Category Archives: Small Firms

AIA Small Project Awards – Call for Entries


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.

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

Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery and Matchmaking Summit


Attention Small Business Owners Effected by Sandy



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Please join Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and State of New Jersey senior officials for a conference call on the federal government’s efforts to help small businesses and homeowners recover from Hurricane Sandy. Officials will provide updates and answer questions about assistance and support to states affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available resources to support state, local, territorial and tribal communities in affected areas.


WHAT:                 FEMA and SBA senior officials update call with local business owners and officials on Sandy relief efforts

WHEN:                Thursday, November 8 at 2 p.m. ET

DIAL IN:             1-888-621-9649

Event ID:            411483

Message from the AIA-NJ President

Dear Valued Members of AIA‐NJ

I am excited to announce that on October 25, 2012 The New Jersey Society of Architects is presenting a seminar on The Business and Ethics of Architecture. I believe this to be the first seminar ever of its kind to be given here in New Jersey. It has been developed and brought to you, by the leadership of AIA‐NJ. Having come about as a result of inquiries from members with questions like:

  • What do I need to know about starting a practice?
  • How do I actually make a profit?
  • How do I establish a budget for my office?
  • What is the value of an architect?

Having a keen understanding of what it takes for you to operate a financially responsive business is vital for the stability and growth of a sound practice and to our profession as a whole.  For those of you who have been in practice, working for a firm, or are contemplating taking the leap of faith as a sole practitioner this seminar is imperative.  The number of new architects going into their own practice is on the rise due in part to the economy, surely they will benefit from this seminar in these hard times.

As architects, we are not only designers and artists: we are business professionals as well. Many, if not most of us, came into this profession so we could establish our own practice; build our own profession and future. The Business and Ethics of Architecture program is being offered to you in order to:

  1. Strengthen your business savvy.
  2. Understand what the state laws of professional practice require of you.
  3. Gain a greater understanding of ethics and the law.
  4. Develop the confidence you need to: acquire new work, target the clients you want, and control the interview for potential new clients.

Having the abilities to know when to tell a client “yes, we can make this happen” or “no, I’m sorry I cannot work with you” are priceless skills. Also, understanding the workings of a business model and learning how to develop an efficient budget will help enable you to pay your expenses, give your employees better compensation, and actually make a profit for the professional services you deliver.

We have hand‐picked our speakers, some of whom are architects who have MBA degrees others are specialists in their field of business expertise. The Ethics and legal requirements will be presented by Lawrence Powers, Counsel for AIA‐NJ. You will be totally amazed what the law requires of you the architect.

Sign up today, this seminar is not scheduled to be given again for several years. Come early, you would not want to miss our keynote speaker who will set the course of the day with a highly charged and motivated talk. Turn your practice around to be profitable. If you are on the verge of starting a practice this course is for you. Come and say hello, I look forward to seeing your there.

Visit our website to sign up today.

Remember its Thursday, October 25, 2012 at The Somerset Holiday Inn, Somerset, NJ Registration is at 8:15 AM with a light breakfast and lunch included. Also you will be happy to know that you will be getting 7 HSW Learning Credits.

- Laurence E. Parisi, AIA


Business Seminar for Architects

Register now for The Business of Architecture.  A seminar hosted by AIA-NJ on October 25, 2012, at the Somerset Holiday Inn.

“I highly recommend that every architect attend this vital and informative seminar. This will strengthen your business savvy, win desirable commissions, and improve profitability.”

– Laurence Parisi, President AIA-NJ 

Keynote address:…………….Philip Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, Kennedy-Grant Architecture
Ethics in Architecture……………………..Larry Powers, Esq., Hoagland Longo Attorneys
“Success Factors for a Winning Practice”……….Steve Whitehorn, Whitehorn Financial
“Strategic Competitive Pathways”……..Frank Mruk, AIA, RIBA, Assoc. Dean NYIT SOA
Client Alignment/ Project Selection………………………………………………Steve Whitehorn
Saying “No” – Setting Expectations, Delegations…………………………..Steve Whitehorn
Budgets……………………………………………………………Kirby Wu, AIA, Wu & Associates
Cash Flow…………..Andy Harmelin, Credit and Collections specialist/Steve Whitehorn
The Confidence SystemTM……………………………………………………………Steve Whitehorn
Relationships: The Key to your Future Success………………………………Steve Whitehorn
Your Firm’s Future/ Succession Planning……………………………………..Steve Whitehorn

Full day  -   7.5 AIA CEU Credits

Date: October 25, 2012
Registration: 8:15a.m.
Start: 8:45 a.m.
End: 4:15 p.m.
Cost: $120 – AIA Member
$150 – Non-Member


Somerset Holiday Inn

195 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, New Jersey 08873

October 25th Seminar – The Business of Architecture

AIA Small Firm Round Table Seeks Case Studies

The AIA Small Firm Round Table (AIA SFRT) is seeking case studies of small firm collaboration to include in both an AIA Convention program and an article for the next edition of the AIA Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice.

Responding architects should send a short description of their experience (whether positive or a “learning experience”) collaborating with other architecture firms, along with their contact information, to The AIA SFRT is particularly interested in the following:

  • Have you formed alliances with other firms to pursue or complete projects that your firm cannot pursue or complete alone?
  • Have you collaborated with other firms to provide or attain special expertise for a particular project?
  • If you collaborate with other individual architects, how (and where) do you work with them?
  • Are you a small firm with the lead role in a large project?

For more information about the AIA SFRT please click here.

Note: In New Jersey, David Del Vecchio, AIA is the Chair of the AIA-NJ SFRT. He is also the New Jersey Regional Representative to the national AIA SFRT, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the national AIA SFRT.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Linda Reeder, AIA
Member, AIA SPP Advisory Group
Linda Reeder Architecture, LLC
96 Lyon Street
New Haven, CT 06511
T: 203.789.8377
F: 203.789.0264

NJBIZ List of NJ Architectural Firms

New Jersey’s leading business newspaper and reference source, is preparing a list of New Jersey’s Architectural Firms, ranked by the number of New Jersey licensed architects. We seek your cooperation in adding information about your organization to our database. This will ensure that your company is considered for the list read by business professionals and consumers statewide.

The top 25 companies with the highest rank will be listed in our April 19, 2010 issue. In December, every year, lists are compiled in the annual Book of Lists, which is used by companies and consumers across the state as a directory of services. Information from all companies that respond to the survey will be available online at, whether or not a company qualifies for the list published in the paper.

There is no charge to be included. Simply complete/verify the form and send it to Danielle Neufell preferably via online submission. You can also email the form to or fax it to (732) 846-0421. Please note, leaving fields blank will automatically generate an NA (not available) or WND (would not disclose) response. Required fields must be completed to be included on the list. It would be much appreciated if you would include a contact person’s name and e-mail address for our personal use. (We will not print nor share this information.)

Feel free to call us with any questions you might have at (732) 246-5733. Thank you for your assistance.

Why The Architect Should Be The Lead Professional On A Home-Building Team

NOTE: This article previously appeared in the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal in June 2009 and is slated to appear in the Mann Report in December.

By Seth A. Leeb, AIA
Immediate Past President, New Jersey Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Seth A. Leeb, AIA, immediate past present of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) is the principal of Seth A. Leeb Architect in Parsippany, N.J., which specializes in home additions and remodeling. He says that homeowners frequently make the mistake of not hiring an architect to lead their home-building or remodeling project. In this Q & A he addresses the issue of why the architect is important to the home-building team.

Why should the architect be the lead professional?

The architect wears many hats. He is the visionary who comes up with the concept. He develops the plans, does the construction drawings and understands the codes. He is also the communicator. He has to communicate ideas to both the homeowner and the builder. Sometimes he is the referee between the homeowner and the builder. He also has to communicate with subcontractors such as cabinetmakers, kitchen designers or interior designers — even the landscape architect or designer. So the architect plays many different roles. But he — or she — coordinates all these efforts. He is the orchestrator.
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Autodesk Adds Significant New Benefits to Assistance Program

Displaced Workers Now Have Access to 17 Products and Enhanced eLearning; Employers Get Discount for Hiring Program Participants; New Term License for AutoCAD software

With more than 5,000 participants in the Autodesk Assistance Program and more than 5,000 product downloads to date, Autodesk is announcing significant additions to the program announced six weeks ago. The program was designed to help displaced workers in the architecture, engineering, design and manufacturing industries maintain and develop their 3D design technology skills and help improve their employability in a down economy.
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