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Jerome Eben Elevated to AIA Fellow

Jerome Eben, AIA

Jerome Eben, FAIA

AIA recently announced that AIA New Jersey member Jerome (Jerry) Leslie Eben has been elevated to AIA Fellow.  Fellowship is AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.

Jerry has committed more than three decades to OUR profession and to the Institute that supports the architects and architecture across the country.  His elevation to Fellow reflects his dedication to AIA as a member, an officer and trustee of  AIA Newark and Suburban, an officer and trustee of AIA New Jersey and, AIA Regional Director. It also reflects his dedication and commitment to students and aspiring young architects around the country.

Advocacy and the next generation of architects are two of Jerry’s passions.  He has shepherded countless young architects into the profession through his mentorship.  He has been involved in career fairs throughout the State, around the country, and has spoken at numerous events about architecture.  And, through his interactions with many legislators and officials, he has tirelessly promoted AIA’s message at both the local and national levels.

Jerry will receive his Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The Investiture Ceremony will be held ‪at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017‬. We at AIA New Jersey congratulate Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA on this tremendous accomplishment and thank him for his dedication and service to the AIA.

Congratulations Jerry !

PhilAIAdelphia Convention Recap from Across the River

The 2016 AIA Convention just finished and Philadelphia was a great host to architects and design professionals from around the world.  AIA New Jersey members were able to take advantage of the close location of convention this year and it was wonderful to see so many of us attending.


(L to R) AIANJ President Justin Mihalik AIA, Dean Marchetto FAIA, Michael Schnoering FAIA, and AIANJ President Elect Ben Lee AIA

Congratulations to the newest NJ fellows who were inducted during the convention:  Michael Schnoering, FAIA and Dean Marchetto, FAIA.

An AIANJ Fellows Reception to honor our AIANJ fellows was held on Thursday, May 19th, on the 24th floor of the Hotel Palomar.   Thanks to our event sponsor – Andersen Windows and Doors for hosting AIANJ for this wonderful evening.

The hotel was an appropriately location as it is also know as The Architect’s Building is a 1929 Art Deco tower that originally designed by a consortium of 20 architects and was the longtime home of AIA Philadelphia.

See Photos of the Fellows Reception here.


AIAWJ President Jason Lutz speaking at Graphisoft Student Design Competition event at Kitchen & Associates.

A number of local NJ architecture firms hosted a variety of events, including KSS, Gensler, and Kitchen & Associates.   Including the announcement of the winners of the Inaugural ARCHICAD Student Design Competition.

Friday night of the convention an open house in the Collingwood, NJ, office of K&A was the stage for the announcement of the winners and a presentation by Graphisoft.

The design competition used shipping containers and sites centered around Philadelphia and the AIA Convention and was sponsored by Graphisoft, Kitchen & Associates and AIA West Jersey.

Find out more about the competition here.


AIANJ’s Steve Lazarus speaking at the AIA Annual Business Meeting.

AIANJ’s Treasurer, Steve Lazarus AIA served on the AIA Credentials Committee and gave a brief report during the Annual Business Meeting.

If you weren’t able to attend, find some of what you missed at PhilAIAdelphia.

AIANJ Fellows Reception


Please join


for a


Thursday, May 19th 2016

6:30 – 8:30 in the Evening


Hotel Palomar

formerly the AIA Building in Philadelphia

 This is an Art-Deco Building

We will be in The Wright Room

on 24th Floor

with skyline view of Philadelphia

117 S 17th Street

Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored by


New Jersey FAIA Seminars on March 17 & 19

red_eagleAIA New Jersey Members;

This year, after two years without success, AIA New Jersey was successful in having two of its members elevated to Fellowship; John Hatch of Clarke Caton Hintz in Trenton and Gary Lapara of Michael Graves Architecture and Design in Princeton. We 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; 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.

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 we can get some idea of how many people we will have to accommodate. Thanks.

Allan Kehrt FAIA

There will be two seminars as follows:

March 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm
New Jersey Institute of Technology
AIA Room, School of Architecture
Newark, New Jersey

March 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm
The offices of Clarke Caton Hintz
100 Barrack Street
Trenton, New Jersey

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

Message From AIA-NJ Fellows Chair

Dear AIANJ members,

Over the past two years AIA New Jersey has had no one elevated to the AIA College of Fellows. As New Jersey’s new Regional Representative to the College, I’d like to initiate an effort to change that this coming year. As we all know there are many extraordinary AIANJ members who have contributed significantly to the profession for whom Fellowship would be a wonderful reflection of their achievements.

I had the extraordinary experience of serving on the AIA Jury of Fellows from 2008 through 2010, when I served as Chair. This is the seven member jury that reviews Fellowship submissions and is responsible for making the final elevation decisions. While more work than I could possibly have imagined at the start, it was one of the most intense and humbling experiences of my life. It left me with a sense of awe at what individuals within our profession are accomplishing. The AIA Jury of Fellows was the most well run, professional and fair process of selection than I could ever have imagined. After reviewing 660 submissions over the three years, it also left me with a deep understanding of the jury process, how it works, and what sort of submissions succeed. There are many individuals within our state who are deserving of this honor, we simply need to find them and assist them in their submissions.

To begin this effort I am going to put together a series of three identical seminars at regional locations around the state; it looks now that they will occur at the beginning of April. 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. As the seminar times and ocations are finalized, they will be posted on the AIANJ website with additional information.

I am currently reaching out to other AIA Fellows in the state to both identify and help candidates with their applications. Please begin thinking about who might be a potential candidate.

Thank you.

Allan Kehrt FAIA AIA-NJ