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Come to the 2017 AIA NJ EPiC Emerging Professionals Night

Thursday, October 19, 2017Board Meeting: 4:30 pm
Social Hour: 6:00 pm
Food & Program:  7:00 pmSponsored By:
Porcelanosa USA
65 Route 17 South
Paramus , NJ 07652
Phone: 201.712.0556

www.porcelanosa-usa.comClick here for map and directions
2017 Sponsors:

Pella Windows & Doors
Platinum Sponsor

Structural Workshop, LLC 
Platinum Sponsor

KSI Professional Engineers LLC 
Silver Sponsor

Prosurance Redeker Group 
Silver Sponsor

October Member Meeting


Join us for our annual
Emerging Professionals Event
and the educational program:
“How Architects Can Lead Change for
Health and Wellness in the Built Environment”
1.5 LU/HSW
Introduction by:
Ben Lee, AIA, AIA-NJ President
Presentation by Emerging Professionals:
Michael Ferment, AIA and Andrew Lewis, AIAGenerously Sponsored by Porcelanosa


Please send your RSVP to [email protected] before 12 Noon on Monday, October 16, 2017.This event is open to members of all AIA-NJ sections, non-member NJ architects, and students, reservations required.


Economic globalization has had a major impact on population health. Our population has become increasingly overweight and obese; early onset diabetes has become more prevalent. During the same period, the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed. A more sedentary life style is becoming the norm through all age groups. Can Architects lead the change to improve health & wellness through our built environment? Architects can incorporate life cycle evidence based design and health & wellness design principles to all building types; i.e. for healthier housing, schools, workplaces, commerce and institutions.

Can Architects create healthier and more livable communities? To do this, we must venture beyond the physical boundaries of the buildings that we design. We must renew focus on the spaces between the buildings, the spaces beyond the property lines; the walking paths, bike trails, public transportation, the connections between the parks and community places, and the cultural/socioeconomic vibrancy that will create healthy and livable cities.

If we, as architects, can design and promote a healthier built environment, we can lead the change to improve the health of our population.


Ben Lee, AIA: Ben Lee is the 2017 AIA NJ President. He is a Board Certified Healthcare Architect by the ACHA, licensed to practice in 25 States and Washington DC. He is a Principal and CFO at NK Architects where he leads their national Healthcare Practice. He is an advocate for healthy & livable communities. Ben’s advocacy has included presentations to the NJ Future Redevelopment Conference, the Atlantic Health Knowledge & Networking Event, and East Coast Green Health & Wellness Conference, among others.

Michael Ferment, AIA: Mike is a Registered Architect in NJ, and has earned certifications in Evidence-Based Design and Sustainable Design. He is dedicated to understanding how the built environment impacts human health and well-being, and helping our clients incorporate Evidence-Based Design principles into their facilities. As a veteran, Mike has concentrated his focus on healthcare planning and design with special interest in Veteran’s Affairs projects. Mike was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Architects League of Northern New Jersey.

Andrew Lewis, AIA: Andrew is an advocate for wellness at NK Architects, where he oversees the company’s corporate wellness plan. Andrew is passionate about design, with a strong focus on building community through design. He is primarily focused on projects for Colleges & Universities.

AIA NJ EPiC and the Archtober Challenge

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Archtober is a month dedicated to spreading Architectural knowledge and celebrating our Emerging Professionals.

By definition, emerging professionals [EPs] are identified by their recent entry into the profession, not by their age. AIA National places EPs into three categories: architecture students involved with AIAS, AIA Associate members and AIA members licensed ten years or less.

AIA New Jersey is fortunate to have a devoted group of EPs who are working to activate the next generation of AIA members on local, state, regional, and national levels. They founded AIA NJ EPiC, our current Emerging Professionals Community, in 2015.  Since then they have continued in their leadership roles on various committees and have been selected as guest speakers/facilitators nationwide.

AIA NJ and the Architecture profession as a whole can immensely benefit from embracing the EPs fresh experience, greater diversity, and global thinking. We are all too aware of the large workforce gap that is becoming more prominent by the day as more Architects reach retirement.

AIA NJ and AIA NJ EPiC encourage YOU to reach out to the EPs in your office, section, or town. Start the conversation, share stories, and help create a cohesive line of succession within our profession. Challenge and encourage the EPs in your office to join you at the next general meeting in your section by sharing all the reasons why you decided to become an AIA member. Sharing your experiences as an Architect can only enhance the future of the profession.

EPiC urges the EPs to rise to the occasion and seek out a firm leader or AIA member. Ask them to join you at the next section meeting or EPiC event. AIA members have immense knowledge that can help you as you progress in your career. Get involved with the AIA and take your career to the next step.

Spreading Architectural knowledge is something we all strive to do. Volunteer to become a mentor or go to an elementary school and give a brief presentation on what Architecture is. AIA NJ EPiC has resources for you to use, just reach out and ask!

Share your success stories and photos with us by email or on social media! Let’s show everyone that when we work toward a common goal the opportunities are limitless.

Find resources and learn more about AIA NJ Emerging Professionals here.

 

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