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NJIT Design Showcase 2016

College of Architecture and Design Design Showcase 2016

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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Get Involved in AIANJ EPiC

red_eagleWe are looking for members who are interested in becoming 2016 Section Directors within our Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC), which consists of architecture school graduates, AIA Associate members, and AIA members licensed for 10 years or less. Our mission is to promote the professional growth of emerging architects and support local communities through advocacy, education, and service. Through consistent communication and coordination between the state committee and local sections throughout New Jersey, EPiC provides programming, events, and service opportunities for our members to have fun while building relationships, developing leadership skills, and increasing emerging professional’s involvement within

the profession.

The Section Director position has a term of one year. Responsibilities of the position include:

– Promote the EPiC mission within your local AIA NJ section
– Attend a monthly teleconference with the state EPiC Committee
– Participation in one or more committees chaired by the state At-Large Directors

As a newly revived community within the AIA, EPiC provides a great opportunity to shape the emerging professional programming at both the section and state level. Such programming includes:

Hill Day: Advocacy training and meetings with New Jersey legislators in Trenton -ARE Seminars: Courses to help you pass the licensing exams
Service Opportunities: Design small impactful projects in local communities
Leadership Training: Improve your skills and promote member involvement

If you are interested in becoming an EPiC Section Director we would like to hear from you.

Please submit a letter of interest by e-mail to [email protected] by January 8, 2016 (500 words). Be sure to include your AIA NJ section in your letter. Although not required, we will accept up to two letters of recommendation (500 words).

We look forward to your interest.

Jessica O’Donnell, AIA

2016 EPiC Chair

AIA-NJ Committee Seeks to Collaborate with Municipalities on Design Competitions

Emerging Professionals Committee announces new leadership for re-launched program, plans to assist non-profits and municipalities on small-scale projects

AIA-NJAIA-NJ announced the new leadership of its Emerging Professionals Committee, which represents New Jersey architectural students and their new graduates as well as recently licensed architects.

Tasked with guiding and supporting the careers of aspiring and new architects – approximately 300 of whom operate in New Jersey – the recently re-launched committee will be chaired by Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, and advised by Nicholas Caravella, Assoc. AIA, and Ryan Day, AIA.

With the dual goal of supporting communities and promoting the professional growth of its constituents, the committee is seeking to find ways for emerging professionals to volunteer their services for the betterment of their communities. They hope to collaborate with local municipalities and not-for-profit institutions on small-scale projects for which emerging professionals will team with an experienced architect, providing design solutions to the organizations while benefitting from the learning opportunity inherent in the process.

The committee intends to work with organizations in need of these services through design competitions, providing participants with firsthand project experience and the winning submission with prize money as compensation.

“Engaging our newest and youngest members is a priority for AIA-NJ, and it’s excellent to see the revitalized committee’s hard work to improve our outreach to our rising stars,” said Kim Bunn, president of AIA-NJ. “Many community centers, nonprofits and municipalities can benefit from the design ability of our interns and young professionals and we’re extremely proud of the committee leadership for bringing this initiative to light.”

The committee also has three directors: Grace Friedhoff, Assoc. AIA, who is tasked with leading service initiatives; Megan Pritts, Assoc. AIA, who will lead advocacy efforts; and Mark Barone, AIA, who will oversee educational programming.

In addition to its service, advocacy and educational activities, committee members will also engage in community work, including mentoring high school students interested in architecture.

“There are many municipalities and nonprofits that will find the sort of collaboration we are proposing invaluable,” said Caravella, who has personally worked with the city of Newark on such initiatives in the past. “Whether designing a parklet in urban areas or working on renovations for community cultural centers, there are a variety of design projects of the appropriate scope and size in every county in the state. As members of the architectural profession, we constantly strive to better serve the community, and this is an ideal opportunity for emerging professionals to utilize their capabilities in a way that truly benefits society.”

If you are interested in collaborating with Emerging Professionals on a project, please contact the committee’s board of directors at [email protected] .

ARE Prep Resources

are_aia_prepred_eagleAIA has partnered with Black Spectacles to provide associates with an exclusive member-only discount on ARE Prep video tutorials.

Associate AIA members are eligible to receive 15% off the regular price on the online video tutorial program. Choose either an annual or monthly subscription and watch the entertaining and informative videos on your own schedule, as many times as you want. ARE Prep has never been more effective or convenient!
AIA Chicago, Black Spectacles founder and AIA Member Marc Teer, and course instructor Mike Newman of SHED 5tudio collaborated on the initial production, development and distribution of this online program. The courses are hosted by Mike Newman, who has taught and coordinated seminars for the ARE in various forms since 2004.
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• 15% discount to Associate AIA members

NJIT Career Development Spring 2016 Career Fair


njit_career_fairWed. February 24, 2016 Career, Co-op, Internship and Summer Job Fair

The career fair is held 12:30 to 4:30 pm.  Over 190 organizations attend and 2,600 job seekers regularly attend NJIT fairs.

The registration fee is $650 but AIAS member firms under 10 employees will receive a 50% discount.  Be sure to list AIA after your name in contact field when registering.

Goto www.njit.edu/cds to register.

Call 973.596.3100 and ask to speak to an Employer Team member if questions.

 

AIA NJ State Convention: PRACTICING IN THE NEW NORMAL

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PRACTICING IN THE NEW NORMAL

October 23 – 24, 2015

AIA NJ will be hosting the 2015 AIA NJ State Convention at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany from October 23 – 24, 2015. The two day event will include keynote addresses by Shirley Blumberg of KPMB Architects based in Canada, a retrospective of Michael Graves work and contributions to the field of architecture, Mike Michalowicz, author of the Pumpkin Plan and a discussion with Deans from leading Architecture Schools around the country.

Speakers will offer a broad range of topics from design to business administration throughout the two days. A Friday-only Trade Show will unveil the latest products and technology in the field.

Three tours have been scheduled: Hebrew Academy of Morris County , now known as Gottesman RTW Academy – Tour the newly renovated building complex that is a LEED building/complex designed by KSS Architects; World Headquarters of Wyndham Worldwide, both LEED accredited buildings designed by Gensler; and Craftsman Farms – Tour the Log House at Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley’s rustic country estate.

New this year will be the Design Awards Dinner where winners of the 2015 Design Board Competition will be announced and honored.

Mark your calendars now for the two-day convention that has the potential of 13 CEU credits. Network with fellow architects in the region and support AIA New Jersey.

To register, visit the event website.

Bridging the Hudson – Emerging Professionals Networking Event

AIA-NJ EPC (Emerging Professionals Committee) is hosting a networking event on 9/25 in NYC.

Bridging the Hudson will look to bring emerging professionals from both sides of the Hudson River together.  Emerging Professionals from AIA, ASLA, IIDA please join us.

If you are an emerging professional interested in learning more about these organizations, join us.
Friday, September 25, 7:00 – 11:00 pm

Thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this event possible – Wikhahn, Delta Light, and D’apostrophe.

Find out more information or register – Click Here.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the event organizer, Nick Caravella, at [email protected]

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NJ Emerging Professionals Committee

Caravello_2014Call for Interest – State Emerging Professionals Committee

 

AIA NJ is creating the first inaugural State Emerging Professionals Committee and is looking for individuals to take on this great leadership opportunity. All interested should apply to Regional Associate Director, Nick Caravella, by August 21,2015. Candidates will be notified of their selection September 7th, 2015.

 

SURE HOUSE Tour, Networking Reception & Fundraiser

Join the USGBC NJ for a very special event: SURE HOUSE Tour, Networking Reception & Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 22nd, 6:00-9:00 PM. Hoboken, NJ. 
 
SURE HOUSE is Stevens Institute of Technology’s Solar Decathlon entry for 2015. CLICK HERE to Register.
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