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Women in Leadership – Meadowlands USA article

AIA New Jersey’s Second Vice President Kim Vierheilig, AIA, was interviewed by Meadowlands USA magazine and spoke about AIA’s role in mentoring in the profession.  In the article, along with Sally Glick, principal and chief growth strategist at Sobel & Co., they spoke about challenges in their respective fields.

In the article Vierheilig shared:
“When I first started out of college there was basically no kind of networking group or anything that was geared to women. Now you have so much stuff and people are willing to actually share stories. I think that Women in Architecture is a platform to me to try and reach out and help women who are coming out of college, who maybe don’t know exactly where their careers want to lead them.”



Micro-MBA in Architecture

The Business of Architecture Certificate Program
AIA West Jersey, in partnership with Temple University’s Fox School of Business and the Department of Architecture at Temple University, is pleased to announce the creation of a two-part sequence of courses: an Architecture-focused business essentials professional certificate and an Architecture specific Micro-MBA executive program.
This multi-tiered program kicks off with two certificate programs to help prepare Architects and Construction Professionals with limited or no business training to enter the Micro-MBA executive program in late 2018. The Business of Architecture Basic Certificate will be offered Sept. – Oct. 2017 and The Business of Architecture Advanced Certificate will be offered Jan. – Feb. 2018. Each of the certificate programs will be five weeks in duration and provide background training to help ensure the candidates’ success. Classes will be taught by a combination of Temple University Professors and licensed AIA Architects at the Temple Center City Campus.
Registration for the Business of Architecture Basic Certificate is now open! Details on this exciting program are outlined in the attached.

STEVEN A. SAFARY, AIA, Architect and Artist , 1932-2017

By Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA


I was one of many colleagues of Steven A. Safary for forty years.  On August 5th, I spoke at a Memorial for Steve organized by his family a few months after his passing.


Wil Shortz is the New York Times “LIFELONG PUZZLE MASTER” and is fond of saying “if you can figure out what you love to do most………then see if you can make a living doing it!”


This statement reminded me of Steve who loved puzzles and related doing them to the work in the practice of our profession.  For my friend, colleague, teacher, and mentor, it was just that simple.


I once asked Steve what the initial ‘A’ stood for in his name, and only used the initial?  Steve told me that it simply stood for the first letter of the alphabet.  He added it when Agnes (his spouse for over 50 years) arrived at Camp Kilmer, NJ after fleeing the ill-fated student uprising known as the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.  He explained at the time that the simple letter did not necessarily have to have any other letters after it. Well, I think that those who knew Steve can agree that the ‘A’ not only stood for ARCHITECT, but also for ARTIST.  Because that was what Steve was in his real professional life.  


I had already been working at Lehman Architectural Partnership as a draftsman when Steve joined the firm in 1978.  Other young draftsmen and I worked not under Steve, but alongside him, learning and expanding our knowledge on just how to put a building together.  

A client, Sutton Construction Company, was embarking on building speculative buildings.  Steve designed two simple boxes.  A low office component up front with a larger component used as a warehouse or industrial space behind.  The floor plans were simple, changed little, but each of the structures had its own identity.  The facades showed off Steve’s talent and knowledge of different building materials.  Most of the buildings were built in what originally had been Camp Kilmer so one could state that Steve had come full circle from refugee to a broken down former army base that he was now responsible for giving new life to in creative architecture.


In the early ‘80s, we found a new client in Toys ‘R’ Us.  Together under the LAP title block, we designed new or renovated stores, repeatedly across the country.  Each time, Steve produced a rendering for the cover sheet.  Rendering is where Steve showed his artistic talent and every project had the flare of his imaginary cars in front of the facades.  


I brought a request of Steve’s talent and asked him to re-create a rendering of my mother’s childhood synagogue in Bamberg, Germany.  Steve sketched out a remembrance from an old photograph, choosing a black and white format, because of his own experience of becoming a refugee from his childhood home.   My mother cherished it as a memory of her days before the Holocaust, until her passing.  I have used the rendering in school presentations where I relate my parents escape from a horrific time in history.


It was Steve that organized all of us at LAP to get involved in AIA.  Under his guidance, we put together the monthly newsletter, which he named the Rostrum.  It became AIA Newark and Suburban Architects’ platform for reaching out to the membership.  Steve put together the first local Design Day, so members could present their work and be recognized for it.  This important program continues to this day.  


Steven A. Safary, AIA was the real thing, an ARCHITECT and true creative genius that we all will miss.


The Safary family has requested that in the spirit of Steve as a teacher and mentor to younger people and future architects that donations in his name be made to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.


Thank you,




AIAWJ EPiC Summer Canoe Networking

Don’t miss the EPiC event of the Summer!

AIA-WJ EPiC: Mullica River Canoe Trip with Pinelands Adventures

Paddle and network on the waterways of South Jersey with emerging AIA members.
Registration is open for our EPiC Canoe Trip on the Mullica River

Check out the event page for more information!

WIA-NJ – Perceptions & Expectations

Join AIANJ Women in Architecture group for an evening of networking and discussions:

Perceptions and Expectations of Leaders
with Cecilia Coakley, Senior Vice President of MWW PR

September 26th at 6:00 pm
at Brix City Brewing, Little Ferry NJ

All are Welcome –
Everyone’s voice is part of the conversation.


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Michael J. Hanrahan, AIA wins Distinguished Service Award, 2016


Michael Hanrahan, AIA – 2011 President

Michael J. Hanrahan, AIA, received the “Distinguished Service Award” in recognition of his extensive architectural experience and dedication. For over 20 years, Hanrahan has been a key member of his firm, Clarke Caton Hintz, where he has gained extensive experience in historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects. He has served as lead designer and project manager for many notable projects, including the Engineering Hall at Rowan University and the renovations of the East Orange Municipal Complex. In 1999, Hanrahan began his tenure on the Executive Committee of AIA New Jersey, and has served the organization in several leadership posts, including a term as president in 2011. He has also served on the Executive Committee of AIA Central Jersey, and was the section’s president in 2005. Hanrahan has been an active member within Preservation New Jersey, the Construction Specification Institute and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Nominations are open for 2017 Service Awards. Nominate a colleague today!

Find more information on our website:

The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet scheduled for January 13th, 2018.

AIANJ 2017 Service Awards Nominations

Nominations are open for 2017 Service Awards.

Find more information on our website:

The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet scheduled for January 13th, 2018.

Congratulations to the 2016 AIA NJ Service Award Recipients:

Distinguished Service Award Michael Hanrahan, AIA
Architect of the Year Paul Barlo, AIA
Architectural Firm of the Year Kimmerle Group
Young Architect of the Year Andrew Burian, AIA
Intern Architect of the Year Megan Pritts, Associate AIA

Pella Architects Summer Events

Pella invites architects and designers to come see our newest products.

EPiC Mini Golf 2017

Mini Golf is back!
Register today for our annual EPiC Mini Golf Outing in Paramus, NJ on August 3, 2017

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Other Upcoming EPiC events –

See our summer newsletter.

USGBC NJ Golf Benefit

US Green Building Council NJ’s 2017 Golf Benefit

Monday, October 16, 2017

  • When

    11:00 AM – 7:30 PM

  • Location
    Black Oak Golf Club, 169 Bartley Road
    Long Valley, NJ 07853