Tag Archives: Competition

Save the Date for AIA-NJ

Don’t forget to clear your calendar to attend these important AIA-NJ events…

May 19. NJ Re-Forum. Municipal Land Use Law. Details and registration here.

June 12. Architects Action Day. Register Here.

June 22. East Coast Green: Health, Safety & Wellness. Registration is open!

August 1. Community Resilience Course. Limited capacity; register here.

November 9-11. Quad States. AIA NJ Design Conference is at this event! Click here.

CanStruction 2011 – Call for Entries

One Can Make A Difference

Download Team Entry form here

Each fall, AIA New Jersey members have the opportunity to donate food and money to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. This Food Bank fights hunger and poverty by distributing food and groceries, providing education and training, and making new programs to help people with low incomes meet their basic needs. As a non-profit organization, they act as the central food and aid distribution center for other non-profits that serve individuals, soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters.

Canstruction combines a unique design/build competition with a great way to help feed the hungry. Competing teams, lead by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made out of canned foods. Visit the national level website at http://www.canstruction.org

Last year, thanks to our sponsors, AIA-NJ and AIA Newark and Suburban, Goya, and Skanska USA Building, we were able to donate $1,791 and 45,000 pounds of food to the Community Food Bank.

Questions? For further information or to donate, please contact the Canstruction Committee Chair, Christy DiBartolo, at 973-290-8544 or [email protected]

AIA-WJ Photography Competition Call for Submissions

6th Annual Photography Competition - Call for Entries

AIA West Jersey is pleased to announce it’s 6th Annual AIA-WJ Photography Competition is open for 2011. We welcome all to submit – architects, associates, students, and shutterbugs to this juried competition.

Selected images will be included in the 2012 calendar and displayed at our Annual Inaugural Gala in January. Cash prizes to be awarded to the top three entries. Over the past five years top awards have gone to images from around the world. Have your photo included in this years competition.

For guidelines and submission information:

Submission deadline: August 10, 2011



AIA Announces Second Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition

The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals announces EP:2011, the second annual exhibition of work, art, and designs of emerging architects across North America. EP:2011 will promote the compelling work of the rising generation of architects and inspire professionals to mentor and engage the many talented and motivated emerging professionals across the country.

The exhibit will be displayed at the American Center for Architecture in Washington, DC from January 17th through February 5th, the final day of the AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.

In order to best represent the diversity and talents of emerging professionals, the AIA asks you to submit your works. Submissions can be the result of work in a firm, class, design studio, design competition, or personal investigation. Submission types include, but are not limited to, presentation boards, developmental design sketches and renderings, complete drawing sets, models, photography, paintings, and video. The AIA encourages the creative use of the exhibition space and the use of alternative and mixed media.

Work can be submitted by any architecture student, intern architect, or architect licensed less than ten years. Submissions from AIA and AIAS members will receive priority for display, but an effort to include as much work as possible will be made to create an exhibit that is inclusive of all emerging professionals.

Submissions must be received by January 7, 2011:
  • All files must be submitted in a single PDF or ZIP file format.
  • No one file can be larger than 25MB.
  • All images should be in JPEG or PDF file format.
  • Images must have a resolution of at least 150 dpi but should not exceed 300 dpi.
  • A description of the project (max 500 words) and the names of all parties involved in its creation must be submitted along with images in PDF or DOC file format.
  • No copyrighted material or work not of your own efforts can be submitted without prior consent from original author.

Submit files directly through the uploading widget or by email to: [email protected].

If you wish to submit a model or other three-dimensional work for display, please send a JPEG and brief description to[email protected]. AIA staff will contact you if the work can be accommodated in the display. Please direct all questions regarding exhibition space and submissions to this address; please do not submit project files to this address.

Newark and Suburban Section of AIA-NJ Wins Award For “Live the Box” Design Competition

live-the-box-3995b1The Newark and Suburban Architects section of AIA-NJ was recently recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a “Grassroots” excellence award for its 2008 “Live the Box” international design competition.

The design competition challenged innovative designers to “re-invent the box” by using shipping containers as both building blocks and primary design elements in a conceptual urban, multi-family, mixed-use project for Newark, N.J. The containers could be used in any configuration or quantity and in whole or in part.

The section won the award in the “Component Outreach Communications: Outstanding Overall Program” category.

The award was presented at the recent AIA Grassroots Annual Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., and accepted before an audience of more than 500 attendees by Judy Donnelly, AIA, 2010 president of Newark and Suburban Architects and Kim de Freitas, AIA, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) School of Architecture instructor and co-coordinator of the competition.

“This was a proud and exciting moment for Newark and Suburban,” Donnelly said. “Live the Box was our first international design competition, and we were surprised and pleased by the interest it generated — and the innovative and hopeful designs it produced — from applicants from throughout the United States and the world.”

One hundred and fifty participants from 13 countries, including those as far away as Turkey, South Korea and Romania, and from 26 states responded to the Web-only competition.

The proposed site was located at the tip of Newark’s Central Ward, once known as the Central Business District, near Broad Street Station. The site, which is within walking distance of the downtown and major cultural centers, was originally home to a Westinghouse Electric Corp. facility, which has been demolished.

The first prize of $10,000 went to Felix Heidgen and Thomas Nagy for their design of “NewPark Station.” Both are associates at RMJM Architects in Princeton, N.J., although they worked independently on this project. Noting the many neighborhoods that make up Newark, Haidgen said their goal was to create a project celebrating the “community within the community.” Second place of $7,000 went to Modulaire of Miami, Fla., and third place of $3,000 to Tang & Yang Architects of Savannah, Ga.

Moving beyond the boundaries of familiar urban architecture, the competitors stacked the multi-hued containers in imaginative designs that took advantage of the modular nature of the building material by creating repetitive themes.

Many of the designs aimed to reflect the cultural diversity of the city. The desire of urban residents for green space and places to exercise was expressed in the incorporation recreational elements and rooftop gardens. Sustainable elements included solar panels, wind turbines, rainwater harvesting and compost chambers.

The competition was the brainchild of Christopher Stone, AIA, then vice president of Newark and Suburban Architects. He was inspired by the view from his office window of the discarded shipping containers near Newark Liberty International Airport, seemingly waiting to be put to a new purpose.

“As design standards change and evolve and building resources become more limited, Newark and Suburban Architects has demonstrated through the Live the Box competition that architects remain at the forefront of solving design needs,” said Justin Mihalik, AIA, the section president at the time the competition took place.

The “Live the Box” competition was followed in 2009 by a conceptual design competition for a Newark Visitors Center, also sponsored by Newark and Suburban Architects. That competition drew nearly 200 entries submitted by architects from 31 countries.