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ARE Prep Resources

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DCA Hosts Webinar on ePlans in December


dca_njThe New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) has launched ePlans, a new web-based electronic plan review system, which eliminates paper-based building and code review processes and reduces the amount of time between plan submission and final approval.

We invite you to attend an informational webinar to learn more about ePlans and how you can benefit from using the new system. The webinar is being offered from 10-11 a.m. on December 10, 2015.


ePlans provides a number of benefits and cost-saving measures for both the building community and the Department including:


  • 24-hour access to the system from any computer
  • Elimination of the need for paper plans to be manually printed and delivered
  • Reduced printing costs
  • Transparency and auditability
  • Reduced turn-around time to review plans


ePlans will be extended to all State building projects that require plans from a licensed architect or engineer.   The Department will require mandatory usage of the ePlans system by December 31, 2015.  When a citizen (architect, engineer, contractor, owner) submits an application for a construction or land use permit requiring drawing plans and other documents, the Bureau of Construction Project Review will use ePlans to complete the initial review. Required changes are noted on the files and then communicated to the applicant, who can re-submit corrected plans electronically, 24/7, from the convenience of any computer. The review cycle continues until all the regulatory requirements are satisfied and the DCA grants approval for the plans.


For more information about accessing DCA’s ePlans system, or to register for the upcoming ePlans webinar, visit:


Click here to download a digital version of the ePlans brochure.


Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.

2015 Photography Competition – Voting Open

AIA West Jersey Photography CompetitionNow in it’s 10th year – the AIA West Jersey Photography Competition has opened the public voting period to select the top images.

Go to our website to place your vote for your favorite.

As in years past, many great images were submitted from photographers around the country.  A panel of jurors narrowed all the entries to the finalists that are displayed in the public voting portion of the competition.   All of the public votes and juror votes will be tallied to decide the top three images that received cash awards and the coveted cover spot on a printed 2016 wall calendar.

Many Thanks to our 2015 jurors:

– Ronald Bertone, FAIA
– Jason Lutz, AIA
– Michael Soriano, AIA

Cast your vote TODAY.

In Memoriam – Howard Horii, FAIA

Howard Nobuo Horii

(January 4, 1923 – November 16, 2015)

Architect, Artist, Educator

Howard Nobuo Horii of Westfield, N.J., died peacefully at home on November, 16. He was 92. Born and raised in California, he moved to New York City after World War II, from an internment camp in Arizona where he and his family, from 1942-1945, and thousands of other Japanese Americans had been relocated from their homes. In New York City he worked fulltime as an artist and designer while attending and earning degrees in architecture from The Cooper Union for Science and Art, and from Pratt Institute. Following his graduation from Pratt in 1958, he was hired by the Grad architectural and engineering firm in Newark, New Jersey where he was employed for 50 years, starting as a junior designer and retiring as principal emeritus. Major projects he worked on at Grad in New Jersey include The Hilton at Short Hills, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Newark, the North American headquarters for Mercedes Benz in northern New Jersey, Prudential corporate office buildings in Newark and Roseland, and BASF North American Corporate Headquarters in Mount Olive.

Long active in the architectural profession and the recipient of numerous awards, Howard was a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), a past president of The New Jersey State Board of Architects, and a past president of the Newark/Suburban Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. An educator, Howard taught in the Construction and Facilities Management Department at Pratt for 44 years, and for many summers conducted a walking tour of Manhattan’s historical and landmark buildings. An artist, his watercolors are featured in the book Truth in the Rivers written by his brother-in-law, author and historian Bruce Hopkins, which includes essays about the Japanese American experience during the war, along with essays and poems about civil rights, nature, and community.

Howard is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Paula; his former wife, Shizuko Nakamura; his beloved children Steve (Gail Fishman), Ken (Harriet Pappas) and Jane (Bob Clancy); his grandchildren Mary (Jamie Riches), Bryan, Patrick, Kevin, Michael, John and Katherine Clancy, and Jina and Amelia Pappas-Horii; his brothers Harry (Chita) and Robert (Mary), his sister Louise Kawamoto; his sisters-in-law Jeanette Horii and Jeanette Hopkins (Bruce); his brothers-in-law Marc (Jane Bunnell) Embree and Warren (Anne) Embree, and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, and a daughter.

A memorial service was held at First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street, Westfield, N.J., on Saturday, December 12 at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a gift in Howard’s memory to The Fund for Pratt – Architecture at

To see Obituary click here.


AIA New Jersey is very saddened by this loss to our architecture community in New Jersey.   In keeping with our policy of promoting architecture and mentoring our future professionals, AIA New Jersey will be making a donation in Howard’s name to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.

If you would also like to make a donation in his name to the Scholarship Foundation, please send donations to:
AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation
c/o Jeanne Perantoni, AlA
1011 US Highway 22, Suite 203
Bridgewater, NJ  08807


NJIT Career Development Spring 2016 Career Fair

njit_career_fairWed. February 24, 2016 Career, Co-op, Internship and Summer Job Fair

The career fair is held 12:30 to 4:30 pm.  Over 190 organizations attend and 2,600 job seekers regularly attend NJIT fairs.

The registration fee is $650 but AIAS member firms under 10 employees will receive a 50% discount.  Be sure to list AIA after your name in contact field when registering.

Goto to register.

Call 973.596.3100 and ask to speak to an Employer Team member if questions.


It’s Not to Late – AIANJ State Convention Friday

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Friday & Saturday, October 23-24, 2015
Hanover Marriott, Whippany, NJ

It’s not to late to attend, the two day event starts this Friday.

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WORKING WITH THE MEDIA – Delivering your Message in an Interview

AIA-NJIn our 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 fourth 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, architecture and AIA-NJ.

Previously, the Working with the Media series has focused on the initial stages of media outreach: Building a relationship, contacting a reporter, and composing written materials on behalf of you or your company. Now, we’ll delve into the hallmark of journalism (and arguably the most important method for successful PR): The interview.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that news is increasingly “sound-bite” driven. Today’s messages are most effectively delivered through short, to-the-point bits of information – Twitter, “news reader” software, and blog-style news are all evidence of the evolution (or disappearance) of long-form feature stories. But, rather than debating the legitimacy of this age of information, let’s discuss how best to communicate in today’s media environment.

We’ll start by harkening back to high school English class. Remember the inverted pyramid?

Inverted Pyramid

The inverted pyramid reflects the important hierarchy of information, which is crucial to making sure that a reporter hears the most vital components of your message. Ask yourself: What makes (this project, my company, this law, etc.) newsworthy? This core message should be stated early and often – don’t be afraid to be redundant. A reporter may well be interested in the details about the processes of your work or your personal background, but it’s vital not to eschew the “newsworthy” aspects of your message in favor of the minutiae.

Remember: In many cases, a 30-minute interview can result in no more than a one or two-sentence blurb about you or your company. And, while some reporters may ask to record your conversation, reporters are human, and it cannot be assumed that they’ll publish your main focal point. As a result, it’s up to you to ensure that your message is being received.

A few tips:

  • Repeat or rephrase your core message at least two to three times throughout the interview
  • Draw the reporter’s attention to your core message (i.e. “The main point here is…”)
  • Condense your main themes into a statement that can be conveyed in 30 seconds or less
  • Make sure that any examples, supporting points, or details relate directly to your core message

If you would like to read the previous articles in this series, please see the following links:

Building Relationships

Writing a Letter to the Editor

Composing a Press Release

Press Release Boilerplates

Kyle Kirkpatrick
Account Supervisor
Beckerman PR Real Estate Team

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

NJ State Convention – 3 Weeks Away


AIANJ State Convention 

Register Now on the convention web page to not miss a single keynote or tour.

Friday October 23rd and Saturday October 24th.
Hanover Marriott

More information and online Registration:

A change is being made to the Friday night event –

The Friday night dinner has been changed to a Reception similar to year’s past.  For those who register for a full two day package or Friday only get the reception included.  If you would like to attend just the Reception with none of the other sessions or keynotes, it will cost $50.00 a la carte, and includes two drinks and hors d’oeuvres.   Announcement of Design Award winners will happen at reception.

If you have already registered for the dinner, you will be receiving an email soon with information about refunds.

This years Convention also hosting a Student Design Competition, entry deadline October 16th.  Find out more online.

Student Design Competition

Essex County’s Branch Brook Park holds a Cherry Blossom Festival every year. Design a stage pavilion to be used for festival activities such as jazz performances and theatre plays. Continue reading

CALL FOR SESSIONS – 2016 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference

Help shape the 2016 Conference – Submit a Session Proposal!
Proposals are due by November 23, 2015
The NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference attracts a broad audience of professionals, historic site and museum managers, historic preservation commission members, and more. The conference planning committee seeks to balance its program by offering educational sessions that target the conference’s primary audiences.  Proposals that address topics of interest to more than one of the target audiences will be given preference by the selection committee.

for more Information:

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.


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