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AIA-NJ to Host Annual Design Conference

Oct. 20 in Somerset, N.J.

AIA New Jersey Design Conference to Include Rutgers Campus Tour, Keynote on University’s Master Plan as well as annual Design Awards



The biggest names in New Jersey architecture will meet for a full-day architectural affair, culminating in a panel review of AIA-NJ’s annual design award submissions. In addition to the Design Awards Reception, the conference will feature a trade show as well as seminars on a range of topics, from women in architecture to emerging technologies for architects. In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University, the opening keynote will focus on Rutgers University’s master plan, while the annual architectural tour will be a walk-through of the New Brunswick College Avenue Campus, discussing the campus’ history, recently constructed buildings and what the future holds in store.


Keynote 1: Frank Wong, Rutgers Executive Director of University Planning and Development on the topic of “Rutgers University Master Plan, Then and Now”

Keynote 2: Stephen Chrisman, Senior Associate at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects on the topic of “New Traditional Architecture: The Work of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects”

Keynote 4: Rick Joy, AIA, renowned architect and former visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design on the topic of “Taking the Time”



      Design Conference – Thursday, October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Highlights include:

-Rutgers Keynote – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

-“Women in Architecture” seminar – 10:15 – 11:15

-Walking Tour of Rutgers University – 10:15 – 12:15

-Design Awards Reception – October 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

-Showcase New Jersey Architects’ Projects – October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.



The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ




Design Conference 2016 Happenings…


Speakers, Keynotes, Tours and the Design Awards are just a few of the offerings at the 2016 Design Conference.

Rutgers University Master Plan, Then and Now:

Speakers: Andrew P. Burian, AIA, Jeffrey Livingston, RA , Susan J. Ryan, RA , Frank Wong

Emerging Technologies in Architecture: A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Christian Jordan, AIA Philadelphia University

Panelists: Christopher Connock (KieranTimberlake),

Petra Stanev, RA, LEED AP, (StanevPotts Architects)

Ryan Lohbauer, RA, StanevPotts Architects Eric Oskey, RA, Moto Designshop

Rutgers University Tour

Speaker: Andrew Burian, AIA, Rutgers University

New Traditional Architecture: The Work of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

Speakers: Stephen Chrisman, Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

Profit…Then Art:12 Steps to Business Success in Architecture

Speaker: Mark LePage, AIA,EntreArchitect.com

and More…


See the whole Schedule…  Learn details… Register today…  


AIANJ: Women and Democracy Event

AIANJ Women in Architecture : Women and DemocracyWIA Final Logo

The AIANJ Women in Architecture (WIA) held the latest in its Lecture Series.  Open to all, this event focused on democracy and the local legislature.  Guest speakers Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin,  and Freeholder Tracey Silna Zur spoke at a round table discussion to members who attended.

img_0047 img_0050Join WIA at their next event to be held during the AIANJ Design Conference on October 20th.  Click to find more information and register to attend.


2016 Design Conference – Registration Open



aianj_dc2016at The Palace at Somerset Park

333 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Join AIA New Jersey at the one day conference dedicated to design, technology and tradition.  Take a tour of Rutgers University and see the campus transformation.  View the latest in products and technology at the Expo.  Network at the evening reception where the 2016 Design Award and Service Award Winners will be announced.  

Seminar Topics to Include:

Rutgers Masterplan, Then and Now

Women in Architecture, Diversity is Important to Your Business

Emerging Technologies in Architecture

New Traditional Architecture

Profit…then Art

The Works of Award Winning Architect Rick Joy, AIA

Click on the link to Register

2016 AIANJ Convention – Save the Date

AIAeagle_2016Mark Your Calendars

The 2016 AIANJ State Convention (Design Conference) is in planning for October 20th at the The Palace in Somerset, NJ

The full day event will have tours, keynote speakers, continuing education course, the annual Design Awards, and a Student Design Competition.  Save the date on your calendars now, more information and registration information to follow.



AIANJ State Convention Recap


The AIANJ State Convention was hosted at Hanover Marriott on October 23rd and 24th.

A wide range of Keynotes, speakers, tours and a trade show were held.
See some of the pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

Thank You to our Sponsors without whom the day would not have been possible:

  • Main Ballroom Exhibitors –
    Andersen Windows
    Capital Forest Products
    CRL-U.S. Aluminum
    Fairfield Metal
    Jain Americas Inc.
    M & E Engineers
    Microsol Resources
    Mid-Atlantic Precast Association
    Mitsubishi Electric
    Pella Windows & Doors
    RJB Environmental, Inc.
    Royal Building Products
    Shaw Contract Group
    Sherwin Williams
    Specified Building Products
    Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance
    Wausau Tile
  • Hallway Exibitors
    Huber Engineered Woods
    New Jersey Passive House/Cosella-Dorken
    Spark Modern Fires
    Warmboard, Inc.
    Whitehorn Financial Group, Inc.
    Varitronics Systems
    Microsol Resources
    Pella Windows & Doors
    Whitehorn Financial Group, Inc.

The 2015 AIA-NJ Design Competition WINNERS were also announced in Friday evenings cocktail reception.

Thank you to all the participants of the 2015 Design Competition.  Over 68 companies participated with over 100 boards.  The jury deliberated for hours and in the end selected the following winners:



Project: Community Center Long Branch

Firm:  MABU
Architect:  Bruce  Burgermaster, AIA


Project:  Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Newark

Firm: Slade Architecture
Architect: James Slade, AIA


Project: Architecture for Fragrance

Firm: RDK Architect, LLC

Architect: Rosette Khorenian, AIA



Project: Garwood Athletic Complex  

Firm: The Musial Group Architecture 

Architect: Noel Musial, AIA

Project : Steinberg Hall – Dietrich Hall University of Pennsylvania Wharton School


Architect: Tejoon Jung, AIA

Project: Ironbound Children’s Center

Firm: D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture, Inc.

Architect: Arthur Dogan, AIA


Project: River Run Residence

Firm: Michael Ryan Architects

Architect: Michael Ryan, AIA


Project: Summit Middle School Auditorium Preservation

Firm: EI Associates

Architect: Richard Basta, AIA


Project: Liberty Pedestrian Bridge

Firm: Jeff Jordan Architects, LLC

Architect: Jeff Jordan, AIA


Project: National September 11 Memorial Museum

Firm: Davis Brody Bond

Architect: Andre Pause, AIA

Project: Interdisciplinary Research Building, Howard University

Firm: HDR

Architect: Tom Smith, AIA


Project: The Hillcrest House

Firm: Jeff Jordan Architects, LLC

Architect: Jeff Jordan, AIA




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.

President’s Message – AIA Convention and AIANJ Update

IMG_8675This past week, I and many other architects from around the world gathered in Atlanta for the AIA National Convention.  From continuing education sessions and tours to a huge expo floor and interesting keynote speakers, there was something for everyone.    I met many people while there, a number were from NJ and the surrounding areas, there were so many wonderful conversations. 

CEO Robert Ivy announced the newest  video of the national public awareness iLookUp campaign, watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrtfXDk0L8A .
Two AIANJ  members were among the newest installed to the AIA College of Fellows.  Congratulations to Pamela Rew, FAIA, and  Joseph Tattoni, FAIA, on their elevation.   AIANJ would also like to Thank Andersen Windows for sponsoring AIANJ’s Fellow Reception celebrating AIANJ Fellow held on Thursday evening at Ormsby’s restaurant.
Mark your calendars now for next year’s convention –  May 19th – 21st, 2016, the convention is at our neighbor in Philadelphia.
As we hope you heard our AIANJ own Jerry Eben, AIA, ran for national office as a At-Large Director on the new national board.  Unfortunately in the end, Jerry was not successful, however we want to Thank him for participating in the process and continuing the important discussions on the national level that we all need to have.   His passion for architecture and love of AIA shine through – we at AIANJ are very proud of him.  Jerry will continue his work with AIA on a state, local and national level, and we all look forward to working with the new board in the years to come.  Congratulations to Thomas Vonier, FAIA, who was elected as 2017 AIA President, and to the other newest AIA board members – Stuart Coppedge, AIA; Jennifer Workman, AIA; Jane Frederick, FAIA;  Anthony Schirripa, FAIA.
At AIANJ many things are moving forward.  Registration for East Coast Green is open, to be held June 17, 2015, at NJIT.  If you were not able to come to Atlanta, this is a great opportunity to get your continuing education credits right here in New Jersey.  A reminder – 2015 is a license renewal year for NJ, get your necessary credits by the July deadline.   East Coast Green sessions are registered for both AIA and USGBC CEU credit.  Find out more information or register here.
In the fall, the 2015 NJ Convention will be held at the Hanover Marriott, in Whippany.  Many things are in preliminary planning stages for the event to be held October 23rd – 24th.  What for more information to be coming out soon.  Sponsor, exhibitors and speakers are being coordinated now, anyone interested should contact the committee – find info.
The codes in NJ are in the process of being update, and our Codes & Standards Committee, chaired by Robert Longo, AIA, is in communication with the state to keep us all updated as these changes happen.   The Task Force on Lightweight Construction that I formed after the devastating fire earlier this year has taken on the task of looking at the health, safety and welfare aspect of the codes and asking the hard questions, what could we do better?  The committee and Chair Justin Mihalik, AIA, have had numerous meetings, conversations and debates on building and construction in NJ, we look forward to continuing to work with our communities and elected officials to make the built environment in NJ the best it can be.
AIA is for all of us, and I would welcome your input.  As part of repositioning we are trying to make sure that all members are getting value from AIA membership.  AIANJ is going through this process right now, If there is something that is important to you please reach out.   Reach out to me – [email protected]  or another board member.  Reach out to your section president, they are your local contacts.
I AM AIA, you are AIA, we are all AIA.
– Kimberly Bunn
2015 AIANJ President

Save The Date – AIANJ Annual Conference

Save The Date:

The AIA New Jersey Conference

October 23rd & 24th

Mark your calendars – speakers and seminars are being finalized  –  Watch for more information soon.


Design Conference 2013 Spotlight – Keynote Kirsten Murray

Kirsten-Murray-2009The third 2013 Design Conference Keynote speakers is Kirsten Murray, partner and principal of Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA.   The firm is based on a simple principal –

 “That buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives.”

When she joined the firms’ owners group in 2008 it was  “continuing the evolution of the firm and furthering its commitment to the experience around architecture, articulated in exhibit design, interiors, and connections to urban and rural landscapes.”

For over two decades she has worked across a broad range of project types including mixed-use, private residential design, adaptive reuse, workplace design and urban design and planning.

Ms. Murray has collaborated on the design of several projects that have received National AIA Honor awards and AIA Housing Awards, including Art Stable and 1111 E. Pike.  To see more of her design work go to Olson Kundig Architects .

Murray’s project work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Architectural Record, and Architecture. She is the director of the firm’s experimental work space, [storefront] Olson Kundig Architects, and recently served as a feature editor of ARCADE magazine.


To find out more information or REGISTER for the Design Conference: