Category Archives: NJ Architect Newsletter

Think Pieces Lecture at NJIT

The New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Architecture and Design invites you to THINK PIECES on Monday, March 6, 5:30PM, presented by Adam Modesitt, Gernot Riether and Mathew Schwartz.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please join us in Weston Lecture Hall.
This lecture may be registered with the AIA Continuing Education System.

Call 973.596.3080 for more information.

http://design.njit.edu/news/lectures/

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NJ Future Redevelopment Forum 2017

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Redevelopment Forum

March 10, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown New Brunswick, N.J.

New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum is our biggest event of the year, attracting more than 500 local and state officials, citizen activists, development professionals, architects, attorneys, planners, business leaders and students. Redevelopment allows us to re-use infrastructure, take advantage of historically strategic locations, maintain and improve our communities and preserve our remaining open spaces. It is clear that redevelopment, already at the heart of many of the opportunities available today, will play an even more vital role in the future.

By bringing together leaders in both government and the private sector who are working tirelessly to create sustainable redevelopment solutions to New Jersey’s problems, we can share innovative ideas, learn best practices, and make our state a better place for tomorrow. Our comprehensive workshops and panels feature impressive speakers with real world redevelopment experience.

 

Ben Lee, president of the NJ AIA, will be a speaker at the conference at the following session:

Designing Public Spaces that Work:

Learn how public data and metrics can be used as a driver for designing great – and well used! – public spaces. Hear about the techniques that design professionals are using to enhance the health and well-being of individuals across the state and how community input and ideas can spur the development of creative placemaking projects that improve quality of life and revitalize public spaces.  at the March 10 redevelopment.

For more information about this session or other topics, go to the the forum website.

 

NJIT Design Showcase 2017

Please join the College of Architecture and Design

and co-chairs Chuck Dietz ’83 & Marc Parette ’83 

for

Design Showcase 2017

Celebrating CoAD’s continued commitment
to students and industry professionals

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 Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weston Hall Gallery

NJIT College of Architecture and Design

4:30 p.m.

 

An evening featuring keynote speakers Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith of MOS Architects, student design awards,  live music and cocktail reception

Registration with dedicated professional networking session for all guests begins promptly at 4:30 p.m.

To register for the event and for sponsorship opportunities
click below:

 
For additional event details please contact Lauren Brolly at
[email protected] / 973-596-5531 or by visiting: 

Design Showcase 2017! 

We look forward to seeing you on March 30th!

EPiC Tour NextFab of Technology Month

d0843419-9920-41af-be7d-80260dc61830Join EPiC West Jersey for “Technology Month” with guided-tour of NextFab, a “maker-space” and co-working facility that integrates design and fabrication with a large array of technologically advanced as well as traditional fabrication tools.  Come and explore Nextfab’s metal shop, wood shop, laser-cutting, 3D scanning and 3D printing studio.
Where: NextFab 
2025 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia
When: February 24
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Cost: $5
CEU: 1 HSW Credit
LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLEi_am_epic

REGISTER HERE

The voice of AIA is making things happen for you and the environment

JOIN THE CHARGE! 

Status Report on Letter to Senate Committees & Call to Action:

AIAeagle_2016On January 15, 2017, the AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group crafted a petition to the DOE and EPA Senate Hearing Committees. AIA-NJ has participated in this effort, signing on for its promotion. Here is an excerpt: 

We, the undersigned architects, our colleagues, and sustainable design experts, recognize that our nation will need to make substantial changes in how we utilize our natural and energy resources if we are going to be able to compete in the 21st century and maintain livable environments for future generations.  We support governmental and private sector policy programs that promote the design, preservation, and construction of sustainable communities and high-performance buildings, they are consistent with our core values and professional and civic responsibilities. These programs provide jobs, cleaner air and water for everyone, and the kind of forward looking vision the world expects from America.”

YOU, TOO, CAN SIGN THE PETITION: Please click here

The AIA has sent us an update on the status: 

Dear Ben Lee, AIA

Thank you so much for signing the recent letter to the DOE and EPA Senate Hearing Committees. The response was overwhelming – 1089 signatures and counting! We’re writing to share the status of the letter plus seek your interest in continuing to advocate for the issues raised in the letter.

First, the good news is that the letter has been delivered and was well received. It was hand delivered to several local offices of Senators on the committees including Vermont, California, Washington, New York, and Massachusetts. In addition, last week several members of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Advisory Group gave copies of the letter at meetings on Capitol Hill to key staffers at the House Democratic Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Democratic Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and to Senator Bernie Sanders’ staff.  The group shared information about the critical importance of the many EPA and DOE programs and resources to our work in achieving energy efficient and clean energy solutions which benefit both the economy and the environment. The staff response was very positive and they urged us to provide additional facts and data supporting the importance of these resources.

We are now organizing a network of architects and design professionals to continue to advocate for key issues concerning the design of the built environment at the federal, state and local levels. Our work has just begun! We welcome your participation in this advocacy effort.

If interested in becoming part of the COTE Advocacy network, please complete the form at this address: Please click here

 

In Memoriam – Allan R. Johnson, AIA

ALLAN R. JOHNSON, AIA, dies at 74.


PRINCETON, NJ.  –  The partners and staff of Rothe-Johnson-Fantacone, the former architectural firm he co founded in 1974, are deeply saddened by the passing of Allan R. Johnson, AIA. A former resident of Holmdel and Morris Township, NJ, he died December 31,2016 after suffering a stroke at his home in Louisville, KY. Funeral services were held in Lexington, KY on January 7,2017.

Allan had a boundless love of life, a vibrant personality and generous spirit. Outgoing and immediately likable, people enjoyed being with him and he enjoyed being with people. He also mentored young professionals that joined the firm and believed success was a collaborative process. His natural talents served the firm well. It grew from a two man office in a Metuchen, NJ basement to one of the areas largest, most recognized and respected firms.

Notable projects for which Allan was most proud included Company Headquarters for AT&T in Holmdel, NJ, which won an AIA New Jersey Design Award; the iconic Tower Center at Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike and the Bergen County Regional Day School for the Handicapped, which also received an AIA Design Award and was published in Architectural Record and AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places.

A native of Danville, Ky, he was the son of the late Eugene Lowell and Zulla Marie Fothergill Johnson. He was a veteran of the United States Army and graduated from the University of Kentucky. He is survived by his wife Diane, his children Jennifer (Jeff) Johnson Bernstein,Adrienne (John) Johnson Beatty,Allan (Melba) Lombardi, Kara(John) Gerczynski, Laura Normandin and Chris (Claudemira) Lombardi and twelve grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by all those he touched throughout his life and career.

 

AIA-NJA Note From AIA-NJ:

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 Allan’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

Jersey Shore Position Available

Job Position:

Architect / Architect in Training.

Job Description and Requirements:

The architectural firm of Yezzi Associates, located in Toms River, N.J., is currently seeking an Architect or Architect in training. The potential candidate must have experience in producing construction documents and design under minor supervision.

The architect’s duties will include accurately preparing project construction documents; communicating with and coordinating the preparation of documents with consultants, contractors, team members; reviewing shop drawings, project submittals, etc. for document compliance; documenting code review and compliance; communicating and coordinating with management, clients, consultants and contractors related to daily business operations; supervising various aspects of assigned projects.

The potential candidate must:

  • Be able to work independently, or as part of a design team, under minor supervision.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using the latest Autocad (Autodesk) software release
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using the latest SketchUp 3D software release (and/or any other 3D renderingsoftware).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using the latest Microsoft Office Suite software release
  • Have strong organizational skills.
  • Have the ability to work well under pressure, often against tight deadlines.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Have the ability to interact with executives, external client and vendors.
  • Be quality minded and self-motivated.

ADVOCACY VALUE STATEMENT  

February 2017

AIAeagle_2016AIA New Jersey (AIANJ) is more important than ever as our country is going through transitions. Our profession has been respected by all because of our values and our commitment to improve the built environment. It is important for us to represent our membership to support or to defend these values.

 

AIA National has released 2017 Statement of our Values, AIA NJ is united in support of the national statement:

Value Statement 

In it we state our priorities:

  • We stand for equity and human rights,
  • We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities,
  • We stand for a sustainable future,
  • We stand for protecting communities from the impact of climate change,
  • We stand for economic opportunity,
  • We stand for investing in the future, and
  • We speak up, and policymakers listen.

Read more at AIA

 

AIA New Jersey

AIA NJ has our professional values that echoes the AIA National statement. As licensed Architects we are all working to advance the quality of life of built environment and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. We also has our values formulated through the efforts of our PROFESSIONAL Committees. The following are the values and programs specifically developed in AIA NJ:

  • Sustainable Environment
  • Resiliency
  • Health & Wellness
  • Historic Resources
  • Homeland Security
  • Diversity & Women in Architecture

As we set our ADVOCACY agenda and priorities for 2017, the above values statement for AIA and AIA NJ are the most important issues for our MEMBERS.

Therefore, it is important that the Communication, Public Awareness, Legislative & Government Affairs and Membership committees all working toward the same goals.

Ben P. Lee,
AIA NJ President

A Lifetime of Love for Family, and Architecture

Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

West Orange, NJ
February 14, 2017

On Friday, January 27th, NJ Architect Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, was sorting his thoughts in preparation of sharing his passion with more than 50 students at the 7th annual Pacific Cascade Middle School Career Fair in Issaquah, WA. Jerry had flown across the country from his home in West Orange, NJ to Issaquah, WA to share this very special event with his grandson, Alex Kernish.  On that day, classes of 6th, 7th and 8th graders would hear Mr. Eben speak on his profession, being an architect!  Jerry’s goal in making these presentations, estimated to have reached more than 10,000 people over the last 30 years, has always been to explain that the role of the architect in society is vital, protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, through the buildings that architects design.

How did this long distance invitation from the principal come to be, over the possibility of recruiting a local professional to visit the children? Alex’s mother, Dena, knows that there is no greater cheerleader for the cause than her beloved father, and submitted his contact information for consideration.

In Jerry’s toolkit were a few dozen of the beautiful photographs taken by Alexander Noble for the decade old AIA-NJ 150 Buildings and Places exhibit. Jerry’s confident that his nostalgic, historical storytelling, interwoven with the images, formed a lasting memory for a lot of these young adults.  He does not doubt that after leaving the classroom, they did look up at some of the wonderful architecture that is nestled so well within the natural and planted landscape of Issaquah, including their own beautiful school, provided by a board that understands the value of quality and consistency in their built environment, an so employs a district architect to provide all of the services to their school community. He knows that the seeds have been planted for some of these youngsters to come east for vacation with their families, seeking a trip back in time at the Edison Museum or maybe to consider applying to college in some of the magnificent halls shared in the images of Rutgers and Princeton.

He explained to them that if they like to draw, build, create or experiment with structures they should consider architecture as a career.  He stated that “it is a profession that you can continue to do into old age” and mentioned, Gilbert Seltzer, AIA, from West Orange, who goes to work every day and is more than a century young!

Jerry taught the importance of building codes, explaining why big buildings have at least two means of egress, sprinklers and rules about occupancy and use.  He encouraged that on their visits to the local movie theater or shopping mall, (and especially if they are on their own) that they need to be cognizant of where they are and that sometimes the way in to a building is not the fastest way out!

Jerry conveyed the role of the American Institute of Architects, the international, professional society, which has and continues to support architects, now in its 160th year, with continuing education, career advice, contracts and political advocacy, and most of all unification, providing one voice for architects to share and promote their values.

Jerry encourages us all to take some time out to go to a local school and speak about what it is that we do. It can be a real benefit for these young people and us, because those who do not choose to become architects may be our clients, and an informed person makes a better client!

2018 Officer Positions Open

AIAeagle_2016Be a part of  Your AIA.

Make a difference in Your Profession.

Add Your Voice to the conversation.

AIA New Jersey is looking for members who are interested in serving in officer positions for the 2018 year.  Every year an election is held to fill a number of these volunteer positions, this year the following are available:

2018 OFFICERS POSITIONS OPEN:

– Secretary (2 year term)

– 2nd Vice President (1 year term)

– 1st Vice President (1 year term)

– President Elect (1 year term)

– Regional Associate Director (3 year Term)

This is an excellent opportunity to have a voice in the workings of an organization that builds and sustains the VALUE OF THE ARCHITECT.

If you have an interest becoming a leader of  AIA-NJ or would like to know more about any of the offices, please contact Justin Mihalik, AIA, 2017 Nominations Committee Chairperson, no later than March 14, 2017

Positions Held by previously elected terms:

President – Verity Frizell, AIA
(Current President-Elect position)

Past President – Ben Lee, AIA
(Current President position)

Treasurer – Steven Lazarus, AIA
(Second year of a 2 year term)
Regional Representative – Bruce Turner, AIA
(First year of a 3 year term)

Young Architect Regional Director – Jessica O’Donnell, AIA 
(Multi-year Term Appointed Position)