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Continuing Education opportunities

Sustainable Developments Seminar

WIA New JerseyWomen In Architecture NJ
Featuring Robin L. Murray FAIA

Our next WIA NJ meeting hosted by Modernfold will be held on April 16th with the opportunity to speak with Robin L. Murray, FAIA.  Robin was elevated to fellow by the AIA for her national impacts in sustainability and smart growth, making her one of 400 women of 3000 fellows out of 80,000 members world-wide.   This is a great opportunity to meet and be inspired by a great leader in our industry. Please see below for Robin’s full bio.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16th @ 6:00 PM (Light refreshments will be served).

WHERE: Modernfold/Styles, Inc. 802 King Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Contact # 858.665.1488

RSVP: wia_nj@hotmail.com   by Friday, April 11th

TOPIC: Eco-districts – 1 CEU

Eco-districts are comprehensive sustainable developments. They are the current form of communities that have been in existence for several decades. Initially called eco-villages in European countries the developments have incorporated both expanded sustainable policy and technology. They propose and often achieve full net zero water, energy and waste while providing mixed use, mixed income, multi modal developments. This talk will discuss Dockside Green, Victoria, BC, one of the most successful eco-district developments along with the Eco-district movement in Portland and how these are replicable in NJ.

 

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Regional Recovery Workshop – Second Workshop in Series

Regional Recovery Working Group Workshop flyerWhen:     8:30 AM – 4:00 PM MONDAY, MARCH 31

Where:   New York Institute of Technology – School of Architecture and Design, Old Westbury, New York.

Register to Attend:  Please Click here to RSVP

This day long workshop is geared for stakeholders across the four state region working in coastal communities at all scales of rebuilding and planning. The Working Group’s on going mission is to share experience and case studies of recovery efforts across the region, highlight good practices, notes changes to building codes along with updates to state and federal procedures, financing and opportunities. Attendees will gain real tools for rebuilding and insight into codes and regulations.

Regional Recovery Working Group Info

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

AIA South Jersey Meeting

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President’s Message – October 2013

Purvis_2013When 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

Design Conference 2013 Spotlight – Keynote Kirsten Murray

Kirsten-Murray-2009The third 2013 Design Conference Keynote speakers is Kirsten Murray, partner and principal of Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA.   The firm is based on a simple principal -

 “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:

http://www.aia-nj.org/events/DDaboutdesignday.shtml

Design Conference 2013 Spotlight – Keynote Coren Sharples

Coren Sharples2013 Design Conference Keynote speaker Coren Sharples, AIA is a Founding Principal of SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction as well as a registered architect in the States of New York and New Jersey.

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:

http://www.aia-nj.org/events/DDaboutdesignday.shtml

Design Conference Seminar Highlight – Codes

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

dc2013Interested 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 .

 

 

Design Conference 2013 Spotlight – Keynote John Ronan

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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:

http://blog.aia-nj.org/2013/08/22/2013-design-conference-keynotes-announced/

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