Category Archives: Emerging Professionals

Information for young architects, interns, students and other Emerging Professionals in architecture.

12th Annual Photography Competition Voting Opens

AIA West Jersey Photography Competition

Now in it’s 12th year – the AIA West Jersey Photography Competition has opened public voting period to select the top images of this years finalists.    Voting ends November 1, 2017.

Go to the website to place your vote for your favorite.

As in years past, many great architectural images were submitted from photographers around the country.  A panel of jurors narrowed the entries to the finalists in the public voting portion of the competition.   All of the public votes and juror votes will be tallied to decide the top three images that received cash awards and the cover photograph on the 2018 printed wall calendar.

Many Thanks to our 2017 jurors:

– Mark Barone, AIA
AIA West Jersey President
– Bruce Turner, AIA
AIA New Jersey Regional Representative
– Brandon Warshofsky, AIA
AIA New Jersey Regional Associate Director

Cast your vote TODAY.

Oct. 24: Passive How?

AIA West Jersey General Meeting

Oct. 24, 2017: Passive How?

Attendees will learn the basics of Passive House standards from industry leaders, Scott Kelly, AIA, LEED Fellow, CPHC adn David Salamon, CPHD from ReVision Architecture  This presentation will cover best practices for designing Passive House projects, as well as lessons learned from their years of experience as Passive House Designers and Consultants.

This event has been approved for 3 HSW and 3 GBCI credits.

RSVP by October 19th to Jessica O’Donnell, AIA at [email protected] for our October General Membership Meeting on October 24th!

Come to the 2017 AIA NJ EPiC Emerging Professionals Night

Thursday, October 19, 2017Board Meeting: 4:30 pm
Social Hour: 6:00 pm
Food & Program:  7:00 pmSponsored By:
Porcelanosa USA
65 Route 17 South
Paramus , NJ 07652
Phone: 201.712.0556

www.porcelanosa-usa.comClick here for map and directions
2017 Sponsors:

Pella Windows & Doors
Platinum Sponsor

Structural Workshop, LLC 
Platinum Sponsor

KSI Professional Engineers LLC 
Silver Sponsor

Prosurance Redeker Group 
Silver Sponsor

October Member Meeting

Join us for our annual
Emerging Professionals Event
and the educational program:
“How Architects Can Lead Change for
Health and Wellness in the Built Environment”
1.5 LU/HSW
Introduction by:
Ben Lee, AIA, AIA-NJ President
Presentation by Emerging Professionals:
Michael Ferment, AIA and Andrew Lewis, AIAGenerously Sponsored by Porcelanosa

Please send your RSVP to [email protected] before 12 Noon on Monday, October 16, 2017.This event is open to members of all AIA-NJ sections, non-member NJ architects, and students, reservations required.

Economic globalization has had a major impact on population health. Our population has become increasingly overweight and obese; early onset diabetes has become more prevalent. During the same period, the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed. A more sedentary life style is becoming the norm through all age groups. Can Architects lead the change to improve health & wellness through our built environment? Architects can incorporate life cycle evidence based design and health & wellness design principles to all building types; i.e. for healthier housing, schools, workplaces, commerce and institutions.

Can Architects create healthier and more livable communities? To do this, we must venture beyond the physical boundaries of the buildings that we design. We must renew focus on the spaces between the buildings, the spaces beyond the property lines; the walking paths, bike trails, public transportation, the connections between the parks and community places, and the cultural/socioeconomic vibrancy that will create healthy and livable cities.

If we, as architects, can design and promote a healthier built environment, we can lead the change to improve the health of our population.

Ben Lee, AIA: Ben Lee is the 2017 AIA NJ President. He is a Board Certified Healthcare Architect by the ACHA, licensed to practice in 25 States and Washington DC. He is a Principal and CFO at NK Architects where he leads their national Healthcare Practice. He is an advocate for healthy & livable communities. Ben’s advocacy has included presentations to the NJ Future Redevelopment Conference, the Atlantic Health Knowledge & Networking Event, and East Coast Green Health & Wellness Conference, among others.

Michael Ferment, AIA: Mike is a Registered Architect in NJ, and has earned certifications in Evidence-Based Design and Sustainable Design. He is dedicated to understanding how the built environment impacts human health and well-being, and helping our clients incorporate Evidence-Based Design principles into their facilities. As a veteran, Mike has concentrated his focus on healthcare planning and design with special interest in Veteran’s Affairs projects. Mike was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Architects League of Northern New Jersey.

Andrew Lewis, AIA: Andrew is an advocate for wellness at NK Architects, where he oversees the company’s corporate wellness plan. Andrew is passionate about design, with a strong focus on building community through design. He is primarily focused on projects for Colleges & Universities.

AIA NJ EPiC and the Archtober Challenge


Archtober is a month dedicated to spreading Architectural knowledge and celebrating our Emerging Professionals.

By definition, emerging professionals [EPs] are identified by their recent entry into the profession, not by their age. AIA National places EPs into three categories: architecture students involved with AIAS, AIA Associate members and AIA members licensed ten years or less.

AIA New Jersey is fortunate to have a devoted group of EPs who are working to activate the next generation of AIA members on local, state, regional, and national levels. They founded AIA NJ EPiC, our current Emerging Professionals Community, in 2015.  Since then they have continued in their leadership roles on various committees and have been selected as guest speakers/facilitators nationwide.

AIA NJ and the Architecture profession as a whole can immensely benefit from embracing the EPs fresh experience, greater diversity, and global thinking. We are all too aware of the large workforce gap that is becoming more prominent by the day as more Architects reach retirement.

AIA NJ and AIA NJ EPiC encourage YOU to reach out to the EPs in your office, section, or town. Start the conversation, share stories, and help create a cohesive line of succession within our profession. Challenge and encourage the EPs in your office to join you at the next general meeting in your section by sharing all the reasons why you decided to become an AIA member. Sharing your experiences as an Architect can only enhance the future of the profession.

EPiC urges the EPs to rise to the occasion and seek out a firm leader or AIA member. Ask them to join you at the next section meeting or EPiC event. AIA members have immense knowledge that can help you as you progress in your career. Get involved with the AIA and take your career to the next step.

Spreading Architectural knowledge is something we all strive to do. Volunteer to become a mentor or go to an elementary school and give a brief presentation on what Architecture is. AIA NJ EPiC has resources for you to use, just reach out and ask!

Share your success stories and photos with us by email or on social media! Let’s show everyone that when we work toward a common goal the opportunities are limitless.

Find resources and learn more about AIA NJ Emerging Professionals here.


[email protected]

Renovated Midcentury Modern Eero Saarinen Landmark Hill College House Reopens

Designed by renowned Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen and built in 1960, Hill College House at the University of Pennsylvania has undergone a 15-month, $80 million, LEED Gold-targeted renovation. The internationally recognized landmark will reopen to 500 student residents later this month.

The five-story, 195,000-sf brick residence has undergone a comprehensive renovation, preserving Saarinen’s revolutionary design vision for communal living with multiple public spaces at varying physical and social scales. Originally a women’s dormitory, Hill College House features an allegorical entry bridge over a landscaped “moat” and surrounding spiked metal fence. Student lounges and seminar rooms are built around a vast central atrium that overlooks a dining area on the lower level.

“In this complex and challenging renovation, Mills + Schnoering Architects has designed multiple deft interventions that accumulate into a complete refresh of this important building – one that respects and invigorates Saarinen’s design and the community life it so richly fosters,” said University Architect David Hollenberg.

Mills + Schnoering Architects of Princeton, N.J., led the design and construction team. Specialists in historic renovation, the firm previously worked on Saarinen’s Gateway Arch in Saint Louis, Mo.

“Our approach respects the original Saarinen Hill College House design, preserving its legacy,” said Mills + Schnoering Partner-in-Charge, Michael Mills, FAIA. “Our choices were inspired both by the integrity of the architecture and by the contemporary student experience, with a design meant to balance the two in a welcoming, accessible student residence.”

Features of the renovation design include:

  • Expansion of dining facilities by 50 percent, including major kitchen upgrades.
  • Restoration of the iconic “drawbridge” entrance and landscaped “moat.”
  • Removal, restoration, and refitting of over 400 windows.
  • New furniture and finishes designed to echo the building’s midcentury style and reinterpret

    Saarinen’s bold color palette and furnishings.

  • All new MEP systems and the introduction of air-conditioning.
  • Conversion of all bathrooms to individual restrooms and shower rooms.
  • Installation of LED lighting in the center atrium.
  • New elevator and lift to provide accessibility compliance.
  • Perimeter wall insulation, a new roof, and restoration of two outdoor courtyards.

    Project goals included strengthening the sense of community at the heart of Hill College House’s original design and respecting the historic significance of the building’s materials and details, by maintaining as much fabric and design intent as possible while inserting modern systems and amenities.


Hill by the Numbers

The renovated facility includes:

  • 261 student rooms: 206 doubles, 41 singles, 11 ADA singles, and 3 RA singles
  • 5 faculty apartments
  • 15 graduate assistant apartments
  • 161 gender-neutral bathrooms
  • 5,750 sf main dining facility
  • 300 main dining facility seats
  • 1,810 sf of private dining
  • 29,505 sf of social spaces
  • 19 atrium lounges
  • 17 corridor lounges


About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League institution with 12 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools in Philadelphia, serving a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from around the world. Ranked consistently among the top 10 universities in the nation, Penn has a longstanding reputation for excellence. For more information, visit

About Mills + Schnoering Architects

Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC (M+Sa) is a full-service architectural firm with work focused on cultural buildings, public buildings, campus planning and design, and the preservation and rehabilitation of historic structures. The firm has a particular interest in the restoration, renovation, and adaptive use of midcentury modern buildings and sites. The Hill College House architectural team was led by Michael Mills, FAIA, Partner in Charge; Michael Schnoering, FAIA, Managing Partner; Alison Baxter, AIA, Project Manager; and Meredith Arms Bzdak, PhD, Interiors Coordinator and Architectural Historian. For more information, visit

DesignPhiladelphia 2017 Kicks Off on October 4th

The nation’s longest running design festival with over 100 events in nine days from Oct. 5 to 14


Philadelphia, PADesignPhiladelphia, the Center / Architecture + Design’s (the Center) signature public festival, will return for its 13th year with over 130 events from October 5th to 14th. DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of thousands of local designers, architects, and creative professionals to demonstrate Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city shaped by thoughtful design, collaborative business practices, and community engagement.


The festivities officially begin on October 4th at the much anticipated Kickoff Party at Jefferson University, highlighting the exciting merger of a Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. This year DesignPhiladelphia and five curated design teams teamed up with A.C. Moore to create a series of installations that will spark conversation and pique curiosity.


“DesignPhiladelphia has continued to grow in quantity and quality each year, which speaks volumes about the depth of design talent in the region. Our goal is to highlight the best designers in Philadelphia, as well as introduce new, cutting edge designers to the public,” said Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Architecture and Design. “This year we are offering more events than ever before, with innovative design installations at our kickoff party, the student designed and constructed Merge outdoor sculpture on Lubert Plaza at Jefferson, neighborhood design crawls, new programming and exhibits, and a special DesignPhiladelphia Pop-Up Shop at the AIA Bookstore, where attendees can purchase works from some of the artists featured at the festival.”


As one of the oldest design events in the nation, DesignPhiladelphia annually welcomes more than 25,000 attendees during its ten-day run. Attendees can view Festival events by picking up an event guide at various locations throughout the city or by visiting


Some highlights of 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival include:


Kickoff Party

Wednesday, October 4 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM

Jefferson University, Dorrance H. Hamilton Building

1001 Locust Street, Philadelphia

This year’s kickoff party is designed to be a showstopper. Located in the heart of Center City on the Jefferson campus, DesignPhiladelphia teamed up with A.C. Moore and five curated design teams to feature a series of installations that will spark conversation and pique curiosity.


Neighborhood Crawls

Old City Design Crawl, organized and presented by Old City District

Friday, October 6 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM

152 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia

Old City is Philadelphia’s hub for art and design and long-time neighborhood supporter of the festival. Experience this special First Friday Design Crawl featuring a diverse group of showrooms and retailers.


Tyler Hays: The Art of Making Everything

Organized and presented by COLLAB

Wednesday, October 11 from 6:00pm to 8:00PM

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tyler Hays is a world-renowned designer as well as the founder and lead designer of BDDW in Philadelphia, an American furniture company dedicated to the creation of well crafted timeless designs. Following Tyler’s presentation, guests will be invited to embark on a treasure hunt in the Museum’s 17th and 18th century decorative arts galleries, where they will find some of Tyler’s pieces temporarily positioned within the elegant sweep of design history.



Organized and presented by Health Promotion Council and AIA Philadelphia

Thursday, October 12 from 8:30AM to 5:30PM

FitCityPHL is an annual full-day symposium that explores design strategies in workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health. It brings together individuals representing the sectors of public health, architecture, planning, design, landscape architecture, development, research and evaluation, academia, philanthropy, and government to learn about how the built environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends currently facing communities


Behind the Scenes: Bok Bar Furniture Design

Organized and presented by Scout and the Center for Architecture and Design

Friday, October 13 from 5:30PM to 7:30pm

Bok Bar commissioned eight local individuals and small teams of designers, makers, and artists to create bespoke furniture for Bok Bar. The teams are diverse, from emerging visual artists to long-time Philly furniture designers. Guillio Cappellini of the world renowned Italian furniture company, Cappellini, will moderate a panel of these designers to learn how their unique pieces were designed from concept to final product.


To learn more about DesignPhiladelphia 2017, visit:


DesignPhiladelphia festival is made possible through event partners and sponsors, most especially this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Jefferson University.





About Center / Architecture + Design

Founded in 2002 by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Philadelphia), the Center / Architecture + Designprovides the public a place to explore architecture, urban planning, and design, allowing them to understand how these creative professions affect us all in our daily lives. Using Philadelphia’s distinctive breadth of architecture, pioneering urban design, and manufacturing heritage as the foundation for discussions, we educate the public with walking tours, guest speakers, exhibitions, hands-on workshops, design competitions, festivals, and children’s programming. The Center / Architecture + Design brings together architects, designers, developers, thought leaders, and the public under one roof and also serves as the physical home for AIA Philadelphia, the Community Design Collaborative, and the AIA Bookstore. The Center is open to the public six days a week.


About DesignPhiladelphia

DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of Center / Architecture + Design, is the oldest design festival of its kind in the country, highlights local and global design excellence, promotes local designers and design firms, and engages the general public to experience and understand how design impacts their everyday lives. Over the course of ten days each October, universities, cultural institutions, civic associations, city agencies, retailers, manufacturers, and startups across the city participate in over 100 engaging events including panel discussions, participatory workshops, studio tours, book signings, professional development classes, design exhibitions, and imaginative celebrations. DesignPhiladelphia 2017 begins the evening of October 4 with a Kick Off Party. Events run from October 5 to 14.

2017 NJIT Lecture Series

Join NJIT for it’s Lecture Series at the College of Architecture and Design

Fall 2017

NJIT CoAD heads back to school

Submitted by Anthony Schuman, Interim Dean, College of Architecture and Design at NJIT

njit back to school

Award-winning Schindler Competition student team from MIP Studio taught by Prof. Jesse Lecavalier  (r)

The College of Architecture and Design at NJIT is embarking on the critical phase of our Dean search process when candidates will be brought to campus for meetings with faculty, students and administration.  The transition in leadership comes at a pivital juncture for the College, which has renewed its faculty with three new hires in the past year and three junior faculty up for tenure this fall. The general thrust of the recent hires has been toward research – notably in digital fabrication, robotics, and materials science.  At the same time, the architecture faculty maintains its traditional strength in design and urbanism.  Students in our infrastructure planning options studio placed in the top six of 250 international entries in the bi-annual Schindler urban design competition, held this year in Sao Paolo.  A 4th year student won honorable mention in the ACSA / AISC Student Design Competition. Students in the School of Art + Design continue to distinguish themselves through competitions and invited exhibitions.

Administratively, efforts are underway this fall to create new display areas for student work within the school and to strengthen relations with the school’s alumni through an expanded Dean’s Council. The role of the latter will be to promote better communication among the alumni of the College and to enlist their support in recruiting and fund-raising efforts. Our lecture series this fall, co-sponsored as in past years by AIA NJ, will feature a talk and gallery installation by local artist Willie Cole. We hope you will join us for this special event. Look for details later this year in the AIA NJ Newsletter. 

Women in Leadership – Meadowlands USA article

AIA New Jersey’s Second Vice President Kim Vierheilig, AIA, was interviewed by Meadowlands USA magazine and spoke about AIA’s role in mentoring in the profession.  In the article, along with Sally Glick, principal and chief growth strategist at Sobel & Co., they spoke about challenges in their respective fields.

In the article Vierheilig shared:
“When I first started out of college there was basically no kind of networking group or anything that was geared to women. Now you have so much stuff and people are willing to actually share stories. I think that Women in Architecture is a platform to me to try and reach out and help women who are coming out of college, who maybe don’t know exactly where their careers want to lead them.”



AIAWJ EPiC Summer Canoe Networking

Don’t miss the EPiC event of the Summer!

AIA-WJ EPiC: Mullica River Canoe Trip with Pinelands Adventures

Paddle and network on the waterways of South Jersey with emerging AIA members.
Registration is open for our EPiC Canoe Trip on the Mullica River

Check out the event page for more information!