Category Archives: Practice Management

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.”

Read the full article here: WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: KIM VIERHEILIG & SALLY GLICK

 

Micro-MBA in Architecture

The Business of Architecture Certificate Program
AIA West Jersey, in partnership with Temple University’s Fox School of Business and the Department of Architecture at Temple University, is pleased to announce the creation of a two-part sequence of courses: an Architecture-focused business essentials professional certificate and an Architecture specific Micro-MBA executive program.
This multi-tiered program kicks off with two certificate programs to help prepare Architects and Construction Professionals with limited or no business training to enter the Micro-MBA executive program in late 2018. The Business of Architecture Basic Certificate will be offered Sept. – Oct. 2017 and The Business of Architecture Advanced Certificate will be offered Jan. – Feb. 2018. Each of the certificate programs will be five weeks in duration and provide background training to help ensure the candidates’ success. Classes will be taught by a combination of Temple University Professors and licensed AIA Architects at the Temple Center City Campus.
Registration for the Business of Architecture Basic Certificate is now open! Details on this exciting program are outlined in the attached.

Pella Architects Summer Events

Pella invites architects and designers to come see our newest products.

Revit Position Opportunity

ECS_Logo with Revit
Looking for
Architectural Revit Modeler

 

ECS Group’s laser-driven technologies – and 35+ years of experience – have made us the nation’s leading Building Survey and “As-Built” CAD/Revit Development Specialist!

 

We’re looking for an experienced professional to help our well-established and GROWING team to meet our clients’ ever-increasing requests for comprehensive Revit models and BIM support services.

 

Major Architectural firms, Developers, Universities, Hoteliers, Hospitals, Government and other Real Estate organizations across the country put their trust in our precise drawings and models.

Our hundreds of millions of square feet of hi-profile credits include The White House, The State Department Building and over 6-million gsf of Federal DC Region buidlings… The Waldorf Astoria, The Plaza and numerous other major hotels nation-wide… Princeton U, Drexel, Rutgers, UMass Amherst… as well as buildings of every imaginable size, complexity, usage and condition.

You will join our many long-term associates who enjoy steady work, overtime pay, health insurance, life insurance, matched 401K, and more.

We’re ideally looking for a team player with 2+ years of REVIT modeling experience in an architectural firm.

We will consider someone with strong AutoCad drafting expertise, who has a working familiarity with Revit.

For immediate consideration, please phone Gary Frischman directly at 973-663-5511

AIA Jersey Shore Meeting

 

 

 

MAY GENERAL MEETING:

Are you
Financially Prepared
for the future?

Creating a Financial Plan
by O’Leary Financial

TOPICS TO DISCUSS:
– Investing for Retirement
– Principles of Investing
– 2016 Market Review
– 2017 Outlook

LOCATION:
Spring Lake Manor
415 NJ-71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

DATE:
Monday, May 22, 2017

AGENDA:
Registration/ Check-In – 5:00pm
EP Meet & Greet  – 5:00pm-6:00pm
Main Presentation & Dinner – 6:00pm

$20 AIA Members
$40 non-AIA Members
FREE for Students & Interns

Please RSVP to
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Learn More or Register

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Spiezle Architectural Group Move to New Headquarters

Spiezle Architectural Group Announces Move to New Headquarters in Hamilton, New Jersey from Longtime Trenton Location

New Space Accommodates Increased Services, Staff and Design Capabilities

 

Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., an award-winning, full-service architectural, interior design and planning firm, announces that it is moving its headquarters from Trenton, New Jersey to a new location at 1395 Yardville Hamilton Square Road, Suite 2A, Hamilton, New Jersey.  Responding to continued growth, the Spiezle team designed a modern, more efficient space to accommodate increased services, staff, and a strengthened focus on the design side of its business.

 

The expanded Hamilton headquarters, an open-layout, contemporary space of approximately 15,000 square feet, was built to fulfill the needs of the firm’s latest growth, including Landscape Architecture and Interior Design, and the additional employees necessary to support them, as well as the continuing development of the firm’s markets in education, senior living, acute healthcare, government, commercial, hospitality, and not-for-profit.  The office was configured for optimal efficiency with all staff housed on one floor versus the previous three floors. Driving its vision for sustained expansion, the office can house an estimated 60 employees, including a build-out potential for future expansion.

 

“We are pleased to be establishing our new home in Hamilton and look forward to becoming an integral partner within the community,” said Thomas S. Perrino, president and CEO.  “Our enhanced space provides us with the ideal atmosphere to fulfill our ongoing mission to continue serving our valued clients and to develop new relationships for years to come.”

 

A state-of-the-art work environment, the office is built to inspire transparency, collaboration and creativity among professionals through a combination of open work spaces and smaller gathering areas critical to the spectrum of daily activities.  Natural light and daylighting are the driving elements for the office layout. Daylighting is the practice of placing windows or other openings and reflective surfaces so that natural light provides effective internal lighting. For example, Spiezle incorporated dimming capabilities to reduce energy usage when daylighting allows, and the furniture was specifically designed with a low horizon allowing natural light to flood the space. To encourage innovation, the creative team is strategically placed in areas along the office perimeter facing windows to optimize exposure to the natural lighting.  Senior executives enjoy open offices and “hoteling rooms” built to host private meetings or conversations.  Additional elements include a fully-equipped pantry and a small gym with a shower room.

 

“The design of our new headquarters was the ultimate collaboration engaging the extraordinary talents of all our professionals,” said Mr. Perrino. “We solicited ideas, needs and requirements from our entire staff, culminating in a space that is a true reflection of our intensely creative and team-oriented culture.”

 

 

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About Spiezle Architectural Group

Spiezle Architectural Group is an award-winning, full-service architectural and planning firm. Founded in 1954, the firm is known for innovative design, financially responsible solutions and personalized service. Spiezle serves academic, senior living, acute health care, corporate/commercial, government, hospitality, recreational and religious clients. Learn more at www.spiezle.com.

Architecture Job Opportunities – Central NJ

Spiezle Architectural Group is a 100% employee-owned firm.  We are recruiting new team members to lead projects/teams and manage clients  (for existing and future workload).  Project Architect and Project Manager positions are available now. While there isn’t a “typical day” on our team,  Project Architects/Project Managers put their talent and skills to good use through:

  • Mentor, guide, and train lesser experienced and/or unlicensed technical team members.
  • Manage a team(s) on projects that vary greatly from size, scope, and building types.
  • Use of sound architectural and design techniques, methodologies, and principles to project approach.
  • May work independently on smaller projects when appropriate.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform architectural assignments after receiving overview and scope.
  • Contribute to marketing proposals, tradeshows, projects as assigned.
  • Works collaboratively with Project Manager and/or Practice Leaders to select and recommend design approaches.
  • Lead teams consisting of one or more of Architectural Designers, Interior Designers,  or Landscape Architects.
  • Must understand all codes and be able to produce a complete set of construction documents including written specifications.
  • Responsible to coordinate with outside consultants including engineers.
  • Coordinates construction administration with construction managers/administrators and reviews shop drawings
  • Runs and coordinates job meetings assuring that all meeting tasks are assigned and completed
  • May assist Project Manager(s)/Practice Leaders with preparation of cost and quality estimates.
  • Attend networking functions and assist Practice Leaders in acquiring new business.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to communicate effectively both in written format and oral presentations.
  • Ability to multi-task and establish priorities.
  • Exhibits initiative, responsibility, flexibility and leadership.
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of contract administration and office procedures.
  • Working knowledge of third party consultant contract work requirements.
  • Possess an in depth understanding of the basics of most building systems.
  • Proficiency in one or more of: Revit, BIM, AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Lumion, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Microsoft Office Suite.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CREDENTIALS

Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Architecture from an accredited university/college.

Minimum of seven years’ experience with at least one year of running projects independently.

 

Professional architect registration in the USA.

 

LEED Green Associate preferred (ability to test and successfully achieve certification within 24 months of hire is required.

 

A little bit about us:

We are 100% employee-owned.  You too can become an employee owner when you join the Spiezle team – Ask Us How!

We work hard/play hard and we offer work/life balance flexibility.  We do this through a culture of understanding that life extends beyond the practice of architecture.

Other Important Stuff:

Our benefits and compensation – Excellent!   Our Career Development Opportunities – Fantastic! Our Collaborative and Employee-Owned Culture – Awesome!

You may send a pdf resume/portfolio (or a link to same) to [email protected] or call 609.695.7400 x274.

www.spiezle.com

Equal Opportunity Employer

Effective May 1, 2017: N.J.A.C. Rule Adoption allowing Digital Signing and Sealing of Documents

NEW JERSEY REGISTER

Copyright © 2017 by the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law

VOLUME 49, ISSUE 9

ISSUE DATE: MAY 1, 2017

RULE ADOPTIONS

LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY

DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS

STATE BOARD OF ARCHITECTS

49 N.J.R. 1093(a)

Adopted Amendments: N.J.A.C. 13:27-3.1, 6.2, 6.3, and 8.9

Adopted New Rules: N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5 and 8.10

Digital Signing and Sealing of Documents

Proposed: October 3, 2016, at 48 N.J.R. 2028(a).

Adopted: February 24, 2017, by the New Jersey State Board of Architects, Obiora C. Agudosi, RA, President.

Filed: March 29, 2017, as R.2017 d.079, with non-substantial changes not requiring additional public notice and comment (see N.J.A.C. 1:30-6.3).

Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:3-3 and 45:3A-13.

Effective Date: May 1, 2017.

Expiration Date: February 7, 2018.

Summary of Public Comments and Agency Responses follows:

The official comment period ended December 2, 2016. The Board received one comment on the notice of proposal from Marc Pfeiffer, Assistant Director, Bloustein Local Government Research Center, Rutgers University. In order to ensure compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act and the rules promulgated by the Office of Administrative Law, the comment period was reopened and extended from December 19, 2016, to January 17, 2017. The Board received no additional comments during the extension.

1. Mr. Pfeiffer applauds the Board’s proposal, noting his support for the Board’s move to accept digital seals and signatures. However, he expresses concern that the link in proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5(a)1 and 8.10(a)1 to the standards developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is to a third-party web address and not to an address maintained by NIST. He recommends that the link be changed to a web address managed by NIST.

RESPONSE: The Board thanks Mr. Pfeiffer for his comments and understands his concern over the link. Third-party addresses can be altered or become defunct. The Board is changing N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5(a)1 and 8.10(a)1 and changing the link so it goes to the document hosted directly on the NIST website.

Summary of Agency-Initiated Changes: The State Board of Architects is changing N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5 and 8.10 on adoption to correct an error in the year listed as the publication date of the FIPS PUB 186-4 document. As proposed, it says the publication was released in 2014. The publication was actually released in 2013.

Federal Standards Statement

A Federal standards analysis is not required because the adopted amendments and new rules are subject to State statutory requirements and are not subject to any Federal requirements or standards.

Full text of the adoption follows (additions to proposal indicated in boldface with asterisks *thus*; deletions from proposal indicated in brackets with asterisks *[thus]*):

SUBCHAPTER 3. ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE AND RESPONSIBILITY

13:27-3.1 Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

. . .

“Electronic transmission” means the transmission of electronic data files from one electronic device to another. The term includes manual delivery of electronic data storage media from one person or entity to another.

. . .

“Seal” means a digital or impression type seal meeting the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5 and 8.10 and affixed to a document by a licensee.

“Signature” means a digital or handwritten signature of a licensee affixed to a document in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5 and 8.10.

SUBCHAPTER 6. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A TITLE BLOCK

13:27-6.2 Title block contents; requirements by form of architectural practice

(a) When the architect practices as an individual or sole proprietor the title block shall contain:

1.-4. (No change.)

5. The name, license number, and space for the signature of the architect in responsible charge, and the date when signed.

(b) When a partnership or limited liability partnership of two or more licensed architects or closely allied professionals, in which at least one partner is an architect, practice architecture, the title block shall contain:

1.-4. (No change.)

5. The name, license number, and space for the signature of the architect in responsible charge, and the date when signed.

(c) When professionals practice architecture as a professional service corporation organized under N.J.S.A. 14A:17-1 et seq., the title block shall contain:

1.-4. (No change.)

5. The name, license number, and space for the signature of the architect in responsible charge, and the date when signed.

(d) Title block contents for a general business corporation or limited liability company authorized to practice architecture under a Certificate of Authorization issued pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:27-4.8 shall contain:

1.-4. (No change.)

5. The full name, license number, and space for the signature of the architect in responsible charge, and the date when signed.

(e)-(h) (No change.)

13:27-6.3 Signing and sealing construction documents

(a)-(b) (No change.)

(c) Construction documents and the title pages of the specifications for filing with a public agency or for the owner’s legal documentation requirements may be digitally signed and sealed if the digital signature and seal meet the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5. An architect using a seal press shall seal construction documents only with seal presses purchased or exchanged through the Board. 1

3:27-6.5 Digital signatures and seals

(a) A digital signature and seal shall possess the same weight, authority, and effect as handwritten signature and pressure seal when the following criteria are met:

1. The digital signing and sealing process satisfies the requirements of the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, FIPS PUB 186-4 *[(2014)]* *(2013)*, which is incorporated herein by reference, as amended and supplemented. This standard may be obtained at: *[http://cryptome.org/2013/07/NIST.FIPS.186-4.pdf]* *http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/FIPS/NIST.FIPS.186-4.pdf*. The digital signature and seal must be:

i. Unique to the licensee;

ii. Verifiable by a trusted third party or some other approved process as belonging to the licensee;

iii. Under the licensee’s direct and exclusive control; and

iv. Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature and seal is invalidated if any data in the document is changed. Once the digital signature and seal are applied to the document, the document shall be available in read-only format if the document is to be digitally transmitted.

(b) A licensee who digitally signs and seals a document shall maintain a digital copy of the electronically transmitted document that has also been digitally signed and sealed for future verification purposes.

(c) The pictorial representation of the digital signature and seal shall be readily available to the Board upon request and shall be produced in a [page=1094] manner acceptable to the Board. It shall contain the same words and shall have substantially the same graphic appearance and size as when the image of the digitally transmitted document is viewed at the same size as the document in its original form.

(d) Licensees are responsible for the use of their private digital keys. A lost or compromised key shall not be used and the licensee shall cause a new key pair to be generated in accordance with the criteria set forth in (a) above. A licensee shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that a compromised key is invalidated, and shall inform all affected clients that the digital key has been compromised.

SUBCHAPTER 8. LICENSED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

13:27-8.9 Seal and signature

(a)-(d) (No change.)

(e) Construction documents and the title pages of the specifications for filing with a public agency or for the owner’s legal documentation requirements may be digitally signed and sealed if the digital signature and seal meet the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:27-8.10.

13:27-8.10 Digital signatures and seals

(a) A digital signature and seal shall possess the same weight, authority, and effect as handwritten signature and pressure seal when the following criteria are met:

1. The digital signing and sealing process satisfies the requirements of the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, FIPS PUB 186-4 *[(2014)]* *(2013)*, which is incorporated herein by reference, as amended and supplemented. This standard may be obtained at: *[http://cryptome.org/2013/07/NIST.FIPS.186-4.pdf]* *http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/FIPS/NIST.FIPS.186-4.pdf*. The digital signature and seal must be:

i. Unique to the licensee;

ii. Verifiable by a trusted third party or some other approved process as belonging to the licensee;

iii. Under the licensee’s direct and exclusive control; and

iv. Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature and seal is invalidated if any data in the document is changed. Once the digital signature and seal are applied to the document, the document shall be available in read-only format if the document is to be digitally transmitted.

(b) A licensee who digitally signs and seals a document shall maintain a digital copy of the electronically transmitted document that has also been digitally signed and sealed for future verification purposes.

(c) The pictorial representation of the digital signature and seal shall be readily available to the Board upon request and shall be produced in a manner acceptable to the Board. It shall contain the same words and shall have substantially the same graphic appearance and size as when the image of the digitally transmitted document is viewed at the same size as the document in its original form.

(d) Licensees are responsible for the use of their private digital keys. A lost or compromised key shall not be used and the licensee shall cause a new key pair to be generated in accordance with the criteria set forth in (a) above. A licensee shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that a compromised key is invalidated, and shall inform all affected clients that the digital key has been compromised.

END

Save the Date for AIA-NJ

Don’t forget to clear your calendar to attend these important AIA-NJ events…

May 19. NJ Re-Forum. Municipal Land Use Law. Details and registration here.

June 12. Architects Action Day. Register Here.

June 22. East Coast Green: Health, Safety & Wellness. Registration is open!

August 1. Community Resilience Course. Limited capacity; register here.

November 9-11. Quad States. AIA NJ Design Conference is at this event! Click here.

Donald King FAIA Message on Diversity

AIA stands for Equality and Human Rights

“Diversity is a cultural ethos embraced by AIA membership to foster inclusion, service, and a quality of life in celebration of all communities in our society. This is regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or identity, age, geography, intellectual or practice area.”

As Black History Month comes to a close, AIA New Jersey would like to share the message below with our members and followers. This message is from the At-Large Director of the AIA National Board of Directors. It has been, and continues to be, a goal of our organization to support and encourage new architect members from all underrepresented demographics. While the path to licensure is difficult for anyone, clearly Mr. King has overcome unique challenges in his life in order to stand with us as he does today, as a member, as a leader, and as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects.

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Elintun Rucker

Elintun Rucker

 

This is my maternal great-great Grandfather. He was born two years before the founding of the AIA, in Moss, Georgia. Until the age of 8, he was not free in a free country.

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