Category Archives: Architecture in NJ

NJIT Design Showcase 2016

College of Architecture and Design Design Showcase 2016

njit_coadThe College of Architecture and Design at NJIT hosts its annual Design Showcase event in April of each year. This fundraising/networking event will be in its 10th year in 2016 and has grown into an incredible success over the years.

April 7, 2016
Weston Hall Gallery
5 – 9 pm

During the course of the evening, we provide an industry related lecture (good for CEU credits), networking between alumni and sponsors, and an exhibit showing the work of our top students which leads to internships and entry level hires in many firms.

The money raised from the event goes directly back to the students in the form of scholarships, architecture environment enhancements, and this past year the introduction of a 3D print lab which is run on a volunteer basis by our local AIAS chapter. 

This venue is an excellent opportunity to bring together current students, past students, and industry professionals. Whether an alum of NJIT or not, we would welcome any AIANJ member who would like to support the school, the students, and the growth of our program. 

NJ Smart Growth 2016 Awards Deadline

 
 
 
Don’t miss the deadline! Do you have, or know of, a great plan or built project in New Jersey that represents high-quality growth and development or land preservation? Submit it now to New Jersey Future’s 2016 Smart Growth Awards competition. The deadline to submit is Jan. 15, 2016.
This year New Jersey Future celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Smart Growth Awards! The awards have honored the best in responsible development in the Garden State. Large projects and small, innovative plans and codes, policies that foster quality growth and placemaking — any built project or adopted plan is eligible. So if you’re working on something that will help make any part of New Jersey a more vibrant place to live, work or play, submit it to our Smart Growth Awards competition!
NEW THIS YEAR:  We will be accepting entries exclusively through our new online submission portal! This allows you and us to conserve paper and energy, and will allow the jury access to all entries from any location.
Submission deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016Don’t miss out!
Curious about what kinds of initiatives win a Smart Growth Award? Browse through profiles of past winners.
Questions? Please contact Elaine Clisham609-393-0008, ext. 102.

 

President’s Message – The Year of 2015

As 2015 is now in the past, it is amazing how fast the year flew by.  It has been an honor to serve as your AIANJ President over the past 12 months.

Much happened during the year, both in AIANJ and each of the six local sections.  Each month saw multiple events throughout the state.   I enjoyed meeting so many members, students and trade professionals; and talking about our profession of architecture that we share.

Internally, time was devoted to looking at the organizations long range strategic planning and evaluating the value to our members that the organization gives.  AIA national has been evaluating the value to the membership, and we at AIANJ have done the same thing.  It is your AIA, and we want to maximize your value from the organization.

We have reinforced many goals of the organization and we have been working towards them, including increased public outreach regarding the architecture profession, creating an online resource for both members and the public, more connection with the architects of tomorrow through increased involvement with the schools of architecture in the state and assistance for associates in the IDP/ARE process.

As part of that over the year AIANJ worked with all three of New Jersey’s Schools of Architecture – NJIT, Princeton, and NJ’s newest at Kean University.   To name a few initiatives – AIANJ sponsored an IDP event at NJIT, discussed the formation of an AIAS chapter at Kean University and opened dialogue with the new Dean at Princeton University.

Overall, 2015 was a good year, most of the firm owners I have talked with have agreed that the economy has improved from where we were a few years ago.   There was more project work, many firms have even brought on more staff to meet the need.  Students and young members have been successful in finding employment.  The profession is respected and we as the leaders are often reached out to for our ideas and participation locally.

All of the things that AIANJ did this year was the result of a team effort.   I would like to say Thank You to everyone who has played a part along the way.  There are to many people to call out by name, so just a Thank You to all.

And lastly, Good Luck to Justin Mihalik, AIA, as you start your year as 2016 President, I look forward to continuing to work with you.

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Kimberly Bunn, AIA, LEEDap
2015 AIANJ President

 

 

2016 NJIT SoA Pamphlet Call

njit_coadThe School of Architecture at NJIT is proud to introduce SoAP, the School of Architecture Pamphlet.  The pamphlet will be published each semester and showcase faculty, student, and alumni achievements of note, as well as other features of interest relating to the university.  Volume 1 Issue 1 can be viewed here:
Alumni/alumnae, we’d like to hear from you. Tell us about the projects you have recently completed or are currently involved in. We will selectively publish work by SoA graduates in the next issue of SoAP.  Those who would like their work to be considered for inclusion should send low res images and a description to Richard Garber, Director of the School of Architecture ([email protected]) and Meaghan O’Connor ([email protected]) by no later than January 10, 2016.  SoAP Volume 1 Issue 2 will be digitally published on or about February 1, 2016 with a print edition to follow.
SoAP cover fall 2015

 

 

AIA South Jersey – First Meeting of 2016

AIA SJ Jan 26 2016 invitation

Get Involved in AIANJ EPiC

red_eagleWe are looking for members who are interested in becoming 2016 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 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

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 in Trenton -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

If you are interested in becoming an EPiC Section Director we would like to hear from you.

Please submit a letter of interest by e-mail to [email protected] by January 8, 2016 (500 words). Be sure to include your AIA NJ section in your letter. Although not required, we will accept up to two letters of recommendation (500 words).

We look forward to your interest.

Jessica O’Donnell, AIA

2016 EPiC Chair

AIA-NJ Committee Seeks to Collaborate with Municipalities on Design Competitions

Emerging Professionals Committee announces new leadership for re-launched program, plans to assist non-profits and municipalities on small-scale projects

AIA-NJAIA-NJ announced the new leadership of its Emerging Professionals Committee, which represents New Jersey architectural students and their new graduates as well as recently licensed architects.

Tasked with guiding and supporting the careers of aspiring and new architects – approximately 300 of whom operate in New Jersey – the recently re-launched committee will be chaired by Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, and advised by Nicholas Caravella, Assoc. AIA, and Ryan Day, AIA.

With the dual goal of supporting communities and promoting the professional growth of its constituents, the committee is seeking to find ways for emerging professionals to volunteer their services for the betterment of their communities. They hope to collaborate with local municipalities and not-for-profit institutions on small-scale projects for which emerging professionals will team with an experienced architect, providing design solutions to the organizations while benefitting from the learning opportunity inherent in the process.

The committee intends to work with organizations in need of these services through design competitions, providing participants with firsthand project experience and the winning submission with prize money as compensation.

“Engaging our newest and youngest members is a priority for AIA-NJ, and it’s excellent to see the revitalized committee’s hard work to improve our outreach to our rising stars,” said Kim Bunn, president of AIA-NJ. “Many community centers, nonprofits and municipalities can benefit from the design ability of our interns and young professionals and we’re extremely proud of the committee leadership for bringing this initiative to light.”

The committee also has three directors: Grace Friedhoff, Assoc. AIA, who is tasked with leading service initiatives; Megan Pritts, Assoc. AIA, who will lead advocacy efforts; and Mark Barone, AIA, who will oversee educational programming.

In addition to its service, advocacy and educational activities, committee members will also engage in community work, including mentoring high school students interested in architecture.

“There are many municipalities and nonprofits that will find the sort of collaboration we are proposing invaluable,” said Caravella, who has personally worked with the city of Newark on such initiatives in the past. “Whether designing a parklet in urban areas or working on renovations for community cultural centers, there are a variety of design projects of the appropriate scope and size in every county in the state. As members of the architectural profession, we constantly strive to better serve the community, and this is an ideal opportunity for emerging professionals to utilize their capabilities in a way that truly benefits society.”

If you are interested in collaborating with Emerging Professionals on a project, please contact the committee’s board of directors at [email protected] .

USGBC South Branch Event

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DCA Hosts Webinar on ePlans in December


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dca_njThe New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) has launched ePlans, a new web-based electronic plan review system, which eliminates paper-based building and code review processes and reduces the amount of time between plan submission and final approval.

We invite you to attend an informational webinar to learn more about ePlans and how you can benefit from using the new system. The webinar is being offered from 10-11 a.m. on December 10, 2015.

 

ePlans provides a number of benefits and cost-saving measures for both the building community and the Department including:

 

  • 24-hour access to the system from any computer
  • Elimination of the need for paper plans to be manually printed and delivered
  • Reduced printing costs
  • Transparency and auditability
  • Reduced turn-around time to review plans

 

ePlans will be extended to all State building projects that require plans from a licensed architect or engineer.   The Department will require mandatory usage of the ePlans system by December 31, 2015.  When a citizen (architect, engineer, contractor, owner) submits an application for a construction or land use permit requiring drawing plans and other documents, the Bureau of Construction Project Review will use ePlans to complete the initial review. Required changes are noted on the files and then communicated to the applicant, who can re-submit corrected plans electronically, 24/7, from the convenience of any computer. The review cycle continues until all the regulatory requirements are satisfied and the DCA grants approval for the plans.

 

For more information about accessing DCA’s ePlans system, or to register for the upcoming ePlans webinar, visit:

 

www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/offices/ePlans.html

 

Click here to download a digital version of the ePlans brochure.

 

Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.

2015 Photography Competition – Voting Open

AIA West Jersey Photography Competition

UPDATE:  Voting has been extended to December 9, 2015
Cast Your Vote Today !

Now in it’s 10th year – the AIA West Jersey Photography Competition has opened the public voting period to select the top images.

Go to our website to place your vote for your favorite.

As in years past, many great images were submitted from photographers around the country.  A panel of jurors narrowed all the entries to the finalists that are displayed in the public voting portion of the competition.   All of the public votes and juror votes will be tallied to decide the top three images that received cash awards and the coveted cover spot on a printed 2016 wall calendar.

Many Thanks to our 2015 jurors:

– Ronald Bertone, FAIA
– Jason Lutz, AIA
– Michael Soriano, AIA

Cast your vote TODAY.

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