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AIA NJ’s East Coast Green 2017 Conference

Protecting the Health, Safety and Welfare of the Public

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While our country has been watching national environmental protection erode, the AIA NJ COTE Committee has been culling their resources to create a powerhouse, one-day conference filled with industry experts, award winning architects, sustainable sponsors and continuing education.

This event is nothing new for committee chair and past president, Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED Fellow, but this year it may mean more than ever before.

While we have limited control over the legislative requirements pertaining to the environment, nothing is holding back architects from educating themselves on best practices that can be incorporated into all of our projects, making responsible design an office standard, and beyond that, an industry standard, with AIA Architects leading the path toward a more sustainable future for the whole planet, supported on the backs of healthy buildings, responsible manufacturing and green construction practice driven by the smart choices built into the designs of an educated, environmentally savvy AIA.

This year’s conference looked at sustainability from a different perspective, with the primary program focus on sustaining the health of the people who use our buildings.  Wellness considered and built into the building, by design.

Held on June 22, 2017, at the USGBC LEED Platinum Watershed Center in Hopewell, NJ designed by Michael Farewell, FAIA, attendees were treated to an absolutely perfect day, as we stepped into summer. Mr. Farewell led two tours, inside and out, explaining the history of the site, the basis for many of the design decisions and how the building works, from day-to-day, as well as through the seasons.  Michael was also the morning keynote speaker, presenting Two Rivers Run Through It: The Stony Brook Millstone Environmental Center.

For members interested in attaining USGBC Well Building Accreditation, a five-hour training seminar was taught by Lia Nielson of Simply Sustainable LLC and the Green Building Center, to assist attendees in preparing to take the Well Building certification exam.

Two other tracts included 8 courses associated with either Safety or Welfare:

  • Climate Reality – Effects and Solutions taught by Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED Fellow/ Faculty
  • Resilient Design in a Changing Environment presented by Tom Dallessio, AICP/PP/FRSA and Illya Azaroff, AIA
  • The A/E Role in Creating Good Indoor Environmental Quality, speaker Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED Fellow/ Faculty
  • Selecting and Specifying Healthy Materials in the Age of Product Transparency with Mark Jane Augustine
  • Meeting the new Energy Code ASHARE 90.1 & IRC 2015 with Bill Amann, PE, DCEP, LEED Fellow
  • Commissioning the Architects Role to Ensure Optimal Performance presented by Kirk Tucker
  • Show your Client the Money: ALigning Available Grants & Incentives with Project Goals by Gary Magiera and Tiffany Rolfing

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  • Tectonics of High-Performance Design presented by David Gibson, AIA

Video clips of the programs are in production for publication on our YouTube channel. Keep a look out for announcements of their release.

 

USGBC NJ Summer Social

All AIA NJ members are invited to our annual Summer Social networking event and fundraiser.
August 9th
Martell’s Tiki Bar
Point Pleasant Beach
Funding goes to support our Annual Kids Green Education event: Each year, USGBC NJ hosts roughly 200 children (& chaperones) from not-for-profit organizations including NJ Boys and Girls Clubs, and urban summer school programs for a green education event.
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Bergen County is Celebrating National Historic Preservation Month and you are invited!

award-announce-02228_001In celebration of May 2017 National Historic Preservation Month, Bergen County will hold the 2017 Historic Preservation Commendation Awards on Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 113 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ.
The 2017 Awards will be presented by Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, Members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Historic Preservation Advisory Board and the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. A reception will follow the ceremony.
The public is invited to the program and reception. All are welcome.
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Advisory Board Member William J. Martin, AIA will Emcee the event on behalf of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board. The 12 member board is well stocked with AIA members, volunteering their time and expertise to promote and protect the culture and history of Bergen County. Bill is joined by Board Chairman Bruce A. Barton, AIA, Matthew Wolchko, AIA and John Cohen, AIA.
 
The Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board serves as a resource to the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and to the County Executive and the Freeholders on historic preservation policy, interpretive programs, operation of county historic sites and facilities, preparation of a County Preservation Master Plan, and on acquisition and preservation of properties as county-owned historic sites. The board reviews applications and recommends funding for the Historic Preservation Trust Fund component of the BC Open Space Trust Fund, sponsors the annual County Historic Preservation Awards, reviews construction and development applications from the public and private sectors that may impact historic sites, sponsors educational seminars pertaining to preservation subjects, and, when requested, provides technical assistance on historic preservation to municipalities and private individuals. 

AIA South Jersey Member, Catherine Lorentz, AIA is featured in the news

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The Press of Atlantic City has featured Catherine’s home restoration project in their April Home and Garden section. Congratulations, Catherine, from your colleagues at AIA NJ. AC PRESS-1 copyAC PRESS-2

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

Inauguration and Awards Gala 2017

AIA New Jersey (AIANJ) and Architects League of Northern New Jersey (ALNNJ) hosted the Annual Inauguration and Awards Gala Saturday evening at the Sheraton in Mahwah, NJ.  The event gathered architects and allied professions along with their families to celebrate architecture and swear in the incoming boards of both organizations.

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c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

2017 AIANJ President Ben Lee, AIA, and 2015 ALNNJ President Paul Bryan, AIA, welcomed and toasted to a successful 2016 and for a prosperous 2017 ahead.

Architects League of Northern NJ presented the following awards and installed their 2017 Officers:

ALNNJ Trustee Awards
– Matthew A. Fink, AIA
– Todd M. Hause, AIA
– Joseph E. David, AIA

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ALNNJ 2017 Officers c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

ALNNJ Vegliante Memorial Award
– R. Terry Durden, AIA

 

AIA New Jersey made presentations to the 2016 Service Award winners and the 2016 Design Award winners.

AIANJ Service Awards
– Intern Architect of the Year  Megan Pritts, Associate AIA
– Young Architect of the Year  Andrew Burian, AIA
– Architect of the Year   Paul Barlo, AIA
– Architectural Firm of the Year   Kimmerle Group
– Distinguished Service Award   Michael J. Hanrahan, AIA

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2017 AIANJ Officers: Bruce Turner, AIA; Jessica O’Donnell, AIA; Brandon Warshofsky, Assoc AIA; Steven Lazarus, AIA; Ben Lee, AIA; John Cwikla, AIA; Kim Vierheilig, AIA; Justin Mihalik, AIA; Judith Donnelly, AIA; c 2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

AIANJ 2016 Design Awards
– 93 Reade Street  •  CTS
– Biotrial North America Headquarters  •  Francis Cauffman
– Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science & Innovation   • HDR
– Guerrilla Fitness  • Solid and Void
– Holly Pointe Commons, Rowan University   •  Erdy McHenry Architects
– MD Anderson Cancer Center  •  HDR
NJ Insitute for Food Nutrition and Health  •  Ballinger
– Olympic Archery Park   •  ikon.5 architects
– Pinbright Institute  •  HDR
– Porcelanosa  •  CTS
Prosepct Avenue House  •  Joseph Hobart Weiss
– The Unitarian Church Expansion  • ikon.5 architects
– Village House   • Stonewater Architects

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Ben Lee, AIA with Robert Cozzarelli, AIA and Bruce Turner, AIA c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

The new Regional Representative Bruce Turner, AIA, installed the 2017 AIANJ officers.  Outgoing Regional Representative Robert Cozzarelli, AIA, was honored for his service to the organization as well as other past presidents in attendance.

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AIANJ Past Presidents c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 President Justin Mihalik with 2017 President Ben Lee, AIA c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 AIANJ Inaugural

 

AIA NEW JERSEY & ARCHITECTS LEAGUE OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY

INAUGURAL AND AWARDS GALA

HONORING:
BEN P. LEE, AIA 2017 AIA NJ PRESIDENT
THOMAS HAGGERTY, 2017 ALNNJ PRESIDENT
JUSTIN A. MIHALIK, 2016 AIA NJ PRESIDENT
BRYAN PENNINGTON, 2016 ALNNJ PRESIDENT

and the Incoming and Outgoing Boards of Both Components

When:  Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where:  Sheraton Mahwah Hotel
1 International Blvd. Mahwah, NJ 07495

Cost: $150/person
$75 associates/students

Black Tie Optional

Please RSVP by December 15, 2016 by clicking here.

SPONSORS ARE WELCOMED!  For a sponsorship prospectus, click here.

 

President’s Message – The Year of 2015

As 2015 is now in the past, it is amazing how fast the year flew by.  It has been an honor to serve as your AIANJ President over the past 12 months.

Much happened during the year, both in AIANJ and each of the six local sections.  Each month saw multiple events throughout the state.   I enjoyed meeting so many members, students and trade professionals; and talking about our profession of architecture that we share.

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AIANJ December Board of Trustees meeting at Princeton University

Internally, time was devoted to looking at the organizations long range strategic planning and evaluating the value to our members that the organization gives.  AIA national has been evaluating the value to the membership, and we at AIANJ have done the same thing.  It is your AIA, and we want to maximize your value from the organization.

We have reinforced many goals of the organization and we have been working towards them, including increased public outreach regarding the architecture profession, creating an online resource for both members and the public, more connection with the architects of tomorrow through increased involvement with the schools of architecture in the state and assistance for associates in the IDP/ARE process.

As part of that over the year AIANJ worked with all three of New Jersey’s Schools of Architecture – NJIT, Princeton, and NJ’s newest at Kean University.   To name a few initiatives – AIANJ sponsored an IDP event at NJIT, discussed the formation of an AIAS chapter at Kean University and opened dialogue with the new Dean at Princeton University.

Overall, 2015 was a good year, most of the firm owners I have talked with have agreed that the economy has improved from where we were a few years ago.   There was more project work, many firms have even brought on more staff to meet the need.  Students and young members have been successful in finding employment.  The profession is respected and we as the leaders are often reached out to for our ideas and participation locally.

All of the things that AIANJ did this year was the result of a team effort.   I would like to say Thank You to everyone who has played a part along the way.  There are to many people to call out by name, so just a Thank You to all.

And lastly, Good Luck to Justin Mihalik, AIA, as you start your year as 2016 President, I look forward to continuing to work with you.

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Kimberly Bunn, AIA, LEEDap
2015 AIANJ President

 

 

What is Your Favorite Place?

AIA-NJIn 2015 AIANJ Public Awareness Committee started a new initiative to be an ongoing series of articles, written by architects about some of there favorite or most memorable spaces.  It could be a building, a park, a town.  Whatever is special to that person.  This is  My Favorite Places.
 
We are looking for members to continue this series in 2016.  Our committee will help you and can assist in getting it not only on our AIA-NJ website but also a local NJ paper.   If you are interested in writing a short article about your favorite place, please contact the AIANJ Public Awareness Chair, Bruce Turner, AIA, at [email protected].  

 

2016 Inaugural and Awards Dinner

YOU’RE INVITED!
AIA NEW JERSEY
AIA NEWARK & SUBURBAN ARCHITECTS
INAUGURAL AND AWARDS GALA
 
WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 2016
TIME: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (Cocktails, dinner & dancing, live music)

WHERE: The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ 07932

COST: $150 / person ($75 associates/students)

Please RSVP by January 15, 2016
Black tie optional affair celebrates the distinguished service of our past year’s presidents and their boards of trustees at our gala event.

Presentation of our Service Awards, which highlight the best of our organizations members. These awards include; Distinguished Service Award, Architect of the Year, as well as many others.

Attendance between 250-275 attendees. Many of whom are current or past leaders of our two organizations, not to mention several VIPs from AIA National.

We hope you join us for a fun filled evening!
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