Category Archives: Architecture Students

Online ARE Review Course at NJIT

njit_coadThe College of Architecture & Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology is offering an online review course for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE 4.0) in Structural Systems this fall semester.

The course will start on the week of September 2nd and will cover the exam material in a lecture format, including the related graphic vignettes. The instruction will be delivered entirely online so students do not need to travel to campus to attend class. Lectures are recorded weekly and posted on a password- protected website. Questions are answered through the same website or by e-mail. Registrants can view the lectures at their convenient time. The course will run for 15 weeks ending by December 12, 2014.

For further information and for registration, please contact the instructor, Rima Taher, by e-mail at:

Fall Career Fair at NJIT

NJIT hosting it’s Fall Career Fair on October 1st.

NJ Architectural firms sign up to meet our future architects.  Find out more information from NJIT Career Development.


2014-15 AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Grants Available

red_eagleThe  AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation is seeking qualified applicants currently attending Schools of Architecture to award scholarship monies associated with the 2014-15 AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation Program of Scholarships. 

An application form for grant consideration is required from all applicants.
Deadline for receipt of completed applications for financial aid (including receipt of transcripts and portfolio materials) is FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014.   

Grant awards range in size from $2,000 to $5,000 and may be awarded to multiple, selected architectural students for the 2014-15 School Year. 

The award selection is based upon a scholastic achievement, financial need, and architectural talent as determined by a portfolio submission.
More information regarding can be found online:


NJ-APAC on Capital Hill


New Jersey Political Action Committee (NJ-APAC)

by Laurence E. Parisi, AIA Washington, D.C.
March 19, 2014

grassroots2014Another fabulous AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference has graced us, but not without extraordinary excitement, great colleague camaraderie, and well-organized Leadership Plenary Sessions.

NJ-APAC – The political branch of AIA-NJ was represented at “the hill” by Ben Lee, AIA and I, together we attended the Government Advocacy Networking Breakfast and Congressional Staff Panel who discussed the purpose and the criteria for Capitol Hill Visits. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your Congressional District representative on their “D.C. turf” and present to them the issues set forth by the Institute and request their support. These issues are established by the Institute to help promote and support architects and building growth in our country. This year we had three requests for our congressional and senatorial backing.

  1. ENERGY RETROFITS – The AIA supports efforts to extend and make modest improvements to the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (179D).
  2. STUDENT DEBT RELIEF – The AIA supports legislation to allow architecture students to contribute their design abilities to help communities in exchange for student loan assistance.
  3. DESIGN BUILD PROCUREMENT REFORM – The AIA supports common-sense reforms to procurement that will help more design firms enter the marketplace.

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Architecture Week 2014

Celebrate Architecture Week 2014

April 6-12, 2014

ArchWeek2014What is National Architecture Week?
National Architecture Week, April 6─12, is a time to showcase the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities and society in general.  It is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).


Join us in celebrating Architecture, follow AIA national’s social media events, take the opportunity to talk about Architecture to a local group or school.  There are many ways to get involved.  Check some out here.



NJIT Architecture Students go to India

image005In January of 2014, AIA New Jersey (AIA-NJ) helped sponsor a delegation of four undergraduate NJIT architecture students, accompanied by School Director, Darius Sollohub AIA, on a one-week trip to India. Working in partnership with India-based Abellon Clean Energy and their non-profit arm Poornakumbha, the team undertook design reconnaissance for a project at Abellon’s agriculture research station in Modasa. Upon return, the students served as ambassadors to guide the entire third year undergraduate class at NJIT (over 100 students) in the design of a state-of-the-art school at Modasa.
While in India, the team immersed themselves in Indian technology, architecture, spicy food and culture. At Abellon’s genomics lab and agricultural research station, they learned about Abellon’s development of bamboo as a sustainable fuel and building material. Students also visited Ahmedabad’s world famous architectural landmarks, including the Indian Institute of Management by Louis Kahn, Le Corbusier’s Millowner’s Building and Balkrishna Doshi’s Center for Environmental Planning and Technology. Students also made an overnight excursion to Udaipur in the neighboring state of Rajasthan. Known as the lake city, Udaipur is the site of some of the finest examples of Mughal-era architecture in India. Interspersing a very full trip, and guided by Abellon staff, the team took in many aspects of vibrant Indian culture and experienced Indian culture, including participation in Ahmedabad’s spectacular Kite Festival.
The third year studio held their final review of the school at Modasa project on March 3rd. The review was attended by AIA-NJ First Vice President, Justin Mihalik AIA. “It was great to be invited back to my alma matter as a critic for a wonderful project that will benefit the India community of Modasa”, Mihalik said. Yogesh Mistry AIA, a Past President of AIA Newark & Suburban Architects also took part in the final critique. NJIT will publish the best sixteen projects in a final report due later this year.
In addition to AIA-NJ, the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA), NJIT, Abellon Clean Energy and private donations funded the trip. This was the second year of what NJIT hopes to be an annual excursion.


HABS/HAER/HALS Summer Employment Opportunities for Students

npsAnnouncing Summer Employment Opportunities for Students

The Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS seeks applications from qualified students for 2014 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings, and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collections at the Prints and Photographs Division of The Library of Congress. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June.

View the job announcements and learn other important application details on our website at

Applications Due: 17 March 2014

Robert Arzola
HABS Architect and Holland Prize Coordinator Heritage Documentation Programs
HABS, National Park Service
Washington DC
——————————————-2014 Summer Hiring Poster

Resilient Designs Down the Shore

njit_coadResilient Design Roundtables

Sponsored by the Center for Resilient Design New Jersey Institute of Technology


Design experts and other development professionals will present ideas for (re)building in a resilient manner. Federal, state and local officials have been invited to raise questions and present viewpoints. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

Open to all

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

3:00pm – 5:0pm

AIA Room, Weston Hall, 3rd Floor, Newark, NJ


Topic:  Resilient Designs Down the Shore

Guest Speakers: Jack Purvis, AIA-NJ President and S-DAT Team for Camp Osborn

Verity Frizzell, Feltz and Frizzell Architects


AIA-NJ President Jack Purvis, AIA, and the Sustainable Design Action Team (S-DAT) will present work from their public charrettes at Camp Osborn, Brick Township, New Jersey.  Much of Camp Osborn was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, with fire ravaging the homesites after the storm surge ended.  AIA-NJ provided design assistance to the residents and community to consider ways to rebuild in a more resilient manner.

Verity Frizzell, AIA, will present a number of design options to consider for homes along the Jersey Shore.

This is an interactive discussion and all are welcome.


Next Roundtable:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3-5pm Environmental Considerations of Resiliency


The New Jersey Institute of Technology has established a new Center for Resilient Design to ensure a resilient Post-Sandy recovery in New Jersey. Through applied research, experiential learning and civic engagement, NJIT provides federal, State and local leaders, businesses and residents with actionable 21st Century ready-to-build designs and expertise for recovery in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy and other disasters, saving homeowners, businesses and towns money and time. For more information, contact Tom Dallessio, Resilient Design Project Manager at or call him at 973.596.5872.

This Resilient Design Roundtable was made possible by a generous grant from the Verizon Foundation. 

Scientists, Architects, Engineers and Musicians -

NJIT Technology and Society Forum

Scientists, Architects, Engineers and Musicians – What Do They Have in Common?

Wednesday, November 13, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Campus Center Ballroom

Musical Exploration with David Rimelis

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Post Sandy Symposium – A View From the Students

By John M. Desousa, Sabrina Raia, and Brittany Locke

As students of NJIT, we have joined AIAS to network and attend events that challenge us to think of our future. The Post Sandy regional event dealt with the realities of the storm and presented the action suggested for architects to take in the event of another super storm. The symposium opened up with presentations from various AIA members from New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut chapters on their views on Superstorm Sandy.

The next step should be in rebuilding and preventing for the future.

The speakers were brief yet critical to the goal of presenting their projects related to Sandy relief. Some presentations we recognize but ‘right place, right time’ made the event speak as a whole. AIA NJ presented a real project in Camp Osbourn that stands as an example of how to design around a real zoning problem for Brick Township. We all have questions when 110 houses get destroyed and zoning calls for 16 to get rebuilt. The reality of the projects set the tone for the necessity to learn from each other at a regional level. They brought up some very crucial topics like new zoning laws and code requirements and also some inspirational design ideas for the future.

After the presentations, AIA members followed with workshops on the 3 cities in North Jersey: Jersey City, Hoboken, and Newark. Quick responses for protecting the city of floods open debate and discussion. We feel the workshop opened up opportunities for the right people to work together from different states, inform each other things can happen, and preparing, in some cases, for any nature disaster.

As a student, the presentations were a lot to take in at first. Some ideas and problems were minutely foreign to me, but it presented the opportunity for me to know what we will deal with very shortly. I have volunteered as much as we could with cleanup and rebuilding, but sitting in a room of architects while studying to be an architect really presents itself intensely. The final workshop presentations were interesting in the issues that were presented. The regional level reaches political standpoints and proposals of a flood wall like in Jersey City and Hoboken pushed out into the river. I find this possible and those new riverfront properties will be a pretty penny.

- John

As a student new to the Post Sandy Symposium Event, I did not know what to expect from that day’s event. For many of us, even though superstorm sandy affected multiple areas in the north east region, we were considered to be bias to the direct affects happening in our area. For me, it was very powerful to see local architects from neighboring states crossing boarders in order to help a greater cause and make a positive out of something truly disastrous. I truly believe the

most powerful part of the symposium was when multiple presentations hinted about how the aftermath of superstorm sandy relief is not to focus on one general area but the larger spectrum. By having 4 AIA State programs working together for the first time on a better way to help the community it shows how architects can learn, work, and share ideas together even in the hardest times in history. Now multiple states do not need to waste time each handing the same general problems in their community but instead share knowledge and designs in order to allow for faster relief and knowledge about future storms.


One erratic presentation during the symposium was by Henk Ovink from the Netherlands on how they live with water. The Netherlands would be 70% underwater right now if it wasn’t for their ingenious engineering that was implemented. This was done through The Delta Works which is a series of dykes, dams, sluices, and locks. He was suggesting that we look towards the Netherlands for advice on how to prevent disaster from happening again. This isn’t a new idea, before the storm hit MoMA mounted a prescient exhibition entitled Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront which featured drawings for and models for multidisciplinary teams. I have done some research on this and the Netherlands because I was the student ambassador for the NJIT Alternative Spring Break. It was great to see more people discussing this issue now and looking towards the Netherlands on a broader scale. I think it is important to look at what other places have done already. There is no need to reinvent the wheel; we can all learn from each other.



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