Category Archives: Architecture in NJ

My Favorite Places – Mechanic Street

A new series has started – My Favorite Places

AIA-NJThis will be an ongoing series of articles, written by architects about some of there favorite or most memorable spaces.  It could be a building, a park, a town.  Whatever is special to that person.  The first article was penned by AIA West Jersey member Mark Barone, AIA, and was featured in the Courier Post newspaper.   Mark talks about a favorite place in his new hometown of Haddonfield, NJ., here is an excerpt of the printed article:

A few years ago, my family relocated from Brooklyn to Haddonfield. As a family with young children, we found the town appealing because of its schools, vibrant main street and easy access to transportation into Philadelphia.

But for me, the town had another draw; as an architect, I enjoy wandering around town, observing the details of historic buildings and homes, and Haddonfield has no shortage of these unique structures.

However, the place I appreciate the most is not a building, but a space between buildings: Mechanic Street, a short one-block long alley connecting the two main streets that run through the center of town. Mechanic Street’s early history is one of transportation, in particular horse-drawn transportation.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this street housed several horse stables that provided horses for sale or for hire by travelers and residents. A blacksmith shop, wheelwright and manufacturing building that produced carriages, buggies and wagons anchored the street end…

See full article here:
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/2015/06/24/commentary-mechanic-street-deserves-appreciation/29254881/

If you are interested in writing a short article about your favorite place, please contact the AIANJ Public Awareness Chair, Bruce Turner, AIA.  Our committee can help you and can assist in getting it not only on our AIA-NJ website but also a local NJ paper.

USGBC NJ – South Branch

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Philadelphia-based architectural firm recognized for work on Brown Hall

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects Receive AIA-NJ Design Award For Design of Renovations to Princeton University Student Housing Facility

AIA-NJ has recognized Philadelphia, P.A.–based architectural firm Atkin Olshin Schade Architects with a merit award in the built open category in recognition of its design work on David B. Brown Hall at Princeton University.

Located in the heart of the Princeton campus, the century-old brick and granite building serves as a residence hall to approximately 130 upperclassmen. The building was originally designed in the late 19th century in the Renaissance Revival style, and underwent renovations several decades ago.

Philadelphia-based Atkin Olshin Schade designed the renovation of the four-story structure and the improvements to student amenities. The team also increased accessibility to Brown Hall by adding a southern portal to the courtyard, improving connections to Cuyler Hall, the University Art Museum and other parts of the campus. Complementing the building’s existing design, the south portal mirrors the arched opening at the north side of the building and blends naturally with the existing façade.

“Brown Hall’s new gateway fits seamlessly into the building’s design and aligns with the University’s core aesthetic,” said Kimberly Bunn, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Atkin Olshin Schade has helped improve both the appearance of the building and its functionality for students, and their work certainly merits this accolade.”

Brown Hall contains 60 rooms and is newly equipped with renovated bathrooms, a new student laundry facility and trash chutes. Building system upgrades include a new fire alarm system, heating system steam controls and emergency lighting enhancements.

“We are proud of the work we have done to help Princeton University improve one of its key facilities,” said Michael Schade, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C, principal of Atkin Olshin Schade. “The school was intent on enhancing Brown Hall, and we were glad to be a part of the successful project while being able to preserve the building’s rich history.”

President’s Message – AIA Convention and AIANJ Update

IMG_8675This past week, I and many other architects from around the world gathered in Atlanta for the AIA National Convention.  From continuing education sessions and tours to a huge expo floor and interesting keynote speakers, there was something for everyone.    I met many people while there, a number were from NJ and the surrounding areas, there were so many wonderful conversations. 

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CEO Robert Ivy announced the newest  video of the national public awareness iLookUp campaign, watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrtfXDk0L8A .
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Two AIANJ  members were among the newest installed to the AIA College of Fellows.  Congratulations to Pamela Rew, FAIA, and  Joseph Tattoni, FAIA, on their elevation.   AIANJ would also like to Thank Andersen Windows for sponsoring AIANJ’s Fellow Reception celebrating AIANJ Fellow held on Thursday evening at Ormsby’s restaurant.
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Mark your calendars now for next year’s convention –  May 19th – 21st, 2016, the convention is at our neighbor in Philadelphia.
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As we hope you heard our AIANJ own Jerry Eben, AIA, ran for national office as a At-Large Director on the new national board.  Unfortunately in the end, Jerry was not successful, however we want to Thank him for participating in the process and continuing the important discussions on the national level that we all need to have.   His passion for architecture and love of AIA shine through – we at AIANJ are very proud of him.  Jerry will continue his work with AIA on a state, local and national level, and we all look forward to working with the new board in the years to come.  Congratulations to Thomas Vonier, FAIA, who was elected as 2017 AIA President, and to the other newest AIA board members – Stuart Coppedge, AIA; Jennifer Workman, AIA; Jane Frederick, FAIA;  Anthony Schirripa, FAIA.
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At AIANJ many things are moving forward.  Registration for East Coast Green is open, to be held June 17, 2015, at NJIT.  If you were not able to come to Atlanta, this is a great opportunity to get your continuing education credits right here in New Jersey.  A reminder – 2015 is a license renewal year for NJ, get your necessary credits by the July deadline.   East Coast Green sessions are registered for both AIA and USGBC CEU credit.  Find out more information or register here.
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In the fall, the 2015 NJ Convention will be held at the Hanover Marriott, in Whippany.  Many things are in preliminary planning stages for the event to be held October 23rd – 24th.  What for more information to be coming out soon.  Sponsor, exhibitors and speakers are being coordinated now, anyone interested should contact the committee – find info.
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The codes in NJ are in the process of being update, and our Codes & Standards Committee, chaired by Robert Longo, AIA, is in communication with the state to keep us all updated as these changes happen.   The Task Force on Lightweight Construction that I formed after the devastating fire earlier this year has taken on the task of looking at the health, safety and welfare aspect of the codes and asking the hard questions, what could we do better?  The committee and Chair Justin Mihalik, AIA, have had numerous meetings, conversations and debates on building and construction in NJ, we look forward to continuing to work with our communities and elected officials to make the built environment in NJ the best it can be.
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AIA is for all of us, and I would welcome your input.  As part of repositioning we are trying to make sure that all members are getting value from AIA membership.  AIANJ is going through this process right now, If there is something that is important to you please reach out.   Reach out to me – [email protected]  or another board member.  Reach out to your section president, they are your local contacts.
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I AM AIA, you are AIA, we are all AIA.
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– Kimberly Bunn
2015 AIANJ President

Call for Entries – AIANJ COTE Top Ten Green Projects

Is your latest project Green?  AIANJ is looking for entries to be included in the AIANJ Top Ten Green Projects.

The Top Ten Green Projects Program recognizes projects that demonstrate the highest accomplishment in environmentally sustainable architecture, combining inspired design, systems analysis, and evaluation of performance.

Sustainability envisions the enduring prosperity of all living things.  Sustainable design seeks to create communities, buildings, and products that contribute to this vision.

Submit your project today – Click here, 
AIACoteGreenProjects1Submission Deadline :  June 8, 2015
All submissions to be electronic.  See website for submission guidelines.

The Top Ten Green Projects will be announced at the networking reception during East Coast Green.

New Perspectives on the Past: 2015 New Jersey History & Historic Preservation Conference

NJHP 2015 Conference

NJIT School of Architecture Appoints New Director

2015-092Richard Garber, AIA, associate professor of architecture, has been appointed director of the School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Garber is the author of BIM Design: Realizing the Creative Potential of Building Information Modeling, published by Wiley in 2014. He also was the editor of Closing the Gap: Information Models in Contemporary Design Practice, published by Wiley in 2009. He is an award-winning architect and partner at GRO Architects. In addition to large-scale planning, Garber is an internationally recognized expert in the application of parametric design and building information modeling.

In 2009, Garber and his architecture students were selected as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. In 2011, as part of a worldwide competition, they designed and built a prototype of a solar house, which was exhibited in Washington, D.C. Two years later, Garber and his students entered the China Solar Decathlon alongside the Harbin Institute of Technology— and built a prototype in Datong, China. In addition, Garber has conducted city-planning research in the developing countryside of Wuhan, China with Zeyuan Qiu, an associate professor in chemical and environmental engineering at NJIT.

“I am thrilled by the prospect of continuing my responsibilities to the School of Architecture in this new and exciting role,” said Garber. “As a committed educator and practicing architect, I look forward to the opportunity to build on our core strengths of digital design and fabrication, high performance buildings and sustainable urbanization. We will do this while capitalizing on the school’s position within the state’s premier STEM institution. It will be fun.”

In his new role, Garber will focus on restructuring the School of Architecture to make full use of the extraordinary talent represented by his colleagues. He intends to work closely with his fellow faculty members to orchestrate this transformation.

Click here to read more about the College of Architecture and Design.

NJIT Students Win Global Schindler Award

Students Fundraising To Support Travel Costs To Accept Award

Eleven NJIT students in the Master of Infrastructure Planning (MIP) program (a mix of undergraduates and graduate students) led by Georgeen Theodore recently were acknowledged for a Global Schindler Award, a design competition seeking an original design concept to engage the specific spatial condition in Shenzhen, China “Considering the Interface between Mobility and the City”.

The task was to create an urban design-based response to the mobility issues related to Shenzhen and its local and regional relationships in the pearl River Delta. It also required addressing social, economic and environmental challenges presented by globalization and urbanization.

This was the first time in the history of the competition that it was opened for North American universities. Out of the 250 total submissions, only 12 were chosen. Of those twelve, the group form NJIT is the only U.S. based team. They are planning to travel to Shenzhen to accept the award and see the site that was the focus of their design project.

njit_coadThe students seek to raise an additional $5000 to help offset their costs. Any monies collected will be spent on air-fare, trains, hotels and visa applications. The cost per individual student to travel to China is expected to be in excess of $2,000 each.

Their project was titled

SEZ TO EZX: SHENZHEN XROADS

You can read more about their project and fundraising efforts here.

AIA New Jersey 2015 State Convention

Practicing in the New Normal

Save the Date – October 23 & 24, 2015
ITINERARY:
Two Days of Seminars   (earn up to 13 credits)
Three Tracks of Concentration
Two Keynote Design Speakers
One Keynote Business Speaker
Friday One Day Expo
Design Competition
Student Design Competition
Friday Design Awards Dinner
Friday and Saturday Tours
Visit the AIA-NJ State Convention Website for updates at: http://www.aianjconvention.com ** Registration is not open yet **
** However check back to learn more as it becomes available **

AIANJ 2015 Convention Save the Date

  NEW FORMAT:
Design Expo Friday
Design Award Winners announced at the Friday night Design Awards Dinner.
Vendor speaking opportunities
Panel discussion with leading
School of Architecture Deans

Mark it on your calendars to come join us in October !

AIA-NJ 2015-2016 Scholarships Available

red_eagleThe AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation is seeking qualified applicants currently attending Schools of Architecture to award scholarship monies associated with the 2015-16 AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation Program of Scholarships.   An application form for grant consideration is required from all applicants.  Our Foundation encourages wide distribution of this notice along with disseminating information about our requirements and application forms (available on AIA NJ website) to eligible architectural students.

Deadline for receipt of completed applications for financial aid (including receipt of transcripts and portfolio materials) is FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015.   Grant awards may typically range in size from $2,500 to $5,000 per recipient and may be awarded to one or to multiple, selected architectural students for the 2015-16 School Year, dependent on funds available.

More information and application at aia-nj.org.

The award selection is based upon a scholastic achievement, financial need, personal statement of goals and interests, and architectural talent as determined by an evaluation of a portfolio submission.    If you have any questions about the scholarship program or our scholarship foundation, please direct them to:

Attn: Ms. Cris Miseo, AIA

Miseo Associates, PA Architects
205 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936

Work Tel. #973.533.0002

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