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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 –
Capital Forest Products
Jain Americas Inc.
M & E Engineers
Mid-Atlantic Precast Association
Pella Windows & Doors
RJB Environmental, Inc.
Royal Building Products
Shaw Contract Group
Specified Building Products
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance
- Hallway Exibitors
Huber Engineered Woods
New Jersey Passive House/Cosella-Dorken
Spark Modern Fires
Whitehorn Financial Group, Inc.
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
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
HONOR BUILT HISTORIC PRESERVATION
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
HONOR BUILT – OPEN
Project: National September 11 Memorial Museum
Firm: Davis Brody Bond
Architect: Andre Pause, AIA
Project: Interdisciplinary Research Building, Howard University
Architect: Tom Smith, AIA
HONOR BUILT -RESIDENTIAL
Project: The Hillcrest House
Firm: Jeff Jordan Architects, LLC
Architect: Jeff Jordan, AIA
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.
Similarly, 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.
In 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.
Friday & Saturday, October 23-24, 2015
Hanover Marriott, Whippany, NJ
It’s not to late to attend, the two day event starts this Friday.
In 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?
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:
Beckerman PR Real Estate Team
Bruce D. Turner, AIA
Chair, AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee
Is your firm ready for the next 5 years?
Are you jumping at every opportunity that comes your way, or are you taking a long-term, sustainable approach that is based on a winning strategy?
As the economy heats up, don’t let the ‘urgent’ get in the way of that which is most important.
This October 29th-30th, the AIA Small Firm Roundtable is co-sponsoring a 2-day live, virtual event with Business of Architecture focused on preparing your firm for the next 5 years. Better yet, the SFRT leadership has negotiated half-off the registration cost for SFRT members (details below).
Over the 2-day tele-broadcast Summit, you’ll hear from some of the leading thinkers on creating a sustainable practice with a focus on long-term strategy, success, and financial security.
Here are a few comments about last year’s event: “Attending…the Summit will be one of the most important things I do for my practice this year, if not this decade!” (architect Cary Westerbeck) and “The Business of Architecture Summit was the most ‘profitable’ 2 days I have spent in a long time,” (architect Frank Heitzman).
During this event, you will get over 10 AIA LU’s and, as an AIA Small Firm Roundtable member, you can get 50% off by using the special coupon code “sfrt-summit-2015” as you register (hint: if you’re a small firm, you’re a member).
You won’t want to miss this event created specifically for small firm owners.
Go here to reserve your seat: The Business of Architecture Summit
This is an online broadcast event – no travel is required. When you register you’ll also get access to all the session recordings so that you can watch them on-demand at your leisure.
AIANJ State Convention
Register Now on the convention web page to not miss a single keynote or tour.
Friday October 23rd and Saturday October 24th.
More information and online Registration:
A change is being made to the Friday night event –
The Friday night dinner has been changed to a Reception similar to year’s past. For those who register for a full two day package or Friday only get the reception included. If you would like to attend just the Reception with none of the other sessions or keynotes, it will cost $50.00 a la carte, and includes two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Announcement of Design Award winners will happen at reception.
If you have already registered for the dinner, you will be receiving an email soon with information about refunds.
This years Convention also hosting a Student Design Competition, entry deadline October 16th. Find out more online.
Student Design Competition
Essex County’s Branch Brook Park holds a Cherry Blossom Festival every year. Design a stage pavilion to be used for festival activities such as jazz performances and theatre plays. Continue reading →
for more Information: www.njpreservationconference.org
The second set of code seminars to highlight the changes of the transition from the 2009 IBC/IRC Codes to the 2015 IBC/IRC Codes is set for February 3rd and 4th, 2016. Registration is open, the September sessions sold out quickly, seating for these sessions are limited, reserve your spot today.