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The BIG Ask

By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA
AIANJ Member of the ArchiPAC Steering Committee

For those who do not know, ArchiPAC is the only federal political action committee (PAC) speaking up for members of the AIA. The mission has been and continues to be to support candidates running for the US House and Senate who support AIA’s initiatives to preserve the profession and promote positive solutions for the built environment. The Stearing Committee works with both sides of the aisle and this has been a key strategy for moving the AIA’s legislative agenda through Congress.

In one way or another I have been involved with ArchiPAC for over a decade. Back in 2006 we had jus 23 donations that totaled $3,351. Our numbers of donators and individual donations have steadily increased and by the end of last year, we had raised just over $10K.

With just two and one half months left we are some $3K short of that goal. Increasing our goal, which this year was to 10% above last year’s numbers, would elevate effectiveness and compete with our counterparts in the building and construction industry. By doing so we would in effect elevate the debate on Capitol Hill by bringing awareness to the issues that impact the practice of OUR profession from tax policies that affect cash flow to energy policies that impact how buildings are designed.

The above explanation leads to the BIG ask from me to all of you to make your donation before December 31st of this year.  It is easy to do so long as your check is not a corporate one. I am especially asking our entire current and past leadership to step up and make your donation and help with the ask so others will also contribute.

You can make your donation by visiting the contribution website or mail a check payable to ArchiPAC to AIA Headquarters at 1735 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006



Thank you

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Historic Preservation Program: Documents for Managing Historic Property


One-day Workshop:
Getting Your Historic House (Museum) in Order: Foundation Documents for Managing Your Historic Property

Saturday September 17 at Rutgers-Camden
If you missed this informative workshop last year, here is a second chance to attend, thanks to the newly launched Historic Preservation Continuing Education Program at Rutgers Camden.
This one-day workshop is open to volunteer and professional stewards of historic house museums who are looking to improve the preservation and interpretation of their site.
The course provides in-depth information about the planning documents that serve as the foundation for preserving, maintaining and interpreting historic house museums.  The workshop will focus on the components of each plan and how, together, the plans become the framework for site management. The workshop includes a tour of the nearby Walt Whitman House as a case study based on information presented.
Topics to be covered include:
  • Guidance on the development of Historic Structure Reports
  • Additional strategies for site preservation and interpretation, including plans for interiors, landscapes, fundraising, and maintenance
  • How disaster planning and ADA compliance impact historic sites
  • Tips on finding and working with consultants
Dorothy Hartman, Principal, History in the Making
Margaret M. Hickey, RA, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects
Date: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 (includes lunch)
Credits: .7 CEUs

AIA South Jersey & AIA West Jersey Joint Meeting

AIA SJ&WJ Sept 13 2016 invitation

Historic Preservation Program Fall 2016

MARCH-logoNew Historic Preservation Program at Rutgers University—Camden will offer AIA credits!

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University—Camden has announced a new Historic Preservation Continuing Ed Program!

What better place to learn the processes and techniques of historic preservation than the living laboratory of Camden and nearby Philadelphia?!

Registration is now open for Fall 2016 courses, AIA credits available. More information on the program’s website.

Celebrate Architecture Week ’16

ArchWeek16Architecture Week and Social Media for AIA New Jersey

Hey! Every architect knows architecture week is April 10 through the 16th.

Learn more on Architecture Week at AIA.

By now you’re probably thinking, how can I participate in Architecture Week and get the word out to New Jersey about the value of architects.

You can help by participating in social media and using the Hashtags #ArchselfieNJ , #ArchWeek16 , #ILookup , and #Archselfie

Hashtags are a great way for social media users to tag their posts with keywords, which make them easier for social networks to organize information and users to search.

Remember last year?  AIA national launched the I Look Up  advertising campaign with the hashtag #ilookUp.  It is a great success!

Now it’s our turn! As architects in New Jersey,  Let’s use all these hashtags to help educate everyone in New Jersey about the value of architects in a fun and artsy way.

So go outside , or walk out into the lobby, and take that picture of yourself with the building of your choice in the background.  Every building has an architect so every architect should help.  Any beautiful building will do, no matter inside or outside or where it is.

Then be bold and post that Selfie to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Foursquare, Pinterest, Houzz,  email it to all your friends,  let everyone know! AND don’t forget to use  #ArchselfieNJ

Have a great Architecture Week !AIAeagle_2016

—William J. Martin, AIA
AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee Co-Chair

Queen of Angels: When a Church Dies

I am looking for artists working in all kinds of mediums to participate in a fall 2016 exhibit that focuses attention on the soon-to-be-demolished Queen of Angels church in Newark, NJ.   The church and attached school are historic landmarks; built in the 1800’s by German immigrants, home to Newark’s first African American RC congregation, was at the epicenter of the ’67 rebellion and was used by Martin Luther King Jr. to deliver a speech 2 weeks before he was assassinated.   The archdiocese somehow got permission to demolish these historic structures and plans to sell the vacant land to developers.   I will be giving tours (as possible) and collecting artifacts that artists can use in their artwork.   I will post pictures for those who are interested.

Found object sculpture, collage, furniture design, installation art, drawing, painting, poetry, photography, video and performance art that deals with the themes of church, school, civil rights, gentrification, historic preservation and related topics will be considered for inclusion in this exhibit.   The point of the exhibit is to shine a light on the church’s history & demise and give second life to artifacts found on the site.   Previous “ar+chaeology” exhibits have focused on the old Newark Jail, Westinghouse, the Pabst Brewery, Newark theaters and Downtown Newark.   I haven’t produced an exhibit like this for 5 years and am very excited to take this one on to help Newark celebrate its 350th anniversary this year.   A location and exact date for the exhibit has not been set but a deadline for submissions will be approximately end of July.   Additional requirements, guidelines and timetable will be released in the coming weeks.

-Matthew Gosser
Director, CoAD Gallery, Newark and Dolphin Gallery, Paterson
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Remembering Malcolm Wells, FAIA


As part of The Wetlands Institute’s 2016 Winter Lecture Series, AIA South Jersey President Bruce D. Turner, AIA was recently part of a retrospective and panel discussion at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ. The topic of the presentation was The Legacy of Malcolm Wells, FAIA: The Father of Gentle Architecture. The bulk of the presentation was made by professor and planner Rev. Wayne Conrad. Rev. Conrad was a friend and colleague of Mr. Wells and spoke both personally and professionally about his relationship with “Mac”. He specifically focussed on Mr. Wells’ early life and career, his office in Cherry Hill, his churches in Moorestown and Cherry Hill, and his earth-sheltered architecture in general, including Wells’ home in Cape Cod. Rev. Conrad further reflected on how Wells’ work was inspired by the beauty of nature, and a need for a more sustainable world.

Mr. Turner’s portion of the discussion aimed to put Mr. Wells’ work in the context of the overall architectural profession at the time Mr. Wells was working as well as the professional environment we experience today. That included observations about codes and regulations, standards of practice, legal and liability concerns, LEED, sustainability, energy efficiency, the 2030 Challenge and Cradle-to-Cradle ideologies. He also sought to draw parallels for the audience with architects and architecture which they might be familiar, or recently observed in the media, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Fay Jones, Bjarke Ingels, and Alejandro Aravena.

A third member of the panel was Rev. Bob Williams. Rev. Williams reflected on his personal liturgical experience ministering from Wells’ St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Cherry Hill. This also included observations about the use of light, the use of natural materials, and the sense of proportion and scale present in these buildings.

For more information about Malcolm Wells, FAIA, please visit his website here. For more information about the Wetlands Institute and other programs and activities they offer, please visit the Wetlands Institute website here.

CSI 2016 Trade Show

The New Jersey Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Announces it’s 2016 Trade Show and Seminar Event– “New Technologies for Historic Buildings”

CSI_NJPaterson, New Jersey, June 2, 2016: The 2016 New Jersey CSI Chapter Trade Show and Education Day will explore the ways in which teams and teamwork contribute to better building, using recently-completed projects as examples. Come and learn with us, share your knowledge with us, and interact with others who share your quest for doing a better job of designing and constructing buildings.

Architects, builders, and product manufacturer’s work together with owners, developers, engineers, code officials, and financial experts to build the structures that keep the construction industry moving. It is as coordinated teams that professionals are able to adapt to economic cycles, architectural design trends, environmental concerns, codes and regulations, technology advances, education of new professionals, and current events, shaping our industry and the buildings that we make.

There is a developing emphasis on team building and teamwork in our industry. CSI is built on the idea that it is in sharing knowledge that teams are bound together to create the environments where learning, living, healing, working, and playing can take place.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Trade Show Registration/Breakfast 8:00AM – 9:30AM
Seminars: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Programs to begin promptly at 9:30 AM. , Free to the Architectural Community & All Students—

NO Admission Fees / NO Seminar Fees

Location: Rogers Locomotive Storage Building, NJ Community Development, 32 Spruce Street, Paterson, NJ

AIA/CES HSW and CSI CEN Learning Units (Choose from 4 seminars throughout the day)

Please RSVP to Diana Rattazzi, 914-261-8603 ([email protected])


New Years Fire at St Mark’s Church

red_eagleThe New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANJ) is saddened by the tragic fire that ravaged St. Mark’s Church in West Orange on New Years Day.  The church is a national treasure of incalculable historic significance.

We implore all those involved: the building’s current owners, the town council, and our municipal, state and national officials and representatives, to do everything in their power to ensure that this tragedy is not compounded and that the extant portions of the building are saved.  A treasure once lost is lost forever.  We cannot allow what remains of this treasure to be lost.

stMarksFind out more about St Mark’s Church.

CALL FOR SESSIONS – 2016 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference

Help shape the 2016 Conference – Submit a Session Proposal!
Proposals are due by November 23, 2015
The NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference attracts a broad audience of professionals, historic site and museum managers, historic preservation commission members, and more. The conference planning committee seeks to balance its program by offering educational sessions that target the conference’s primary audiences.  Proposals that address topics of interest to more than one of the target audiences will be given preference by the selection committee.

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