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2017 AIANJ Fellows Reception


Join AIA New Jersey in celebrating our newest
2017 AIA Fellow, Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

Thursday, April 27th 2017
6:00 – 8:00 in the Evening
Copper Canyon Grill 
9101 International Dr #1220
Orlando, FL 32819
Sponsored by:

RSVP by April 17th, 2017 to Chelsea Brooks


2012_eben_174By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

AIANJ Regional Director, ’11-‘13

Right up front, I want to recognize and proclaim my heartfelt thanks to AIANewark and Suburban Architects for helping build leadership, through great support for  OUR Emerging Professionals and next generation of architects!  Just before the Convention, I delivered a substantial check from this AIA Section to the Board Class of ’13.  This class as a project during our time on the National Board has championed the EP’s. With the help of this donation, the Original Thirteeners as we are fondly referred by will allow this now continue to raise funds after we leave our service on the National Board.  Last month we were able to fund the cost of 6 EP’s to the Convention.  AIA Newark and Suburban’s donation is making that possible for the future and I wanted to publicly thank them here.  Should any members or remaining sections of the Chapter, or the Chapter itself wish to do the same, please do not hesitate to contact me.  It would be my extreme pleasure to deliver checks at the September and December Board Meetings.

I am a fan of the author David McCullough, who has spoken at a previous AIA Convention and is an award winning author of American History.  His books have spotlighted many of the early leaders of our great country.  The underlining premise of these men and women has been the leadership they exhibited, sometime under great problems before them.  A favorite quote of mine comes from our 6th President of the United States, John Quincy Adams, and is as follows:

If your actions inspire others to dream more,

learn more, do more, and become more,  you are


This just past Convention was about BUILDING LEADERS and nearly 90 AIANJ members attended.  Mickey Jacob, FAIA as the current AIA President said it best in the Convention’s brochure: “Leadership speaks to the core values of our profession….the daring to dream of more livable, safe, and sustainable environments…the learning of new skills to turn dreams into something that captures the hunger of our clients and the public for a better quality of life…and the passion to transform concepts into action that makes a positive difference.”

The American Institute of Architects is all about leadership and that is why I have been a strong supporter of our Sections and the Chapter to send as many of their officers and directors to the annual AIA Grassroots Conference which normally occurs early in the year in Washington, DC.  Here in AIANJ, the President-elect has his or her own leadership event, normally just before their installation as President. I would urge the Sections to send as many of your emerging leaders to this event as well.

Leadership can be defined as follows:

  1. An opportunity  for you  (every member) to combine your expertise, experience and ethics to lead a team toward a successful outcome around positive actions
  2. A development of a set of traits skills that include, but are not limited to exemplary professional behavior, effective communication skills that includes active listening, collaboration and thoughtful decision making

The AIA mission is to advance leadership development across the full spectrum of individual architects over the course of their careers. Organized leadership events support, connect and mobilize the members in taking on or expanding current roles of leadership within the AIA and hopefully extend to the communities in which they live and work.  The opportunity one gains in getting involved, leads to leadership to serve the profession. This means that as a leader you can guide, mentor or educate another colleague within the organization.   You can extend the leadership learned skills to help others outside the profession recognize the value and expertise an architect brings to the table in community discussion.

In over 40 years as a member, I have found that leadership is diversified and in the continued commitment developing this skill has deepened my passion for a lifetime of leadership in the profession and in my community.

While I have numerous certificates of appreciation, the one I appreciate most is entitled Judy’s #1M.  It was awarded to me in 2010 by Judy A. Donnelly, AIA, at the end of her term as President of AIANewark and Suburban Architects.

I cannot promise certificates, but I can promise that by taking the challenge to build your leadership skills with involvement at whatever level you choose in our organization, you will find a unique and very personal journey to professional achievement.

Thank you,


Regional Directors Message: A Chance to Change!

2012_eben_174A Chance to Change!

 By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

AIANJ Regional Director, ’11-‘13

Thanks to Past AIANJ President Michael Hanrahan, AIA, I represented AIANJ on a committee of allied professionals who over the course of a year and half realized a need for a chance to change in how our 566 NJ communities can become healthier.   Together we produced a brochure on Healthy Community Design.  The committee decided that the goal would be for each committee member to present the brochure to their local Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Township/City Council as a way to explain what it means to have a healthy community and what they as our political leaders can do to make it happen?

I also saw it as chance for AIANJ architects to explain to our local political leaders what we do for a living while at the same time helping our home towns become healthier.  Below you will find some of my remarks in this regard made to the West Orange Township Council ealier this month.   Any of you can use, these  or create your own talking points and take the opportunity to make a similar presentation where you live?

We are believers that it takes a bit more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away!  I explained that above all DESIGN has an impact through better planning and building of sustainable communities that encourage people to live healthier by making it easier to walk, bike and incorporate mass transit opportunities.  In West Orange, I used the example of a need to secure fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods and beverages within easy reach of all neighborhoods.

I explained that an existing depressed and long overdue redeveloped downtown  needed to use this opportunity for a new supermarket to be placed in a vacant space.  It is here where we have a large population of elderly and new residents who do not have the means to travel far from their apartments or homes. I stated that the list of benefits for healthy community is long, but provides a positive method to reduce obesity, which is associated with chronic diseases and eventual developmental disabilities.  It is this fact that will continue to drive up medical costs. I could see by the expression on their faces that these members of my local Council were beginning to understand what I was suggesting.  Suggesting how the evaluation of the vacant space would translate into the proper facility for the population in need.

As architects and planners We have begun to realize that recently we have seen more and more people join a movement back to our cities; towns and villages where we believe the incorporation of smart and sustainable design principles may if we look hard enough, can be found. We are looking at preserving the urban centers that promotes managed growth while enhancing the individual neighborhood identity and all the time presenting outstanding architecture.

We believe that government officials at every level can contribute to the existing momentum by passing laws and formulating initiatives that create environmentally sensitive pedestrian friendly livable and accessible communities.

We all can give shape to The American Dream in the design of our neighborhoods where we live, the buildings where we work, the places where we play, celebrate and reflect.

As an architect and a planner I have been involved in creating spaces for worship, hospitals for healing, schools for learning, places to eat, and places to shop all over this great country of ours.  Together with my colleagues our hope is to bring a better life into brick and mortar reality of a healthier community.  Buildings are architecture and architecture forms the communities we call home.  The quality of life we enjoy depends on well designed buildings in vibrant communities like ours.  Our architecture helps communities create and maintain jobs.

I ended my presentation with the need for members of the West Orange Township Council to become educated on how we can better OUR community based on good design and planning concepts.

I have ordered some more of these brochures and if you would like a few to take to your local officials for a chance to explain what you do for a living, send me an E-mail and I will put them in the mail to you the very next day.

Thank you!

 – Jerry

Informative Seminar IDP and ARE Seminar Held at NJIT

On February 14, 2013, AIA NJ and NJIT Career Development Services, with the help of Jane Gaertner, hosted the IDP and ARE Seminar at NJIT. On this Valentine’s Day, several involved and concerned groups came together to ignite the passion of profession of architecture by educating, and creating a drive for our emerging professionals as they embark on their road to licensure.

The event was well attended by students, post-graduates and architects. Moderator  and NJ Intern Development Coordinator, Ashton Quintin  Jr., Assoc. AIA,  introduced the panel members which included Robert Ivy, FAIA, Executive VP and CEO of AIA,  Michael Soriano, AIA President of the New Jersey State Board of Architects,  Jerome L. Eben, AIA, AIANJ Regional Director and Director on the National Board and Michael Armstrong, CEO of NCARB.  Guest speakers included Joseph Abello from the NJ State Board of Architects and Martin Smith, AIA, Manager for the Intern Development Program. NJIT CoAD AIAS Chapter provided the manpower to run the event and AIA Newark and Suburban Architects and AIANJ provided the refreshments.

The panel provided keen professional advice to the numerous of questions asked, while also inserting their own experiences into their discussions, making the event feel more personal to the audience.  Mr. Armstrong stated that as students graduate they will find a field of acronyms B.Arch, NCARB, A.R.E., LEED, AIA, USGBC, PP, CSI, etc..  He explained that each acronym has a meaning that you the student will soon become familiar with in regard to specific standards and requirements of becoming an architect. The event specifically focused on the IDP and A.R.E. requirements as many of the attendees were just beginning the process in this their early careers.  Mr. Smith’s presentation about NCARB made many students aware of their general requirements to complete their internships and Mr. Abello’s presentation discussed numerous legal obligations and the law that all architects must follow.

As the Regional Associate Director for NJ, Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA reiterated the importance of AIA to those who may not know its purpose or value. For emerging professionals, AIA is not only an obvious choice for those seeking work, but also those who are seeking insight, importance and mentorship. IDP provides preliminary guidelines for those seeking to become architects, but AIA provides the continuing knowledge to become a leader in the profession.

Mr. Ivy spoke of his route to licensure and where it had now taken him in his long career.   His comments were captured on video and can be viewed here.   (Can’t view the video read highlights here.)  He also introduced Mickey Jacob, FAIA, the President of AIA who had come to town with him, and was going with Mr. Eben on the following day to tour ravaged areas of the New Jersey Shore from Superstorm Sandy three (3) months earlier.

Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director | New Jersey | AIA National Associates Committee
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Regional Directors Message: Follow the Leader(s)


Jerome Eben, AIA

Jerome Eben, AIA

By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

AIANJ Regional Director, ’11-‘13


When we were growing up we all played the game of ‘Follow the Leader’.  As the AIANJ Regional Director, I had the honor to both discharge Trustees and Officers from 2012 and immediately thereafter install the Trustees and Officers for 2013, which already in full swing across the State.

This year I chose to replace the standard quote that the Institute had given to my predecessors and me to be used in the discharge/installation process which came from President Theodore Roosevelt.   Instead, I sought out some other famous words that focused on a larger view of leadership and agreed with or supported the passion I believe we all have for our profession and our organization.

The leaders that were installed along with other Trustees or Officers that were in the middle of their terms were so recognized at these various events. These men and women are responsible for fostering a greater public understanding and recognition of the architectural profession.  They are in fact the public face of AIA, and they will use their professional knowledge and skill to work toward solutions of local problems.  In doing so, they will be assuring that there is quality architecture in our communities.

However, while the leadership group from each Section of AIA NJ and from the Executive Committee (the Chapter President and his team) will recognize, encourage and train the future leaders of AIA, and maintain high quality of leadership, we need the membership to utilize the full potential of our organizations to make them more effective.  Therefore in my closing remarks I emphasized that the leadership can accomplish little without the active support and participation of every member. Each section and the Chapter have room for each member to participate in some way, shape or form. Therefore, I am requesting each of you to evaluate just how you want the help. Serve on a committee, write a newsletter article, secure a sponsor for a meeting or event, participate in a design competition, trade show, art or photography competition, and better still grow our membership, by bring a non-member to an AIA event/meeting.  The list goes on for here.

Though I spoke for the membership and pledged to them your support in the coming year, I know through this article and the suggestions I made above, that you in fact will follow your leaders and get involved!

Thank you


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The Future of Architectural Education

In preparation for the NAAB’s 2013 ARC (Accreditation Review Conference) the AIA developed a survey to help quantify the emerging trends uncovered in their research at the ACSA Annual Meeting, AIA Grassroots, and AIA National Convention. The survey can be found by clicking  here:

The AIA asks that you take five minutes to complete this survey in support of this effort. They also request that you help broadcast this link to any others that you think might be interested in contributing to this conversation on the future of education and the profession. The survey will be open until August 12th.

Thank you for your help, and participation.

Jerome L. Eben, AIA
Regional Director, AIA New Jersey