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WE GOT ONE!

By Jerome L Eben, FAIA

 

The line “we got one” comes from the 1984 film Ghostbusters.  I chose this as the title of this article after reading another article about the world’s first film studio, hence a connection to film.  The article appeared in my home town weekly, the West Orange Chronicle.  I look forward to reading this paper every week and normally turn first to an always interesting article about the township’s history.  Joseph Fagan is the author and serves as the official historian of West Orange.  West Orange like the AIA is nearly 160 years old. While on the National Board (2011-1013) I often spoke, and was extremely proud of the township’s architectural history.  Three of our founders were very much involved in designing and supervising some of the early architecture, that was built .  Richard Upjohn, FAIA designed two churches and Calvert Vaux, AIA and A.J. Davis, AIA were helped Fredrick Law Olmstead with the design of the first planned community in the nation call Llewelyn Park.

We all read stories in our local weeklies that will from time to time speak about architecture and planning.  I have found that most always the architect that is responsible for created these buildings is not mentioned.   Joe Fagan is a friend of mine and I sent him an E-mail after he wrote a beautiful story about two old school buildings in town and did not mention who the architects were.  Joe wrote back to me that he “is not qualified or well versed in architectural nomenclature to know the unique differences, so he keeps it simple.”  I told him where to find the architect’s name in the future and if he still has a hard time, to contact the West Orange Historic Commission. Marty Feitlowitz, AIA, is Vice Chairman and I am sure that he would be helpful in securing for him any information he requires about the architect of a specific building in town.

Joe’s article was entitled World’s first film studio in WO spawned global industry.  He described an oddly shaped small black building that sits behind a fence near the entrance of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park.  Joe went on to explain that the original building was built in 1893 and served as the first motion picture studio.  Called the “Black Maria,” because working inside it was like being in a police van, also referred to as black Marias.  The building was mounted on a circular track so that it could move with the sun, because the film speed was so slow that only natural sunlight would work in the production of these early films.

In this article, Joe gave credit to Bernard Grad, AIA a Newark Architect, who designed a replacement black Maria, in 1954, for the National Park Service.  This Black Maria still stands there today.  Maybe you and your children or grandchildren have visited it?

I immediately sent Joe an E-mail thanking him for providing the architectural credit, and so proclaiming in the spirit of when the Annie Potts announces to the Ghostbusters, “WE GOT ONE,” when a fancy Manhattan hotel calls asking for the ghost exterminating specialists.

Joe Fagan, is ONE journalist who now knows that when he writes about history and it includes the mentioning of a building, we can be sure that the proper credit of the architect’s name will appear in the article.

You can get involved in this educational process, by pointing out to your local journalists who might write about a building…………any building, that the proper credit should be given to the architect who designed it.  Should the architect not be mentioned, take five minutes and write an E-mail to that journalist and remind him/her that “every building has an architect, or should have one!”   If each of the nearly 2,000 of you takes on this charge, we will begin to have more of them and state that we have TWO, THREE, or MORE journalists providing the public with the pertinent information that the building they are writing about was designed by and architect.

Thank you!

Jerry

A Lifetime of Love for Family, and Architecture

Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

West Orange, NJ
February 14, 2017

On Friday, January 27th, NJ Architect Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, was sorting his thoughts in preparation of sharing his passion with more than 50 students at the 7th annual Pacific Cascade Middle School Career Fair in Issaquah, WA. Jerry had flown across the country from his home in West Orange, NJ to Issaquah, WA to share this very special event with his grandson, Alex Kernish.  On that day, classes of 6th, 7th and 8th graders would hear Mr. Eben speak on his profession, being an architect!  Jerry’s goal in making these presentations, estimated to have reached more than 10,000 people over the last 30 years, has always been to explain that the role of the architect in society is vital, protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, through the buildings that architects design.

How did this long distance invitation from the principal come to be, over the possibility of recruiting a local professional to visit the children? Alex’s mother, Dena, knows that there is no greater cheerleader for the cause than her beloved father, and submitted his contact information for consideration.

In Jerry’s toolkit were a few dozen of the beautiful photographs taken by Alexander Noble for the decade old AIA-NJ 150 Buildings and Places exhibit. Jerry’s confident that his nostalgic, historical storytelling, interwoven with the images, formed a lasting memory for a lot of these young adults.  He does not doubt that after leaving the classroom, they did look up at some of the wonderful architecture that is nestled so well within the natural and planted landscape of Issaquah, including their own beautiful school, provided by a board that understands the value of quality and consistency in their built environment, an so employs a district architect to provide all of the services to their school community. He knows that the seeds have been planted for some of these youngsters to come east for vacation with their families, seeking a trip back in time at the Edison Museum or maybe to consider applying to college in some of the magnificent halls shared in the images of Rutgers and Princeton.

He explained to them that if they like to draw, build, create or experiment with structures they should consider architecture as a career.  He stated that “it is a profession that you can continue to do into old age” and mentioned, Gilbert Seltzer, AIA, from West Orange, who goes to work every day and is more than a century young!

Jerry taught the importance of building codes, explaining why big buildings have at least two means of egress, sprinklers and rules about occupancy and use.  He encouraged that on their visits to the local movie theater or shopping mall, (and especially if they are on their own) that they need to be cognizant of where they are and that sometimes the way in to a building is not the fastest way out!

Jerry conveyed the role of the American Institute of Architects, the international, professional society, which has and continues to support architects, now in its 160th year, with continuing education, career advice, contracts and political advocacy, and most of all unification, providing one voice for architects to share and promote their values.

Jerry encourages us all to take some time out to go to a local school and speak about what it is that we do. It can be a real benefit for these young people and us, because those who do not choose to become architects may be our clients, and an informed person makes a better client!

Jerome Eben Elevated to AIA Fellow

Jerome Eben, AIA

Jerome Eben, FAIA

AIA recently announced that AIA New Jersey member Jerome (Jerry) Leslie Eben has been elevated to AIA Fellow.  Fellowship is AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.

Jerry has committed more than three decades to OUR profession and to the Institute that supports the architects and architecture across the country.  His elevation to Fellow reflects his dedication to AIA as a member, an officer and trustee of  AIA Newark and Suburban, an officer and trustee of AIA New Jersey and, AIA Regional Director. It also reflects his dedication and commitment to students and aspiring young architects around the country.

Advocacy and the next generation of architects are two of Jerry’s passions.  He has shepherded countless young architects into the profession through his mentorship.  He has been involved in career fairs throughout the State, around the country, and has spoken at numerous events about architecture.  And, through his interactions with many legislators and officials, he has tirelessly promoted AIA’s message at both the local and national levels.

Jerry will receive his Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The Investiture Ceremony will be held ‪at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017‬. We at AIA New Jersey congratulate Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA on this tremendous accomplishment and thank him for his dedication and service to the AIA.

Congratulations Jerry !

The BIG Ask

By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA
AIANJ Member of the ArchiPAC Steering Committee

For those who do not know, ArchiPAC is the only federal political action committee (PAC) speaking up for members of the AIA. The mission has been and continues to be to support candidates running for the US House and Senate who support AIA’s initiatives to preserve the profession and promote positive solutions for the built environment. The Stearing Committee works with both sides of the aisle and this has been a key strategy for moving the AIA’s legislative agenda through Congress.

In one way or another I have been involved with ArchiPAC for over a decade. Back in 2006 we had jus 23 donations that totaled $3,351. Our numbers of donators and individual donations have steadily increased and by the end of last year, we had raised just over $10K.

With just two and one half months left we are some $3K short of that goal. Increasing our goal, which this year was to 10% above last year’s numbers, would elevate effectiveness and compete with our counterparts in the building and construction industry. By doing so we would in effect elevate the debate on Capitol Hill by bringing awareness to the issues that impact the practice of OUR profession from tax policies that affect cash flow to energy policies that impact how buildings are designed.

The above explanation leads to the BIG ask from me to all of you to make your donation before December 31st of this year.  It is easy to do so long as your check is not a corporate one. I am especially asking our entire current and past leadership to step up and make your donation and help with the ask so others will also contribute.

You can make your donation by visiting the contribution website ArchiPAC.org or mail a check payable to ArchiPAC to AIA Headquarters at 1735 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006

Meet ARCHI

Meet ARCHI

Thank you
Jerry

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AIA New Jersey Endorses Jerry Eben, AIA for AIA National Secretary

Grassroots 2009

 

Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

 

 

June 10, 2014

To My Fellow Delegates to the AIA Convention

Re: Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

Dear Delegates:

As President of AIA New Jersey, I am honored to write this support letter for a colleague and friend who as dedicated more than three decades to OUR profession and to the Institute that supports the architects and architecture across the country. Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA is second to none in the efforts he has delivered to the nearly two thousand members in this Chapter and Region.

I have served on the AIA-NJ Board with Jerry for the past five years, where he has served over twenty years. I continue to look to him for guidance based on his experience and historical knowledge of our diverse chapter. Over his career, he has served and continues to serve as a mentor to chapter leaders and to countless AIA emerging professionals. His work with advocacy here in New Jersey, where the entire congressional delegation knows his name, makes him most valuable to us and the legislation we support that helps us in our practices.

There is no doubt that he has strong leadership skills, as evidenced by his selection to testify in front of a Congressional Committee in regard to cleaning up and returning urban brownfields back on the tax rolls where they belong. Lastly his effort in raising funds for ArchiPAC and then for his 2013 Class project of bringing emerging professionals to the AIA Convention are well known.

Please see the attached flyer for more information about Jerry and please join us in supporting him for the prestigious position on the new AIA Board as Secretary of the Institute.

Most sincerely,

Kurt Kalafsky, AIA
President, AIA New Jersey
 

To see a PDF of this letter Click Here

Jerry Eben AIA – Candidate for AIA National Secretary

“Jerry Eben is AIA”

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Jerry Eben For Secretary

2014_eben_AIAJerome (Jerry) Eben has spent his career championing the cause of architecture.  In his continued devotion to the profession, to architects and the AIA, in March he announced his candidacy for the office of AIA Secretary of the national board.

Many of us know Jerry, a number of AIA member’s credit Jerry for bringing them to their first AIA meetings and introducing them to the organization.   If you have not met Jerry, next time you are at an AIA event, seek him out, there is a good chance you will see him.

For a snapshot of Jerry’s involvement in ‘Our AIA’ click here.

 

Grassroots 2014 – Connect, Engage, Lead, Innovate

The AIA 2014 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference was held March 18th – 21st in Washington DC.  A number of your AIA-NJ leaders attended and were inspired to  build a better AIA.

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Some of the AIA-NJ members in attendance at Grassroots 2014

 

Along with hundreds of leaders from around the country and world AIA members discussed ways to effect change.  From the latest on AIA Repositioning  and how it could be seen in your local AIA chapters, to hearing from candidates for national AIA offices that will help to lead AIA next year and beyond.

In addition to seminars and guest speakers, part of Thursday was spent visiting our legislators on Capital Hill.  Taking issues important to all architects to our law-makers to effect change for all.

This year a number of items discussed were  discussed with local representatives.  Including the extension of 179D, the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction that expired at the end of 2013.  The necessity of procurement standards for Design-Build method of building on government projects.  Also, the National Design Services Act,  a program where architecture graduates with federally subsidized student loans could work in under-served communities in exchange for reduction of student debt.  Contact your local leaders to learn more on any of these items or how you can help.

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AIA-NJ President Kurt Kalafsky, President-Elect Kimberly Bunn, Aide to Senator Menendez, L&GA Chair Dave DelVecchio, and Regional Director Robert Cozzarelli on Capital Hill

 

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Jerome Eben from AIA-NJ a candidate for AIA national position of Secretary

During the candidates speeches, AIA-NJ member and past-president Jerome Eben, AIA, declared his candidacy for the office of AIA National Secretary.  We wish Jerry Good Luck in his run for office.

Regional Director’s Message

2012_eben_174By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

AIANJ Regional Director, ’11-‘13

All, I have been involved in AIA New Jersey for many years, and am proud to serve as your Regional Director on the AIA National Board.  At the most recent AIA board meeting in September we had a very important vote that will direct AIA’s future.  Please read the Message from the AIA President Mickey Jacobs, FAIA, that tells about this important meeting and how it will effect everyone involved in AIA.  

Also, Wednesday & Thursday is AIA New Jersey’s annual Design Conference.  Come out, join in.  This is a great event for you our members.  Find out more information.   I’ll be there, I’d love to talk with you.

 

 

Millburn High School Architecture Students Get Professional Advice

Millburn High School Architecture 2 and 3 classes had the opportunity to present their term work to a group of professional and distinguished local architects in June. Hugh Boyd, FAIA, Montclair and Nancy Dougherty, AIA LEED, Partner in Studio 1200 of Short Hills joined AIA Regional Director Jerome Eben, AIA for a critical review of student projects, and to talk with students about their work and architectural design.

For their final project, according to MHS Architecture teacher Dr. Roger Keller, AIA, “Students were required to design a structure project using BIM software. The project is extremely challenging due to a difficult steep site requiring the student to integrate the hillside, and engage the adjacent lake, while also using their personal cultural heritage to inform the design.” Students were also required to create a 3D paper model of their design.

Mr. Eben has been a guest in Dr. Roger Keller’s Architecture classes several times over the years, and Ms. Dougherty, owner of Studio 1200 in Short Hills has hosted the Architecture 2 class at her studio to talk about architecture. Mr. Eben is especially impressed with the architecture program at Millburn High School, as it is “the only school in the state that has an architecture program where students study the process of architecture, not just the mechanics.” He believes this is an essential course for all of these students, saying, “While these students may not become architects, they are likely to hire an architect in the future and thanks to this course they will have the necessary knowledge and understanding to bring to any architectural project.”

Dr. Keller explains, “Our program is aimed at a holistic understanding of the architectural process – not to necessarily create architects but to produce an understanding of architecture in our lives today as consumers, business owners, corporate executives, politicians, or anyone with input into the built environment. We therefore study history, ecology and sustainability, and are introduced to construction concepts, town planning, model building and 3D spaces, using the tools of hand drawing, Adobe suite, and Cad/ BIM and other 3D software to accomplish those goals.”

“We are fortunate to have these outstanding local AIA architects come, meet individually with each student, and provide professional reviews of the student’s ideas, design process, presentations and hard work. It provides a level of realism to our program that would be unreachable in a high school setting without their participation.”

For more information contact:

Nancy M. Dries
Communications Coordinator/Registrar
Millburn Township Public Schools
434 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041
973-376-3600 x163
973-376-6576 (fax)
[email protected]
 
Dr. Roger W. Keller, AIA – Architect
1824 Trails End Lane, Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania
Lead Art Teacher, MMS/MHS Millburn Township Public Schools, Millburn, New Jersey
[email protected]
cell (908) 419-6086