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Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science & Innovation, University of MD, by HDR, wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the unbuilt category.

red_eagleBrendan Iribe Center for Computer Science + Innovation
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The new Center for Computer Science + Innovation creates a renewed identity for the Computer Science department and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and will portray a progressive and contextual image on the College Park Campus that attracts curiosity and excitement, as much as it attracts students, faculty and partners. Easily visible, with views to the activity inside, it will be inherently flexible, composed of a variety of naturally – lit vibrant spaces, resulting in a building that celebrates the  importance of the computer sciences to the academic community and beyond. Sited just north of the main campus green, at an intersection between a main campus artery and highway Route 1, the building is positioned as both a gateway and a new beginning for
the University of Maryland’s computer science program.
The building addresses three main drivers:
Place. The Center for Computer Science + Innovation will be a gateway and emblem that marks a sea change in how students approach technical challenges, how faculty transfers knowledge, and how STEM disciplines collaborate through new innovative approaches. The facility is broken into two main parts — the main instructional and research space, and a 300-person auditorium with additional classroom space. The two are linked by connector space which blurs the line between inside and outside, creating a thoughtful academic and research center that links to student life and is in sync with the rhythm of the campus. To characterize the fantastic science happening within, an elaborate, solar – tuned curtain wall system was created — controlling glare and heat gain while creating an optical illusion of movement to pedestrians outside. While creating a radically new image for computer sciences, the building subtly gestures to the University’s traditions; bricks finishes on the auditorium and landscape walls evoke the Neo-Georgian campus design, and the building’s curved shape nestles within the orthogonal site plan.
People. People and ideas benefit from uninhibited collaboration and unintended social collision—serendipitous events that can lead to innovation and enhanced problem solving. The Center for Computer Science + Innovation acts as incredible catalyst for bringing people together for education, research and discovery. Multiple plazas, lawn spaces, and accessible green roofs create an inviting, accessible environment for students and faculty before drawing them into the space through 18-foot structural glass walls. The double-height ground floor is littered with opportunities for causal interaction, with seating areas, interactive displays a café, and a sculptural communicating stair. The ground floor will also be a place to host student and community activities, from job fairs to hack-a-thons. Ultimately, the facility hopes to promote collaboration with industrial and community partners and secure sponsored research grants, benefiting students and industry alike.
Innovation. The Center for Computer Science + Innovation links series of intersecting communities that combine classroom and administrative space with collaboration and research space, creating diverse nodes where students and faculty benefit from linkages across disciplines and projects, and from observing and participating in investigation, competition and research. The facility brings together faculty from a variety of disciplines that use powerful computing tools to address some of today’s most pressing scientific and societal challenges in areas such as national defense, precision medicine, big data, cyber-security and language and culture. Hacker space and maker space allow students, faculty, and industrial and community partners share knowledge and ideas via workshops, presentations and lectures, and work on projects individually or in collaboration. The balance of co-located program spaces and specialty functions is be fundamental to supporting a progressive pedagogy that reaches beyond the traditional classroom.

Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Prospect Ave Residence by Joseph Hobart Weiss, Architect wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the residential category

red_eagleProspect Avenue Residence, Princeton, NJ


Having recently purchased a prominent corner lot in town, the client had specific goals in mind. They were moving back to the town center to enjoy a more walkable lifestyle.  They wanted a modern house, and they wanted to maximize the floor area allowed for the lot while respecting the neighborhood fabric. The corner site is at a transition point in the neighborhood. In each direction are very different contextual conditions. The 140′ southern frontage is along a wider residential thoroughfare with a variety of widely spaced homes set back far from the street.    To the west are larger university apartment buildings. The shorter, 80′ western frontage along a minor residential street is populated with a variety of closely spaced older homes with front porches close to the sidewalk. Breaking the new house into 3 discrete forms allowed the new building to address the corner and each street on its own terms. The 3 ‘separate’ buildings provide an opportunity to bring sunlight into the rear yard.  The dominant street frontage is south facing.  Placing building mass along this edge maximizes the rear exterior open space. The corner building’ is 1 story and sunken, creating a ‘window’ for sunlight into the rear yard.  Separation of the second floor interior spaces is well suited to a family with independent older children.  The roof top sun deck expands the usable outdoor space and provides an outdoor connection between the flanking wings. Connecting indoor and outdoor spaces is a shared value between owner and architect.

prospect2The design employs a great deal of glazing, especially in the rear, but maintains energy efficiency with a super insulated building envelope that, even accounting for the large expanses of glass, yields an overall exterior building envelope energy performance that exceeds current energy codes by 14% .  In addition, the home is conditioned with highly efficient geothermal heat pumps and utilizes energy recovery ventilators for ventilating the tightly sealed envelope. The new house has over 5,300 sf of interior living space and a 420 sf garage under the house hidden from view. Yet it occupies a smaller footprint – approximately 450 sf less- than the former house and detached garage.  A finished basement contributes to the usable living space.  Clerestory windows bring natural light into the basement and create a floating effect on the exterior especially at night. A limestone chimney visible from inside and outside anchors the building to the site.


Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Village House by Stonewater Architects wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the unbuilt category



April 13: Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

thomas-jefferson-3JEFFERSON, A DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACTOR? In Jack McLaughlin’s book, Jefferson and Monticello, he writes: “Although there were no architects in the modern sense of the word – those who professionally designed buildings – in colonial Virginia, the more substantial plantation homes were constructed by professionals. It was usually a master bricklayer or carpenter who took on the functions of what today would be a building contractor. * * * Thomas Jefferson, on the other hand, from his earliest decision to build a house, made a commitment to design and supervise construction of it himself. * * * His decision to become his own architect and general contractor was not surprising, given what we know of this unusual young man.” (pp. 36-37). The author later attributes this to Jefferson’s concerns with the “minutest detail” and the fact that no work got done unless he was on site!

Timeline of Jefferson’s Life

1743. Born at Shadwell

1760-62. Attended the College of William & Mary

1762-67. Studied law with George Wythe

1767. Admitted to practice law (age 24)

1768. Began leveling mountain top for his new home at Monticello

1772. Married Martha

1774. Retired from law practice, inherited 11,000 acres and 135 slaves from his father-in-law

1775. Elected to the Continental Congress

1776. Writes Declaration of Independence; signed on July 4th

1779-81. Served as Governor of Virginia

1783. Elected to Congress

1790-93. First U.S. Secretary of State

1797-1801. Vice President

1801-09. U.S. President 1819: Designs UVA plan

1826. Died on July 4th at Monticello, Virginia

From: The Jefferson Society’s Quarterly Journal, The Monticello, Oct 2012 Edition

Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Rowan University Holly Pointe Commons by Erdy McHenry Architecture, LLC wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the residential category



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Holly Pointe Commons is located at the southeast corner of Rowan University’s main campus, bordered by Mullica Hill Road (route 322) and North Main Street. The building includes two interconnected wings joined by study bridges above the ground level. The building is organized along a gradual curve establishing a formal campus oval at the terminus to the existing pedestrian campus greenway. The outer edge of the oval creates a new campus gateway to visitors approaching the university from the east while enhancing student safety. The building is situated with a sensitivity toward the natural landscape and surrounded by a rain garden serving as a visual/physical buffer and an environmentally sensitive approach to water management. A new dining facility anchors the western end of the site, overlooking historic Abbott’s Pond.  Student housing, more than simply a place for students to eat and sleep, offers an opportunity to foster community and lifelong social impact. With that in mind, this 1,415 bed residential program is organized around smaller communities (pods) of 35 to 40 students in a college house experience, providing for the physical and social needs of students. Social and academic development is nurtured and supported throughout the living/learning community by an integrated series of lounges, recreation and laundry facilities encouraging interaction among residents.


Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! MD Anderson Cancer Center by HDR wins an AIA NJ Honor Award in the built category





HDR Zayed

PREMISE: Architecture as a catalyst to curing cancer.   The design reinterprets the conventional laboratory building typology, and replaces it with a people-centric solution with a nexus of knowledge transfer and discovery at its heart.  The transparency of the design both literally and symbolically sheds light on new ideas that are shared by all.

CONCEPT: The building is articulated into four wings and a central hub. Wings are either office neighborhoods or warehouse labs. Office neighborhoods promote interdisciplinary research, and this co-location of scientists fosters knowledge transfer and idea exchange. The expanse of laboratories allows for flexibility and adaptability over time, and for efficient engineering solutions. The central hub acts as a living room and communal focus for the scientist and faculty. A central communicating stair provides vertical interaction between floors.

PROGRAM: The Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care is a 610,000 GSF medical research laboratory building that will house the Institute for Personalized Medicine and the Pancreatic Cancer Center. The facility is designed to accommodate the move by MD Anderson away from a departmental research structure, toward an interdisciplinary structure of programs, centers, and institutes.

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT: Separation of lab and office allows for independent mechanical systems. Laboratory HVAC equipment has a robust energy reduction and recovery system. (Conserve and Aircuity systems). Wings allow for narrow floor plates promoting views and natural light to occupied spaces.  A condensate water reclamation system for irrigation is being implemented. The glass facades are high-performance, with vertical and horizontal shading systems.

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Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! 93 Reade Street by CTS Group wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the historic preservation category

93 reade 1red_eagle93 READE STREET, NEW YORK CITY


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93 Reade St. is located in New York City’s Tribeca South Historic District.  This 5-story cast iron store and loft building was constructed in 1857 for the Jones family and is among the oldest surviving cast-iron-fronted buildings in New York.  Designed in the Italianate style, the building’s ornate façade is split into four bays at each story.  Bays are emphasized with fluted Corinthian columns while each floor line is emphasized by an ornate dentiled cornice.  On the upper stories, the window openings have flat-head arches with chamfered corners at the second through fourth stories and round arches at the fifth story.  Above the building cornice is a central arched pediment.  The cast iron façade had suffered from a significant lack of maintenance.  Additionally, it had undergone alterations in the form of a fire escape installation around the turn of the century and the original glass eye vault was covered with metal diamond plate with vault doors installed at the two west-most bays.

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Knightsbridge Properties acquired 93 Reade Street in 2011 and proposed an adaptive reuse for residential condominiums with a complete exterior restoration.  The CTS Group was retained by Knightsbridge Properties to prepare design and construction documents for the exterior façade restoration.  Restoration work was completed in 2016.

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The Project included comprehensive restoration of 93 Reade Street’s 5-story cast iron façade which includes an arched building cornice pediment and 1st-floor storefront cornice.  As in many restorations, the complete extent of the work was not established until the scaffold was erected and the façade was fully surveyed.  However, major damage was apparent in the east and west bays due to settlement at the building’s party walls. Paint was removed from the entire façade using grit blasting and paint removers.  This revealed additional damage which had been obscured by the paint. Sections of the façade were carefully identified, tagged and removed to the restorer’s facility for restoration work.  Restoration included replacement of all missing and severely damaged features.  All the replacements were based on the original building features from which molds for the new castings were made.  All replacement components are cast iron and all new anchors are stainless steel for longevity.  All façade features were surveyed for damage to their supports.  All compromised supporting structure was repaired or replaced.  There were numerous in-situ repairs. These were done to limit wholesale disassembly where possible.  These repairs included work such as “stitching” for crack repair and adding sheet metal cladding at some sill areas to remedy back pitching due to structural settlement. All original cast iron column capitals had been removed from the building.  Rather than replicate the originals (for which no good photographic images existed) the Landmarks Commission approved a design which was modeled on, but not identical to, a typical column capital.  Due to their complexity the capitals were fabricated from GFRC.

Scientific paint analysis was used to determine the original cast iron paint color.  The entire cast iron façade was re-painted based on the analysis.  There is only a limited number of skilled cast iron restoration firms.  We acknowledge the capabilities of Allen Architectural Metals in realizing this successful, high quality, cast iron restoration.

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Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Olympic Archery Park by ikon.5 wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the unbuilt category

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red_eagleOlympic Archery Park, Clinton, New Jersey
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Sitting in a bucolic sloping meadow of native tall grasses and stands of black walnuts, Archery Park is a rusting rural shed nestled within old growth landscape of northwest New Jersey to house an indoor Olympic Archery training facility. To mitigate its large 70 meter footprint on this natural site, the building has been carefully integrated with the
topography. Exposed concrete walls of the indoor range retain the sloping land and create a level meadow to the north for an outdoor competition range and a flat grade below for the indoor range.
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The natural slope of the site gently rolls around the indoor range and establishes a landscaped entry court of river birch trees and native grasses. Rough-hewn concrete, regional field stone and corten steel panels harmoniously unite the structure to its natural surroundings. The corten roof overhang, screens and panels allow the sun, over the course of the day, to cast dramatic shadows on the building thus further integrating the structure to its natural condition. Perforated openings in the rusting steel panels sign the function of the building from the adjacent roadway. In
addition to the Olympic-sized indoor training range, the facility houses offices, classrooms and support facilities for archery and hunter education.
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NJ Re-Forum Event Planned

AIA NJ Members…Land Use Law Reform discussion REGISTER TODAY

AIA New Jersey has signed on a part of the MLUL Reform Steering Committee and will be involved in the discussion.  Hope to see you there.

Municipal Land Use Law Re-Forum

Are you a municipal official, planner, developer, land use attorney, architect, or anyone else with an interest in local development who has found themselves frustrated by the ins and outs of the Municipal Land Use Law?  If so, join us for a Re-Forum where our open meeting format will allow participants to shape the agenda on what changes you’d like to see!




AIA NJ Women in Architecture Panel

161020 AIA 97-X2red_eagleAs architects we are called on to provide design solutions to social and economic issues that exist in our communities.  These issues mandate that we are able to understand and reflect the views of the people we represent.  To that end, diversity is vital to architecture, its relevance and the solutions it provides our diverse communities.

According to NCARB, 42 percent of new NCARB Record holders are women, compared to 18 percent of Certificate Holders.  While women remain underrepresented among practitioners, they now represent at least a third of licensure candidates at each stage along the path to licensure.

On the surface, it seems our profession is improving.  However, we need to dig a bit deeper to see the full story.  In 2014, AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design Committee released a full report, and the statistics were eye-opening.  While 42% of college graduates from programs accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board are women, only 28% of architectural staff in firms, 26% of licensed architects and 17% of partners are women.  The truth is we are enrolling more women than ever in college, however far too many are leaving the profession.

Last year at Design Day, AIA NJ asked three women at different stages of their career to talk about the state of women in the profession.   Karen Nichols, FAIA a Partner at Michael Graves; Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, a sole practitioner and Jaclyn Gazelle, an architectural intern.  Each of them had advice for how to climb the ladder, while still having a work-life balance.  They stressed the necessity for firms to create a work culture that was flexible and rewarding for both the employee and the employer.  Finally, the importance of mentorship both internal and external to a firm and the role AIA can provide in mentoring our next generation of leaders.


161020 AIA 94-S        Kim Vierheilig, AIA

Diversity – Women in Architecture Chairperson

Second Vice President

AIA New Jersey