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2017 NJIT Lecture Series

Join NJIT for it’s Lecture Series at the College of Architecture and Design

Fall 2017

In Memoriam: Michael Mostoller FAIA


Michael Mostoller was an architect, professor, writer, and artist. Through his work, his teaching, and his private life as a partner, parent, and grandparent, he touched countless lives, always putting the needs of others above his own. He departed this life in the presence of his family on Sunday, April 2 from sudden complications from pneumonia after a 9-year long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Born George Michael to George and Violet Mostoller in 1938 in Somerset, Pa., he was a descendant from a line of 18th Century English and German immigrants to western Pennsylvania, many of whom became rooted in the Pennsylvania Dutch traditions.

Michael dedicated his life to quality, character, and economy in architecture of the dwelling and the city. A leader in urban housing since 1965, with a particular focus on serving low-income, homeless families, and single individuals, his architectural work in this area included Karin Court, the campgrounds arrangement of housing for the Princeton Housing Authority, Trent House Park, townhouses and apartments in Trenton, the expansion of graduate housing for the Lawrence Apartments at Princeton University, and a synagogue in a historic neighborhood in Montclair, N.J.

Michael received a 1985 New York City AIA Design Award for his study of designs for SRO Rooms and Furniture, a NJ AIA Design Award for Amandla Crossing, a transitional residence for homeless families, and an award for Excellence in Downtown Development in 1990 for Cityside, family housing in renovated structures in Trenton. Amandla II, permanent housing for homeless women with children, won a NYC AIA Design Award in 1995.

A 1960 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Michael was in the ROTC and as a Navy midshipman, he trained on the USS Wisconsin. As member of the engineering corps, stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, he rose to rank of Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve. Michael went on to receive his graduate degree in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

For the past 30 years, Michael Mostoller was a professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a past director of its undergraduate program. He was a devoted teacher and mentor to students and young faculty. He taught history, housing, and design and won two University Excellence in Teaching awards, was named Distinguished Professor of Architecture in 1995, and named a Master Teacher in 2005. Before joining the faculty of the newly forming school of architecture at NJIT in 1975, he was a professor at Rensselaer, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.

His scholarship and research focused on residential design, affordable housing, and housing the homeless, and his work influenced professional design, code reform, and community and political awareness. He authored and edited many publications including a history of housing design in the United States. His drawings have been published in Progressive Architecture, Inland Architect, New Jersey Architect, Skyline, Express, and the New York Times. His artwork has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Cooper Union, Columbia University, and locally at the offices of Hill Wallack and the gallery at Bristol Myers Squibb. In May 1994, he was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his work in education, scholarship, research, and practice.

Actively engaged in local civic issues, Michael was elected to two terms on the Princeton Regional School Board, serving as president his last two years. He was a founding member of Princeton Future where, as co-chair of the design committee, co-led a study of the Witherspoon Street Corridor and the design process to create Hinds Plaza. It was during this civic engagement that he met a new colleague and a future partner, Yina Moore.

To Michael, a life well lived was one of work, action, and good deeds, making a difference in other’s lives. Michael loved his NJIT family of colleagues and students. He was pre-deceased by his parents and brother, Mark; and leaves to mourn a large loving family including wife, Yina, children George, Margaret, Charles, David, Jesse, and stepdaughter, Gisela, his grandchildren Edward, Jackson, and Franklin; and his extensive relatives from his birthplace, Somerset, Pa.

Michael’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service on Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Princeton at 50 Cherry Hill Rd. in Princeton.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the “Foundation at New Jersey Institute of Technology” with specific notation to the “G. Michael Mostoller, FAIA Scholarship”, and mailed directly to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Office of University Advancement, 323 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Newark, New Jersey 07102.

Think Pieces Lecture at NJIT

The New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Architecture and Design invites you to THINK PIECES on Monday, March 6, 5:30PM, presented by Adam Modesitt, Gernot Riether and Mathew Schwartz.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please join us in Weston Lecture Hall.
This lecture may be registered with the AIA Continuing Education System.

Call 973.596.3080 for more information.

http://design.njit.edu/news/lectures/

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ARE 4.0 Structures Course – Fall 2016

njit_coadThe College of Architecture & Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology is offering an online review course for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE 4.0) in Structural Systems this fall semester.

The course will start on September 8 and will cover the exam material in a lecture format, including the related graphic vignettes. The instruction will be delivered entirely online so students do not need to travel to campus to attend class. Lectures are delivered weekly through a password- protected website. Questions are answered through the same website or by e-mail. Registrants can view the lectures at their convenient time. The course will run for 15 weeks ending by December 23rd.

For further information and for registration, please contact the instructor, Rima Taher, by e-mail at: [email protected].

NJIT Career Development Spring 2016 Career Fair


njit_career_fairWed. February 24, 2016 Career, Co-op, Internship and Summer Job Fair

The career fair is held 12:30 to 4:30 pm.  Over 190 organizations attend and 2,600 job seekers regularly attend NJIT fairs.

The registration fee is $650 but AIAS member firms under 10 employees will receive a 50% discount.  Be sure to list AIA after your name in contact field when registering.

Goto www.njit.edu/cds to register.

Call 973.596.3100 and ask to speak to an Employer Team member if questions.

 

NJIT School of Architecture Appoints New Director

2015-092Richard Garber, AIA, associate professor of architecture, has been appointed director of the School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Garber is the author of BIM Design: Realizing the Creative Potential of Building Information Modeling, published by Wiley in 2014. He also was the editor of Closing the Gap: Information Models in Contemporary Design Practice, published by Wiley in 2009. He is an award-winning architect and partner at GRO Architects. In addition to large-scale planning, Garber is an internationally recognized expert in the application of parametric design and building information modeling.

In 2009, Garber and his architecture students were selected as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. In 2011, as part of a worldwide competition, they designed and built a prototype of a solar house, which was exhibited in Washington, D.C. Two years later, Garber and his students entered the China Solar Decathlon alongside the Harbin Institute of Technology— and built a prototype in Datong, China. In addition, Garber has conducted city-planning research in the developing countryside of Wuhan, China with Zeyuan Qiu, an associate professor in chemical and environmental engineering at NJIT.

“I am thrilled by the prospect of continuing my responsibilities to the School of Architecture in this new and exciting role,” said Garber. “As a committed educator and practicing architect, I look forward to the opportunity to build on our core strengths of digital design and fabrication, high performance buildings and sustainable urbanization. We will do this while capitalizing on the school’s position within the state’s premier STEM institution. It will be fun.”

In his new role, Garber will focus on restructuring the School of Architecture to make full use of the extraordinary talent represented by his colleagues. He intends to work closely with his fellow faculty members to orchestrate this transformation.

Click here to read more about the College of Architecture and Design.

NJIT Students Win Global Schindler Award

Students Fundraising To Support Travel Costs To Accept Award

Eleven NJIT students in the Master of Infrastructure Planning (MIP) program (a mix of undergraduates and graduate students) led by Georgeen Theodore recently were acknowledged for a Global Schindler Award, a design competition seeking an original design concept to engage the specific spatial condition in Shenzhen, China “Considering the Interface between Mobility and the City”.

The task was to create an urban design-based response to the mobility issues related to Shenzhen and its local and regional relationships in the pearl River Delta. It also required addressing social, economic and environmental challenges presented by globalization and urbanization.

This was the first time in the history of the competition that it was opened for North American universities. Out of the 250 total submissions, only 12 were chosen. Of those twelve, the group form NJIT is the only U.S. based team. They are planning to travel to Shenzhen to accept the award and see the site that was the focus of their design project.

njit_coadThe students seek to raise an additional $5000 to help offset their costs. Any monies collected will be spent on air-fare, trains, hotels and visa applications. The cost per individual student to travel to China is expected to be in excess of $2,000 each.

Their project was titled

SEZ TO EZX: SHENZHEN XROADS

You can read more about their project and fundraising efforts here.

2015 Annual Scholarship Awarded to Saif Haobsh

NJIT Architecture Student Receives AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Grant for the Second Time

AIA-NJ2015scholarship is pleased to announce that Saif Haobsh was granted the organization’s annual Scholarship Award. The $5,000 grant was presented to the Pompton Lakes resident at AIA-NJ’s annual gala, which was held in Moorestown, N.J. A rising star among New Jersey architecture students, Haobsh also received the prestigious AIA-NJ award in 2011.

Currently in his final year of studies as an NJIT architecture student, Haobsh has a stellar academic record, and intends to further his education with a Masters in Architecture. His extracurricular activities include serving as Manager of NJIT’s Fabrication Lab and model shop. He also served as Project Manager for the NJIT AIAS Freedom By Design, which involved renovating courtyards at a Newark public school and working on the façade design for an occupational rehabilitation center.

Haobsh’s architectural interests include his fascination with the topic of resiliency and the social implications of innovative living conditions and emerging technologies.

The AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Program grants scholarships to qualified architecture students who demonstrate scholastic achievement, talent and potential for success in the architectural profession.

“It always gives us great pleasure to recognize and encourage New Jersey architecture’s rising stars,” said Kimberly Bunn, president of AIA-NJ. “We will continue finding and awarding the brightest in young architecture talent, to help today’s student architects grow into the stewards of our profession.”

In addition to his AIA-NJ honors, in 2014, Haobsh received the Clarence Tabor Memorial Award from the Architects League of Northern New Jersey (ALNNJ) a local section of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ). The Tabor Award is given to students who have shown academic achievement and are entering the final year of an undergraduate architectural program.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Scholarship Award are available.  Find out more information and application online.

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Going UP? Coastal Flood Mitigation

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