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Celebrate NJ Architecture 2014 Recap

ArchWeek2014Over the last week as part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has highlighted a small sampling of projects that exemplify how architects and architecture play and important role as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.  

Incase you missed it, here is a recap of the week:

 

Day One:  AIA-NJ Celebrates National Architecture Week

Day Two: Leading Design Firm Honored for Creative Rebuilding of Fire-Damaged School in East Brunswick, N.J.

Day Three: Ocean Grove, N.J.-Based Firm Designs Asbury Park J.A.M.S. to Serve as ‘Gateway’ to City’s West Side

Day Four: Nueva Vida Homes’ Will Be Nation’s First WaterSense Certified Neighborhood Development

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In wrapping up Architecture Week 2014 we would like to take a look back at last year’s AIA-NJ Architecture Week.  We highlighted ten of New Jersey’s Iconic Architects and positive impacts  they have made on their communities.   See last years list:

 

http://blog.aia-nj.org/2013/04/13/summary-the-garden-states-most-iconic-architects/

 

We hope you will continue to Celebrate Architecture everyday.

 

 

Celebrate NJ Architecture – Interface Studio Architects: Cramer Hill Community Development

As part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.   Each day this week this blog will highlight an AIA-NJ Design Award that exemplifies this -

Interface Studio Architects Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Design of Affordable Housing Community in Camden, N.J.

Philadelphia, Pa.-Based Firm’s ‘Nueva Vida Homes’ Will Be Nation’s First WaterSense Certified Neighborhood Development
da2014_isa1 The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Philadelphia-based architectural design firm Interface Studio Architects with a Merit Award for its imaginative design of the Nueva Vida Homes, an affordable housing community in nearby Camden, N.J.

“The Nueva Vida Homes demonstrate that affordable housing designs need not be insipid and uninspired,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Interface Studio Architects has devised a plan for a new community that is both thoughtful and practical, and it’s sure to provide a significant boost to the Camden community.”

Part of a three-phase neighborhood redevelopment effort led by Cramer Hill Community Development Corporation, the Nueva Vida Homes is currently in the schematic design phase. Therefore, its Merit Award was in the “Un-built” category, meant to recognize projects yet to be built, but which show great promise. The project consists of 19 scattered site in-fill homes for sale in an urban residential area of Camden. The iconic structures, coined “sidecar houses,” feature eye-catching, playfully designed exteriors intended reflect the eclectic design of the surrounding neighborhood.

Interface Studio Architects’ plans served as a paragon for efficiency and sustainability while maintaining affordability for its residents. The buildings will be the first urban dwellings to be labeled through the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, which promotes water conservation in building design. The home designs also received ENERGY STAR certification.

“We’re honored that our affordable housing proposals for Cramer Hill, Camden have been recognized by AIA NJ,” said Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Interactive Studio Architects. “It confirms our deeply held belief that high-performance, contemporary design has a place in modest housing types and markets. This award celebrates the conviction and vision of our client.”

The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in one of four categories: Open (meant for any building type), Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture. Projects are further designated as either Built or Un-built. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect. Submitted projects are evaluated during the organization’s annual Design Conference by a group of distinguished architects from throughout the country.da2014_isa2

Celebrate NJ Architecture – Shore Point: Asbury Park J.A.M.S.

As part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.   Each day this week this blog will highlight an AIA-NJ Design Award that exemplifies this -

Shore Point Architecture Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Design of Mixed-Use Community Performing Arts Building in Asbury Park

Ocean Grove, N.J.-Based Firm Designs Asbury Park J.A.M.S. to Serve as ‘Gateway’ to City’s West Side

da2014_SPjams1 The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Ocean Grove, N.J.-based architectural design firm Shore Point Architecture with a Merit Award for its innovative design of Asbury Park J.A.M.S., a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.

“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is a prime example of the type of dynamic project that will advance and elevate the state of architecture in New Jersey,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Shore Point Architecture demonstrated incredible vision in designing the building, and is well deserving of this award.”

 

A 47,000-square-foot, mixed-use building, Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is currently in the schematic design phase. Therefore, its Merit Award was in the “Un-built” category, meant to recognize projects yet to be built, but which show great promise. The building will feature a 200-seat performance theater that will also serve as a lecture hall and home to corporate conferences. The facility will also provide television/video production capabilities, and will house museum galleries and the administrative headquarters of the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Society.

Additionally, Asbury Park J.A.M.S. will feature a café with both indoor and outdoor seating, a “boutique” hotel providing overnight lodging for musicians visiting the area and a unique rooftop performance venue, providing yet another unique experience for visitors to Asbury Park.

“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is seen as the key element in the revitalization of the once vibrant west side of Asbury Park, as it will sit at the intersection of Springwood Avenue and Memorial Drive — literally the ‘gateway’ to the west side,” stated Stephen Carlidge, AIA, president of Shore Point Architecture. “We are extremely pleased to have been recognized by the AIA-NJ awards jury for this bold architectural statement of a building, as we believe that architecture can make a difference in making a place special and a place that people will want to be.”

The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in one of four categories: Open (meant for any building type), Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture. Projects are further designated as either Built or Un-built. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect. Submitted projects are evaluated during the organization’s annual Design Conference by a group of distinguished architects from throughout the country.

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Celebrate NJ Architecture – DIGroup:Memorial Elementary School

As part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.   Each day this week this blog will highlight an AIA-NJ Design Award that exemplifies this -

DIGroup Architecture Receives AIA-NJ Design Award for Memorial Elementary School

Leading Design Firm Honored for Creative Rebuilding of Fire-Damaged School in East Brunswick, N.J.

digroup01_da2013The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded New Brunswick, N.J.-based architecture and planning firm DIGroup Architecture with an Honor Award for its innovative rebuilding design of Memorial Elementary School, a facility in East Brunswick that was severely damaged by fire.

“DIGroup Architecture is well deserving of this award, having demonstrated true vision and imagination in this challenging rebuilding project,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “The redesign of Memorial Elementary is representative of the AIA’s goals at large: Advancement of the architectural profession with an emphasis on community service and sustainability.”

After a blaze devastated the building in 2008, DIGroup Architecture, through its 20-year standing relationship with the East Brunswick Board of Education, stepped in to lead the vast rebuilding project. Citing the original building’s energy inefficiencies and layout inconsistencies, the firm set forth a plan for a redesigned 72,000 square foot structure to include upgraded security systems, abundant natural light, and traffic-easing egresses.

“This building, and the story behind it, represent much more than great architecture. They are proof that through strong relationships, dedication, and trust, architects and New Jersey Public Schools can hold themselves to a higher level of architectural design,” said Jeff Venezia, AIA, president of DIGroup. “Despite the difficulties inherent in the design and construction of publicly funded projects, there is still time for architectural inquiry in pursuit of better facilities for students, teachers, and the communities that unite around them.”

Completed on time and on budget, the new Memorial Elementary School features two separate buildings connected by glass corridors, creating an accessible, fully secure courtyard connected to pre-K classrooms. DIGroup’s design also included the creation of “MemorialWalk,” a ceremonial pathway dedicated to members of the armed services.

“Every student deserves great architecture,” Venezia said. “They deserve an architect willing to explore options and communicate solutions to those who need to see them along the way.”

The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in one of four categories: Open (meant for any building type), Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture. Projects are further designated as either Built or Un-built. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect. Submitted projects are evaluated during the organization’s annual Design Conference by a group of distinguished architects from throughout the country.

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AIA-NJ Celebrates National Architecture Week

ArchWeek2014As part of a national event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. Held from April 6 through 12, National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign showcasing the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities and society in general. National Architecture Week is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).

This year’s National Architecture Week is highlighted by several events taking place on social media platforms. Throughout the week, AIA National will post links to videos on Twitter and Facebook from several award-winning architects sharing what inspires them about architecture. You can follow the Twitter activity by using the hashtag #archweek14.

The Architecture Is Awesome contest on Instagram will use the social networking platform to showcase architects’ favorite designs and encourage architecture fans to share their thoughts and engage with like-minded professionals during the week. Instagram users will also have an opportunity to win prize gift cards in the Architecture Is Awesome sweepstakes by uploading tagged images of their favorite local architectural sites. Five lucky winners will be selected based on what is considered to be the best images of architecture. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 16, on Twitter.

Occurring simultaneously in several markets will be the premier of the PBS series, Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture. The program will showcase some of the 21st century’s most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America. Each hour-long episode is organized around a central building typology theme — such as Performance Spaces or Art Spaces — and profiles three buildings. Learn more about this program and when it will be airing in your market here: http://www.coolspaces.tv/tvshow/on-air-schedule-2/

Residents of New Jersey can take part in National Architecture Week by learning about the architects and architectural projects that are significantly influencing daily life in the Garden State. The best examples can be found among AIA-NJ’s 2013 Design Award winners:

  • HDR Architecture, based in Princeton, N.J., for their work on two projects: The Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory, a net-zero energy use building at Georgia Tech, and the Leadership Academy, in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.;
  • Shore Point Architecture, based in Ocean Grove, N.J., for their work on Asbury Park J.A.M.S., a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.;
  • Clarke Caton Hintz, based in Trenton, N.J., for their work on Tillett Hall, an educational facility located on Rutgers University’s transformed Livingston Campus;
  • Studio Hillier, based in Princeton, N.J., for their work on the Urban Trifecta Architectural Design Studio, for their office space;
  • Taiek Kim, a sole proprietor based in Fort Lee, N.J., for his work on the 400 Sylvan Avenue; a unique and creative interior hallway;
  • Mills and Schnoering, based in Princeton, N.J., for their safety and comfort upgrades at the Statue of Liberty National Monument;
  • Interface Studio Architects, based in Philadelphia, Pa., for their work on Affordable Housing Development in Cramer Hill, including two sets of 10-unit buildings in Camden’s Cramer Hill neighborhood;
  • Historica Building Architects, based in Trenton, N.J., for their work on Interior Restoration and Adaptive Use of Iviswold Castle at Felician College in Rutherford, N.J.
  • KSS Architects, based in Princeton, N.J. for their work on two projects: The Eden Autism Services, Education & Outreach Center, a special needs school for approximately 80 students in Princeton, N.J., and the Ehinger Center, a campus hub and gathering space at Drew University in Madison, N.J.;
  • Ballinger, a firm based in Philadelphia, Pa., for their work on the Rutgers University, Institute of Food Nutrition & Health, a laboratory, research center, and lecture space on Rutgers’ Cook Campus;
  • Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, based in New York, N.Y.; for their work on 175 Park Avenue, a building that serves as the headquarters for the publicly-owned real estate firm Realogy in Madison, N.J.;
  • Always by Design, based in Philadelphia, Pa., for their work on the Prospect House, an approximately 2,100 square-foot sustainable shore home in Cape May Point, N.J.
  • Vitetta, a firm based in Philadelphia, P.A., for their work on Duke Farms, a large estate in Hillsborough;
  • ikon.5 architects, based in Princeton, N.J., for their work on the Ithaca Guest House, a sleek guest house in Ithaca, N.Y.;
  • DIGroupArchitecture, based in New Brunswick, N.J., for their work on Memorial Elementary School, the rebuilding of a fire damaged school building in East Brunswick, N.J.

Architecture Week 2014

Celebrate Architecture Week 2014

April 6-12, 2014

ArchWeek2014What is National Architecture Week?
National Architecture Week, April 6─12, is a time to showcase the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities and society in general.  It is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).

 

Join us in celebrating Architecture, follow AIA national’s social media events, take the opportunity to talk about Architecture to a local group or school.  There are many ways to get involved.  Check some out here.

 

 

NJIT Design Showcase 2014

Design Showcase 2014

You are invited to the annual celebration of design excellence produced by students and alumni of the College of njit_coadArchitecture and Design at NJIT

DATE:  Thursday April 10, 2014

Join alumni and former teachers…
View outstanding student designs…
Earn CEU credits…
and Support new programs at NJIT…
HOW ?

Attend the eighth annual Design Showcase 2014

In 2013, more than 200 practicing architects from the NJ/NY area attended our annual design showcase.  These alumni of the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at NJIT – from large and small firms, as well as from government agencies, builders, developers and real estate managers – joined our 1000 current students and more than 100 industry suppliers and friends of the school.   Come join us for the 2014 event.

For More information or to Register:
www.njitdesignshowcase.com

Schedule:

4:30 pm   Registration

5:00 pm  CEU Lecture:  Craig Dykers

6:00 pm  Reception

Green Lane Building Designed by Gruskin Group Opens at Kean University

 

The Green Lane building at Kean University in Union, NJ, was designed by Gruskin Group.

The Green Lane building at Kean University in Union, NJ, was designed by Gruskin Group.

Kean University’s latest addition to its UnionNew Jersey, campus, a 102,275-square-foot, mixed-use academic building, opened to students for classes on January 21, 2014. Located at the intersection of Morris Avenueand Green Lane, the undulating glass, stone, and brick building now serves as a gateway icon, marking the west entrance to Kean’s campus. The Green Lane building, which has already won an AIA Newark and Suburban Architects Gold award, was designed by Gruskin Group™, a leading design firm based in SpringfieldNew Jersey.  

Kean University President Dawood Y. Farahi said, “Kean University is dedicated to the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth of its students, faculty, and professional staff alike. In particular, we are committed to preparing our students to think critically, creatively, and globally.  The new Green Lane building is another important step for Kean in providing world-class facilities and educational opportunities for its students.  Gruskin Group’s vision for the building’s design was a compelling one that reflected these values.”

The six-story building, which is designed to provide both a stimulating and metaphorical environment for learning, includes a Barnes & Noble college bookstore and cafe on the first floor (both scheduled to open later in 2014), classroom and administration space on floors two through five, and a conference center and rooftop terrace on the sixth floor with views of New York City.  The building will serve as the home for Kean’s new Robert Busch School of Design, as well as the University’s expanding business programs. 

“Our goal was to mark the campus entry with a bold architectural statement and announce to visitors and the general public that they are about to experience something special upon entering the campus,” explained Kenneth A. Gruskin AIA, principal and founder of Gruskin Group. Continue reading

NJ Redevelopment Forum 2014

Redevelopment Forum

The 2014 Redevelopment Forum will be Friday, March 14, at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.

Making It Happen: Local Approaches to Downtown Economic Revitalization

A new generation of workers and budding families are looking to call downtown home. With them come the corporations, small businesses and institutions that make a vibrant, walkable community full of jobs, transportation options and activity. Getting to that point can be a struggle for many towns and cities; and in an era of dwindling state and federal support, generating and coordinating the local capacity necessary to plan and implement revitalization strategies is a challenge. This plenary session will showcase three unique and exciting approaches to downtown economic revitalization, featuring speakers from Cincinnati, Detroit and Providence. The lessons they learned and the work they accomplished can inform towns and cities both large and small on how to focus their time and talents on creating exciting and thriving downtowns.

Former New York City Economic Development Head To Deliver Redevelopment Forum Keynote

pinskySeth Pinsky, who from 2008 to 2013 served as president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), will deliver the luncheon keynote at New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum.

There are a few sponsorships available! Please contact Marianne Jann, 609-393-0008, ext. 101. View various sponsorships available here.

- See more at: http://forum.njfuture.org

AIA South Jersey Member Meeting

AIASJ Feb 25 2014

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