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Continuing Education opportunities
When I first started working my way up through the officers ranks, I thought the presidency would be an easy position to hold. You know kiss a couple of babies, cut some ribbons, easy stuff. It is not true. This has been one of the busiest years of my life and one of the more fulfilling. I have had the benefit of a great Executive Committee, Committee Chairs and Board of Trustees. These are the members who volunteer their time and set the agenda and direction of AIA-NJ. It is hard work by a dedicated few. The AIA is like the factory in the industrial park that always has the help wanted sign out front. There is always a need for our members to join committees or become officers at the section and state level. I know Kurt Kalafsky is working on his committees for next year, if there is an interest I am sure we can find a position for you.
At the Board Meeting of September the following was reviewed.
- AIA-NJ has been working on a Good Samaritan Bill. This will allow AIA member who want to act as first responders in case of a disaster to be provided with liability insurance similar to that provided to the police. Joe Simonetta, Larry Powers and Larry Parisi, Home Land Security Chairman has been working on behalf of the AIA to get the bill through the state legislature. The will be a press release on October 29 in one of the Towns that is still being rebuild.
- AIA-NJ Website has been undergoing rebuilding as directed by Kim Bunn and Jason Peist. A new consult is in the process of redesigning the web site and making more users friendly. It will be completed this month.
- AIA Repositioning is something that the AIA National is in the process of doing. This is a process to restructure the AIA National to be beneficial to all of its members. If you have gone to a current meeting you should have had a chance to choose the items that you feel will help the member make better use of their membership. Kurt Kalafsky is the chairman of this committee and making it an important part of his presidency next year.
- Jason Peist the Associate Regional Director has been working with the State Board of Architect to get a bill past to allow Architect Interns to start taking ARE exam prior to completing their three years of internship. He is also setting study groups for the ARE.
- The Historical Preservation Office of NJ has asked AIA-NJ to develop guidelines for raising historic structures in the new flood zones. Mike Calafati is in the progress of developing a committee to create the standards. He will be looking for members who are now work on project to get their input.
This is just a small part of what the AIA-NJ is currently working on. Education Committee, CANstruction, Small Firm Round Table, L&GA, NJIT Center for Resiliency, Diversity, Women in Architecture, Post Sandy Regional Workshop and Membership are ongoing committees.
So the next time someone asks what is the AIA doing for me, this is just a small sampling.
The AIA-NJ will be having our Design Day Conference this week. Offering continuing education classes, world class key note speakers, design competition entries, and service award winners announced. This is the high light of our profession in New Jersey. I hope to see everyone there.
Jack Purvis, AIA
2013 AIA New Jersey President
“That buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives.”
When she joined the firms’ owners group in 2008 it was “continuing the evolution of the firm and furthering its commitment to the experience around architecture, articulated in exhibit design, interiors, and connections to urban and rural landscapes.”
For over two decades she has worked across a broad range of project types including mixed-use, private residential design, adaptive reuse, workplace design and urban design and planning.
Ms. Murray has collaborated on the design of several projects that have received National AIA Honor awards and AIA Housing Awards, including Art Stable and 1111 E. Pike. To see more of her design work go to Olson Kundig Architects .
Murray’s project work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Architectural Record, and Architecture. She is the director of the firm’s experimental work space, [storefront] Olson Kundig Architects, and recently served as a feature editor of ARCADE magazine.
To find out more information or REGISTER for the Design Conference:
Ms. Sharples holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of Business and Social Science, University of Maryland, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where she graduated with Honors for excellence in design and was a recipient of the William Kinne Fellowship for post-graduate travel and research. Ms. Sharples interned at Raphael Vinoly Architects prior to establishing SHoP Architects with her fellow Principals. She has taught at the Parsons School of Design, volunteers in the New York City public schools, and sits on the local Borough of Manhattan Community Board. Ms. Sharples writes and lectures frequently about the firm’s work and issues facing the profession.
The firm, SHop, in it’s core philosophy believe in “both ideas and profitability”. An excerpt from their website outlines the firm:
While we are well-versed in the ongoing development of architectural theories, our expertise and ambition extends beyond the discussion and design of buildings. We look at an entire project and consider the site, the cultural and economic environment, a client’s physical needs and budget constraints, as well as construction techniques, branding, marketing, and post-occupancy issues. We use evolving computer-aided design technologies not only to produce innovative architectural forms but to streamline the design and construction process and create new efficiencies and cost-savings. Great architecture demands that design, finance, and technology work together – we’re combining these forces in innovative ways to create a new model for the profession. Seventeen years ago we set out to prove that intelligent, exciting, evocative architecture can be made in the real world, with real world constraints. We believe our work presents a convincing argument that we were right.
To find out more information or REGISTER for the Design Conference:
How do I know which code to design and who is responsible for enforcement?
This seminar will show where to find the adopted codes and the modifications in the NJ State Uniform Construction Code. It will also outline the responsibilities for enforcement of the adopted codes so that when calling the local enforcing agency, the architect will know which Subcode Official to direct their question.
Speaker: Ronald J. Ferarri
Acting Construction Official, Parsippany Troy Hills, NJ
Credits: 1 HSW SD pending
Interested in attending this seminar – Register for the Design Conference – register for either full event or a-la-cart for individual seminars.
The 2013 AIA-NJ Design Conference (Oct 2nd & 3rd) will offer 15 seminars to choose from, for members to earn up to 9 CEU’s. Three tracks of courses to choose from including Code Seminars, Green/ Sustainability Seminars, or Business Management Seminars. Find out more information about the event and Register online .
2013 Design Conference Keynote speaker John Ronan, AIA, is the lead designer and founding principal of Chicago-based John Ronan Architects. Ronan is a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and winner of two National AIA Design Awards in the past four years.
His firm, the office of John Ronan Architects is an internationally-recognized architecture and urban design firm committed to design excellence. Founded in 1997 the firm is comprised of dedicated design professionals committed to producing architecture of the highest quality, working on projects throughout the U.S., and in Europe.
The firm’s work is marked by conceptual innovation, exploration of materiality, a rigorous attention to detail, and the seamless integration of building systems. The firm has a studio culture and its working method is research-based, interdisciplinary and collaborative.
Led by John Ronan, the firm pursues an iterative design methodology to explore and test a wide range of design responses in order to find the appropriate response that feels intuitively correct for each individual situation, based on its client, site, program and context—cultural, historical, economic, social and political. With projects worldwide, the firm provides a variety of architectural and design services (urban design and planning, landscape design, interior design and graphic design), and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to design that includes the leading consultants in their field as collaborators.
To each project the office brings an exploratory attitude to the investigation of space and materiality, and a concern for issues of sustainability and the performance of the building over time, both functionally and environmentally.
To find out more information or register for the Design Conference:
AIA NJ is reinventing the 2013 Design Conference. Participants will be able to walk away with a total of 9 LU credits or pick and choose seminars on an a la carte menu suited for their needs and schedule.
October 2nd and 3rd at The Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ, the Conference will offer 15 educational sessions including design, code regulations, green living and business practices; a one-day Expo and entertaining networking opportunities.
In addition, three keynotes are scheduled to headline the event :
- John Ronan, Lead Designer and Founding Principal, John Ronan Architects
- Coren Sharples, Founding Principal of SHoP Architects, PC
- Kirsten R. Murray, partner and principal of Olson Kundig Architects
Find out more information at www.aia-nj.org
Registration is open now, go online today: http://conexsys.myprereg.com/Events/AIADES13/
NJIT on Tuesday, July 9th hosted a unique event Post-Sandy. Attendee Mindy Thompson Fullilove wrote the following recap for Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog.
Below is excerpts from her writing, click on link to read the full article.
I spent the day at a workshop on July 9 called, “Post-Sandy: The Effect on the Urban,” held at New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Architecture. This rare meeting of the Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey sections of the American Institute of Architects was the first time architects from this large a region assembled to work on a problem.
What I got from this day of rich discussion and problem-investigation was that Sandy has awakened new willingness to collaborate across lines. This is a great breakthrough because the problems of water can only be solved through big discussions. Architects will be playing a key role in those conversations and their willingness to gather as a tri-state area will be of great import. Henk Ovink, from the Netherlands, joked that Americans know everything about security, but, he said, “When it comes to water, you don’t care.” Everyone laughed, but the point hit home and the group assembled was keenly aware that we have to care, and we have to work together.
But water isn’t the hardest part to tackle. The social equity issues that Damon Rich urged us to examine are barely considered. There is no system for thinking about the resolution of inequity. Having a map of a flood zone is an excellent tool for discussion, but there is no map of social inequity to help us visualize how those issued played in the cities of New Jersey. And it is at play, to the detriment of us all. Becoming able to see this, in practical ways that help us integrate it into better planning, is an urgent task for this Post-Sandy era.
AIA New York | AIA New Jersey | AIA Connecticut | AIA Rhode Island
Who: This event is open to anyone
When: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Where: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Weston Hall, Gallery, Newark, New Jersey
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
As we weigh options of how to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, we are forced to address the challenges of a Post-Sandy world. Superstorm Sandy hit 13 states including the 4 in our region. Ideally communities, public agencies, architects, engineers, planners and stakeholders are working hard to answer questions of temporality, resiliency and adaptability that will enable a rapid recovery and produce resilient communities prepared for the next storm or catastrophic event.
Although much of the attention of the storm has been on the shore and beach communities, we have not forgotten about the many urban cities that were also devastated by the storm. The urban city presents issues that include much higher densities of population, mixed use development, historic districts, critical and commercial buildings, and public transportation of all types.
Leaders from chapters of AIA New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island recognize that we are part of a broader network that must work together in order to produce thoughtful solutions and thorough results. Sharing best practices in resiliency, sustainability, health, safety and welfare, and the obstacles encountered along the way will aid in all of our efforts. Collectively we face 80 billion dollars in property damage, 650,000 affected buildings, displaced communities and a great degree of uncertainty.
This program will bring together and highlight efforts from across the region and act as a regional forum to share local design and policy initiatives, applied strategies and efforts, and lessons learned; to ignite conversation; and to find creative, practical and far-reaching recovery solutions that communities can implement in their current planning processes. The symposium and workshop will focus on the cities of Newark, Jersey City and Hoboken, and will discuss specific issues with the intent of developing strategies that will be implemented by each of them as they recover and rebuild.
Please join us and take part in this regional collaboration.
7:00 pm: Opening Reception (Location T.B.D.)
A block of hotel rooms will be available at the Robert Treat Hotel for those requiring an overnight stay.
8:00 am: Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 am: Opening Remarks/ Overview of the day
8:45 am: Presentation made by AIANJ/AIANY/AIACT/AIARI
9:45 am: Presentation made by NJIT and NYIT
10:00 am: Moderated Panel Discussion
10:30 am: Presentation by NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness, Newark, Jersey City & Hoboken
11:30 am: Moderated Panel Discussion
12:00 pm: Lunch Break
12:30 pm: Design Workshop
4:30 pm: Pin up and Presentation
5:30 pm: Closing Comments
6:00 pm: Closing Reception
Price: Free to all attendees
CES: This event will be approved for AIA continuing education credits
AIA New York, AIA New Jersey, AIA Connecticut, AIA Rhode Island, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, NJIT School of Architecture & the Center for Resilient Design (this list will be updated as we confirm additional presenters)
AIA New York, AIA New Jersey, AIA Connecticut, and AIA Rhode Island and the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee in collaboration with New Jersey Institute of Technology