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Women in Leadership – Meadowlands USA article

AIA New Jersey’s Second Vice President Kim Vierheilig, AIA, was interviewed by Meadowlands USA magazine and spoke about AIA’s role in mentoring in the profession.  In the article, along with Sally Glick, principal and chief growth strategist at Sobel & Co., they spoke about challenges in their respective fields.

In the article Vierheilig shared:
“When I first started out of college there was basically no kind of networking group or anything that was geared to women. Now you have so much stuff and people are willing to actually share stories. I think that Women in Architecture is a platform to me to try and reach out and help women who are coming out of college, who maybe don’t know exactly where their careers want to lead them.”



WIA-NJ – Perceptions & Expectations

Join AIANJ Women in Architecture group for an evening of networking and discussions:

Perceptions and Expectations of Leaders
with Cecilia Coakley, Senior Vice President of MWW PR

September 26th at 6:00 pm
at Brix City Brewing, Little Ferry NJ

All are Welcome –
Everyone’s voice is part of the conversation.


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AIA-NJ to Host Annual Design Conference

Oct. 20 in Somerset, N.J.

AIA New Jersey Design Conference to Include Rutgers Campus Tour, Keynote on University’s Master Plan as well as annual Design Awards



The biggest names in New Jersey architecture will meet for a full-day architectural affair, culminating in a panel review of AIA-NJ’s annual design award submissions. In addition to the Design Awards Reception, the conference will feature a trade show as well as seminars on a range of topics, from women in architecture to emerging technologies for architects. In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University, the opening keynote will focus on Rutgers University’s master plan, while the annual architectural tour will be a walk-through of the New Brunswick College Avenue Campus, discussing the campus’ history, recently constructed buildings and what the future holds in store.


Keynote 1: Frank Wong, Rutgers Executive Director of University Planning and Development on the topic of “Rutgers University Master Plan, Then and Now”

Keynote 2: Stephen Chrisman, Senior Associate at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects on the topic of “New Traditional Architecture: The Work of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects”

Keynote 4: Rick Joy, AIA, renowned architect and former visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design on the topic of “Taking the Time”



      Design Conference – Thursday, October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Highlights include:

-Rutgers Keynote – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

-“Women in Architecture” seminar – 10:15 – 11:15

-Walking Tour of Rutgers University – 10:15 – 12:15

-Design Awards Reception – October 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

-Showcase New Jersey Architects’ Projects – October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.



The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ




AIANJ: Women and Democracy Event

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The AIANJ Women in Architecture (WIA) held the latest in its Lecture Series.  Open to all, this event focused on democracy and the local legislature.  Guest speakers Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin,  and Freeholder Tracey Silna Zur spoke at a round table discussion to members who attended.

img_0047 img_0050Join WIA at their next event to be held during the AIANJ Design Conference on October 20th.  Click to find more information and register to attend.


WIA Lecture Series: Women and Democracy

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Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi



6:00PM TO 9PM




to Kim Vierheilig at [email protected]
AIA Members: No Charge | Non-AIA Members: $20 (at door) 1.0 CEU Pending Approval

THANKS to our Sponsor



WIANJ – SpeakEasy: Former FBI executive: Ignore the barriers

AIANJ Women in Architecture meeting was held May 26th.

Article originally printed in NJBIZ, click here for full article.wia2016_LaurenAndersen

SpeakEasy is a running feature in NJBIZ in which we recap presentations given by key business leaders around the state. This report is based on a speech delivered by Lauren Anderson, a consultant and former FBI executive, on May 26 at a gathering of women in architecture hosted by Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas in New Brunswick.

As she spoke to a female audience from the New Jersey Society of Architects, Lauren Anderson said her former role as an FBI executive and her current role of geopolitical consultant, security and crisis expert and public speaker seemingly gave her little in common with those in the room.

Then she let out the connection: Like all of them, she knows all about being a female in a male-dominated industry.

“I went up to the second supervisor I ever had at the FBI and directly said to him, ‘I want the opportunity to have a certain kind of case,’” she said. “And he said, ‘Well, you’re the best female agent I’ve ever seen.’”

“I told him, ‘When you can say I’m the best agent you’ve ever seen, then we’ll have something to talk about.’”

Anderson had plenty to talk about in her presentation before a room of 30 late last month. Architecture, after all, has a gender challenge.

While 42 percent of architecture graduates are women, only an estimated 15 to 18 percent move on to become licensed professionals, resulting in a workforce that is disproportionately male.

Anderson discussed the steps necessary to prepare, develop and inspire women to take their fair and equal share of leadership roles.

Speaking at the New Brunswick offices of Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, Anderson urged the other women in the room to take on the challenge.

“Don’t let things stop you just because you perceive or see barriers in front of you in your profession, firm or anywhere along the way,” she said. “Just think of it as noise.

“It’s just extraneous noise, so try to just block it out and stay focused on what you want.”

Anderson stressed the importance of networking events, such as this gathering of women in architecture, as a great tool in fighting that noise.

But she also encouraged women to network outside of their professional circles.

“One of the things I didn’t do well until very late in my career was to realize that it would benefit me personally and professionally to start reaching out to people outside my profession,” she said. “I have a network now of all these amazing women around the world, some who are professors; others are senior members of telecommunications companies in Europe or at Texas Instruments.

“It was so amazing to be with these women, hear about these experiences and realize that I had thought, up to that point in time, that no one could understand what I was going through and what the challenges were if they weren’t in my profession. And that wasn’t true.”

Architecture, she said, actually has come a long way.

In preparation for her talk, Anderson said she came across a piece of history that astounded her.

It was the story of Louise Blanchard Bethune, who opened her own architecture practice in 1881 and is identified as the first woman architect in the United States.

“On the centennial anniversary of her death, they had a ceremony and laid a tombstone on her grave,” she said.

Why is that a big deal? Anderson explained.

“Up until that time, the tombstone where she was buried only reflected her husband’s name and dates — nothing on her,” she said. “It’s a fascinating bit of trivia that it took 100 years for people to recognize who she is and put a grave marker on her grave that reflected who she was.

“And her husband was an architect, but she was an architect before meeting her husband.”

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Women in Architecture Lecture May 26th

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Connect with Women in Architecture & Diversity

Join us May 26th
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Meet the Speaker: Lauren C. Anderson

A geopolitical and international security expert, and former FBI Executive, Lauren C.Anderson is the Founder and CEO of LC Anderson International. She is passionate about, and committed to, investing in women leaders and youth around the world to reduce conflict and to help address economic disparities. Anderson had a distinguished FBI career, with many “firsts”, including being one of the first women on an FBI SWAT team and the first woman to lead the FBI’s office in Paris, France, where she directed the FBI’s engagement in twenty-four countries. Anderson serves on the US Comptroller General’s Advisory Board at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), is a Global Ambassador with Vital Voices, a Lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and a Director emeritus of International Women’s Forum New York chapter. Anderson is Leadership Ambassador with Take the Lead Women and she is an expert with the Women’s Media Center, providing commentary and insight to many media outlets, including as a member of the Huffington Post blogging community.


RSVP by May 18:

Kim Vierheilig, AIA, LEEP AP BD+C

Sustainable Developments Seminar

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Featuring Robin L. Murray FAIA

Our next WIA NJ meeting hosted by Modernfold will be held on April 16th with the opportunity to speak with Robin L. Murray, FAIA.  Robin was elevated to fellow by the AIA for her national impacts in sustainability and smart growth, making her one of 400 women of 3000 fellows out of 80,000 members world-wide.   This is a great opportunity to meet and be inspired by a great leader in our industry. Please see below for Robin’s full bio.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16th @ 6:00 PM (Light refreshments will be served).

WHERE: Modernfold/Styles, Inc. 802 King Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Contact # 858.665.1488

RSVP: [email protected]   by Friday, April 11th

TOPIC: Eco-districts – 1 CEU

Eco-districts are comprehensive sustainable developments. They are the current form of communities that have been in existence for several decades. Initially called eco-villages in European countries the developments have incorporated both expanded sustainable policy and technology. They propose and often achieve full net zero water, energy and waste while providing mixed use, mixed income, multi modal developments. This talk will discuss Dockside Green, Victoria, BC, one of the most successful eco-district developments along with the Eco-district movement in Portland and how these are replicable in NJ.


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Women In Architecture – Meeting & Superstorm Sandy Update

WIA New Jersey

 Women In Architecture

  Super Storm Sandy Update / Committee Meeting

Hosted by Gensler

 WHEN:  Tuesday, February 11th @ 6:00 PM

 WHERE:  10 North Park Place, 4th Floor Morristown, NJ 07960

 RSVP:  [email protected]  by Friday, February 7th

WIA NJ is starting the new year with some great presenters!   Our next meeting will be held on February 11th where Verity Frizzell, AIA, of the Jersey  Shore will be presenting a super storm sandy update.  (This meeting was previously postponed from December).   There will be a brief introduction on FEMA flood zones, case studies of the house lifting projects, zoning and more.    This is approved by AIA for 1 HSW Credit.

We will follow the discussion with our thoughts on how to highlight women architects in NJ throughout the year.

This is a great way to socialize and meet new members of the group.  Light refreshments will be served.
Please see below for details and don’t forget to RSVP by responding to this email by Friday February 7th.

Hope to see you all there!

WIA-NJ October Meeting

WIA New JerseyJoin Women In Architecture New Jersey for a discussion with Jenny Whitson. Jenny Joined Gensler in 2011 and quickly paved her path to become part of the firms leadership in sustainability.

Jenny brings over 7 years of experience and works on leading the sustainability effort at Gensler. With a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University, Jenny balances her knowledge of both sustainability and design throughout her work.   Outside of the office, Jenny has lectured at Berkley College in Paramus NJ.

The format of this meeting will be an open discussion on carving your own path in the industry. Please come with your questions.  We will follow with a brief discussion regarding next steps for WIA-NJ.

Hosted by Gensler

When:       Tuesday, October 22st @ 6:00 PM

Where:      10 North Park Place, 4th Floor Morristown, NJ 07960

RSVP:              [email protected] by end of Monday, October 21st