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AIANJ Visit with Congressman Pascrell

Bob Cozzarelli, AIA and Larry Parisi, AIA meeting with Congressman Bill Pascrell in his New Jersey District Office September 5th to discuss key issues concerning AIA and the federal government

NJ-APAC on Capital Hill


New Jersey Political Action Committee (NJ-APAC)

by Laurence E. Parisi, AIA Washington, D.C.
March 19, 2014

grassroots2014Another fabulous AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference has graced us, but not without extraordinary excitement, great colleague camaraderie, and well-organized Leadership Plenary Sessions.

NJ-APAC – The political branch of AIA-NJ was represented at “the hill” by Ben Lee, AIA and I, together we attended the Government Advocacy Networking Breakfast and Congressional Staff Panel who discussed the purpose and the criteria for Capitol Hill Visits. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your Congressional District representative on their “D.C. turf” and present to them the issues set forth by the Institute and request their support. These issues are established by the Institute to help promote and support architects and building growth in our country. This year we had three requests for our congressional and senatorial backing.

  1. ENERGY RETROFITS – The AIA supports efforts to extend and make modest improvements to the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (179D).
  2. STUDENT DEBT RELIEF – The AIA supports legislation to allow architecture students to contribute their design abilities to help communities in exchange for student loan assistance.
  3. DESIGN BUILD PROCUREMENT REFORM – The AIA supports common-sense reforms to procurement that will help more design firms enter the marketplace.

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Message from the President: AIA-NJ Diversity Day

An important message from Laurence E. Parisi, AIA President AIA NJ



Dear Colleagues:
This is the first time AIANJ, The New Jersey Society of Architects is hosting this fabulous event. We feel that this is long overdue and are hoping to host this annually. The planning has been in the works for almost a year.

The concept here is INCLUSION. Inclusion is something that we all need and have little understanding of unless you have been subject to non-inclusive situations or environment.

The welcoming of all races, creeds, gender, colors, ages, disabilities, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, into our world of design and architecture. This is a significant step forward in a business that originated mostly as a wealthy white man’s profession.

I would like to personally welcome all our AIA members, non-member architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, venders, pretty much anyone related to the Construction Industry to come and join us for this inaugural event. Bring a coworker and introduce them to our diverse world.

The event is free of cost and you will receive 1 LCU. There will be a panel discussion with prominent figures in the world of minority spokespeople and light refreshments and libations will be served. I look forward to seeing you there. Attached is the announcement for this event with all the pertinent details. Kindly email [email protected] if you plan on attending. Come and show your true colors!

Diversity Strategies and Leveraging an Untapped Market

Please join us for an exciting panel discussion at Diversity Day on April 11th at NJIT.

Women & Minorities
This is a real important event for you to attend and voice your opinion. We need your participation to the future Diversity of our profession.

Women- Opportunity to meet Carol JW Kurth, FAIA a 2011 Diversity honoree and learn how she encouraged young women through her teaching, mentoring and practice. Also meet Nancy Goshow, AIA who chairs the Women in Architecture program in NYC.

Minorities- Opportunity to meet, network & join with local minority organizations. Learn how being part of their organization will support your career goals.

Principals- In order for our industry to grow we need to foster Diversity and Inclusion. Our demographics are quickly changing and without an effort towards diversity we will face a talent shortage. Come learn how others are embracing diversity for advancing business goals.

Invited Guests:

Joyce Raspa, AIA, Esq- AIA National Regional Diversity Chair
Carol J.W. Kurth, FAIA, LEED AP- Fostering Diversity through Teaching, Mentoring and Practice- 2011 AIA Diversity Honoree
William Brown III, AIA- (NOMA)National Organization of Minority Architects, President Ravi Shenoy, PE- (SIAEA) Society of Indo American Engineers & Architects, Past President
Nancy Goshow, AIA LEED AP BD +C- Chair of Women in Architecture, NYC
Manuel J. Pereiras- Society of Cuban American Architects and Engineers, Vice President Vicky Tran- NJIT- AIAS President
Jane Gaertner- NJIT- Career Services
Sherry Snipes, AIA- AIA National- Director Diversity and Inclusion

Who: Open to all AIA members, their employees & all Students


Where: New Jersey Institute of Technology, School of Architecture Building- Gallery Loft Space

When: April 11, 2012, 6:00pm Credits: (1) LU

Light refreshments will be served.

Please encourage your Human Resource personnel to attend. RSVP to Lori Lee at [email protected] if you will be joining us.

AIA-NJ Annual Dinner Held

AIA-NJ held it’s annual awards event at The Waterside in North Bergen on Saturday, Jan. 7 2012. The annual event also celebrated the top achievements among architects and architectural companies throughout the state.

2012 Executive Committee: (L to R) Mihalik, Wholean, Hanrahan, Eben, Kalafsky, Bunn, Purvis, Frizzell and Parisi

The 2012 President is Laurence E. Parisi, AIA, of Fort Lee. He is owner and president of Laurence E. Parisi P.C. Architects, located in North Bergen. With more than 40 years of experience, he specializes in the design and development of educational, municipal, residential, health care and commercial facilities.

“We express our sincere gratitude to those officers who served AIANJ in 2011 and are looking forward to another great year under the guidance of our incoming 2012 officer class,” Parisi said.

Jack Purvis, AIA, of Howell was installed as president-elect. Purvis has more than 25 years of experience. His firm, Jack A. Purvis Architect in Allenwood, was established in 1986 and caters to a wide variety of projects including new construction, renovations and additions to commercial, residential, private and public facilities.

Kimberly Bunn, AIA, of Moorestown, is first vice president. She is owner and principal of Moorestown-based Bunn Architecture, a full service architectural firm specializing in residential projects.

Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, of Howell, was installed as second vice president. Kalafsky is a founding principal and chief technology officer of the Aztec Corp. and Aztec Architects LLC. He is a registered architect in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Justin A. Mihalik, AIA, of Essex Fells resumed his position as treasurer. Mihalik is a principal at J.A. Mihalik Architect LLC in Essex Fells.

Verity Frizzell, AIA, of  Bay Head, N.J., was installed as secretary.  Frizzell is owner of  Feltz & Frizzell Architects in Point Pleasant.

Michael Hanrahan, AIA, of Readington Township, N.J., was installed as past president. Hanrahan is an associate partner at Clarke Canton Hintz, an award-winning architecture, planning and landscape architecture firm in Trenton, N.J.

Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, of West Orange, will resume his position as regional director. Eben is an architect and ambassador for Deutsche Steinzeug, a German-based ceramic tile manufacturer, and principal of Jerome Leslie Eben, Architect and Planner in West Orange, N.J.

Clair Wholean, AIA, of Jersey City, resumed her position as regional associate director. Wholean is a project manager at the New York City-based, full service architectural firm, Kenny & Khan Architects.

During the evening the AIA-NJ Service Awards were presented to the following:
Distinguished Service Award – Verity Frizzell, AIA
Architect of the Year – Jason Kliwinski, AIA
Young Architect of the Year – Benjamin Walmer, AIA
Intern Architect of the Year – Claire Wholean, Assoc. AIA
Firm of the Year – Arcari ad Iovino Archtiects
Resident of the Year – Lawrence Powers, Esq.

Past presidents of AIA-NJ recognized at Annual Dinner

Past Presidents of the organization were recognized during the event with a newly created Past Presidents Medal.   Fourteen past presidents, including thee latest past president Michael Hanrahan, AIA, were honored.   Recipients shown in picture at left: (L to R) Jerome Eben AIA, Stacey Ruhle Kliesch AIA, Michael Hanrahan AIA, Robert Cozzarelli AIA, Martin Santini AIA, Eric Wagner AIA, Robin Murray FAIA, Seth Leeb AIA, William Brown III AIA, David DelVecchio AIA, Stephen Carlidge AIA, Bruce Turner AIA, and Jason Kliwinski AIA.

The 2011 AIA-NJ Scholarship awards were also presented to three New Jersey residents.  Kyle Ryan of Cherry Hill, for $5000; Matthew Gins of Wyckoff for $3000; and Saif Haobsh of Wayne for $4000.

AIA New Jersey Holds First Board Meeting of 2012

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, AIA New Jersey held its first Board of Trustees meeting of 2012 in the AIA Room at the School of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark, NJ. After reviewing and approving the general operating policies for 2012 and the 2012 budget, newly installed AIA New Jersey President Larry Parisi, AIA outlined a series of proposed events for the year as follows:

  • IRC Seminar – Tentatively Scheduled for April or May, Location TBD
  • East Coast Green – June 13-14 at Brookdale Community College
  • Design Day – September 13, at the Berkley, Asbury Park
  • A Booth at the League of Municipalities – November
  • Diversity Day – TBD
  • Green Code Seminar – TBD
  • The Business of Architecture – TBD
  • Ethics for Architects – TBD
  • Architect as Citizen – TBD

Also discussed were plans for the annual Grassroots Leadership & Legislative Conference, March 7-10, in Washington, DC; a call for nominations for 2013; planned discussions with SDA Chief Mark Larkins; and updates from APAC, ArhiPAC, all chapter officers and committees, and each section. The leaders of AIA New Jersey welcome your opinion and input on these matters and any others you believe should be addressed. Please feel free to reach out to your section representatives or any officer of the chapter or committee chair at any time. Also, we encourage you to engage in conversations with your colleagues on our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and our Website Blog.