Category Archives: Young Architects Forum

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]


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.


Event: NJIT Design Showcase

NJIT Design Showcase

April 9, 2015

AIA-NJ Endowed Lecturers will be Jesse Reiser, AIA (bio) and Nanako Umemoto. Look them up! (Click here.) They will be talking about their global practice and recent large-scale projects globally and I think specifically in Asia.

Check the NJIT Design Showcase website for more details.

How to “Engage” Emerging Professionals 101

Recently, you may have heard about the AIA Repositioning effort.  One of its initiatives is to improve “engaging emerging professionals.” First and foremost, if you do not know what an emerging professional is, welcome to the club. According to the AIA, emerging professionals (EPs) are students, interns and the recently licensed architects in the first decade of practice.  To most architects, this equates to anyone they consider a potential employee. That said one of the biggest flaws with this mentality is that architects approach engagement with EPs as they would a job interview.  This is a missed opportunity to create a dialogue with someone an architect should consider their collaborative colleague albeit that that he or she is also their employee.

As such here are the do’s and don’ts on how architects should engage emerging professionals:

  • Do not ask about licensure unless the EP mentions it first. Some professionals do not intend on getting licensed and that is perfectly okay! Licensure is important to those on the path to becoming an architect but not everyone needs to be an architect to enjoy architecture. Do ask if they are enjoying what they are doing.
  • When talking to students, do not ask them how their studio project is going. You might as well be asking them how they are doing and then expecting a lengthy explanation of what ails them. What architects should ask is “what are you learning from this semester”.
  • Don’t ask the EP if they know Revit. That is equivalent to an EP asking an architect if they are still hand drafting! We exist in a time in the field where every 3-5 years major changes are made to either how someone is licensed or interns, what tools are used to design buildings, and what economic condition one enters into the field. Instead try asking them if they are getting the most from the tools they are using or from their work experience.
  • Don’t assume an EP knows about every event offered by the AIA just because they are on social media and connected to the Internet. The communication path sometimes skips telling EPs about important details regarding events or the process involved. Members of the AIA who have attended multiple events numerous times know what to do and what to expect; they might forget about this first time attending. Do invite EPs to events in person and offer to escort them and introduce them to others. Even offering to meet them and drive them to the event can reduce some nerves.
  • If an architect is looking at an EP as a potential employee or if they are just interested in what they are saying, don’t ask the EP to send you their resume, instead ask them to BRING you their resume and meet them at your office. Remember that inviting an EP to the office, even if it’s not for the purpose of employment, allows EPs to experience another atmosphere without leaving their current position.
  • The worst thing an architect can do is treat an EP like a child. Just because the term “emerging” is used does not mean that EPs have not already found their voice or already developed the knowledge of an architect. Mentorship is not parenthood! Do instill knowledge, help EPs when they ask, but never scold them for the paths they choose. They are adults, not children.

Of course, this process is a two way street. Emerging Professionals should always treat any professional with the same respect that they wish to receive and should follow through with any commitment that they extend. Furthermore, emerging professionals should also make the effort and engage licensed architects.

Emerging professionals should not be the focus of the AIA Repositioning. Rather, they just need to be included in these efforts and valued like any other member.

Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA
Regional Associate Director | New Jersey Region


[email protected] | @AIANJRAD

metamorphAIAsis- Emerging Leaders

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The Intern Development Program (IDP) prepares future architects for the requirements of our profession. However, it is through the AIA that the Leaders of Architecture are made.

Every day we listen to advocacy for the profession. When you open AutoCAD each morning, when you point a major design flaw in a project and even now by reading this article, you are advocating for architecture!

It is easy for us to talk about architecture. What is not easy is talking about architects. Furthermore, it is even harder to talk about yourself. Buildings are stagnant, they are what they are. We can classify buildings by period, style, and recall a number of facts that would impress your college history professors. But can you talk about yourself in the same way, with the same passion, as you can your favorite building? If your answer is no, then you should consider becoming more involved in the AIA and its programs.

One simple problem for emerging professionals is the fact that we are not architects; how can you speak for something you are not. Let’s forget the term architect for the moment (as that is an entire lengthy discussion in itself), and replace it with the term Leader. What the AIA is good at accomplishing is evoking passion for what you do and passion is what inspires leadership. There are no state laws that prevent you from calling yourself a Leader!

As a 2nd time attendee of the annual Grassroots Leadership Conference held in D.C., I have noticed a drastic change between 1st time attendees and those who return. During my 1st conference, I followed my local chapter and only sat next to somebody I knew. What I missed was the wealth of information and mentorship every person in that room possesses. When I had the opportunity to attend the conference again, I was not shy about asking people to share their knowledge with me!

In hopes of inspiring you, I will begin my conversation with you by instilling some knowledge…

Let’s reimagine this quote by Louis Kahn where the Brick is not your building, but it is YOU!

And if you think of Brick, for instance,
and you say to Brick,
“What do you want Brick?”
And Brick says to you
“I like an Arch.”
And if you say to Brick
“Look, arches are expensive,
and I can use a concrete lentil over you.
What do you think of that?”
Brick says:
“… I like an Arch””

Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA
Regional Associate Director | New Jersey Region


[email protected] | @AIANJRAD

Robert Ivy, FAIA at NJIT: “What You Do Matters”

Robert Ivy PhotoRobert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/CEO of the American Institute of Architects recently spoke during an NJIT career services event:


The event had members from the National Council of Registration Boards (NCARB),  NJ State Board of Architects and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to talk to and answer questions about the ARE and IDP process.

Mr. Ivy’s discussion was intended to explain why one would get licensed, and what their career path might look like.   However, as the talk progressed, it became more and more clear that not only was this sound advice for students of architecture, but they were also inspirational words of wisdom for the seasoned practitioner, and others in the public realm as well.

You can (and should) watch the full video of Mr. Ivy’s talk by clicking here (it is only 7:40 long), but the following are a few notable quotes:

– “The good news is that we are in an economy now that is picking up.”

– “Architectural firms faced a loss of 40% of their revenues; 28% of their workforce.”

– “The indicators are up and things look better.”

– “McGraw-Hill reported that there will be a shortage of architects in the very near future, perhaps as early as 2014.”

– “The Architectural Billings Index (ABI) has been on the rise for the first time since 2008.”

– “The wave is rising. You can ride the wave.”

– “What you do matters.”

– “The temptation is to say that I am waiting for the real thing to happen – the real me to emerge. The real you is happening right this minute. It resides in the opportunities you take.”

– “Hard work, desire, passion, execution, getting it done.”

– “You can find all sorts of rationales for why you shouldn’t do something. You can find better rationales for why you should.”

Smart Design Focus of AIA-NJ & NJIT Symposium


What Constitutes “Smart Design” To Be Focus of Free AIANJ Fall Symposium



Anyone interested in the worlds of architecture and design won’t want to miss the upcoming, free annual AIANJ Fall Symposium in Weston Hall, Summit and Warren streets, home of NJIT’sCollege of Architecture and Design (COAD). The event, set for March 6, 2013 from 4- 8 p.m. is a wonderful opportunity to hear fascinating debates among seasoned architects, designers and educators as they discuss questions like what is smart design while examining the ongoing technological transformation of the design disciplines.

The event should be easy to reach either via public transportation on NJ Transit Electric Light Rail (NJIT/Warren Street Station) or by car. Street parking should be available. Food may be purchased from vendors in the NJIT Campus Center.

“It is generally accepted that the history of innovation has relied heavily on technological advancements of the military,” explained event co-organizer Rhett Russo, associate professor at COAD. “However, equally significant contributions also belong to the history of architecture. The material procurement, maritime transport of stone, surveying and machinery necessary to build the great pyramids, as well many other significant structures, relies upon a robust network of distributed Intelligence, that seeks to overcome the lack of knowledge, time, space, and tools that are commonly available.”

Another question to be discussed: What constitutes design?

“Design has expanded exponentially at both ends of the spectrum,” said Matt Burgermaster, event co-organizer and assistant professor at COAD. “Design redefines both the large and the small to reveal unprecedented opportunities for innovation ranging from the global to the Nano-scale. How are architects and designers situating their work within these distribution networks? How do they innovate in this context? How have new approaches to business and logistics altered the way they conceptualize, construct and interact with our environment. These are some of the questions we will pose and hopefully answer.”

Speakers include the following COAD faculty members: Professor Glenn Goldman, FAIA + IIDA, Director, COAD School of Art and Design; Associate professors Keith Krumwiede and Richard Garber; Assistant professors Martina Decker, Taro Narahara, Jesse LeCavalierBrooks Atwood and Andrzej Zarzycki.


March 6, 4:00pm – 8:00 pm
NJIT School of Architecture, Weston Lecture Hall

Please RSVP – (973_ 596-3080

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AIAS NJIT Northeast Fall Quad Conference

An Open Letter from the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Northeast Fall Quad Conference

This coming fall, the American Institute of Architecture Students at NJIT (AIAS NJIT) is excited to be hosting the Northeast Fall Quad Conference held amongst AIAS chapters and professional architects for a weekend on October 18-21, 2012. Our theme for the conference is Revitalizing Cities: Newark, like many industrial cities in the Northeast USA, was once a booming city but it experienced racial tensions and subsequent urban downfall. However, because of its rich history and culture, Newark has become a major renaissance city yearning for revitalization. Like many other cities looking to be revitalized, what roles can architects and architecture play in this rebirth? Student leaders and professional will come together for the love of architecture to discuss and impact a city, our society and profession.

We have established ourselves as a non-profit chapter and a professional organization dedicated to connecting students and professionals, and making the voice and work of architecture students more prominent within the field. Your assistance will allow our chapter to put together a quality conference that will allow our guests to attend lectures with prominent keynote speakers, participating in workshops, exploring the wonderful places that Newark and surround cities has to offer, and of course, having fun.

As Co-Chairs of AIAS NJIT Quad Conference, we wish to formally invite you to be a sponsor at our event. Please look at the information regarding sponsorship levels here on our website. Your firm/company/product will benefit greatly with any package you choose. If we all work together, the 2012 Northeast Fall Quad Conference will be a success and impact the relevance of architects and architecture.

We are grateful for your kind consideration and we look forward to your participation.


Vicky Tran
AIAS NJIT Quad Co-Chair
[email protected]
Kamilyn Longmore
AIAS NJIT Quad Co-Chair
[email protected]

The Future of Architectural Education

In preparation for the NAAB’s 2013 ARC (Accreditation Review Conference) the AIA developed a survey to help quantify the emerging trends uncovered in their research at the ACSA Annual Meeting, AIA Grassroots, and AIA National Convention. The survey can be found by clicking  here:

The AIA asks that you take five minutes to complete this survey in support of this effort. They also request that you help broadcast this link to any others that you think might be interested in contributing to this conversation on the future of education and the profession. The survey will be open until August 12th.

Thank you for your help, and participation.

Jerome L. Eben, AIA
Regional Director, AIA New Jersey

Young Architects at 2012 AIA National Convention

The AIA National Convention is a great place for architecture students, intern architects, and young architects to network with each other and learn from industry experts. Stop by the Emerging Professionals Lounge, sponsored byKaplan Architecture Education, at this year’s convention.

Candidates for National Office will also engage with emerging professionals at the Emerging Professionals Lounge on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 1:00pm. View National Candidates’ responses to questions from emerging professionals.


Convention Highlights for Young Architects:

View a list of Young Architect Events and Sessions >

Emerging Voices: Repositioning Architecture TweetUp & Chat >

Emerging Professionals Reception >



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