Category Archives: NJ Architect Newsletter

Save The Date – AIANJ Annual Conference

Save The Date:

The AIA New Jersey Conference

October 23rd & 24th

Mark your calendars – speakers and seminars are being finalized  –  Watch for more information soon.

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Working With The Media – Writing a Letter to the Editor

AIA-NJIn our recent year end review of the 2014 activities of the AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee, we asked you to stay tuned for tools that will help you make a splash in the press. Below, is the second in a series of articles that will help you in that regard. With your help, we hope to be able to leverage our strength in numbers to help promote architects and architecture.

In the inaugural installment of our Working with the Media series, we discussed the process of familiarizing yourself with your local media landscape, including reporters and editors from various mainstream and trade outlets, and local community papers. We discussed a process called source filing, in which you, as an architect, establish yourself as a professional resource for future building and design-related stories that a journalist may be writing.

This is a necessary first step to making a splash in your local publication, but as a standalone measure, it leaves you in a passive position. Source filing vastly increases your chances of being contacted by a reporter when they need a source, but what if you want to proactively offer your expertise to the media?

Without pitching a story to a local reporter, it’s still possible to get published through a simple letter to the editor. A letter should be short – ideally less than 300 words – addressed to a newspaper or website’s editorial staff regarding a specific story or pertinent trend. Once you’ve identified the correct email or mailing address for the editor (usually located on the ‘Opinions’ or ‘Letters’ page), it’s time to get started on your letter.

As you’re writing your letter, keep in mind a few key points:

  • Keep it (somewhat) formal: Begin your letter with a proper salutation and thoroughly check it for spelling, grammar, and unnecessary shorthand writing. The printed letter is a direct reflection of you as a professional!
  • Send it electronically: While sending a physical letter is a novel idea, you greatly increase your chances of being published if you email the letter. It’s far easier for busy editors to copy/paste a letter than to retype it.
  • Clearly state your position in the opening paragraph: Whether you’re responding to a recent article or commenting on a building or architectural issue, make sure that you don’t bury your main point. In the first paragraph, be sure to plainly state your stance in relation to the story or subject.
  • Don’t (always) have a bone to pick: The tendency for many is to write a letter to the editor only when they are upset or opposed to something that a reporter has written. In fact, letters to the editor can be laudatory of a reporter, fellow architect, development project – anything! In fact, as long as you’re offering a fresh perspective, staying positive is a great way to solidify your relationship with the publication in the early stages of your relationship.

Letters to the editor offer a unique opportunity for architects because they are not controlled by an editorial board or journalistic practices. They’re an opportunity to say something constructive, educational, or unique about architecture while solely owning the message. Best of luck and happy writing!

For more suggestions, refer to AIA Best Practices – Getting Good Press on the web at www.aia.org. Please note this is a password protected, member only website. Therefore, we cannot provide a direct link to the site for you. But you can find it under Practicing Architecture; Best Practices; Part 2 – Firm Management; Chapter 6: Marketing and Business Development. You might also find a lot of other beneficial material in this area of the website.

If you would like to read the previous article in this series, please click here.

If you would like to see a sample Letter to the Editor, please click here.

Kyle Kirkpatrick
Account Supervisor
Beckerman PR Real Estate Team

Bruce D. Turner, AIA
Chair, AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee

AIA Fellowship Workshop

red_eagleAIA New Jersey Members;

This year AIA New Jersey was successful in having two of its members elevated to Fellowship; Pamela Rew of KSS Architects in Princeton, and Joseph Tattoni of Ikon5 also of Princeton. We have begun to put in place a process to assist those who wish to apply for AIA Fellowship and hope to continue this year to build on this success.

Last year I was able to hold a series of seminars to discuss the process of applying for Fellowship, and it seems to have helped. As some of you know, I had the opportunity to serve on the AIA Jury of Fellows from 2008 to 2010 and I became very familiar with the jury selection process and what the Jury of Fellows are looking for in their deliberations. I will lead each of the two seminars outlined below and answer questions regarding the process, the jury, and the submission itself.

This message is to encourage those of you who might be considering applying for Fellowship to attend. Even if you may not be thinking about it in the immediate future, it may be helpful to attend to understand what sort of information you should be collecting and organizing in the interim, so that when you do apply, it will be an easier process.

To begin this effort I will conduct two identical seminars at locations around the state; the dates and meeting places are shown below. The seminars will be to meet potential candidates, help explain the process, discuss approaches and strategize how to work with them as they complete their applications. We now have a AIANJ standing Fellows Committee with members willing and able to help you in the submittal process. The seminar times and locations shown below will also be posted on the AIANJ website.

All individuals who are considering applying for Fellowship either now or in the future are urged to attend. 

Please call or e-mail me if you plan on attending, so I can get some idea of how many people we will have to accommodate. Thanks.

Allan Kehrt FAIA

 

There will be two seminars as follows:

Date:         March 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location:   The offices of Clarke Caton Hintz
                    100 Barrack Street
                   Trenton, New Jersey
                   609-883-8383

Date:         March 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location:   New Jersey Institute of Technology
                    AIA Room, School of Architecture
                   Newark, New Jersey
                   973-596-3079

RSVP:            Allan Kehrt FAIA cell: 609-240-1364
                         e-mail: akehrt@kssarchitects.com

CSI 2015 Mid-Atlantic Conference

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The Mid-Altantic Region CSI Conference annually brings together construction industry professionals from CSI Chapters, allied associations, design professionals and specifiers.

Thorough technical presentations and tours we will explore our theme of ‘Detailing Innovation’, intended to explore innovative changes that will impact the construction industry in the near future, these will include Sustainablity, Energy, and Construction Technology. Additonal events and tours will offer networking, and social opportunites.  Presentations and tours will offer AIA Continuing Education Credits

For more information or to register:

www.csiphila.org/marc2015/

Redevelopment Forum on March 13

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New Jersey Future’s Redevelopment Forum is a daylong conference that brings together more than 500 municipal and state leaders and leading professionals in planning, development, law, transportation, architecture, construction, environmental conservation and historic preservation to share best practices and lessons learned.  We have applied for and expect to receive AIA, AICP, CLE and GBCI continuing education credits
Tickets are $110 for New Jersey Future members, municipal employees and non-profits  and $150 for non-members until February 20 (after February 20 tickets are $155 for members and $190 for non-members).
Questions: contact Marianne Jann at 609-393-0008, ext. 101.

Resilient Design in the 21st Century Workshop

 

 

 

njit_coadLessons from the Architect of One World Trade Center

A Conversation with David Childs FAIA

Presented by NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design, the conversation will be led by Urs Gauchat, Dean of the College of Architecture and Design with David Childs FAIA, chief designer for One World Trade Center and chairman emeritus and consulting design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).   Joining Childs will be Julie Hiromoto AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, an associate at SOM who worked with him on One WTC

Wednesday, February 11, 2014

4 p.m.: “Ground Zero Supertower” screening
5 p.m.: Reception
6 p.m. Conversation

Weston Hall 1, located in the College of Architecture and Design on the NJIT campus

Free to All

Questions and Information:
Contact Thomas Dallessio at thomas.g.dallessio(at)njit(dot)edu or call 973.596.5872

 

 

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AIA-NJ Honors Six Service Award Winners

Organization Honors Architects and Firms For Their Exemplary Work in 2014

serviceawardsBIGAIA-NJ is known for its dedication to elevating the profession of architecture and improving The Garden State’s built environment. This month, the organization honored individual members and firms who demonstrated an exceptional commitment to advancing the standards of the architecture profession.

Presented during the gala at the Moorestown Community House, AIA-NJ Service Awards are designed to honor the work of the state’s most talented and forward-thinking architects and architectural firms.

“Our Service Awards program is an opportunity to recognize the tremendous amount of talent within AIA New Jersey,” said Kimberly Bunn, AIA who serves as president of AIA-NJ. “The winners represent some of the best and brightest leaders in New Jersey architecture. Not only do they serve the profession, but they also serve the communities in which we all live, work and play. Our award winners fulfill the mission of architects worldwide by constantly striving to “look up” and imagine great new possibilities.” Continue reading

Membership Update 2015

red_eagleAs we begin 2015, I wanted to let the members know that AIA New Jersey (AIANJ) is holding strong and that its membership is growing!  We have seen an 8% growth since 2013 and closed the year with 1,961 members.  In dissecting the numbers, we are seeing our largest growth in our Associates category, which had an increase of almost 15%!  What do these numbers tell us?  Well, that the economy is without a doubt recovering, young architects are being employed and that they see the value of being a member of the AIA.  This past year AIA launched a free membership program for new college graduates for up to 18 months (http://www.aia.org/join/).  I urge all firm Principals to promote this free membership to your young architects and get them involved in a local AIANJ Section.  Since joining AIA in 1998 I have taken full advantage of what AIA has to offer and my career has been richer than I ever expected it to be.  Make a New Year’s resolution to get involved in your local AIANJ Section and promote your career to the next level!

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Careers: FVHD Architects + Planners promotes Joseph Como

FVHD is pleased to announce that Joseph V. Como, AIA, LEED Green Associate is joining our exceptional team of Senior Associate Gary A. Rostron, AIA, and Associate Jason J. Dubowitch, AIA, NCARB

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FVHD Architects + Planners is pleased to announce the promotion of Joseph Como, AIA, LEED GA to Associate, effective January 1, 2015. Joseph has over 15 years experience working on public and educational facilities, providing consistent management and leadership on all projects. His creativity and attention to detail make him a valuable member of the firm. Since graduating from Philadelphia University in 2000 with a 5-year Professional Bachelors in Architecture, he has approached all projects with great enthusiasm, striving to make each a success for the client, firm, and community.  As an Associate of the Firm, Joseph will increase his involvement in the Firm’s operations, supporting the Principals, while continuing his role as Project Manager. He is a Registered Architect in New Jersey, credentialed with USGBC as a LEED Green Associate, and a current member of the Lawrence Township Historic Preservation Committee. Recently, Joseph has completed renovations to the Ambassador’s Residence to Cyprus, in Washington DC, additions and renovations to the Hillsborough #3 Fire Station, in Hillsborough NJ, and is currently working on security additions and renovations at (9) facilities for Marlboro Township Public Schools. Continue reading

IDP Seminar To Be Held – February 12th

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CDS Internship Development Program Seminar

Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Weston College of Architecture and Design, Gallery.

Presenters will overview Intern Development Program (IDP), the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), including an update on recent NCARB changes.

1 AIA CEU approved event

See more information:  or view PDF here – IDP_NJIT_Feb2015

Must Pre-Register:  https://njit-csm.symplicity.com/surveys/IDP2015

Sponsored by NJIT Career Development, AIA New Jersey, and local section AIA Newark & Suburban

 

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