Category Archives: Practice Management

HABS/HAER/HALS Summer Employment Opportunities for Students

npsAnnouncing Summer Employment Opportunities for Students
Hiring: ARCHITECTS, HISTORIANS, and LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

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 http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/jobs/summer.htm

Applications Due: 17 March 2014

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Robert Arzola
HABS Architect and Holland Prize Coordinator Heritage Documentation Programs
HABS, National Park Service
Washington DC
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PRACTICING ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT A LICENSE – DON’T LET IT HAPPEN

AIA-NJThis is a reissue of the original article from 2011.  There has been great success as of recent against parties who were practicing architecture illegally.  If you know of someone who is practicing illegally, please file a complaint!  Read below to understand the process.

AIANJ members have been contacting the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee lately regarding illegal or unlicensed practice, including the offering or providing architectural services by unlicensed practitioners and the practice of “plan stamping” i.e. licensed architects signing and sealing drawings produced by those without a license with little or no direct supervisory control over their production. They often ask, “What is the AIA doing about this?”

As a professional organization, it is AIANJ’s role to inform its members about our successful lobbying effort on behalf of its members as well as for non-members for the ability of the State Board of Architects to investigate the illegal and unlicensed practice of architecture.

Members are the eyes and ears of the AIA. It is every architect’s legal responsibility to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the public by reporting potential instances of illegal and unlicensed practice to the State Board. The State Board cannot proactively investigate alleged cases of misconduct, but rather must rely on members of the public (and especially the licensed professionals it regulates) to file complaints when they become aware of a violation of the regulations.

Therefore, it is important that we all understand how to properly file a complaint with the State Board of Architects against someone who may be illegally practicing architecture.  The first step is to understand what constitutes the illegal practice of architecture by reviewing the New Jersey State Board of Architects Law and Regulations, which can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/oag/ca/arch/arch_rules.htm.  The description of the practice of architecture may be found under Article 45:3-10 of the Architects Law, “Practice of Architecture; what constitutes; exceptions”.

The next step is to download the complaint form, which can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/oag/ca/complaint/archcom.pdf.  Once you download the form, read it carefully and follow the instructions.  Provide as much information as possible including any evidence that you may have that supports your complaint.  Include any written documentation you come across including letterhead, business cards, mailers, magazine ads, print outs from a violator’s website, or any statement they make that uses the term “architect”, “architecture” or “architectural” without including a bona fide license number of a registered architect.

You may submit a claim anonymously but it must be in writing.  However, if additional information is required by the Board to process the complaint, an anonymous complainant will not be able to respond to the request.  Therefore, if you want the complaint to have the best possible chance of being enforced it is recommended that you include your contact information on the complaint.  Please be aware that the investigation process may take several months before the Board renders a decision, since the Board needs to follow certain guidelines in making notifications to the alleged violator in accordance with state laws.

Once a decision is rendered, it will be posted on the State Board’s website under “Board Actions”. We ask that you follow through with each complaint and notify our committee of any actions taken by the Board so that we may publish the results of your efforts. If the Board does in fact find that someone is practicing illegally or without a license, the actions may be a warning, suspension, fines, or removal of license.

AIA New Jersey is the only credible voice speaking on behalf of the architectural profession here in our state.  But we need your help filing these complaints. Architects are the only people who can really police this industry and ensure that the public receives the best possible services and protection. Rest assured that members of the L&GA committee do actually file complaints as individuals on a regular basis.  But as a volunteer organization, we simply do not have the time and resources to proactively search out all the instances of illegal practice across the state.

The only way to deter those who practice illegally is by hitting them where it hurts the most, in their wallets!  So please, protect your livelihood while protecting New Jersey’s citizens by filing a complaint if you suspect that someone is practicing illegally!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee at lga@aia-nj.org.

Justin A. Mihalik, AIA,  Licensure Subcommittee Chairperson

David DelVecchio, AIA,  Legislative & Government Affairs Committee, Chairperson

AIA Small Project Awards – Call for Entries

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2014 AIA SMALL PROJECT AWARDS
Submission Deadline: Before 5PM ET, November 18, 2013

The Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the tenth annual Small Project Award Program to recognize the work of small project practitioners and to promote excellence in small project design. This Award Program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget.

Find more information:
http://info.aia.org/blast_images/kc/SPP_14_Awards01.html

Projects will also be displayed at the 2014 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition.

Fort Hancock – Vision for 21st Century

Request for Expressions of Interest

Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit
Monmouth County, New Jersey 

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The National Park Service, with the advice of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee, is seeking interested parties to redevelop historic structures in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Submissions are due by 5 pm December 16, 2013.

The NPS seeks proposals from individuals, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, and non-profit or for-profit organizations and educational institutions for ideas for the re-use of 35 historic buildings in the Gateway National Recreation Area (www.nps.gov/gate) Sandy Hook Unit.

Individuals, governmental agencies, not-for-profit and for-profit orgnizations are welcome to submit proposals.  All legal uses will be considered. There will be two site visits: November 6 and November 14 at 10 a.m.

Interested respondents can submit questions to:       forthancock21stcentury@yahoo.com

Find More information and Full RFEI at:

http://www.nps.gov/gate/parkmgmt/upload/RFEIsm-rev23Oct2013-2-final.pdf

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President’s Message – October 2013

Purvis_2013When I first started working my way up through the officers ranks, I thought the presidency would be an easy position to hold.  You know kiss a couple of babies, cut some ribbons, easy stuff.  It is not true. This has been one of the busiest years of my life and one of the more fulfilling.  I have had the benefit of a great Executive Committee, Committee Chairs and Board of Trustees. These are the members who volunteer their time and set the agenda and direction of AIA-NJ.   It is hard work by a dedicated few.   The AIA is like the factory in the industrial park that always has the help wanted sign out front. There is always a need for our members to join committees or become officers at the section and state level. I know Kurt Kalafsky is working on his committees for next year, if there is an interest I am sure we can find a position for you.

At the Board Meeting of September the following was reviewed.

  • AIA-NJ has been working on a Good Samaritan Bill. This will allow AIA member who want to act as first responders in case of a disaster to be provided with liability insurance similar to that provided to the police. Joe Simonetta, Larry Powers and Larry Parisi, Home Land Security Chairman has been working on behalf of the AIA to get the bill through the state legislature. The will be a press release on October 29 in one of the Towns that is still being rebuild.
  • AIA-NJ Website has been undergoing rebuilding as directed by Kim Bunn and Jason Peist. A new consult is in the process of redesigning the web site and making more users friendly. It will be completed this month.
  • AIA Repositioning is something that the AIA National is in the process of doing. This is a process to restructure the AIA National to be beneficial to all of its members.  If you have gone to a current meeting you should have had a chance to choose the items that you feel will help the member make better use of their membership. Kurt Kalafsky is the chairman of this committee and making it an important part of his presidency next year.
  • Jason Peist the Associate Regional Director has been working with the State Board of Architect to get a bill past to allow Architect Interns to start taking ARE exam prior to completing their three years of internship. He is also setting study groups for the ARE.
  • The Historical Preservation Office of NJ has asked AIA-NJ to develop guidelines for raising historic structures in the new flood zones. Mike Calafati is in the progress of developing a committee to create the standards. He will be looking for members who are now work on project to get their input.

This is just a small part of what the AIA-NJ is currently working on.  Education Committee,  CANstruction, Small Firm Round Table, L&GA, NJIT Center for Resiliency,  Diversity,  Women in Architecture, Post Sandy Regional Workshop and Membership are ongoing committees.

So the next time someone asks what is the AIA doing for me, this is just a small sampling.

The AIA-NJ will be having our Design Day Conference this week. Offering continuing education classes, world class key note speakers, design competition entries, and service award winners announced. This is the high light of our profession in New Jersey. I hope to see everyone there.

Jack Purvis, AIA

2013 AIA New Jersey President

Design Conference 2013 Spotlight – Keynote Kirsten Murray

Kirsten-Murray-2009The third 2013 Design Conference Keynote speakers is Kirsten Murray, partner and principal of Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA.   The firm is based on a simple principal -

 “That buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives.”

When she joined the firms’ owners group in 2008 it was  “continuing the evolution of the firm and furthering its commitment to the experience around architecture, articulated in exhibit design, interiors, and connections to urban and rural landscapes.”

For over two decades she has worked across a broad range of project types including mixed-use, private residential design, adaptive reuse, workplace design and urban design and planning.

Ms. Murray has collaborated on the design of several projects that have received National AIA Honor awards and AIA Housing Awards, including Art Stable and 1111 E. Pike.  To see more of her design work go to Olson Kundig Architects .

Murray’s project work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Architectural Record, and Architecture. She is the director of the firm’s experimental work space, [storefront] Olson Kundig Architects, and recently served as a feature editor of ARCADE magazine.

 

To find out more information or REGISTER for the Design Conference:

http://www.aia-nj.org/events/DDaboutdesignday.shtml

Design Conference 2013 Spotlight – Keynote Coren Sharples

Coren Sharples2013 Design Conference Keynote speaker Coren Sharples, AIA is a Founding Principal of SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction as well as a registered architect in the States of New York and New Jersey.

Ms. Sharples holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of Business and Social Science, University of Maryland, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where she graduated with Honors for excellence in design and was a recipient of the William Kinne Fellowship for post-graduate travel and research. Ms. Sharples interned at Raphael Vinoly Architects prior to establishing SHoP Architects with her fellow Principals. She has taught at the Parsons School of Design, volunteers in the New York City public schools, and sits on the local Borough of Manhattan Community Board. Ms. Sharples writes and lectures frequently about the firm’s work and issues facing the profession.

The firm, SHop, in it’s core philosophy believe in “both ideas and profitability”.   An excerpt from their website outlines the firm:

While we are well-versed in the ongoing development of architectural theories, our expertise and ambition extends beyond the discussion and design of buildings. We look at an entire project and consider the site, the cultural and economic environment, a client’s physical needs and budget constraints, as well as construction techniques, branding, marketing, and post-occupancy issues. We use evolving computer-aided design technologies not only to produce innovative architectural forms but to streamline the design and construction process and create new efficiencies and cost-savings. Great architecture demands that design, finance, and technology work together – we’re combining these forces in innovative ways to create a new model for the profession. Seventeen years ago we set out to prove that intelligent, exciting, evocative architecture can be made in the real world, with real world constraints. We believe our work presents a convincing argument that we were right.

 

To find out more information or REGISTER for the Design Conference:

http://www.aia-nj.org/events/DDaboutdesignday.shtml

2013 Design Conference Keynotes Announced

dc2013AIA NJ is reinventing the 2013 Design Conference. Participants will be able to walk away with a total of 9 LU credits or pick and choose seminars on an a la carte menu suited for their needs and schedule.

October 2nd and 3rd at The Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ, the Conference will offer 15 educational sessions including design, code regulations, green living and business practices; a one-day Expo and entertaining networking opportunities.

In addition, three keynotes are scheduled to headline the event :

  • John Ronan, Lead Designer and Founding Principal, John Ronan Architects
  • Coren Sharples, Founding Principal of SHoP Architects, PC
  • Kirsten R. Murray, partner and principal of Olson Kundig Architects

Find out more information at www.aia-nj.org

Registration is open now, go online today:  http://conexsys.myprereg.com/Events/AIADES13/

 

 

Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery and Matchmaking Summit

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Women in Architecture NJ Meeting


WIA New Jersey

Tuesday we will be hosting our next Women In Architecture meeting.  Please RSVP by Monday if you will be attending Tuesday night’s event.

Similar to our last meeting we will have an open discussion on a specific topic.

This month we will be speaking with Alexis Goldman and Severine Rennie who have recently completed their licensing exams.

Additional topics include:

  • AIA Convention in Denver
  • Women In Architecture dinner/speakers at the convention
  • Women In Architecture Network Calls
  • Next Month’s tour ideas

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25th 6:00pm -8:00pm

Please RSVP by Monday to gina_cangialosi@gensler.com

WHERE: 261 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004 (Fairfield Library).

If you have any questions feel free to call me at 908-644-4645.

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