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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

 

President’s Message – A Busy January

The month of January has been a busy one for AIA-NJ.   It was a month of celebration, looking back and looking forward.

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2015 president Kimberly Bunn AIA and 2014 president Kurt Kalafsky c.2015 Hollander Photography

Friday, January 9th was the Annual Awards Gala, the 2015 officers were installed, Design Awards highlighted, Service Awards recipients  honored, and the years scholarship was presented to a local college student.  A wonderful evening was had, and we all expressed excitement for the year to come.

For a list of the honorees and officers see more information on the Awards Gala here.  Congratulations to all winners and honorees that represent the best of AIA New Jersey.

As part of the celebration, my first official events as AIA-NJ president were visiting our local sections to honor our volunteers and incoming officers of the local sections.  Congratulations to our fellow AIA members who have stepped up to serve our organization and make our profession better.

AIA Regional Director Robert Cozzarelli and AIA-NJ President Kimbelry Bunn with Architects League officers. c.2015 Dee Portera Photography

AIA Regional Director Robert Cozzarelli and AIA-NJ President Kimbelry Bunn with Architects League officers.
c.2015 Dee Portera Photography

Thank You to both Architect’s League of Northern NJ and AIA Newark & Suburban for hosting fun events that brought together architects and allied professionals.

The business of AIA-NJ has also gotten off to a busy start.  Our new board will come together for the first board meeting on January 28th.   Planning is underway with NJIT for an IDP Seminar in February for our future architects.  Similarly, a number of committees have been meeting on a number of issues.  We hopefully will have news to share on these in the coming months.

If there is an issue that is important to you regarding our profession, please reach out.

AIA-NJ Celebrates Successes and Looks Toward Future

2015 Officers Installed, Design Competition Winners and Service Award  Recipients Honored, During Jan. 9 Event

(L to R)  Kimberly Bunn AIA, Kurt Kalafsky AIA, Nicholas Caravella Assoc AIA, Judith Donnelly AIA, Steve Lazarus AIA, Verity Frizzell AIA, Ben Lee AIA, Justin Mihalik AIA

(L to R) Kimberly Bunn AIA, Kurt Kalafsky AIA, Nicholas Caravella Assoc AIA, Judith Donnelly AIA, Steve Lazarus AIA, Verity Frizzell AIA, Ben Lee AIA, Justin Mihalik AIA

Capping an eventful year for the architectural profession in New Jersey, AIA-NJ gathered with friends and family on Friday night to celebrate the year’s architectural successes. At AIA-NJ’s annual awards gala, held January 9, 2015, at the Moorestown Community House, the organization installed its slate of officers for 2015, providing a glimpse into who will be steering the organizational ship in the coming year. The 2015 officers include:

  • Kimberly Bunn, AIA, of Moorestown, N.J., was sworn in to the role of AIA-NJ president in 2015. Owner and principal of Moorestown-based Bunn Architecture, Bunn has been a member of AIA for 16 years, and has served in a leadership capacity for more than a decade. Bunn currently sits on the Board of Trustees and chairs the Communications Committee; she is still active in her local West Jersey section where she was president in 2006.
  • Justin A. Mihalik, AIA, of Essex Fells, N.J., will serve as president elect. A principal at Essex Fells, N.J.-based J.A. Mihalik Architect LLC, Mihalik has been a member of AIA-NJ for the past 15 years, and previously served the organization as first vice president and treasurer.
  • Ben Lee, AIA, of Morristown, N.J., will serve as the organization’s first vice president. Managing principal and chief financial officer of Morristown-based NK Architects, Lee has more than 35 years of experience in architecture. He was previously AIA-NJ’s treasurer, and was also the 2011 president for Architects League of Northern New Jersey, one of AIA-NJ’s six local sections.
  • Verity Frizzell, AIA, of Bay Head, N.J. will serve as AIA-NJ’s second vice president. A principal at Point Pleasant, N.J.-based Feltz & Frizzell Architects LLC, Frizzell has over two decades of experience in commercial and residential architecture. She has served as president of the Jersey Shore section of AIA-NJ, and received the 2011 AIA-NJ Distinguished Service Award and 2003 AIA Jersey Shore Young Architect of the Year service award.
  • Steven Lazarus, AIA, of Englewood, N.J., will serve as treasurer. A founding principal of Englewood-based Axis Architectural Studio, Lazarus has been a registered architect and member of AIA since 1986 and is a former second vice president of AIA-NJ.
  • Judy Donnelly, AIA, of Hackettstown, N.J., will continue her two-year term as secretary. The principal owner of Hackettstown-based Donnelly Architecture, LLC, Donnelly has been an active member of AIA for more than 10 years, and has served the organization in many capacities including secretary, first vice president and president-elect of AIA Newark and Suburban Architects.
  • Robert Cozzarelli, AIA, of Belleville N.J., will continue as the organization’s regional director. A principal of Rutherford, N.J.-based Cozzarelli-Cirminiello Architects, Cozzarelli is a 28-year member of AIA. He has served the organization in many capacities including 2004 president. A 1979 graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Robert is a Licensed Registered Architect in four states and a past winner of the AIA-NJ Architect of the Year award.
  • Nicholas Caravella Associate AIA, of Morristown N.J., will assume the post of Regional Associate Director.  Currently employed at Gensler, Caravella has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Architects League of Northern NJ, where he was engaged in various projects supporting emerging professionals and young architects.
  • Kurt M Kalafsky, AIA, of Howell, N.J., will serve as past president. A founding principal and chief technology officer of Iselin, N.J.-based The Aztec Corporation and Aztec Architects LLC, Kalafsky has been an AIA-NJ member for 22 years and has served in several other positions, including, most recently, president, and was also secretary and chair of the Bylaws and Codes and Standards committees. Kurt will also chair the AIA National Resolutions Committee in 2015.

“In 2014, the architecture profession continued to play an integral role in the state of New Jersey as we continue our recovery from Superstorm Sandy and move toward more innovative and sustainable infrastructure,” Bunn said.  “We saw successful passage of legislation that will help the state better respond to natural disasters, brought together industry and community leaders for discussion on resiliency, and helped our local communities continue to rebuild.  Looking forward to 2015, we plan to maintain this focus.  At the same time we will continue our traditional initiatives – mentoring tomorrow’s architects, hosting educational seminars, and participating in community service projects.   I am excited to be assuming the office of president and look forward to helping to lead this organization along this path”

In addition to the officer installation, the dinner honored the winners of its annual design competition. A total of 13 projects were recognized for their originality and advancement of the field. Additionally, AIA-NJ honored the six recipients of its service awards, which are bestowed upon individuals and firms that have demonstrated exceptional service to the profession, and presented its annual scholarship to Saif Haobsh, a New Jersey Institute of Technology architecture student.

President’s Message – Welcome 2015

AIA-NJHappy New Year AIA New Jersey !

It’s hard to believe that it is 2015.  With a new year comes new challenges and new beginnings.  For me the new year brings the start of my year as AIA-NJ President.   I am looking forward to an exciting year promoting our New Jersey architects and architecture.

As many of you hopefully know by now, at the end of 2014 AIA national launched a new awareness campaign asking the question – “What Do You See When You Look Up?”   To see the first video go to www.ilookup.org .  Help us spread the word to – Look Up.

Later this week, on Friday, January 9th, we will gather at the annual AIA-NJ Awards Dinner to honor this years Service and Design Award recipients.  This evening will showcase some of the best of AIA New Jersey.  Congratulations to all the winners!

As the year continues, many of our committees are already in the planning stages for a number of initiatives, from engaging political leaders on legislative issues that effect the architecture profession, to hosting code seminars to keep members up on the latest changes.  Watch your email for newsletters and information on these topics and much more.

If there is an issue that is important to you regarding our profession, please reach out.  The board members of AIA New Jersey and the local sections are here representing you…..the members.   We want to hear from you!

Kimberly Bunn, AIA
2015 AIA-NJ President

What Do You See When You Look Up?

AIA wants to know – “What Do You See When You Look Up?”

See what architects see and pass it on, go to:

http://www.ilookup.org

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Year End Review of AIA-NJ Public Awareness

AIA-NJAs we close the books on 2014, the AIA-NJ Public Awareness Committee is pleased to report yet another successful year in the evolution of the organization’s public relations campaign.

Each year, the Public Awareness Committee – chaired by Bruce Turner, AIA, along with representatives from each local Section and leaders of the State Chapter – teams with Beckerman Public Relations to build and sustain exposure for our membership and the architectural profession at large. Our committee has been able to consistently achieve this goal through an “earned media” campaign, in which we publicize specific projects, awards, events, and trends using a comprehensive media relations strategy. We regularly pursue coverage through distribution of press releases, event advisories, and bylined pieces submitted by AIA-NJ members. This earned media effort positions AIA New Jersey as an expert resource to the media, and we are, therefore, often called upon by them when specific news stories arise or to comment on feature articles these journalists are writing themselves.

This year, the committee approached the campaign with a renewed focus on where we were promoting AIA-NJ in the media. Our goal was not only to raise awareness of architectural practice in the general public, but also solidify the AIA-NJ brand among key stakeholders, industry influencers and potential clients. To this end, we targeted a wide variety of local general news publications (Times of Trenton, Asbury Park PressNj.com, and Courier News, to name a few) along with more specialized industry trade press (NJBIZ, GlobeSt, Commercial Construction and Renovation, Real Estate Weekly, and, of course, AIArchitect). In total, we issued upwards of 35 press announcements throughout the year, securing approximately 120 media placements!

Additionally, AIA-NJ maintains an all-volunteer social media campaign to complement this digital and print media presence. Not only have the AIA-NJ Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages been increasingly active in promoting the organization’s core messages, but our members have also maintained their own active social media presence, benefitting both their own firms and the practice as a whole.

Now, with repositioning in mind and on the heels of the recently launched AIA national “I Look Up” campaign, we’re asking all members of AIA-NJ to get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to market themselves while helping to promote AIA’s central goals here in New Jersey. Together with Beckerman, we’re working on a series of educational initiatives to make sure that our members have the tools that they need to make a splash in the press. Stay tuned!

AIA 2015 Membership Renewal

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Dear AIANJ Members:

You should all by now have received your AIA Membership renewal letter by mail.  If you renew early, which would be by December 31st, you have the following advantages:

1.      The chance to win a Surface Pro 3 or iPad Air 32G!

2.    An additional business expense for tax purposes

3.    AIANJ and your AIA Section receive due payments early which is always beneficial for local event planning and payment

4.    One more thing to take off of your 2015 to do list!

You can renew by visiting http://aia.org/renew/ and signing in with your member id number.  We at AIANJ value our members and look forward to an exciting 2015!

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

Justin A. Mihalik, AIA

Membership Chairperson

AIANJ Awards Dinner – January 2015

Please join us for the 2015 AIA New Jersey Awards Dinner

at the

Moorestown Community House
16 East Main Street
Moorestown, NJ
January 9, 2015
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Black Tie Optional
The main course will be beef unless requested BEFORE December 30th

Click to Register here -

Service Award Winners

Distinguished Service Award
Jack Purvis, AIA

Architect of the Year
Merilee Meacock, AIA

Architectural Firm of the Year
Joshua Zinder Architecture & Design

Young Architect of the Year
Jason Chmura, AIA

Intern of the Year
Nicole Hollenbeck, Associate AIA

Resident of the Year
Ingrid Reed

Design Award Winners

Unbuilt Merit Award

ikon.5 Architects
Training Recreation Education Center Newark Housing Authority

Built Open Merit Award

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
Brown Hall Princeton University

HDR Architecture
University of Maryland College Park

ikon.5 Architects
E.J. Ourso College of Business Louisiana State University

ikon.5 Architects
Training Recreation Education Center Newark Housing Authority

Jacobs
Campbell Employee Center

Built Open Honor

H.A Boyd Architects
Downtown Market

ikon.5 Architects
Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center

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Schindler Elevator Corporation U.S. Headquarters Phase 2

TEN Arquitectos
Rutgers Business School

Built Residential Merit

Minervini Vandermark
Jefferson Street

Built Residential Honor Award

Michael Ryan Architects
Tidewater Residence

Built Historical Preservation Merit Award

Mills & Schnoering Architects, LLC
Wheeler Opera House

Installation of 2015 AIA NJ Officers

President Kimberly L. Bunn, AIA
President Elect Justin A. Mihalik, AIA
First Vice President Ben P. Lee, AIA
Second Vice President Verity Frizzell, AIA
Secretary Judith Anne Donnelly, AIA
Treasurer Steven B. Lazurus, AIA
Regional Director Robert Cozarelli, AIA
Assoc. Regional Director Nicholas Caravella, Associate AIA
Past President Kurt M. Kalafasky, AIA

RREM Seminar for Construction & Design Professionals

 

Still time to register for December 10th or December 11th RREM Seminars
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Gilbert Seltzer AIA Celebrates 100th Birthday

WO-gilbert-seltzer-C-300x225Longtime West Orange resident Gilbert Seltzer, an architect, recently celebrated his 100th birthday.  Seltzer, who was born in Toronto in 1914, is the owner of Gilbert L. Seltzer Associates in West Orange. He still drives himself to work every day and has no plans on slowing down.

AIA New Jersey congratulates Gilbert on this milestone and wishes him many more years in the architecture profession.

Click on the links below to see some of the articles that have been published online and in local newspapers:

West Orange Patch

Essex News Daily

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