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AIAS NJIT Northeast Fall Quad Conference

An Open Letter from the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Northeast Fall Quad Conference

This coming fall, the American Institute of Architecture Students at NJIT (AIAS NJIT) is excited to be hosting the Northeast Fall Quad Conference held amongst AIAS chapters and professional architects for a weekend on October 18-21, 2012. Our theme for the conference is Revitalizing Cities: Newark, like many industrial cities in the Northeast USA, was once a booming city but it experienced racial tensions and subsequent urban downfall. However, because of its rich history and culture, Newark has become a major renaissance city yearning for revitalization. Like many other cities looking to be revitalized, what roles can architects and architecture play in this rebirth? Student leaders and professional will come together for the love of architecture to discuss and impact a city, our society and profession.

We have established ourselves as a non-profit chapter and a professional organization dedicated to connecting students and professionals, and making the voice and work of architecture students more prominent within the field. Your assistance will allow our chapter to put together a quality conference that will allow our guests to attend lectures with prominent keynote speakers, participating in workshops, exploring the wonderful places that Newark and surround cities has to offer, and of course, having fun.

As Co-Chairs of AIAS NJIT Quad Conference, we wish to formally invite you to be a sponsor at our event. Please look at the information regarding sponsorship levels here on our website. Your firm/company/product will benefit greatly with any package you choose. If we all work together, the 2012 Northeast Fall Quad Conference will be a success and impact the relevance of architects and architecture.

We are grateful for your kind consideration and we look forward to your participation.


Vicky Tran
AIAS NJIT Quad Co-Chair
[email protected]
Kamilyn Longmore
AIAS NJIT Quad Co-Chair
[email protected]

Architects League of Northern New Jersey Hosts 2012 Group Exhibit in Ridgewood, N.J. Open to Public; Opening Reception To Be Held on July 12

The Architects League of Northern New Jersey, a local section of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), has announced that the organization will be hosting its second Annual Group Exhibit from July 9 to 27, during which Architects League members will display original art and architectural work.

The 2011 event was at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford, N.J

The exhibit will be on display at The Stable, located at 259 North Maple Ave. in Ridgewood, N.J., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Architects League will host an opening reception for the 2012 exhibit on July 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. to which the public is invited and at which refreshments will be served. Examples of the art and architecture work include architectural plans, sketches, renderings, models and photographs.

“The purpose of the event is twofold,” said Ralph Rosenberg, AIA, senior design associate at NK Architects and chair of the event. “One: this is a great way of increasing public awareness of who we are and what architects do. And two: this allows us to showcase and share our projects with our peers without judgment or competition.”

“It’s an opportunity and venue for architects to let down their guards and show what they have been working on, how they work, and show their personalities and common interests outside of the office,” he continued.

The Stable, where the exhibit will be held, is an old barn that was renovated and now houses Ridgewood’s Parks and Recreation department. The Stable also doubles as a gallery for the display of fine art.

During the opening reception, the Architects League will also be showing “The Fountainhead,” a 1945 movie based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ayn Rand. The classic movie, which stars Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, focuses on a young architect who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision.

Last year’s exhibit, which was held at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford, N.J., had about 45 pieces from roughly 30 participants.

For more information about the Architects League of Northern New Jersey’s 2012 Group Exhibit, please E-mail Ralph Rosenberg at [email protected]

AIA New Jersey Holds First Board Meeting of 2012

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, AIA New Jersey held its first Board of Trustees meeting of 2012 in the AIA Room at the School of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark, NJ. After reviewing and approving the general operating policies for 2012 and the 2012 budget, newly installed AIA New Jersey President Larry Parisi, AIA outlined a series of proposed events for the year as follows:

  • IRC Seminar – Tentatively Scheduled for April or May, Location TBD
  • East Coast Green – June 13-14 at Brookdale Community College
  • Design Day – September 13, at the Berkley, Asbury Park
  • A Booth at the League of Municipalities – November
  • Diversity Day – TBD
  • Green Code Seminar – TBD
  • The Business of Architecture – TBD
  • Ethics for Architects – TBD
  • Architect as Citizen – TBD

Also discussed were plans for the annual Grassroots Leadership & Legislative Conference, March 7-10, in Washington, DC; a call for nominations for 2013; planned discussions with SDA Chief Mark Larkins; and updates from APAC, ArhiPAC, all chapter officers and committees, and each section. The leaders of AIA New Jersey welcome your opinion and input on these matters and any others you believe should be addressed. Please feel free to reach out to your section representatives or any officer of the chapter or committee chair at any time. Also, we encourage you to engage in conversations with your colleagues on our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and our Website Blog.

Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA a Guest of Steve Adubato’s One-on-One

Architect and author of the AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places, Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, will be a guest of Steve Adubato for his television show, One-on-One, on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. The show will air on NJTV at 7 PM and 11:30 PM, and on WNET 13 at 11:30 PM. This interview follows recent articles in the Star Ledger and Inside Jersey in which the AIA New Jersey Guidebook was publicized.

Meltzer/Mandl Completes Final Design for $150M New Jersey Transit Village | News | Architectural Record

Meltzer/Mandl Completes Final Design for $150M New Jersey Transit Village | News | Architectural Record.


Livingston Dining Commons to House Multitude of Dining Options for Students and Faculty

The award-winning New Jersey-based architectural firm, The Biber Partnership, has begun construction on a new multi-floor dining facility located in Rutger University’s Livingston Campus. The 62,000 sq. ft. Dining Commons is slated for completion July 2011. The dining facility connects to the new Livingston Student Center, which The Biber Partnership also designed, via a sky bridge that will span the main pedestrian axis through Campus. Connecting the two buildings will allow for a multitude of study, gathering and dining options. Seminars, meetings and conferences will be held at the Student Center with additional breakout space on the second floor of the Dining Commons, or meeting participants can choose to cross over to the Dining Commons for breaks or meals.

The design will provide a view from the Faculty Club/restaurant out to the lovely campus nature preserve located across the road. Taking into consideration the preserve, a storm water management system for the student center and the dining commons will be integrated and is intended to be an extension of the preserve as opposed to a large, concrete retention basin.
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GreenbergFarrow, a nationally recognized architectural, planning, development and consulting firm, served as design architect and the architect of record for East River Plaza, the 650,000-square-foot retail center on the FDR Drive in East Harlem.

Manhattan’s first retail power center, East River Plaza was a joint venture between Blumenfeld Development Group and Forest City Ratner. It offers shoppers many of America’s most prominent retailers, including Costco, Target, Best Buy, Marshalls, Old Navy, PetSmart, Bob’s Discount Furniture, and many others.

Situated on portions of three city blocks on a former industrial site, the 6.3-acre project represents an unusually efficient use of urban land. A typical retail complex of its acreage would only deliver some 60,000 square feet of retail space. Thoughtfully designed as a vertical urban mall, East River Plaza thus delivers approximately 10.8 times more leasable area than average retail venues.
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RSC Architects Project Named “Best of 2009”

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The Firefighter’s Memorial Park in Union City, NJ was recently given an Award of Merit by New York Construction magazine, and named to their “Best of 2009” list in the Landscape/Urban Design category.

The Firefighter’s Memorial Park is a tribute to the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue firefighters fallen in the line of duty. Designed by RSC Architects, the park opened this past August.

Read more at: New York Construction Best of 2009

Historically Speaking – THE HOUSE THAT BOOZE BUILT

By Fred B. Adelson, Ph.D.
Professor, Art Department, Rowan University

Gordon House by Weise

Gordon House by Weise

After World War II, Collingswood established itself as a flourishing South Jersey residential community, expanding beyond Haddon Avenue toward the Cooper River. This area, which was originally a vineyard, had become the Camden County Country Club by the early 1900s. Due to increased local opposition to policies that allowed members to golf on Sundays and drink alcoholic beverages, the club closed and vacated its 9-hole course, providing substantial acreage for development. Collingswood, in a promotional brochure, touted itself as the “Long Island of Philadelphia,” a family-friendly borough where “no saloon is tolerated in the town and the complete freedom of the place from all the evils that are generally attendant on the licensed selling of liquor.”

In August 1951 Jack and Evelyn Gordon began plans for a new suburban home, having a lot surveyed not far from the Cooper River. Relocating from Camden, they officially took possession of this parcel in the Vineyard Farms area of Collingswood. The Gordons commissioned Frank Weise of Philadelphia to design a new home for their family of four, suggesting a rather enlightened Modernist taste.
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Transforming the Face of Broadcasting–Literally

KSS Architects Designs New Learning Lab for WHYY Public Media

WHYY New Learning Lab designed by KSS Architects

WHYY New Learning Lab designed by KSS Architects

PHILADELPHIA—KSS Architects is designing the new Learning Lab at WHYY, a state-of-the-art educational facility that will enhance and expand the nationally-acclaimed public media organization’s existing Technology Center on Independence Mall in Center City, Philadelphia.

The Learning Lab at WHYY, which includes 7,500 square feet of new and 4,000 square feet of renovated space, will become the place for the WHYY community to learn new ways to share ideas and stories through digital video, audio and new media. Designed to be part classroom, part performance and production space and, most importantly, a community connectivity center, the Learning Lab will foster greater communication between individuals and their communities through the power of digital media, said David Zaiser, AIA, KSS’ partner in charge of the project.

“Our design highlights the Learning Lab’s mission to support learning in the surrounding community by rendering the new studio space as a beacon for education and discovery,” Zaiser said.
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