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YAF Connection – Spring 2017

The focus of this quarter’s publication is Sheltering where AIA New Jersey’s Stephen Schoch, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C from Kitchen & Associates was a contributing writer.

YAF Connection is a quarterly publication created by members of the AIA Young Architects Forum, a community of Architects licensed less then ten years.

Interested in contributing for an upcoming publication? Topics include Global Practice, humanitarian work and the theme of Certification. Contact your YAF Regional Representative Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, for more information on article requirements.

Governance Week 2016

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017. I am excited to serve all of you as the 2017-2019 AIA New Jersey Regional Representative to the AIA National Strategic Council. My tenure got a jumpstart early in December when I attended Governance Week 2016. This served as my orientation/initiation to the Strategic Council and a farewell to the outgoing Class of 2016. Among that group is our outgoing Regional Representative Robert Cozzarelli, AIA. His tenure marked the transition from the previous role as Regional Director on the AIA Board to the new role of Regional Representative on the Strategic Council. That is NOT a distinction without a difference. These are significantly different roles. Bob, and the rest of his Class of 2016, were at the forefront of defining this new system which has the specific goal of better serving the members and the profession. After attending these meetings in Washington, DC, I can personally attest to that fact that Bob was highly respected and did a very good job representing us. He will be a tough act to follow. I want to personally thank Bob for his many years of hard work and dedication to the AIA and the support he has offered me throughout the years.

The agenda for the week was packed. Our work started with two half-day sessions of orientation. During these sessions we were reminded that the purpose of the Strategic Council is to advance the profession of architecture by informing the Board and other Institute bodies of important issues and opportunities.  Toward that end we were challenged to continually ask the question: “What does it mean and why does it matter?” and to listen more than we speak. With that in mind I will remind you that my door is always open to all of you. I can be reached by phone at 856-405-0351 or by email at [email protected] Or, if you want to meet face-to-face, and you are in Vineland, you are welcome to stop by. Or, let me know if you want me to come see you.

paul-revere-williams-faiaAfter our orientation sessions, my group (the Class of 2019, or XIX as we refer to ourselves) was invited to join a Joint Board/Council Meeting. As you may have read in other publications, this was the meeting where the Gold Medal, the Firm Award, The Topaz Medallion, The Kemper Award and the Whitney M. Young Award were considered and ratified. It was a humbling experience to be in the room as these awards were deliberated and announced. It was especially moving to be a witness to the posthumous award of the 2017 AIA Gold Medal to Paul Revere Williams, FAIA.

The next day we were invited to the final Strategic Council Assembly of 2016. This was a day-long session with a variety of generative exercises, outreach exercises, reports, discussions and agenda setting for 2017. Beyond the specific discussion on any topic, it was apparent that the focus of the Council, and the remainder of the leadership, has the member experience at its core. This discussion was informed by the goals of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, namely: Elevating Public Awareness, Advocating for the Profession and Advancing Knowledge and Expertise. To achieve its goals, the AIA has articulated the following primary objectives: Career Pathways, Influence, Innovation, Market Leadership, Outreach, Policy, Relevance and Research. All the while we are constantly being challenged to try to find The Next Big Thing.

After (and among) all of these working sessions, we also had time for networking with our fellow Councilors and other leaders of the Institute. Since the Council only meets face-to-face three times during the year, this time was critically important to build or expand these relationships. Among these meetings was a reception at the Institute Headquarters, the AIA Presidential Inauguration, which was held at the Museum of African American History and Culture, and a Class of 2016 Dinner that was hosted at the home of Robert and Holly Ivy. I was glad to be joined at the inaugural by my wife Sarah, and David and Suzanne Del Vecchio, Jerry and Marsha Eben, and Verity and Andy Frizzell. I am sure they will also be glad to share with you their impressions of that event.

AIAeagle_2016Now it is time to get down to work. These are exciting and challenging times for our profession. But, working together I am confident that we all can make the AIA and our profession of ever increasing service to society.

Bruce D. Turner, AIA
AIA New Jersey 2017-2019 Regional Representative

Earth Day Irony

AIAeagle_2016By Russell A. Davidson, FAIA

As the U.S. Senate passed its long-delayed energy bill April 21, the irony was acute. Here was the world’s greatest deliberative body voting to kill carbon-cutting requirements for the federal government – on the eve of Earth Day and the signing of the COP 21 climate treaty in Paris.

In three short lines in more than 800-pages of legislation, the Senate repealed a policy that is already helping buildings owned by Uncle Sam – the nation’s largest landlord – cut greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, the Senate voted to eliminate Section 433 from the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which requires that new and majorly renovated federal buildings meet incremental targets leading to net zero energy consumption by 2030. The House last year also voted to repeal this provision in the landmark statute, an action which President Obama at the time said he would veto.

Through design, our profession is helping guide building owners, consumers and governments – particularly Uncle Sam – to be leaders in energy conservation and reduced dependence on the use of fossil fuels. Residential and commercial buildings account for almost 40 percent of both total U.S. energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. According to government statistics, better designed buildings have already saved our country approximately $560 billion in energy costs since 2005.

So why is Congress so determined to roll back this common-sense and money-saving provision? Section 433’s opponents (primarily the fossil fuel lobby) claim that it is simply too difficult to implement. But that ignores the realities of a market where such renovated federal buildings like the Wayne Aspinall federal courthouse in Colorado and the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Ore. are meeting the 2030 targets right now. In fact, the renovated Portland building was delivered 10 months early, saving taxpayers more than $900,000 in the process.

Meanwhile, stakeholders from a broad array of industries have been working with the Energy Department to implement this rule in a way that is smart, efficient, and effective.

Requiring significant energy reduction targets in new and majorly renovated federal buildings demonstrates to the private sector that Uncle Sam can set an example for other nations to follow. The targets help spur the development of new materials, construction techniques, and technologies to make buildings more energy efficient. And they show that significant energy reductions are both practical and cost- effective.

That’s why not only architects, but more than 300 other groups oppose efforts to weaken this energy-saving policy. We hope this short- sighted repeal is stripped from any bill that emerges from a House-Senate conference. And if it isn’t, the president should veto this mis- guided legislation.

Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, is president of the American Institute of Architects.

AIA Announces the 2018 President-Elect

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Congratulations Carl Elefante, FAIA!
AIA 2017 First Vice President / 2018 President-Elect

The AIA Announces Carl Elefante as 2018 President

The Institute also named a new secretary and at-large director during its annual meeting, held in Philadelphia last week.

AIA members attending the Institute’s annual Convention, held last week in Philadelphia, had the opportunity to vote for the elected board positions of 2017 first vice president/2018 president-elect, 2017-2018 secretary, and 2017-2019 at-large director. During the event’s closing keynote on May 21, the AIA announced the winners:

2017 First Vice President/2018 President-Elect: Carl Elefante, FAIA
Elefante, is a principal of Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, D.C., with a focus on sustainability. “Improving building performance must become a core competency for all architects,” he told ARCHITECT by email earlier this month. “Each of us will be called upon to contribute regardless of firm size, project type, community context, and region. We have the technology and know-how.” Elefante was previously the regional director of the Institute’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, and president of AIA Maryland and AIA Potomac Valley. He has a B.Arch. from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

2017-2019 At-Large Director: Peter J. Exley, FAIA
Exley is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a co-founder and director of architecture at Architecture is Fun, in Chicago. He is also the Illinois regional representative on the AIA Strategic Council, chairs the Public Awareness Campaign Subcommittee of the Institute’s Public Outreach Committee, and is a board liaison for the Young Architects Forum. “Whether we make small or big buildings, create interiors, teach or write about architecture, work in the public realm or the private sector, in the city, the town or in small communities, each of us is an advocate for design excellence,” he said in a statement. Exley has an M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania.

2017-2018 Secretary: Bruce W. Sekanick, AIA
Sekanick is a principal architect and managing director of Phillips|Sekanick Architects, in Warren, Ohio. He has previously served on the boards of AIA National, as well as AIA Ohio, AIA Ohio Valley, and AIA Eastern Ohio. His firm was named a 2014–2017 IPD Firm Award recipient. Sekanick has a B.Arch. from Kent State University.

Read full article here.

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AIA Look Up Film Challenge

LookUp Film ScreenshotAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA) Look Up Film Challenge Winners Selected, Public Vote to Commence

CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The winners of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Look Up Film Challenge have been announced at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. A jury comprised of architects and media professionals selected three top prize winners and recognized seven additional films in themed categories. The public can view and vote on their favorite video to win the Public Choice Award here: ilookup.org/filmchallenge. Public voting will be open until November 1st.

Film Challenge Winners: Continue reading

AIA NJ State Convention: PRACTICING IN THE NEW NORMAL

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PRACTICING IN THE NEW NORMAL

October 23 – 24, 2015

AIA NJ will be hosting the 2015 AIA NJ State Convention at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany from October 23 – 24, 2015. The two day event will include keynote addresses by Shirley Blumberg of KPMB Architects based in Canada, a retrospective of Michael Graves work and contributions to the field of architecture, Mike Michalowicz, author of the Pumpkin Plan and a discussion with Deans from leading Architecture Schools around the country.

Speakers will offer a broad range of topics from design to business administration throughout the two days. A Friday-only Trade Show will unveil the latest products and technology in the field.

Three tours have been scheduled: Hebrew Academy of Morris County , now known as Gottesman RTW Academy – Tour the newly renovated building complex that is a LEED building/complex designed by KSS Architects; World Headquarters of Wyndham Worldwide, both LEED accredited buildings designed by Gensler; and Craftsman Farms – Tour the Log House at Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley’s rustic country estate.

New this year will be the Design Awards Dinner where winners of the 2015 Design Board Competition will be announced and honored.

Mark your calendars now for the two-day convention that has the potential of 13 CEU credits. Network with fellow architects in the region and support AIA New Jersey.

To register, visit the event website.

Bridging the Hudson – Emerging Professionals Networking Event

AIA-NJ EPC (Emerging Professionals Committee) is hosting a networking event on 9/25 in NYC.

Bridging the Hudson will look to bring emerging professionals from both sides of the Hudson River together.  Emerging Professionals from AIA, ASLA, IIDA please join us.

If you are an emerging professional interested in learning more about these organizations, join us.
Friday, September 25, 7:00 – 11:00 pm

Thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this event possible – Wikhahn, Delta Light, and D’apostrophe.

Find out more information or register – Click Here.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the event organizer, Nick Caravella, at [email protected]

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Be a Part of Your AIA

red_eagleAIA is seeking nominations for members to serve on AIA national committees.   If you have an interest area and want to be a part of the national conversation on that topic.  Click here to find out more and see a full list of committee.  You will need to log into the member area first to be able to view this.

Committee Term
Academy of Architecture for Health Advisory Group 1 year
Academy of Architecture for Justice Leadership Group 1 year
Codes & Standards Committee 1 year
Committee on Architecture for Education Leadership Group 1 year
Committee on Design Advisory Group 1 year
Committee on the Environment Advisory Group 1 year
Construction Contract Administration Leadership Group 1 year
Continuing Education Committee 1 year
Corporate Architects and Facility Management Advisory Group 1 year
Custom Residential Architects Network Advisory Group 1 year
Disaster Assistance Committee 1 year
Diversity Council 1 year
Documents Committee 1 year
Federal Architecture Task Group 1 year
Historic Resources Committee Advisory Group 1 year
Housing Knowledge Community Advisory Group 1 year
Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art & Architecture Leadership Group 1 year
Interior Architecture Knowledge Community Leadership Group 1 year
International Practice Committee Advisory Group 1 year
National Ethics Council                                                                                                                  

Practice Management Knowledge Community Leadership Group
Project Delivery Knowledge Community Leadership Group
Public Architects Committee Advisory Group
Regional and Urban Design Committee Leadership Group
Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community Leadership Group
Small Project Practitioners Advisory Group
Technical Design for Building Performance Advisory Group
Technology in Architectural Practice Leadership Group

Help Celebrate Architecture Week

AIA-NJNational Architecture Week April 12-18, 2015

This week we are celebrating Architecture Week. In order to celebrate we are promoting an #archselfie campaign. This campaign seeks to acknowledge that certain individual buildings can have more personal meaning than others, and for different reasons. A new project can reinvent the way we use, see, or experience them within our community. Sometimes it’s their resilience, never changing or moving, that holds the meaning and represents something constant in our lives. Or, an existing building may have shaped our lives, or the lives of countless others that came before us.

Therefore, we will be celebrating architecture as a source of reinvention, recognizing the architect’s profound ability to impact an industry through design, a community through a building’s purpose, and the beauty of architecture itself through restoration and historic preservation. As a part of this campaign we are asking anyone to post “selfies” of themselves in front of any architecture they deem worthy: is it unique, is it meaningful, is it a place near and dear to your heart? Is it your home, school or office? Is it a place where you live, work or play, eat, sleep or pray? Whatever the reason, share it with others using the hashtags #archselfie #archselfienj archweek2015 & #iLookUp, because every building has an architect!

This year Architecture Week also falls on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13. While not educated as an architect, Jefferson is the only U.S. president to be recognized for his architectural affinity.  Jefferson once said: “Architecture is my delight.” Is it your delight? Learn more about Thomas Jefferson here, or share other resources you have found about him.

Happy Architecture Week!

What Do You See When You Look Up?

AIA wants to know – “What Do You See When You Look Up?”

See what architects see and pass it on, go to:

http://www.ilookup.org

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