you for your interest.  CCH will contact you shortly.

Presidents Message – 2016 First Quarter

AIAeagle_2016It has been a very busy first quarter as your President and I wanted to share with you some of the events and projects that AIA-NJ has been busy working on…

February kicked off the year with a pair of building code seminars for the 2015 IBC and IRC at the Palace in Somerset.  There were well over 250 attendees to learn about the changes to both codes, which had not been updated since 2009.  As of March 21st we are officially beyond the grace period and into the new codes.  Hopefully, you were able to attend the code seminars, but if you did not, Robert Longo AIA, AIANJ Codes & Standards Chair wrote a brief article on the code changes you can find on our blog.

Also in February, more than 12 AIA-NJ leaders attended the AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference in Detroit, MI.  I have been attending Grassroots since about 2005 and I find that each time I attend I come back to NJ inspired and excited to implement ideas and programs for the new year.  aianj_grassroots2016This year was the first year since I began attending the conference that it focused on Leadership programming and did not have part of the event focused on Advocacy.  I have to applaud AIA on this change.  This July will be the second half of Grassroots, dubbed as “SpeakUp”, will happen in Washington D.C.  The event will focus on training AIA members to become leaders in Advocacy.  If you are interested in learning about the federal legislative process and how to become an active advocate for AIA and the built environment contact AIA-NJ.

 

Our Public Awareness Committee has been very active highlighting several of our members on diverse subjects.   On February 23rd Stephen Schoch AIA of Kitchen & Associates was interviewed by Construction Dive regarding FHA and ADA accessibility in multi-family housing.  William J. Martin AIA, Co-Chair of the AIANJ Public Awareness Committee and a member of the Bergen County Historical Preservation Commission was quoted in two articles regarding church fires in March due to their historic significance.  Kimberly Bunn AIA, AIA-NJ Immediate Past President, was featured in an article for Women’s History Month on none other than Eleanore Pettersen FAIA.  Most recently Stephen Schwartz AIA was featured in NJBIZ regarding architects who have taken the plunge into development.  To top things off our Public Awareness Committee had fun during National Architecture Week with #archselfienj for #archweek16.  Thanks to all those members that participated!

I have been fortunate to have maintained a close relationship with the College of Architecture & Design (CoAD) at NJIT and have been working with the Director of the School of Architecture, Richard Garber AIA, on a multi-week BIM program that will be held this summer at the school and offered to AIA-NJ members.  Not only will participants learn the basics on BIM, but will also learn how BIM can be integrated into your practice.

I am proud to announce that AIA-NJ’s Taskforce on Lightweight Construction, which was formed after the AvalonBay Edgewater, NJ fire in January 2015, has completed a whitepaper on “Building Design with Lightweight-Framed Construction and the Health, Safety, and Welfare of the Public”.  This document will be issued in order to better educate the public and our legislators about the findings of the Taskforce.  I want to thank the Taskforce for its work and look forward to the discussions that will occur as a result of the whitepaper.  Members who are interested in joining the Codes & Standards Committee to continue the work of this Taskforce are welcome to contact AIA-NJ.

In closing, I want to congratulate our new Fellows, Dean Marchetto FAIA and Michael Schnoering FAIA who will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2016 National AIA Convention in Philadelphia May 19th-21st.  AIA-NJ will be honoring our newest Fellows at the AIA-NJ Fellows Reception on Thursday, May 19th at the Hotel Palomar, formerly the AIA Building in Philadelphia.  If you plan on attending please contact Laura Slomka at AIA-NJ to RSVP.  The AIA Fellowship Committee will be hosting a presentation on  “Demystifying Fellowship”on Tuesday April 26th at 5 pm at the NJIT AIA room and on Wednesday, April 27th at 5 pm at the office of KSS Architects in Princeton.  If you are considering applying for Fellowship then you need to attend.

See you at the Convention in Philly!JAM_headshot

Sincerely,

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Justin A. Mihalik, AIA

AIA New Jersey Presiden

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