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Community Resilience Course

Community Resilience Course
Hosted by: AIA New Jersey
August 1, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Join us for our Community Resilience course and learn about the meaningful actions that you and your community can take to enhance resilience to natural hazards and of the opportunities available to incorporate these actions into professional practice. Increase your understanding about community resilience (CR) and how it can benefit hazard planning, including practices of how community resilience can be enhanced at the local level. Learn about resources and tools that can assist to identify the various components of risk and strategies for integrating community resilience into existing plans and programs.


Holiday Inn East Windsor
399 Monmouth St.
East Windsor, NJ 08520

More Information
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Please utilize the registration code: 15706

All interested participants must need create a NDPTC online profile to register for the course, the online profiles can be created here.

Once a profile is created, the interested participant can select the course delivery and register to attend. If you already have a profile please log in using your credentials and then register for the course.

AIANJ To Host Architect’s Action Day

Save the Date for:

AIANJ Architect’s Action Day

Where: Trenton, NJ

When:  June 12, 2017

More details on this event coming soon.
Architects, Associates, Students – save the date to participate in this inaugural event at the NJ State Capital.


EwingCole Designs Renovations to The Pavilion at Villanova University

EwingCole, an award-winning architecture and engineering firm based in Philadelphia, has designed a $60,000,000 renovation to The Pavilion, home of the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball champion Villanova Wildcats.  EwingCole’s renderings of the new facility were revealed on March 8, at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Big East Basketball Tournament in New York City.  The renovated Pavilion is expected to begin in June 2017 and be completed for the start of the 2018-19 basketball season.

08_NORTH BOWL“It was important to Villanova that we celebrate the uniqueness of The Pavilion while creating an unmatched Division I basketball experience for the players and the fans,” said Bill McCullough, AIA, principal of EwingCole’s sports practice. “We worked closely with administrators, coaches, staff, and alumni to create a project that reimagines the arena into a world-class, basketball-centric facility all about fan experience.”

Upgrades to the two-story, 6,500-seat structure include a relocated main entrance, a completed concourse, and increased quality of premium offerings, seating, and amenities.  These modernizations will not only support Villanova’s men’s and women’s basketball programs but other University-wide events and programs.

According to McCullough, Villanova targeted several specific items for improvement. “Ultimately our goal was to significantly enhance fan experience, player and performer experience, and operational efficiency within the Pavilion.”

01_ENTRYThe design of The Pavilion includes relocating the main entrance. This new entry sequence, at the southwest corner of the building, will allow the majority of patrons to enter the building closer to where they arrive and take advantage of the large area south of the main arena.

“A great experience begins as soon as the fan has left their primary mode of transportation,” said Kevin Murphy, RA, architect at EwingCole. “This project aims to improve the approach to the building by including an outdoor plaza for pre- and postgame activities, augmented by improved landscaping, site lighting, and site furniture.”

Once inside, fans will be greeted by a new lobby and hall of fame, with graphics and memorabilia celebrating the values and history of Villanova and its athletics program. Beyond the lobby, there will be a balcony “ring” overlooking the open court while above will be a new, 360-degree concourse activated with merchandise and concessions.  Additional improvements include:

  • Sports and accent lighting
  • State-of-the-art audio/visual
  • Elevated food service and retail
  • Upgraded locker rooms
  • Improved seating

Originally opened in 1986, The Pavilion, when complete, will be known as the Finneran Pavilion, in honor of Villanova alumnus William B. Finneran, and will be unsurpassed as one of the most fan-friendly, high technology arenas in the nation.

About EwingCole:

EwingCole, in practice for over 55 years, is a nationally recognized, fully integrated architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm of more than 350 professionals in Charlotte, Irvine, New York, Raleigh, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Our multi-disciplinary practice is built on the core values of professional excellence, design quality, and collaboration. Our goal is to provide the best total solution for our clients, the community, and the environment. For additional information, visit:

Justice Center on Historic Site in Hackensack NJ

New $140 Million Justice Center Designed by RSC Architects Opens
on Historic Site in Hackensack, New Jersey 

 Leading architectural firm worked with Bergen County to create modern six-story, 130,000-square-foot government building at Two Bergen County Plaza

The new $140 million Bergen County Justice Center designed by RSC Architects opened its doors this week, the Hackensack-based firm announced today. Sitting on a historic site, the six-floor, 130,000-square-foot facility is the centerpiece of a six-year plan to modernize and upgrade the County’s justice center complex.

“Two Bergen County Plaza is a tremendous new addition to the County’s government complex and a prudent investment of public funds,” said Bergen County Administrator Julien Neals. “It not only brings a unique, traditional design created by RSC Architects but also complements the historic surroundings while accommodating for modern upgrades in security, technology, and amenities. Two Bergen is now home to critical government services and we are confident that it will stand for many years as a symbol of the pride we feel for community.”

As the first modern addition to the justice center complex, which also includes a historic county jail and courthouse, the new building provides much-needed improvements in functionality while seamlessly fitting in with the existing historic buildings. The building will now serve as the new home of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, Surrogate Office and Tax Board.

“The project presented a unique set of challenges from an architectural and design standpoint, as we needed to balance the 21st century needs of Bergen County with the preservation of the site’s rich cultural history,” said John P. Capazzi, AIA, president of RSC Architects, the project’s architect of record, design architect and interior design firm. “We worked closely with New Jersey’s Historic Preservation Office to create a design that would mold with the ‘Beaux-Arts’ architectural style of the adjacent historic courthouse.”

Due to the site’s historic status and configuration, design and materials had to be carefully selected to complement the existing buildings. With careful guidance and astute suggestions from Bergen County officials, RSC created an exterior design with a strong historic character by incorporating additive massing with projecting porticos and a recessed top floor.

“We chose to use pre-cast concrete panels for construction, which can be fabricated off-site in lots of different designs, shipped here, and craned up to be placed on the steel frame,” said Jeffrey Schlecht, AIA, senior project manager for RSC Architects. “This allowed us to incorporate unique details that hint at classical elements, while working with a durable product on a site with limited space.”

RSC incorporated stone tile throughout the building’s interior to create a traditional, dignified feel, with wood accents for comfort and geniality. The lobby was designed with stone tile for elegance and durability, while the prosecutor’s office features a recessed lay-in decorative ceiling tile to give it a unified feeling across two different floors. A multi-purpose conference center was designed for both special events and daytime meetings, with floating wood panels on the ceiling that provide a rich ambience.

“Two Bergen County Plaza is a tremendous new addition to the County’s government complex and a prudent investment of public funds,” said Bergen County Administrator Julien Neals. “It not only brings a unique, traditional design created by RSC Architects but also complements the historic surroundings while accommodating for modern upgrades in security, technology, and amenities. Two Bergen is now home to critical government services and we are confident that it will stand for many years as a symbol of the pride we feel for community.”

On the building’s first floor are a central main lobby, cafeteria, conference center and tax office. The higher floors house the sheriff’s office, the prosecutor’s office and the surrogate’s office.  The sixth floor is a data center operated by the Sheriff’s department, which has cellular signal and emergency radio booster antenna systems. There is also a two-story bridge connection to the Justice Center Complex use by the public and prosecutor’s office staff.

RSC is now beginning design work on the renovation of the vacated portions of the historic Bergen County Courthouse.

Grassroots 2017 Recap

Grassroots is universally acclaimed as one of the best events organized by the AIA. This year was no different. Grassroots is an opportunity for our leaders to see firsthand how the Institute works and what it is doing for the members. You were very fortunate to be well represented. AIA NJ had leaders from each of the six sections, the state chapter, and emerging professionals. Not only were we attendees, but we were active participants.

AIANJ EPiC and AIA California Council at Grassroots

Our Young Architects Regional Director, Jessica O’Donnell, AIA and our Regional Associates Director, Brandon Warshofsky, Assoc. AIA were a part of a presentation “Building an Emerging Professional Network.” As your representative to the AIA Strategic Council, I was fortunate to be a facilitator for the break-out session regarding the Archi-Talk presentation by Jean Carroon, FAIA on Heritage Cities. And, our President, Ben Lee, AIA, and President-Elect, Verity Frizzell, AIA, got a shout-out from the stage from AIA President Tom Vonier, FAIA for their trip to see Senator Cory Booker on Capitol Hill.

The nearly weeklong event started with an advocacy day that included training and briefings on federal legislative issues and opportunities to visit congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. Simultaneously, the AIA Strategic Council was meeting to review the body of work from 2016 and to chart a path forward for 2017. Following this we held our AIA NJ Regional meeting, and then reconvened at Momofuku for the AIA New Jersey Grassroots Regional Dinner that was organized by our President-Elect Verity Frizzell, AIA, with the help of our AIA NJ staff.

AIA First Vice President/President-Elect, Carl Elefante, FAIA

We dove right in on day two with a presentation by the 2017 Grassroots Chair, and AIA First Vice President/President-Elect, Carl Elefante, FAIA on “Design Impact Matters: Architects Shape Lives; Opportunities and Challenges for the Profession.” We then heard from Keynote speakers Dr. Joan Clos on the “New Urban Agenda; Sweeping Mandates for Architects”, and a discussion on “Urbanism & Climate Change” by Peter Calthorpe. We then heard a series of four rapid-fire TED Talk style presentations on key 21st century issues titled “Archi-Talks”. The four presentations were: Walkable Cities, by Jeff Speck; Heritage Cities, by Jean Carroon, FAIA; Resilient Cities, by Michael Berkowitz; and 21st Century Cities, by Thomas Dellessio. After the talks we convened a series of break-out sessions on each topic for further discussion and analysis, the results of which will be complied and reported out at a later date.

After a networking lunch at which a variety of grant programs and awards were announced, and reports from the break-out sessions were presented, attendees spent the afternoon in workshops on a variety of topics. I had the good fortune to attend “Engaging the Media: How to Maximize a Press Interview” and “How to Talk about Architecture with Clients & the Public.” The engaging the media session was excellent for any leader who will be speaking on behalf of the AIA, or an organization for that mater. The second workshop about talking to the public was a presentation of the new AIA Message Book. This publication was a part of the work of the AIA National Public Outreach Committee, which included as one of its members our President-Elect, Verity Frizzell, AIA. We hope to be able to arrange an opportunity to bring staff from the Institute to New Jersey for a presentation and discussion of this material to our new AIA New Jersey Advocacy Team.

To conclude day two we visited the Institute Headquarters and later AIA New Jersey hosted the Large States Dinner. The dinner is an opportunity for representatives from all the single-state regions of the AIA to gather informally and discuss issues of common concern. This year’s event was held at The Palm Restaurant. In addition to representatives from each of the large state components, we had the pleasure of being joined by each of the announced candidates for AIA National office: William Bates, FAIA (candidate for Institute First Vice President/President-Elect); Patrick Panetta, AIA (candidate for Institute Treasurer); and Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA (of the Boston Society of Architects) and Daniel Hart, FAIA (of AIA Texas), both candidates for the At-Large Director of the Institute Board. We were also joined by the current President of the AIA, Thomas Vonier, FAIA, the First Vice President/President-Elect, Carl Elefante, FAIA, and the EVP/CEO of the Institute Robert Ivy, FAIA. This was an excellent opportunity for us to spend time with each of these individuals and discuss with them our interests and their views on a variety of subjects.

Friday started with Peer-Group breakfasts where we met with component leaders form other similar sized components around the country. That was followed by another series of workshops. I attended “Being the Strategic Partner Everybody Wants to Have in the Board Room and on the Project.” Afterwards, we reconvened for a general session where we heard a keynote presentation from the Mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh. That was followed by a series of short talks titled “My AIA Stories.” These were presentations from individuals representative of Diversity, Emerging Professionals, Public Outreach and Advocacy. We then heard from the candidates for national office as they fielded questions from the audience. We then had a Town Hall style meeting where representatives of the Board gave updates on their activity and fielded questions from the audience. Of particular interest, in addition to the President, President-Elect and EVP/CEO, this year the leadership group included the CACE President, Heather Koury, Hon. AIA, and the Moderator of the Strategic Council, Jason Winters, AIA.

As you can see, the week was packed. And this doesn’t include all of the incidental networking that was accomplished. Through this event your leaders were able to build fundamental knowledge and skills, and form lasting relationships that will help AIA New Jersey accomplish our goals to make this organization of ever increasing service to you and to society. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to me or the other leaders who attended. And, if you want to be a part of this event in the future, we welcome you to join the leadership at your section or the chapter.


Bruce D. Turner, AIA

AIA New Jersey Regional Representative

To The AIA Strategic Council

2017 AIANJ Fellows Reception


Join AIA New Jersey in celebrating our newest
2017 AIA Fellow, Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

Thursday, April 27th 2017
6:00 – 8:00 in the Evening
Copper Canyon Grill 
9101 International Dr #1220
Orlando, FL 32819
Sponsored by:


The New Micro Living at ALNNJ

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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A presentation from nARCHITECTS on Carmel Place, the winning design for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2013 adAPT NYC competition.  Carmel Place opened last  year and set new standards as a prototype for micro living.  The competition tasked firms with responding to the city’s growing small-household population as part of the Bloomberg administration’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, which aimed to bring new options to the city’s housing market.

Maggiano’s Little Italy
70 Riverside Square Mall
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Click here for Map and Directions

Board Meeting at 4:30 PM
Social hour at 6:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
Presentation at 7:30 PM

Please send your RSVP to [email protected] before 12 Noon on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Members of the Architects League of Northern New Jersey may attend this meeting as a complimentary benefit. Non-members and guests of the League are welcome at $50 per person, reservations required.  We encourage all members to share suggestions for speakers, venues or topics for future meetings or articles in Leagueline.

Your Firm Can Help Protect Vital EPA Programs

AIAeagle_2016With a new administration in place, new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency will be reevaluating the agency’s priorities. They believe that EPA activity is limiting economic growth and job creation – but designers know that isn’t the case. That’s why it is crucial that architects make a business case for retaining EPA programs that enable them to design healthy, energy-saving buildings. As key positions are being filled, we need to educate these officials about the importance of the programs they will be tasked with managing. The AIA Advocacy team is working with COTE to organize a sign-on letter for architecture firms to EPA outlining vital programs to the practice of architecture. Please add your firm today to this important letter!

Target Finder, Portfolio Manager, and the TCSA inventory are just a few examples of the tools and resources that provide vital information for meeting the performance standards which clients demand and many jurisdictions mandate. As the administration prepares to send its budget request to Congress, decisions about the futures of these vital programs will be made over the months ahead. Now is the time to make your voice heard! Please sign this letter on behalf of your firm, or bring it to the attention of a firm leader.


Thank you for your assistance.


AIA Advocacy

The American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Educating The Architect

Educating The Architect – Where Theory Meets Practice

The Newark and Suburban section of the AIA has the unique distinction of being home to two architecture schools, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and the newly established Michael Graves College at Kean University.  On Thursday Feb 23rd, 2017, they recently hosted a program to hear each schools’ philosophy on educating the architect and answer questions on their programs.

alex-and-deansPictured L-R: AIA Newark and Suburban President, Alex Gotthelf, AIA, Dean of Michael Graves College of Architecture & Design, Kean University; David Mohney, FAIA and Interim Dean of College of Architecture & Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Tony Schuman



AIAWJ & AIASJ Louden Barn Tour


Update 3/14/2017:

The program and tour of the Louden Barn on the Histroic Bishop Farmstead on Saturday, March 25 has just been approved for Three (3) Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Learning Units.

There is still spaces available – RSVP today to Bob O’Reilly, AIA at [email protected] to reserve your spot.

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AIA West Jersey and AIA South Jersey are hosting an Architectural Tour of the aiawjLouden Barn on the Historic Bishop Farmstead in
Southampton, NJ.  The farmstead is home to the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

Join us Saturday March 25th for the event.

AIA South Jersey Logo 2012Guests of AIA-members are welcome to attend this event, as well as members of the public.

Full event details are below.  RSVP today!