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STEVEN A. SAFARY, AIA, Architect and Artist , 1932-2017

By Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

 

I was one of many colleagues of Steven A. Safary for forty years.  On August 5th, I spoke at a Memorial for Steve organized by his family a few months after his passing.

 

Wil Shortz is the New York Times “LIFELONG PUZZLE MASTER” and is fond of saying “if you can figure out what you love to do most………then see if you can make a living doing it!”

 

This statement reminded me of Steve who loved puzzles and related doing them to the work in the practice of our profession.  For my friend, colleague, teacher, and mentor, it was just that simple.

 

I once asked Steve what the initial ‘A’ stood for in his name, and only used the initial?  Steve told me that it simply stood for the first letter of the alphabet.  He added it when Agnes (his spouse for over 50 years) arrived at Camp Kilmer, NJ after fleeing the ill-fated student uprising known as the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.  He explained at the time that the simple letter did not necessarily have to have any other letters after it. Well, I think that those who knew Steve can agree that the ‘A’ not only stood for ARCHITECT, but also for ARTIST.  Because that was what Steve was in his real professional life.  

 

I had already been working at Lehman Architectural Partnership as a draftsman when Steve joined the firm in 1978.  Other young draftsmen and I worked not under Steve, but alongside him, learning and expanding our knowledge on just how to put a building together.  

A client, Sutton Construction Company, was embarking on building speculative buildings.  Steve designed two simple boxes.  A low office component up front with a larger component used as a warehouse or industrial space behind.  The floor plans were simple, changed little, but each of the structures had its own identity.  The facades showed off Steve’s talent and knowledge of different building materials.  Most of the buildings were built in what originally had been Camp Kilmer so one could state that Steve had come full circle from refugee to a broken down former army base that he was now responsible for giving new life to in creative architecture.

 

In the early ‘80s, we found a new client in Toys ‘R’ Us.  Together under the LAP title block, we designed new or renovated stores, repeatedly across the country.  Each time, Steve produced a rendering for the cover sheet.  Rendering is where Steve showed his artistic talent and every project had the flare of his imaginary cars in front of the facades.  

 

I brought a request of Steve’s talent and asked him to re-create a rendering of my mother’s childhood synagogue in Bamberg, Germany.  Steve sketched out a remembrance from an old photograph, choosing a black and white format, because of his own experience of becoming a refugee from his childhood home.   My mother cherished it as a memory of her days before the Holocaust, until her passing.  I have used the rendering in school presentations where I relate my parents escape from a horrific time in history.

 

It was Steve that organized all of us at LAP to get involved in AIA.  Under his guidance, we put together the monthly newsletter, which he named the Rostrum.  It became AIA Newark and Suburban Architects’ platform for reaching out to the membership.  Steve put together the first local Design Day, so members could present their work and be recognized for it.  This important program continues to this day.  

 

Steven A. Safary, AIA was the real thing, an ARCHITECT and true creative genius that we all will miss.

 

The Safary family has requested that in the spirit of Steve as a teacher and mentor to younger people and future architects that donations in his name be made to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.

 

Thank you,

 

Jerry

 

Architects League 2016 Scholarships Available

alnnjThe Architects League of Northern New Jersey is currently seeking scholarship applications from eligible high school and college students.  The geographic territory for eligibility includes Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, & Sussex Counties.  The deadline for submission is April 29, 2016.  Available scholarships include:

Clarence Tabor Memorial Scholarship Award
Given to undergraduate college students, from the ALNNJ territory, entering their fifth and final year of their undergraduate NAAB Accredited Architecture Program, and is based on scholastic excellence, attitude toward the profession, probable success as an architect, and need for financial assistance.

Albert O. Halse Memorial Award
Given to undergraduate college students in an NAAB Accredited Architecture Program, and from the ALNNJ territory, for excellence in architectural delineation and/or architectural models.

Architects League Scholastic Achievement Award
Given to undergraduate & graduate college students in an NAAB Accredited Architecture Program, and from the ALNNJ territory, for scholastic excellence in architectural design.

Architects League Scholarship for High School Seniors

Awarded to High School Seniors who live or attend high school in our geographic territory and have been accepted to an NAAB Accredited Architecture Program at a college in the United States or U.S. Territory.

For applications and additional information, visit http://alnnj.org/wordpress/scholarships/

The Architects League Scholarships are funded jointly through our annual Golf Outing, to be held on July 11 at Crystal Springs in Hamburg, and the AIA Component Scholarship Grant, which in 2015 provided $1,000 toward these scholarships.

Memorial Scholarship Available

CARL FELTZ, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

of the Community Foundation of New Jersey

Carl Feltz, Jr., AIA, was instrumental in the design of commercial structures such as airports, resorts, churches, hospitals, restaurants and professional office buildings.  During his career, Mr. Feltz also lent his talents to the design of individual homes and condominiums with his office located in Point Pleasant.  Civic- minded in nature, Mr. Feltz served as a Member and Chairman of the Point Pleasant Borough Planning Board, Member and Past President of the Point Pleasant Rotary Club, Chairman of the Point Pleasant Tourism Council and Member of the American Institute of Architects.  This scholarship, established by OceanFirst Foundation, honors the legacy and many contributions of Carl Feltz, Jr., Former Trustee of OceanFirst Foundation.

Contact Information:

Faith Krueger

Community Foundation of New Jersey – Scholarship Services

Post Office Box 338, Morristown, New Jersey  07963-0338

973.267.5533 x 227 ~ Fax 973.267.2903 ~ [email protected]

General Guidelines

  • The Carl Feltz, Jr. Memorial Scholarship will provide one (1) award, minimum of which will be $2,000 to a full time matriculated student enrolled in an accredited architectural program at a School of Architecture within the United States and has successfully completed a minimum of one full year of study towards his or her professional degree (may be either a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture).
  • Student shall have a permanent legal family address in either Ocean or Monmouth County, New Jersey.
  • Student will demonstrate an interest and commitment to pursuing an architectural career after successful completion of education.
  • Scholarship is merit based but financial need will be taken into consideration during the application review process.
  • Scholarship award will be made payable to the recipient’s educational institution.

Application Deadline

All applications and supplemental documentation must be complete and returned to the Community Foundation of New Jersey at the address listed above.  Applications must be postmarked by May 1.

Continued Eligibility

Previous recipients are eligible for consideration for an additional two consecutive years provided the student remains

Only a full-time matriculated student enrolled in an accredited architectural program at a School of Architecture within the United States and has successfully completed a minimum of one year of study toward his/her professional degree (may be either a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture) need apply.

Application

Click here for the application.

For further information or questions, please contact Faith Krueger at [email protected] or 973.267.5533 x 227.

 

 

Architect’s League 2015 Scholarships

alnnjThe Architects League of Northern New Jersey, a section of AIA-NJ, is pleased to announce the following as recipients  of our 2015 Scholarship Awards.

The Architects League Scholastic Achievement Award is given to undergraduate & graduate students for scholastic excellence in architectural design.  This year’s recipient is  Tony Giard of Sussex, New Jersey.  Tony attends the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is expected to graduate in 2016.

The Architects League Scholarships for High School Seniors are awarded to High School Seniors who live or attend high school in our geographic territory (Bergen, Hudson, Passaic & Sussex Counties) and have been accepted to an NAAB Accredited Architecture Program at a college in the United States or U.S. Territory.  This year’s recipients are Alexander Mount of Old Tappan, New Jersey, and Jonathan Mazur of Wood-Ridge, NJ.  Alexander is a student at Northern Valley Regional High School and will be attending Pratt Institute in the fall.  Jonathan is a student at Wood-Ridge High School and will be attending Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute.

A ceremony to honor our Scholarship Award Winners will be held on June 18 at the Zeris Inn, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.  The event will be held as part of the annual Design Awards, a joint event with AIA Newark and Suburban Architects.

The Architects League Scholarships are funded jointly through our annual Golf Outing, to be held on July 13 at Crystal Springs in Hamburg,  and the AIA Component Scholarship Grant, which in 2015 provided $1,000 toward these scholarships.

For more information on the Architects League Scholarship Program, visit http://alnnj.org/wordpress/scholarships/

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.

AIA-NJ 2015-2016 Scholarships Available

red_eagleThe AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation is seeking qualified applicants currently attending Schools of Architecture to award scholarship monies associated with the 2015-16 AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation Program of Scholarships.   An application form for grant consideration is required from all applicants.  Our Foundation encourages wide distribution of this notice along with disseminating information about our requirements and application forms (available on AIA NJ website) to eligible architectural students.

Deadline for receipt of completed applications for financial aid (including receipt of transcripts and portfolio materials) is FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015.   Grant awards may typically range in size from $2,500 to $5,000 per recipient and may be awarded to one or to multiple, selected architectural students for the 2015-16 School Year, dependent on funds available.

More information and application at aia-nj.org.

The award selection is based upon a scholastic achievement, financial need, personal statement of goals and interests, and architectural talent as determined by an evaluation of a portfolio submission.    If you have any questions about the scholarship program or our scholarship foundation, please direct them to:

Attn: Ms. Cris Miseo, AIA

Miseo Associates, PA Architects
205 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936

Work Tel. #973.533.0002

AIA-NJ Honors Its Annual Scholarship Foundation Winners

New Jersey Architecture Students Honored for Outstanding Achievement

AIA-NJ  has announced the grant winners of its annual Scholarship Foundation.  The scholarship winners were announced at the organization’s recent annual awards gala in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.

Eligibility for the grants was based on scholastic achievement and financial need as well as architectural talent. Every year, the AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees decides on the winners.

The scholarship award honorees were:

  • mullen-smlAmanda Mullen of Woodbridge, N.J., a student at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., won a $5,000 grant. Mullen is in her third year of a five-year bachelor’s degree program.
  • blitzer-smlSarah Blitzer of Haworth, N.J., who received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., won a $4,000 grant. Blitzer is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in architecture and historical preservation at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • young_smlSteven Young of Fair Lawn, N.J., an undergraduate student at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., won a $3,000 grant. Young is currently in his final, thesis year of study for a bachelor’s degree in architecture.



“Architecture students are the future of the architecture industry,” said Jack Purvis, president of AIA-NJ. “As the statewide organization for New Jersey architects, we recognize the importance of celebrating architectural students’ achievements, as well as helping them to meet their financial obligations. The grants are a testament to their success and thirst to succeed in this vital profession.”

The application process for AIA-NJ’s 2013 annual Scholarship Awards will be announced later this year. For further information, please visit www.aia-nj.org/about/scholarship.shtml.

AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Annual Scholarship

AIAThe New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) Scholarship Foundation has announced that it is seeking applicants for its 2012 scholarship grants, which reward the achievements of students at New Jersey architectural schools.

“We are thrilled that AIA will again celebrate achievements of architecture students in New Jersey,” said Laurence E. Parisi, president of AIA-NJ.   “These students are the future of architecture, and the grants will aid, and also reward, their talents and passion for the field.”

Eligibility is based on scholastic achievement and financial need as well as architectural talent.   Every year, the AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees decides how much each recipient receives, with the awards ranging from $2,000 to $5000.

The deadline for submissions, including transcripts and all materials, is Friday, June 16.   The downloadable PDF application and further details are available at http://www.aia-nj.org/about/scholarship.shtml

2012 Scholarship Applications Available

AIAThe AlA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation is seeking qualified applicants who are currently attending Schools of Architecture in order to award scholarship monies. The application form for 2012/13  is available for view and download below.

Click Here for more info:     www.aia-nj.org/about/scholarship.shtml

Students must be in second year or above of an accredited architecture program, and must have a NJ connection.   Any student eligible for consideration please submit your application on or before the date of Friday, JUNE 16, 2012 .

Multiple Scholarship Grants are awarded each year in an amount determined by the Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees. The estimated Grant Awards will range from $2,000 to $5,000 per selected student.

Associate AIA Members: Scholarship Application Deadline March 16th

The AIA’s Committee on Design is offering a scholarship to attend their Spring Conference in Columbus, Indiana, April 12-15. The scholarship will provide all travel expenses and registration to the conference. It will be offered to an architectural intern who has a BArch or MArch degree and is an Associate Member of the AIA.

Deadline: March 16, 2012
at 12PM Eastern

For more information click here