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Architects League of Northern New Jersey Hosts 2012 Group Exhibit in Ridgewood, N.J. Open to Public; Opening Reception To Be Held on July 12

The Architects League of Northern New Jersey, a local section of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), has announced that the organization will be hosting its second Annual Group Exhibit from July 9 to 27, during which Architects League members will display original art and architectural work.

The 2011 event was at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford, N.J

The exhibit will be on display at The Stable, located at 259 North Maple Ave. in Ridgewood, N.J., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Architects League will host an opening reception for the 2012 exhibit on July 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. to which the public is invited and at which refreshments will be served. Examples of the art and architecture work include architectural plans, sketches, renderings, models and photographs.

“The purpose of the event is twofold,” said Ralph Rosenberg, AIA, senior design associate at NK Architects and chair of the event. “One: this is a great way of increasing public awareness of who we are and what architects do. And two: this allows us to showcase and share our projects with our peers without judgment or competition.”

“It’s an opportunity and venue for architects to let down their guards and show what they have been working on, how they work, and show their personalities and common interests outside of the office,” he continued.

The Stable, where the exhibit will be held, is an old barn that was renovated and now houses Ridgewood’s Parks and Recreation department. The Stable also doubles as a gallery for the display of fine art.

During the opening reception, the Architects League will also be showing “The Fountainhead,” a 1945 movie based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ayn Rand. The classic movie, which stars Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, focuses on a young architect who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision.

Last year’s exhibit, which was held at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford, N.J., had about 45 pieces from roughly 30 participants.

For more information about the Architects League of Northern New Jersey’s 2012 Group Exhibit, please E-mail Ralph Rosenberg at [email protected]

AIA-NJ Celebrates Architecture Week With Display at NJ State House

“Design Matters” is the theme of National Architecture Week, which runs from April 12th to 16th. One of the ways AIA-NJ is celebrating is with an architectural display at the NJ State House.

The display of architectural projects prepared by a number of AIA-NJ architecture firms will be featured in the State House outside of Café NJ in Gold Finch Square. The display is open to the public for view from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday during Architecture Week.

If you will be visiting the area, stop by. The State House also offers guided tours, coordinate your visit to do both, so you can do both. Tours are normally each day from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, every hour. However we recommend visitors contact the State House‘s Office of Public Information to verify tour times in advance.

President’s Corner

Dear Members,

We have had a busy first quarter here at AIA-NJ. In these last 3 months we visited Washington DC and met with your representatives to press an agenda important to the health and financial well being of our members, developed a focused educational series for our members, worked with USGBC-NJ to deliver sustainability training at no cost through a Department of Labor Grant, and continue with the planning of East Coast Green whose registration is scheduled to open later this month. In addition, we have actively followed local legislation and policy issues that deeply affect us all, including the budget cuts proposed by the Governor as well as testifying on pertinent legislation such as S239 related to creating a green building standard for school construction.

Architects’ financial health continues to be the canary of the economy. AIA-NJ remains committed to strengthening the bottom line of our members this year. The educational & networking opportunities provided by your local section as well as the State can give you the ability to expand your knowledge and services to attract new and more clients. Our efforts remain focused around the 4 ‘mega issues’ (Sustainability, Architect as the Lead professional, Value of the Architect, and Zoning Ridiculousness) with much activity on several of those fronts continues.

With the recent budget buts, I have turned my attention to analyizing how this will affect our profession now and long term. Our intention is to collect feedback through our Section leaders and make our collective voice heard in Trenton. The early view from 30,000 feet is this as it relates to our profession:

1. Eliminating all compensation for all members of Boards and commissions (i.e. State Board of Architects). While this is certainly an admirable way to save money it will shrink the pool of qualified candidates from serving on Boards, Commissions, etc to only those that can afford the expense associated with serving on such Boards. Eliminating any benefits accrued from such service would be acceptable but there could be an unforeseen consequence to limiting expense and reimbursements for out of pocket costs.

2. $7.6 million for Highlands and Pinelands direct aid will be eliminated. Could have an effect on smart growth and smart design and sustainability

3. Freezing of ½ of the money collected from the UEZ tax that now goes to fund EDA projects in UEZ zones. This will have a “halt” response for further EDA projects in municipalities designated as urban enterprise zones.

4. A 15% reduction of the debt Service. School Districts that have received financing for their projects through EDA will be assessed an amount equal to 15% of their proportionate share of FY 2011 interest and principle payments on outstanding bonds issued. Again, this will drain the pool of available cash for development projects and all but stop school construction in the State as many are already planning major layoffs to offset reduced aid.

We will continue to review the budget cuts and work with the State to get through the tough decisions that need to be made while at the same time pressing to ensure the design and construction fields are not further depressed in an already fragile market. If you have specific concerns, thoughts, or real time stories affecting your practice please make them known to us. The more information and testimonials from our members the stronger our voice.


Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED AP
AIA-NJ President

Important Changes You Should Know About the IDP and the ARE

by Joyce M. Scatuccio, Associate AIA
IDP Coordinator AIA NJ

The Intern Development Program (IDP) was introduced to the Architecture community in 1976. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) implemented the newly formed IDP to provide a uniformed system for documentation and specified training requirements for all interns. Through the next 34 years NCARB and the Architecture community continuously review and change the IDP and the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) regulations to maintain an accurate view of the industry. In the past five years NCARB has made several important changes to the IDP and the ARE programs to keep pace with the profession and bring them into the future. Within the next few paragraphs we will review the most pertinent changes and introduce to you AIA NJ’s IDP Committee.

These changes are not only important to the intern, but also supervisors, mentors and students involved in the Architectural field. The first of the newly established regulations is the “Six Month Rule”. It will be officially implemented on July 1, 2010. The transition period for the “Six Month Rule” started on July 1, 2009 and continues through July 1, 2010. This year period gives anyone who has not started their NCARB council record to do so. Starting the council record within this transition period will allow you to go back eight months from the council record start date for you to list your employment training units. If you created your NCARB council record prior to July 1, 2009 then there are no limitations for listing prior employment training units. However, this is on NCARB’s assumption that you have already implemented any prior training units. Going forward from July 1, 2010 ALL interns within the IDP must comply with the “Six Month Rule”. The “Six Month Rule” states that interns will be required to submit training units earned in intervals of no more than six months. After each six month interval you will have the subsequent two month period following the six month interval to report the time earned. Once the consecutive two month reporting period has lapsed you will loose the time earned. For example, you work from January 1st through June 30th, you have from July 1st through August 31st to report the time earned. For every day that passes beyond the reporting period you will lose a day from the beginning of the period earned until all pervious six months are no longer accepted. Some extensions for the reporting are allowed for certain reasons such as a birth or adoption of a child, military service, serious medical conditions or exceptional circumstances. NCARB implemented the “Six Month Rule” to help interns and their supervisors to catch lacking training areas before it gets out of hand. It also helps interns to keep a more efficient track of their time when moving form job to job. While the “Six Month Rule” affects the way all interns report their training units, IDP 2.0 redefines IDP based of the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture.
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By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, PP
AIA-NJ Mega Issue Champion

In 2010, AIANJ will be making a concerted effort on our four Mega Issues. One of the four is what we are calling Zoning Ridiculousness, which our President, Jason Kliwinski, has charged me to champion. In doing so, I am looking for a few good men and/or women of AIANJ to help us in making our point heard that the zoning process in New Jersey is terribly broken, and that we intend to fix it! I already have representatives from AIA Architects League of Northern New Jersey and AIA Newark and Suburban Architects. I am certain that the remaining sections will jump on board soon.

At one time or another as architects, we have all been faced with what we are calling Zoning Ridiculousness. Our members are on the front lines of dealing with New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Regulations and individual zoning ordinances from nearly 600 communities around the State. If one looks at the definitions alone from one community to the next, the differences are enough to drive you crazy.

Our Herculean task will be in getting our points across to the allied professions of Planners and Engineers. We can then move on to the Real Estate professionals, Builders and Attorneys who specialize in managing applicant’s projects before the nearly 1,000 local regulatory boards in the State.
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Message From AIA-NJ Regional Director

David DelVecchio, AIA, LEEDap
AIA-NJ Regional Director

Joint AIA-USGBC Task Force Issues a Letter to their respective Boards

I have been asked to share with you the good news on the work of the Joint AIA-USGBC Task Force. The co-chairs of the AIA-USGBC task force, (Gail Vittori, Immediate Past Board Chair, USGBC and Clark Manus, FAIA, 2011 AIA President) and the chief executives of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council (Christine McEntee, EVP/CEO, The American Institute of Architects, and S. Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chairman, USGBC) have provided a report on the priorities that define the scope and nature of our common agenda and the progress made in 2010.

The Task Force reports that, “We are uniquely aware of how our organizations depend on each other’s success for the achievement of our respective missions. We are very excited about the potential of our strengthened relationship for engagement and collaboration….”

It continues, “… We believe that our inter-dependence is both essential and desirable. It has served as the catalyst for the first of what we anticipate will be annual working sessions to assess our collaborative accomplishments and develop a common agenda for the year ahead.”

Rick and Chris, along with senior staff of both organizations have developed a strong plan for action guided by the strategic framework developed by the AIA-USGBC Joint Task Force. This letter will explain the next steps for the Joint Task Force, and the “Action Plan” they have developed provides a roadmap for collaboration within this framework.

First Annual Senior Executive Meeting; Overarching Goals:
On January 13, the CEOs met to begin implementing the Joint Board Task Force’s recommendations initiated in 2009 for new and continuing collaboration. This “nuts-and-bolts” working session engaged the most senior members of our education and public policy advocacy staffs. Joining the CEOs were AIA Managing Director for Professional Development and Resources, Carolyn Snowbarger; AIA Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Paul Mendelsohn; USGBC Senior Vice President for Global Policy and Law, Roger Platt; USGBC Senior Vice President for Education, Rebecca Flora; and USGBC Director of Continuing Education Systems, Thom Lowther.
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Philip S. Kennedy-Grant Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

The 2010 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 134 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows to be honored at an investiture ceremony in Miami on Friday, June 11 during the 2010 AIA National Convention. AIA New Jersey member and Bernardsville based architect Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, will be among those elevated.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

To see full listing of the 2010 fellows – www.aia.org/practicing/awards/AIAB082298

High School Students Propose New Athletic Facility for Old Vineland Speedway Site

Students (from left) Melissa Garcia of Vineland High School, Nadia Albino of Bridgeton High School and Rosa Melillo of Vineland High School work on a model bridge.

Students (from left) Melissa Garcia of Vineland High School, Nadia Albino of Bridgeton High School and Rosa Melillo of Vineland High School work on a model bridge.

Architecture, Construction and Engineering Mentor Program Introduces Students to Design Careers in Cumberland County.

Students from six area high schools have proposed a new athletic facility for the former Vineland Speedway site as part of a unique mentoring program they have been participating in since September.

The student plan calls for a new athletic complex for both Cumberland County College and the community, including a major enclosed field house, tennis courts, basketball courts, two baseball fields and two softball fields, several soccer fields, and parking for 1,000 cars. Twenty-five students have participated in the strictly academic exercise through the Cumberland County Chapter of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of NJ.
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Trenton Bath House rendering by FMG Architects.

Trenton Bath House rendering by FMG Architects.

Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects is restoring the Trenton Bath House and Day Camp, a seminal mid-century modern landmark.

The Princeton, NJ-based architecture firm Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC (FMG) announces that construction has started for the restoration of Louis I. Kahn’s Trenton Bath House and Day Camp. These landmark buildings, designed by the renowned Modernist architect Kahn (1901-1974) for the Jewish Community Center of the Delaware Valley, opened in 1955. The project will restore the site and remove later changes added by the owners. A ribbon cutting is planned for June 2010.

Ewing Township, the present owners, received a $750,000 grant from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund to support the restoration. Mercer County is funding the remainder of the restoration through the Mercer County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. “The Bath House is two things at once: an architectural gem and a dynamic location of community activity. It is gratifying that the property will continue to serve as a center for community activity for years to come,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

“We are thrilled to be reviving Louis Kahn’s seminal Bath House and Day Camp,” said Michael Mills, partner in charge of preservation at FMG. “We have the utmost respect for the historical integrity of this important piece of American architecture and for Kahn’s vision. Restoring this complex to its intended use and original appearance, while preserving the structures for the future exemplifies the spirit of our practice – to foster civic spaces that bring the past and present together.”
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Garden Street Lofts Certified LEED Gold Status – NJ’s First Gold

Garden Street Lofts, Jersey City, NJ

Garden Street Lofts, Jersey City, NJ

Garden Street Lofts, Hoboken’s first and only LEED residences, were awarded Gold certification by the U. S. Green Buildings Council, making it New Jersey’s only LEED-certified condo residences at that level. The 30-unit building, which opened just over one year ago in January 2009 is nearly 80% sold despite continued challenges in the market.
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