Category Archives: Architecture in NJ

USGBC South Branch Event


DCA Hosts Webinar on ePlans in December


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:


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 CompetitionNow 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.

AIANJ State Convention Recap


The AIANJ State Convention was hosted at Hanover Marriott on October 23rd and 24th.

A wide range of Keynotes, speakers, tours and a trade show were held.
See some of the pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

Thank You to our Sponsors without whom the day would not have been possible:

  • Main Ballroom Exhibitors –
    Andersen Windows
    Capital Forest Products
    CRL-U.S. Aluminum
    Fairfield Metal
    Jain Americas Inc.
    M & E Engineers
    Microsol Resources
    Mid-Atlantic Precast Association
    Mitsubishi Electric
    Pella Windows & Doors
    RJB Environmental, Inc.
    Royal Building Products
    Shaw Contract Group
    Sherwin Williams
    Specified Building Products
    Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance
    Wausau Tile
  • Hallway Exibitors
    Huber Engineered Woods
    New Jersey Passive House/Cosella-Dorken
    Spark Modern Fires
    Warmboard, Inc.
    Whitehorn Financial Group, Inc.
    Varitronics Systems
    Microsol Resources
    Pella Windows & Doors
    Whitehorn Financial Group, Inc.

The 2015 AIA-NJ Design Competition WINNERS were also announced in Friday evenings cocktail reception.

Thank you to all the participants of the 2015 Design Competition.  Over 68 companies participated with over 100 boards.  The jury deliberated for hours and in the end selected the following winners:



Project: Community Center Long Branch

Firm:  MABU
Architect:  Bruce  Burgermaster, AIA


Project:  Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Newark

Firm: Slade Architecture
Architect: James Slade, AIA


Project: Architecture for Fragrance

Firm: RDK Architect, LLC

Architect: Rosette Khorenian, AIA



Project: Garwood Athletic Complex  

Firm: The Musial Group Architecture 

Architect: Noel Musial, AIA

Project : Steinberg Hall – Dietrich Hall University of Pennsylvania Wharton School


Architect: Tejoon Jung, AIA

Project: Ironbound Children’s Center

Firm: D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture, Inc.

Architect: Arthur Dogan, AIA


Project: River Run Residence

Firm: Michael Ryan Architects

Architect: Michael Ryan, AIA


Project: Summit Middle School Auditorium Preservation

Firm: EI Associates

Architect: Richard Basta, AIA


Project: Liberty Pedestrian Bridge

Firm: Jeff Jordan Architects, LLC

Architect: Jeff Jordan, AIA


Project: National September 11 Memorial Museum

Firm: Davis Brody Bond

Architect: Andre Pause, AIA

Project: Interdisciplinary Research Building, Howard University

Firm: HDR

Architect: Tom Smith, AIA


Project: The Hillcrest House

Firm: Jeff Jordan Architects, LLC

Architect: Jeff Jordan, AIA

Presidents Message – Fall 2015

2015 has been flying by, as I talk with AIANJ members around the state there are often comments regarding how fast the year has gone, or that we can’t believe it is October.  The good news is, most of our offices are busy with work.  Our firms might not be back to pre-recession levels however most firms have an even workload level, this is promising news.

WJ_SJSimilarly, AIANJ and the  local sections have been very busy.  I have been trying to visit the different sections this fall.  Thank You to AIA South Jersey and AIA West Jersey for hosting an informative joint meeting the end of September in Hammonton with AIA partner Houzz.   It was a nice evening of networking and learning how to market our firms online.

IMG_3250IMG_3248In September and October I represented AIA NJ in both the South Jersey Food Bank’s Inaugural Canstruction event at Cherry Hill Mall and AIA Newark and Suburban’s Annual Canstruction event at the Livingston Mall.

All of the entries were so creative and the Food Banks received tons of much needed canned food donations.   The entries are still available for view at Livingston Mall, if you in the area stop by to see the creations.

At the end of this week, AIANJ’s major event of the year will be happening at Hanover Marriott.  The agenda that the committee has organized has something to offer in all areas, from the business of architecture to keynote for associates.    I hope many of you will come take part in this event.

Thanks to all the sponsors who have made this event possible and to the committee who has worked so hard to guide this event forward for all of us at AIANJ.

On Friday evening, October 23rd, there will be a Awards Reception to celebrate architecture in New Jersey.  The Design Awards entries will be on display to showcase the work of NJ architecture and architects.  The reception will end with the announcement of the Design Awards Winners and the years AIANJ Service Award winners.  This year the AIA Newark & Suburban Canstruction committee will also announce the 2015 Canstruction competition winners.

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It’s Not to Late – AIANJ State Convention Friday

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Friday & Saturday, October 23-24, 2015
Hanover Marriott, Whippany, NJ

It’s not to late to attend, the two day event starts this Friday.

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AIA South Jersey Meeting

AIA SJ Nov 10 2015 Invitation

WORKING WITH THE MEDIA – Delivering your Message in an Interview

AIA-NJIn our year end review of the 2014 activities of the AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee, we asked you to stay tuned for tools that will help you make a splash in the press. Below is the fourth in a series of articles that will help you in that regard. With your help, we hope to be able to leverage our strength in numbers to help promote architects, architecture and AIA-NJ.

Previously, the Working with the Media series has focused on the initial stages of media outreach: Building a relationship, contacting a reporter, and composing written materials on behalf of you or your company. Now, we’ll delve into the hallmark of journalism (and arguably the most important method for successful PR): The interview.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that news is increasingly “sound-bite” driven. Today’s messages are most effectively delivered through short, to-the-point bits of information – Twitter, “news reader” software, and blog-style news are all evidence of the evolution (or disappearance) of long-form feature stories. But, rather than debating the legitimacy of this age of information, let’s discuss how best to communicate in today’s media environment.

We’ll start by harkening back to high school English class. Remember the inverted pyramid?

Inverted Pyramid

The inverted pyramid reflects the important hierarchy of information, which is crucial to making sure that a reporter hears the most vital components of your message. Ask yourself: What makes (this project, my company, this law, etc.) newsworthy? This core message should be stated early and often – don’t be afraid to be redundant. A reporter may well be interested in the details about the processes of your work or your personal background, but it’s vital not to eschew the “newsworthy” aspects of your message in favor of the minutiae.

Remember: In many cases, a 30-minute interview can result in no more than a one or two-sentence blurb about you or your company. And, while some reporters may ask to record your conversation, reporters are human, and it cannot be assumed that they’ll publish your main focal point. As a result, it’s up to you to ensure that your message is being received.

A few tips:

  • Repeat or rephrase your core message at least two to three times throughout the interview
  • Draw the reporter’s attention to your core message (i.e. “The main point here is…”)
  • Condense your main themes into a statement that can be conveyed in 30 seconds or less
  • Make sure that any examples, supporting points, or details relate directly to your core message

If you would like to read the previous articles in this series, please see the following links:

Building Relationships

Writing a Letter to the Editor

Composing a Press Release

Press Release Boilerplates

Kyle Kirkpatrick
Account Supervisor
Beckerman PR Real Estate Team

Bruce D. Turner, AIA
Chair, AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee

AIA Look Up Film Challenge

LookUp Film ScreenshotAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA) Look Up Film Challenge Winners Selected, Public Vote to Commence

CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The winners of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Look Up Film Challenge have been announced at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. A jury comprised of architects and media professionals selected three top prize winners and recognized seven additional films in themed categories. The public can view and vote on their favorite video to win the Public Choice Award here: Public voting will be open until November 1st.

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AIANJ State Convention

AIA New Jersey State Convention Highlights to Include Michael Graves Retrospective, Annual Design Awards and Tours of Architectural Gems

WHAT:  The biggest names in New Jersey architecture will meet for a two-day convention, highlighted by a panel review of AIA-NJ’s annual design award submissions. In addition to the Design Awards dinner and keynote presentations from several prominent architectural leaders, the convention will feature: Various seminars and roundtables; a trade show; tours of local architectural gems – Wyndham Worldwide Headquarters, Craftsman Farms and the Hebrew Academy of Morris County; and a retrospective on the life of Michael Graves. The two-day event will feature the review of the first-ever student design competition, with New Jersey architecture students vying for a cash prize and recognition of design excellence.

Friday Keynote: Shirley Blumberg, Founding Partner of KPMB Architects, on the          topic of “Five Significant Architectural Challenges: Diversity, Inequity, Environment, Building Community and Limited Financial Resources”

Saturday Keynote: Michael Michalowicz, Wall Street Journal and MSNBC commentator, on the topic of “The Pumpkin Plan”

Student Keynote: Obiekwe M. Okolo on the topic of “Kanye Architecture: Just West of Insanity”

 Saturday Roundtable “Discussion with the Deans”:

Thomas R. Fisher, Assoc. AIA, Dean and Professor of Architecture of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota;

Urs P. Gauchat, Hon. AIA, Dean and Professor of Architecture of the NJIT College of Architecture and Design;

Tom Hanrahan, Dean of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute

Convention – Friday, October 23, 8:00 a.m. – Saturday, October 24, 4:45 p.m.

 Trade Show – October 23, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 Tours:
Hebrew Academy of Morris County, October 23, 10:45-12:15

Wyndham Worldwide, October 23, 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Craftsman Farms, October 24, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

 Design Awards Dinner – October 23, 6:30-10:00 p.m.

 Retrospective of Michael Graves Work – October 24, 3:15-4:45 p.m.


WHERE: Hanover Marriott, 1401 NJ-10, Whippany, N.J. 07981

REGISTER: Go to  for more information

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