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NJIT Students Win Global Schindler Award

Students Fundraising To Support Travel Costs To Accept Award

Eleven NJIT students in the Master of Infrastructure Planning (MIP) program (a mix of undergraduates and graduate students) led by Georgeen Theodore recently were acknowledged for a Global Schindler Award, a design competition seeking an original design concept to engage the specific spatial condition in Shenzhen, China “Considering the Interface between Mobility and the City”.

The task was to create an urban design-based response to the mobility issues related to Shenzhen and its local and regional relationships in the pearl River Delta. It also required addressing social, economic and environmental challenges presented by globalization and urbanization.

This was the first time in the history of the competition that it was opened for North American universities. Out of the 250 total submissions, only 12 were chosen. Of those twelve, the group form NJIT is the only U.S. based team. They are planning to travel to Shenzhen to accept the award and see the site that was the focus of their design project.

njit_coadThe students seek to raise an additional $5000 to help offset their costs. Any monies collected will be spent on air-fare, trains, hotels and visa applications. The cost per individual student to travel to China is expected to be in excess of $2,000 each.

Their project was titled

SEZ TO EZX: SHENZHEN XROADS

You can read more about their project and fundraising efforts here.

Quinn de Menna, AIA Appointed to AIA Design for Aging (DFA) Advisory Group

de-Menna_QuinnAIA-West Jersey would like to announce the appointment of Quinn de Menna, AIA to the AIA Design for Aging (DFA) Advisory Group. The eight (8) member national leadership board advocates for innovative design and shares research findings with professionals via the AIA DFA Knowledge Community, to promote quality of life and superior environments for an aging society. Quinn de Menna, AIA is currently Director of Architecture at Alberto & Associates, Inc. located in Haddonfield, NJ, and a frequent attendee of AIA-WJ sponsored events. Mr. de Menna has participated in efforts such as the AIA Design For Aging ADA Task Force and presented at national Senior Living Conferences including LeadingAge Annual Meeting, American Society on Aging, Pioneer Network and others; on topics ranging from Dining Trends to Accessible Toileting and Bathing. AIA-WJ is honored to have one of its members represented on this national board.

AIA-DFA has recently issued a Call for Entries for its 2015 AIA Design for Aging Review. This program, a joint effort of the AIA and LeadingAge, includes a juried exhibition, a companion book, and education programs. The program encompasses a broad view of facilities designed for senior citizens, including nursing homes, dementia care, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities.

The Design for Aging Review seeks not only to demonstrate architectural design trends and recognize excellence but also to serve as a reference for providers, developers, users, advocates, architects, and other design professionals in this growing market. Since the competition began in 1992, more than 300 facilities, domestic and international, have participated in the review.

AIA New Jersey members are encouraged to submit projects for recognition. Please visit the AIA-Design for Aging website here for full program details.

Presidents Message – AIANJ Update and Grassroots

Spring is almost here in New Jersey, I know many of us are looking forward to warmer temperatures and to see projects delayed by weather move forward.  Though it is only March a lot has been happening in the architecture community in NJ.

We were saddened this week to learn of the passing of two architects who impacted the architecture community in New Jersey.  Paul DeMassi, AIA, and Michael Graves, FAIA.  Graves took architecture and design beyond structures, whether it was a building, a chair or a toaster he taught that Design Matters.   Read more about his life.   DeMassi opened his firm in NJ in 1971, was a past president of NJ Society of Architects  (AIA-NJ) in 1981, and three term past chairman of the Joint Committee of the NJ State Board of Architects and Engineers.   Find out more information.  The AIA-NJ community if feeling a great loss by the absence of these two members.

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aiawj_GR15_congDuring the last snow storm here in the northeast, leaders from around the country, and a number of AIA-NJ members were in Washington DC for the Annual Grassroots Legislative and Leadership Conference.   Continue reading

Working With The Media – Writing a Letter to the Editor

AIA-NJIn our recent year end review of the 2014 activities of the AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee, we asked you to stay tuned for tools that will help you make a splash in the press. Below, is the second in a series of articles that will help you in that regard. With your help, we hope to be able to leverage our strength in numbers to help promote architects and architecture.

In the inaugural installment of our Working with the Media series, we discussed the process of familiarizing yourself with your local media landscape, including reporters and editors from various mainstream and trade outlets, and local community papers. We discussed a process called source filing, in which you, as an architect, establish yourself as a professional resource for future building and design-related stories that a journalist may be writing.

This is a necessary first step to making a splash in your local publication, but as a standalone measure, it leaves you in a passive position. Source filing vastly increases your chances of being contacted by a reporter when they need a source, but what if you want to proactively offer your expertise to the media?

Without pitching a story to a local reporter, it’s still possible to get published through a simple letter to the editor. A letter should be short – ideally less than 300 words – addressed to a newspaper or website’s editorial staff regarding a specific story or pertinent trend. Once you’ve identified the correct email or mailing address for the editor (usually located on the ‘Opinions’ or ‘Letters’ page), it’s time to get started on your letter.

As you’re writing your letter, keep in mind a few key points:

  • Keep it (somewhat) formal: Begin your letter with a proper salutation and thoroughly check it for spelling, grammar, and unnecessary shorthand writing. The printed letter is a direct reflection of you as a professional!
  • Send it electronically: While sending a physical letter is a novel idea, you greatly increase your chances of being published if you email the letter. It’s far easier for busy editors to copy/paste a letter than to retype it.
  • Clearly state your position in the opening paragraph: Whether you’re responding to a recent article or commenting on a building or architectural issue, make sure that you don’t bury your main point. In the first paragraph, be sure to plainly state your stance in relation to the story or subject.
  • Don’t (always) have a bone to pick: The tendency for many is to write a letter to the editor only when they are upset or opposed to something that a reporter has written. In fact, letters to the editor can be laudatory of a reporter, fellow architect, development project – anything! In fact, as long as you’re offering a fresh perspective, staying positive is a great way to solidify your relationship with the publication in the early stages of your relationship.

Letters to the editor offer a unique opportunity for architects because they are not controlled by an editorial board or journalistic practices. They’re an opportunity to say something constructive, educational, or unique about architecture while solely owning the message. Best of luck and happy writing!

For more suggestions, refer to AIA Best Practices – Getting Good Press on the web at www.aia.org. Please note this is a password protected, member only website. Therefore, we cannot provide a direct link to the site for you. But you can find it under Practicing Architecture; Best Practices; Part 2 – Firm Management; Chapter 6: Marketing and Business Development. You might also find a lot of other beneficial material in this area of the website.

If you would like to read the previous article in this series, please click here.

If you would like to see a sample Letter to the Editor, please click here.

Kyle Kirkpatrick
Account Supervisor
Beckerman PR Real Estate Team

Bruce D. Turner, AIA
Chair, AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee

AIA Fellowship Workshop

red_eagleAIA New Jersey Members;

This year AIA New Jersey was successful in having two of its members elevated to Fellowship; Pamela Rew of KSS Architects in Princeton, and Joseph Tattoni of Ikon5 also of Princeton. We have begun to put in place a process to assist those who wish to apply for AIA Fellowship and hope to continue this year to build on this success.

Last year I was able to hold a series of seminars to discuss the process of applying for Fellowship, and it seems to have helped. As some of you know, I had the opportunity to serve on the AIA Jury of Fellows from 2008 to 2010 and I became very familiar with the jury selection process and what the Jury of Fellows are looking for in their deliberations. I will lead each of the two seminars outlined below and answer questions regarding the process, the jury, and the submission itself.

This message is to encourage those of you who might be considering applying for Fellowship to attend. Even if you may not be thinking about it in the immediate future, it may be helpful to attend to understand what sort of information you should be collecting and organizing in the interim, so that when you do apply, it will be an easier process.

To begin this effort I will conduct two identical seminars at locations around the state; the dates and meeting places are shown below. The seminars will be to meet potential candidates, help explain the process, discuss approaches and strategize how to work with them as they complete their applications. We now have a AIANJ standing Fellows Committee with members willing and able to help you in the submittal process. The seminar times and locations shown below will also be posted on the AIANJ website.

All individuals who are considering applying for Fellowship either now or in the future are urged to attend. 

Please call or e-mail me if you plan on attending, so I can get some idea of how many people we will have to accommodate. Thanks.

Allan Kehrt FAIA

 

There will be two seminars as follows:

Date:         March 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location:   The offices of Clarke Caton Hintz
                    100 Barrack Street
                   Trenton, New Jersey
                   609-883-8383

Date:         March 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location:   New Jersey Institute of Technology
                    AIA Room, School of Architecture
                   Newark, New Jersey
                   973-596-3079

RSVP:            Allan Kehrt FAIA cell: 609-240-1364
                         e-mail: [email protected]

AIA New Jersey Interviewed by WPIX TV Regarding Lightweight Wood Construction

edgewater-fire-chopper-2In the wake of the tragic events of the Avalon at Edgewater fire, Justin Mihalik, AIA, the newly elected President-Elect of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was recently interviewed by WPIX TV regarding the use of lightweight wood construction.  You can see the WPIX report here. The report is 5:26 in length.  Justin’s comments start at approximately the 1:59 mark and run through the 3:00 mark.

Granted, the conversation is far more complex than can be explained in one minute of TV time. And, the issue has received significant attention, including legislation proposing mandating fire sprinklers in all residential construction (Bill A1698) and a proposed two-year moratorium on all lightweight wood construction. Given the severity of the event and the public attention, it is more important than ever that architects and AIA New Jersey have a voice in this discussion.

This issue is being actively addressed by our Codes & Standards Committee, chaired by Robert Longo, AIA, our Legistative & Government Affairs Committee, chaired by David Del Vecchio, AIA, our Public Awareness Committee, chaired by Bruce Turner, AIA, our President, Kimberly Bunn, AIA, our Executive Director, Joe Simonetta, and the Executive Committee. Therefore, please make sure you share your opinions with your leaders of AIA New Jersey and your political representatives. Architects cannot stand on the sidelines while others determine the shape of the built environment.

Bruce Turner, AIA
Public Awareness Committee Chair

Working With The Media

AIA-NJIn our recent year end review of the 2014 activities of the AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee, we asked you to stay tuned for tools that will help you make a splash in the press. Below, is the first in a series of articles that will help you in that regard. This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more. With your help, we hope to be able to leverage our strength in numbers to help promote architects and architecture.

You’ve just completed design and implementation of your plans for a building. Or perhaps you feel that the media is ignoring an important architectural story in the news. The question is: Now what? How can you leverage your hard work and expertise to build your reputation and attract future business prospects?

Luckily, for architects, several avenues exist to publicize projects through “earned media” – that is, unpaid, “legitimate” news stories. And with the proliferation of specialized digital media, it’s even more likely that a building that you’ve helped to design can garner significant media coverage.

But first thing’s first. It’s often not enough to simply “cold call” a news outlet in order to garner ink. Working with the media is as much about building relationships as it is about hard news. Remember, reporters are people, too!

Building a working acquaintanceship with your local media is effective not only in building respect for your firm’s individual projects, but also in positioning yourself as a go-to expert for architectural issues. Reporters will often need to quickly reach out to an industry expert in order to obtain necessary information or print a quote for their story. This process is called source filing.

Luckily, beginning the dialogue with your local media is relatively straightforward:

  • Familiarize yourself with local media: The first step to interacting with your local reporters is to understand their publication and their area of expertise. Read your local papers and identify which reporters report on real estate, business, and community development.
  • Email a reporter: In most publications, it’s easy to locate an email address for a particular reporter on its website. Simply send a brief “hello” introducing yourself, your practice, and your specific area of expertise. It helps to reference a story that the reporter wrote recently, which demonstrates your familiarity with their work.
  • Call the publication: Particularly when you’re seeking to connect with a reporter about a timely issue, it’s best to call the publication’s main number and ask for the reporter. You can even invite them to lunch or coffee as an introduction.

While these approaches may not translate to instantaneous news coverage, building a relationship with your local reporter is the most prudent first step to constructing your own public relations campaign. Over time, it will pay dividends.

For more suggestions, refer to AIA Best Practices – Getting Good Press on the web at www.aia.org. Please note this is a password protected, member only website. Therefore, we cannot provide a direct link to the site for you. But you can find it under Practicing Architecture; Best Practices; Part 2 – Firm Management; Chapter 6: Marketing and Business Development. You might also find a lot of other beneficial material in this area of the website.

Kyle Kirkpatrick
Account Supervisor
Beckerman PR Real Estate Team

Bruce D. Turner, AIA
Chair, AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee

Building Information Modeling Seminar

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

If you were interested in this event, please contact Bruce Turner at [email protected] or by phone at (856) 405-0351 to discuss future event plans. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

AIA South Jersey is collaborating with Atlantic Cape Community College and Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst and Doukas to present the following continuing education program on Building Information Modeling (BIM). For more information please feel free to contact Bruce D. Turner, AIA by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (856) 405-0351.

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AIA South Jersey Membership Meeting

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RESCHEDULED
The AIA South Jersey Membership Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 27th at The Crab Trap has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 3rd. The location, program and the menu stay the same, but
You must RSVP again if you plan to attend.
 
We are sorry for the inconvenience, and we hope to see you there.
 
Bruce D. Turner, AIA
President, AIA South Jersey

AIA South Jersey Member Meeting Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5 to 6 pm – Cocktail Hour, Cash Bar and Hors D’oeuvres

6 to 7 pm – Dinner; Choose from: Chicken Cordon Bleu, Broiled Fillet of Flounder, or Crab Cakes.

7 to 7:30 pm – AIA South Jersey Member Meeting

7:30 to 8:30 pm – Program

Location: The Crab Trap; 2 Broadway, Somers Point, NJ 08244; (609) 927-7377

https://www.thecrabtrap.com/

Program: “Multi-Layer Decking: Using Cellular PVC Technology to Replicate Exotic Hardwood”

Presenter: Michael Grace & Joe Reilly of Royal Building Products

Description: Our speakers will discuss an overview of the performance characteristics and benefits of using multi-layer, cellular PVC decking—a durable decking material that replicates the unique beauty of exotic hardwood. The presentation will discuss decking materials, an explanation of what multi-layer, cellular PVC decking is, performance properties of multi-layer, cellular PVC decking, and installation of multi-layer, Cellular PVC decking.

Royal Building Products is a registered provider with the AIA Continuing Education System AIA/CES. This program is approved for (1) HSW Learning Unit, which will be reported directly to the AIA/CES for AIA members (Course Number RoyalBP14-003).

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify leading types of decking materials and discuss decking material selection considerations.

2. Describe multi-layer, cellular PVC decking in terms of its manufacture, components, and function.

3. Discuss the benefits of using multi-layer, cellular PVC decking and evaluate its performance

4. Explain how to properly install and maintain a deck designed and constructed using multi-layer, cellular PVC decking.

Sponsors: PPG Industries, Inc; Represented by Chuck Bleakley, and Assa Abloy; Represented by Erica Paciello and Fred Spratt.

Cost: Architect Members: $20.00; Interns & Associate Members: FREE; Non-Members & Guests: $35.00

RSVP to Bruce Turner at (856) 405- 0351 or [email protected] by Friday, February 27, 2015. Please select a meal at the time of your RSVP. Choose from Chicken Cordon Bleu; Broiled Fillet of Flounder, or Crab Cakes.
*Membership determined by the membership roster as of the date of this meeting.

ICC 2015 Code Updates

BOB LONGO HEADSHOT 2014On behalf of AIA NJ, I attended the NJ Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board Meeting last Friday. John Terry reported that Governor Christie signed the legislation to adopt the 2015 ICC series of codes with the amendments recommended by DCA. The proposed amendments are expected to be published in the NJ Register on January 5, 2015.

As you may be aware there is a 60 day public comment period after which some revisions are likely before the law is formally adopted. DCA estimates adoption in June or July 2015. Considering the 6 month grace period (the time in which the design professional can choose to use either code) the 2015 ICC codes should become mandatory about a year from now.

AIA NJ is planning on hosting seminars on the updates to the IBC prior to adoption next year. Stay tuned . . .

Robert M. Longo, AIA

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