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Remembering Malcolm Wells, FAIA

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As part of The Wetlands Institute’s 2016 Winter Lecture Series, AIA South Jersey President Bruce D. Turner, AIA was recently part of a retrospective and panel discussion at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ. The topic of the presentation was The Legacy of Malcolm Wells, FAIA: The Father of Gentle Architecture. The bulk of the presentation was made by professor and planner Rev. Wayne Conrad. Rev. Conrad was a friend and colleague of Mr. Wells and spoke both personally and professionally about his relationship with “Mac”. He specifically focussed on Mr. Wells’ early life and career, his office in Cherry Hill, his churches in Moorestown and Cherry Hill, and his earth-sheltered architecture in general, including Wells’ home in Cape Cod. Rev. Conrad further reflected on how Wells’ work was inspired by the beauty of nature, and a need for a more sustainable world.

Mr. Turner’s portion of the discussion aimed to put Mr. Wells’ work in the context of the overall architectural profession at the time Mr. Wells was working as well as the professional environment we experience today. That included observations about codes and regulations, standards of practice, legal and liability concerns, LEED, sustainability, energy efficiency, the 2030 Challenge and Cradle-to-Cradle ideologies. He also sought to draw parallels for the audience with architects and architecture which they might be familiar, or recently observed in the media, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Fay Jones, Bjarke Ingels, and Alejandro Aravena.

A third member of the panel was Rev. Bob Williams. Rev. Williams reflected on his personal liturgical experience ministering from Wells’ St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Cherry Hill. This also included observations about the use of light, the use of natural materials, and the sense of proportion and scale present in these buildings.

For more information about Malcolm Wells, FAIA, please visit his website here. For more information about the Wetlands Institute and other programs and activities they offer, please visit the Wetlands Institute website here.

NJ DCA Announces RREM and LMI Training Session

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Sandy Recovery Division is hosting a Training Session about the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) Program and Low- to Moderate-Income (LMI) Homeowners Rebuilding Program from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30th, at the Moonachie Civic Center in Moonachie, Bergen County. Below, please find a flyer with additional information. This session is intended for both architects already working with homeowners in the program and those interested in working with homeowners in the program.

People interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Lisa Ryan at [email protected] at least one day prior to the Training Session to reserve their spot and to submit any suggested questions or topics they would like addressed if time permits. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Lisa Ryan.

Lisa M. Ryan
Director, Strategic Communications
Sandy Recovery Division
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
PO Box 823
Trenton, NJ 08625-0823
(609) 292-7083
[email protected]

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2016 AIANJ Disaster Relief Training

AIAeagle_2016Post Disaster Safety Assessment Program Training and Certification Seminar

April 2, 2016 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

at NJIT Weston Lecture Hall

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CSI 2016 Trade Show

The New Jersey Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Announces it’s 2016 Trade Show and Seminar Event– “New Technologies for Historic Buildings”

CSI_NJPaterson, New Jersey, June 2, 2016: The 2016 New Jersey CSI Chapter Trade Show and Education Day will explore the ways in which teams and teamwork contribute to better building, using recently-completed projects as examples. Come and learn with us, share your knowledge with us, and interact with others who share your quest for doing a better job of designing and constructing buildings.

Architects, builders, and product manufacturer’s work together with owners, developers, engineers, code officials, and financial experts to build the structures that keep the construction industry moving. It is as coordinated teams that professionals are able to adapt to economic cycles, architectural design trends, environmental concerns, codes and regulations, technology advances, education of new professionals, and current events, shaping our industry and the buildings that we make.

There is a developing emphasis on team building and teamwork in our industry. CSI is built on the idea that it is in sharing knowledge that teams are bound together to create the environments where learning, living, healing, working, and playing can take place.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Trade Show Registration/Breakfast 8:00AM – 9:30AM
Seminars: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Programs to begin promptly at 9:30 AM. , Free to the Architectural Community & All Students—

NO Admission Fees / NO Seminar Fees

Location: Rogers Locomotive Storage Building, NJ Community Development, 32 Spruce Street, Paterson, NJ

AIA/CES HSW and CSI CEN Learning Units (Choose from 4 seminars throughout the day)

Please RSVP to Diana Rattazzi, 914-261-8603 ([email protected])

 

The Legacy of Malcolm Wells, FAIA: The Father of Gentle Architecture

MalcolmWellsHeadShotAs part of The Wetlands Institute’s 2016 Winter Lecture Series, the Wetlands Institute will present a retrospect on the legacy of the award winning architect, Malcolm Wells, FAIA. The program will be held at The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ on March 18th, 2016 at 6:00PM. The presentation will be given by professor and planner, Reverend Wayne Conrad, as he reflects on how Malcolm’s work was inspired by the beauty of nature, and a need for a more sustainable world. This program will also be presented in cooperation with the members of The South Jersey Section of the American Institute of Architects and the group Between the Times.

After an initial presentation focusing on the architectural innovation and ecological sensitivity which characterized Well’s work, there will be responses provided by an architect, and ecologist, and a theologian, each familiar with Well’s work. The responders will be considering the renewed relevance of Malcolm’s early work.

Malcolm Wells was the designer of the iconic Wetlands Institute building. The Wetlands Institute, a nonprofit environmental organization, is located along the causeway into Stone Harbor, NJ. In fact, the Institute was a testing ground for many of the “gentle ideas” that were incorporated into subsequent projects. This was only after he had designed the 1964 RCA World’s Fair Pavilion.

Other notable structures of his design include his now famous underground office nestled at the edge of the Cooper River Parkway in Cherry Hill, the Law School Building at Rutgers Camden, the much admired (but also problematic) former Cherry Hill Library, three stunningly beautiful church sanctuaries, and his home office and art gallery on Cape Cod.Wells Building Drawing 1

At the time of his death, in 2009, the New York Times referred to Wells as the father of “gentle architecture”. In its obituary, the Philadelphia Inquirer related Wells reaction to the closing of the 1964 World’s Fair. “It was at this point that he abruptly changed course. With the realization that the pavilion would be torn down and that all his other buildings, along with their parking lots and concrete footprints had destroyed whatever had lived there before, he began to develop his theories of gentle architecture”. It was at this point that he resigned from RCA and set up his own shop.

The innovative features incorporated into Malcolm’s 1960’s and 70’s work included parking lots paved with oyster shells, the utilization of percolation troughs to return roof water runoff to the underground aquifer, interior gardens to create oxygen-rich air for breathing, the development of landscaped water retention lakes, the maximum utilization of south-facing windows to increase solar gain for heating and the incorporation of super insulated skylights for interior daylighting.

However, his best known, but most controversial, design feature was the practice of “earth sheltering” in which he waterproofed his gently sloping roofs by covering them with three to four feet of rich soil, and then planting them with native grasses and shrubs.

Wells Building 1William McDonough, FAIA, recipient of the first Presidential Award for Sustainable Development and one of the world’s most copied architect/planners in reflecting on Malcolm’s work suggested, “as a thinker, he was a hidden jewel. In the world of what has become known as green building, Malcolm Wells was seminal, actually inspirational, for some people including me. For a draftsman who started his career designing portable radios for RCA, Malcolm came a long way and now just beginning to recognize the importance of his journey”.

To make reservations for the presentation, please contact The Wetlands Institute at 609-368-1211. Cost of admission is $7 for Wetlands Institute members, $12 for nonmembers, and in the spirit of covered dish dinners, please bring an appetizer, entrée, salad or dessert to share with at least eight people. At time of RSVP, please notify the Wetland’s Institute front desk staff as to what dish you’ll be brining to the dinner. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Wetlands Institute at [email protected], or call them at 609-368-1211.

AIA South Jersey is a registered provider with the AIA Continuing Education System AIA/CES. This program is approved for (1) Learning Unit, which will be reported directly to the AIA/CES for AIA members.

2016 AIANJ Convention – Save the Date

AIAeagle_2016Mark Your Calendars

The 2016 AIANJ State Convention (Design Conference) is in planning for October 20th at the The Palace in Somerset, NJ

The full day event will have tours, keynote speakers, continuing education course, the annual Design Awards, and a Student Design Competition.  Save the date on your calendars now, more information and registration information to follow.

 

 

AIA 2016 Convention

If you have not heard the AIA Convention is across the river this year.

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May 19th – 21st

Explore Philly 
There’s a lot to love – home to Grace Kelly, Rocky Balboa, and South Philly’s Italian Market, PHL is more than a cracked bell. This May, 500+ sessions and thousands of architect and design professionals will come to visit Philly’s 100+ neighborhoods packed with personalities, flavors, and places to love.

Register today !

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AIA West Jersey Seminar With Postgreen Homes

AIAeagle_2016AIA West Jersey will host the first General Membership Meeting and Dinner Seminar of 2016 on January 28th at Café Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill, NJ.

AIA West Jersey is excited to feature a presentation by Chad Ludeman, President of Postgreen Homes.  Chad will elaborate on strategies to help the architect-developer team succeed, and provide insight to Postgreen’s process for building high-quality homes on a spec developer’s budget.

RSVP:  No Later Than Tuesday, January 26th
see AIA WJ website to RSVP 

Location:  Cafe Aldo Lamberti: 2011 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ

Date:  Thursday, January 28, 2016

Additional details may be found on the AIA West Jersey website:

http://aiawestjersey.org/2016/01/general-membership-meeting-and-dinner-seminar-jan-28th-2016/
Thank You,
AIA West Jersey

 

NJIT Design Showcase 2016

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njit_coadThe College of Architecture and Design at NJIT hosts its annual Design Showcase event in April of each year. This fundraising/networking event will be in its 10th year in 2016 and has grown into an incredible success over the years.

April 7, 2016
Weston Hall Gallery
5 – 9 pm

During the course of the evening, we provide an industry related lecture (good for CEU credits), networking between alumni and sponsors, and an exhibit showing the work of our top students which leads to internships and entry level hires in many firms.

The money raised from the event goes directly back to the students in the form of scholarships, architecture environment enhancements, and this past year the introduction of a 3D print lab which is run on a volunteer basis by our local AIAS chapter. 

This venue is an excellent opportunity to bring together current students, past students, and industry professionals. Whether an alum of NJIT or not, we would welcome any AIANJ member who would like to support the school, the students, and the growth of our program. 

Design and Disruption: Millennials in Architecture

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When: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 22

Where: At The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID; $10 for non-members.

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Description:

Until the January 2013 issue of Architect, the architectural academy and profession paid little attention to the emerging Millennial generation. Suddenly, the journal’s writers predicted “drastic changes to pedagogy, licensure and firm management,” all necessary to absorb the generation’s impact on the field, but also to avert the disruptions affecting other professions and industries that Millennial’s have helped precipitate. 

The discussion will raise this question: How can growing awareness of this generation’s traits continue to push the boundaries of architectural education and the profession? Darius Sollohub, AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture at NJIT will present the results of his research about Millennial characteristics already evident in practice and teaching. Richard Sweeney, NJIT’s University Librarian, a longtime researcher of Millennials, will join in the presentation. Together with a panel of leaders from various architectural organizations, Sollohub and Sweeney will engage in discussion about ideas and initiatives to help the architectural profession take best advantage of this next generation.

To further the discussion, we also strongly encourage you to give us five minutes to participate in the poll.

Speaker/Moderator: Darius Sollohub, AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture, College of Architecture and Design, NJIT
Darius Sollohub, AIA, is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the College of Architecture and Design at NJIT. He served as Director of its New Jersey School of Architecture from 2010 to 2015, administering graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture and planning. Prior to that, he was Director of the School’s Infrastructure Planning Program from 2007 to 2010. He joined NJIT’s faculty in 1996. His research focuses on design pedagogy, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, parking, earth art, and transportation systems. He is currently writing a book entitled Millennials in Architecture. Sollohub consults actively and maintained his own practice, Rosenbaum Sollohub Architects, from 1994 to 2004. Prior, he worked with Polshek and Partners (now Ennead Architects), Ellerbe Becket, and Steven Holl Architects. Sollohub holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Master of Architecture, both from Columbia University. He is a licensed architect in New York and New Jersey.

Speaker: Richard Sweeney, University Librarian, NJIT
Richard Sweeney is the University Librarian at the NJIT. Sweeney has been Vice Provost for Libraries and Information Services at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, Executive Director of the Public Library of Columbus and Franklin County in Ohio, Director of the Genesee County Library in Flint, Michigan, Director of the Atlantic City Free Public Library in NJ, and Librarian at Central Junior HS in Atlantic City, NJ. Sweeney has served on the Board of Trustees of Thomas Edison State College (NJ), has taught at the high school, college, and graduate levels, and has served as President of the Columbus Ohio Cable Commission. Sweeney is a frequent speaker and consultant and has conducted over 60 Millennial generation panels in front of live audiences in over twenty states at various libraries, associations, colleges, universities, and companies in the US and abroad. His Millennial research has been featured on multiple occasions in the Chronicle of Higher Education and in other press venues and academic journals.

Panelists:

George H. Miller, FAIA, Managing Partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Justin A. Mihalik, AIA NCARB, 2016 President, AIA New Jersey; President, J.A. Mihalik Architect LLC
Danielle Mitchell, Assoc. AIA, AIAS National President
Tomas Rossant, AIA, Founding Partner, Ennead Architects
Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate, FXFOWLE Architects

George H. Miller, FAIA is the managing partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. He has served the Chapter as Treasurer, Vice-President, and as President in 2003. He has also served on both the State and National AIA Boards of Directors and was the National President of the AIA in 2010. He served on the local AIA Foundation Board and was the President of the National Architects Foundation. Miller has received numerous awards, including the AIANY President’s Award in 2007 and the AIA NYS Kideney Gold Medal in 2011. He is currently a member of the AIA New York Fellows Committee and the 2016 AIA New York Nominating Committee.

Justin A. Mihalik, AIA NCARB is AIA New Jersey 2016 President and a principal at Essex Fells, NJ-based J.A. Mihalik Architect LLC. He served as a member of AIA-NJ’s Legislative and Government Affairs Committee, which monitors regulatory issues that affect the practice of architecture, and has served as vice chair of the New Jersey Architects Political Action Committee. In recent years, he has co-helmed the AIA Regional Recovery Working Group, an organization comprising leaders of AIA chapters in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island that brings together industry and community leaders for discussions on resiliency in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Danielle M. Mitchell, Associate AIA, is the 2015/2016 elected president of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS); she is a recent graduate of Pennsyvania State University. Mitchell was twice elected to serve as the Northeast Quadrant director for AIAS after a successful two-year term as the Penn State chapter president. The chapter saw immense growth under her leadership and the mentorship program grew tremendously. She additionally served on the Penn State THON Operations Committee from Fall 2011 through Spring 2013 and been devoted to recruitment and retention in the Architecture department at the Stuckeman School, serving for multiple years as a student ambassador for undergraduate recruitment and as the student representative for the Architecture Department.

Tomas Rossant, AIA, is a founding partner of Ennead Architects where he serves as a Design Principal. His work is recognized for design excellence and has received Awards from AIA New York State and AIA New York Chapter as well as other regional awards. Rossant was the 2015 President of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. His Presidential theme, “Dialogues from the Edge of Practice,” explored how architects are boldly expanding practice to bring particular critical problem solving skills and design acumen to endeavors previously considered outside the traditional role of the architect. He recently presented at the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization at the World Habitat Program at the United Nations, sharing his views on the future of sustainable urbanism.

Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, joined FXFOWLE Architects in 2007 and was promoted to Associate in 2014. With over nine years of experience as an architect, she has been on the design team for a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural and residential projects in the US, Saudi Arabia, India, Azerbaijan, Japan, and UAE. Her project approach is inspired by urbanism, technology, and sustainable design strategies. Sablan is President of the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), a member of the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and a Board Trustee for The Mary Louis Academy, a private Catholic college preparatory academy in Queens. She has been recognized for her contributions to the industry with several awards and honors, including the Emerging New York Architect Merit Award–AIA New York and the NOMA Prize for Excellence in Design (Unbuilt) for her redesign of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad School Campus in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. Pascale graduated magna cum laude from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture and achieved a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.

Organized by: AIA New York

Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID; $10 for non-members.

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