Category Archives: NJ Architect Newsletter

Drawing Inspiration from our Emerging Professionals – Megan Pritts

i_am_epic“Drawing Inspiration from our Emerging Professionals” is an eight-part series that will be published on the AIA NJ blog over the course of the month of October, AIA Emerging Professionals Month. In this series, our young professionals will chronicle the personal stories of how they were attracted to become architects — and how architecture inspires them.

At the age of 5, I already knew I wanted to become an architect. What inspired me was the environment around me in which I grew up. Living in the suburbs, I drew variations of what I saw from houses to gardens to school buildings. I drew a house for each of my friends with vibrant colors and imaginative shapes that reflected the personality or image of them in my head.

I drew each of these houses from the view of the street and later learned that one side or face of a building is called a facade. My series of facade studies started taking shape within a neighborhood where I drew landscapes, roads and driveways connecting all of the homes to other buildings like schoolhouses. I assume this progression from drawing houses to interconnected neighborhoods came from riding the school bus every day and beginning to understand how neighborhoods are planned and connected.

I would argue that anything can be inspirational for a child. I found so much inspiration from my natural surroundings and the built world I lived in that I used that to imagine new structures that would enhance the existing environment. My passion for drawing and my early imagination led me to develop a sense or ability to design at a young age.

Growing up, I never stopped sketching, designing and planning, so it was only natural for me to pursue a career in architecture.

Megan Pritts

Architects Leadership Program – Montclair

Architects Leadership Corps Continuing Ed Program

Thursday, November 3, 2016
4:30 – 8:30 PM
Montclair, NJ

Two sessions:  Business Leadership and Civic Leadership
3.0 LUs



AIA-NJ to Host Annual Design Conference

Oct. 20 in Somerset, N.J.

AIA New Jersey Design Conference to Include Rutgers Campus Tour, Keynote on University’s Master Plan as well as annual Design Awards



The biggest names in New Jersey architecture will meet for a full-day architectural affair, culminating in a panel review of AIA-NJ’s annual design award submissions. In addition to the Design Awards Reception, the conference will feature a trade show as well as seminars on a range of topics, from women in architecture to emerging technologies for architects. In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University, the opening keynote will focus on Rutgers University’s master plan, while the annual architectural tour will be a walk-through of the New Brunswick College Avenue Campus, discussing the campus’ history, recently constructed buildings and what the future holds in store.


Keynote 1: Frank Wong, Rutgers Executive Director of University Planning and Development on the topic of “Rutgers University Master Plan, Then and Now”

Keynote 2: Stephen Chrisman, Senior Associate at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects on the topic of “New Traditional Architecture: The Work of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects”

Keynote 4: Rick Joy, AIA, renowned architect and former visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design on the topic of “Taking the Time”



      Design Conference – Thursday, October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Highlights include:

-Rutgers Keynote – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

-“Women in Architecture” seminar – 10:15 – 11:15

-Walking Tour of Rutgers University – 10:15 – 12:15

-Design Awards Reception – October 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

-Showcase New Jersey Architects’ Projects – October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.



The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ



The BIG Ask

By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA
AIANJ Member of the ArchiPAC Steering Committee

For those who do not know, ArchiPAC is the only federal political action committee (PAC) speaking up for members of the AIA. The mission has been and continues to be to support candidates running for the US House and Senate who support AIA’s initiatives to preserve the profession and promote positive solutions for the built environment. The Stearing Committee works with both sides of the aisle and this has been a key strategy for moving the AIA’s legislative agenda through Congress.

In one way or another I have been involved with ArchiPAC for over a decade. Back in 2006 we had jus 23 donations that totaled $3,351. Our numbers of donators and individual donations have steadily increased and by the end of last year, we had raised just over $10K.

With just two and one half months left we are some $3K short of that goal. Increasing our goal, which this year was to 10% above last year’s numbers, would elevate effectiveness and compete with our counterparts in the building and construction industry. By doing so we would in effect elevate the debate on Capitol Hill by bringing awareness to the issues that impact the practice of OUR profession from tax policies that affect cash flow to energy policies that impact how buildings are designed.

The above explanation leads to the BIG ask from me to all of you to make your donation before December 31st of this year.  It is easy to do so long as your check is not a corporate one. I am especially asking our entire current and past leadership to step up and make your donation and help with the ask so others will also contribute.

You can make your donation by visiting the contribution website or mail a check payable to ArchiPAC to AIA Headquarters at 1735 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006



Thank you

[email protected]

Design Conference 2016 Happenings…


Speakers, Keynotes, Tours and the Design Awards are just a few of the offerings at the 2016 Design Conference.

Rutgers University Master Plan, Then and Now:

Speakers: Andrew P. Burian, AIA, Jeffrey Livingston, RA , Susan J. Ryan, RA , Frank Wong

Emerging Technologies in Architecture: A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Christian Jordan, AIA Philadelphia University

Panelists: Christopher Connock (KieranTimberlake),

Petra Stanev, RA, LEED AP, (StanevPotts Architects)

Ryan Lohbauer, RA, StanevPotts Architects Eric Oskey, RA, Moto Designshop

Rutgers University Tour

Speaker: Andrew Burian, AIA, Rutgers University

New Traditional Architecture: The Work of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

Speakers: Stephen Chrisman, Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

Profit…Then Art:12 Steps to Business Success in Architecture

Speaker: Mark LePage, AIA,

and More…


See the whole Schedule…  Learn details… Register today…  


AIANJ: Women and Democracy Event

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The AIANJ Women in Architecture (WIA) held the latest in its Lecture Series.  Open to all, this event focused on democracy and the local legislature.  Guest speakers Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin,  and Freeholder Tracey Silna Zur spoke at a round table discussion to members who attended.

img_0047 img_0050Join WIA at their next event to be held during the AIANJ Design Conference on October 20th.  Click to find more information and register to attend.


Point/Counterpoint: The Jersey Shore


The Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and The Resurrection of


by Laurence E. Parisi, AIA


The residents of New Jersey are experienced with hard hitting storms which have caused death and destruction; however, Superstorm Sandy has topped them all as the most destructive hurricane ever recorded in the Garden State. Hurricanes are ranked by the number of deaths and the amount of destruction they cause. There is only one unnamed storm that landed on the Jersey Shore, in 1806, which stands second in line to Sandy. Hurricanes such as Irene, Floyd, Felix and Doria are all ranked as severe storms to have hit New Jersey. Homes were destroyed and some were swallowed by the sea; however, without hesitation the communities were rebuilt, renewed, and brought back to life and existed as the Jersey Shore we know and love without being raised fifteen feet above sea level.

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New Overtime Rules: What to Know and How to Prepare

Reprinted from AIA KnowledgeNet
ANGLE Staff  05-26-2016 19:11

Earlier this year we highlighted a proposed rule that would expand the pool of workers who qualify for overtime pay, and discussed its wide-reaching impact on American businesses. Finally, after months of deliberation, the Department of Labor has released the final version of its long-awaited overtime rule. Below we’ll tell you everything you need to know about what to expect, as well as how to prepare for the changes.


How is overtime currently mandated? 

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 ensures that all salaried workers are guaranteed overtime pay at time and a half for any hours worked beyond the standard 40-hour workweek. The main aspect of the FLSA is its salary threshold, which says that every employee making under $23,660 annually must be paid overtime (this number has been

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Are You EPiC ?

AIA New Jersey Emerging Professional Community


We are looking for members who are interested in becoming the 2017 Vice Chair and Section Directors within our Emerging Professionals Community [EPiC], which consists of architecture school graduates, AIA Associate members, and AIA members licensed for 10 years or less.

Our mission is to promote the professional growth of emerging architects and support local communities through advocacy, education, and service. Through consistent communication and coordination between the state committee and local sections throughout New Jersey, EPiC provides programming, events, and service opportunities for our members to have fun while building relationships, developing leadership skills, and increasing emerging professional’s involvement within the profession.

The Vice Chair position has a term of two years. One year as Vice Chair followed by one year as Chair. Responsibilities of the position include:
– Assisting the Chair with responsibilities, coordination and planning
– Organizing the monthly teleconference with the state EPiC Committee

– Updating website and helping to create monthly newsletters

The Section Director position has a term of one year. Responsibilities of the position include:
– Promote the EPiC mission within your local AIA NJ section
– Attend a monthly teleconference with the state EPiC Committee

– Participation in one or more committees chaired by the state At-Large Directors – Add to the social media platforms used by EPiC

As a newly revived community within the AIA, EPiC provides a great opportunity to shape the emerging professional programming at both the section and state level. Such programming includes:

Hill Day: Advocacy training and meetings with New Jersey legislators
ARE Seminars: Courses to help you pass the licensing exams
Service Opportunities: Design small impactful projects in local communities Leadership Training: Improve your skills and promote member involvement

aianj_sectionmapIf you are interested in becoming an EPiC Section Director or applying for the Vice Chair position, we would like to hear from you.

Please submit a letter of interest by e-mail to [email protected] by October 7, 2016 (500

words). Be sure to include your AIA NJ section in your letter. Although not we will accept up to two letters of support.

We look forward to your interest.

Jessica O’Donnell, AIA 2016 EPiC Chair



Richard Meier: Newark Architect and Artist

2016-meierThe College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at NJIT is honored to present an exhibition of Newark-born architect and artist Richard Meier to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Newark’s founding.

Works on display highlight Meier’s extensive career in the design disciplines of architecture, painting, collage, sculpture and product design. Central to the exhibition will be Meier’s current Teachers Village project (client: RBH Group, LLC). This mixed-use development is envisioned for downtown Newark south of Market Street and west of Broad Street. It will encompass eight new buildings, including Workforce Housing, Charter Schools and small to midscale retail located along Halsey Street between Branford and Hill Streets. These elements will provide 200 residential units for teachers, three charter schools, a day care center and a variety of retail spaces at street level.

Meier was born in Newark, New Jersey but grew up in nearby Maplewood, New Jersey. After graduating from Cornell University (1957), Meier worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and then Marcel Breuer before starting his own practice in 1963. In 1972, he was identified as one of The New York Five, a group of modernist architects that included Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk and Peter Eisenman.

Meier first gained recognition through numerous residential projects, the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana (1979) and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia (1983). After winning the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, he was commissioned to design the Getty Center, a large museum complex in Los Angeles, California (1997), which catapulted his popularity into the mainstream. Other notable commissions include museums such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain (1995) and the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California (1996); city halls in the Netherlands (1995) and San Jose City Hall (2007); commercial buildings including the reconstruction of City Tower in Prague, Czech Republic (2008); and residential buildings such as the Perry & Charles Street Condominiums in Manhattan’s West Village (2002) and the Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, Israel (2016).
Today, Richard Meier & Partners Architects has offices in New York and Los Angeles with current projects ranging from Taiwan and Tel Aviv to Mexico City, Hamburg and Newark, New Jersey. In 2014, Meier opened the Richard Meier Model Museum at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The space occupies 15,000-square feet and features architectural projects from the 1960s to the present, sculptures and collages by Richard Meier, and 1,000 books and magazines from Richard Meier’s personal library.

“Richard Meier – Newark Architect and Artist” will be on view to the public from Sept. 29 through Nov. 20, 2016 with special programming to coincide with Newark’s Open Doors Art Festival during the weekend of Oct. 20-23. The exhibition is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment only. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5-9 p.m. with refreshments and live entertainment. CoAD Gallery is located on the second floor of Weston Hall, NJIT campus (on the corner of MLK Boulevard and Warren Street)njit_coad