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AIA Newark and Suburban Architects

APRIL 2012 Issue 4

A Section of AIA New Jersey AIA New Jersey is a Chapter and Region of the American Institute of Architects

Rostrum 2012 President’s Message Inside this issue: President’s Message


Practice Notes


Diversity Strategies


USGBC Seminar


Jury Call (the good kind!)


Grassroots 2012


The Rostrum  Official newsletter of the Newark & Suburban Section of AIA-NJ  Published monthly  Submit events, case studies, photos, comments, or other content for consideration to:

The 2012 AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference was held in Washington DC the first week of March. I was joined at the conference by other members of the Newark and Suburban Executive Committee – Louise Addonizio, AIA, John Cwikla, AIA, Stephen Rooney, AIA and Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA. The theme for this year’s convention was Leadership, Advocacy & Communication. AIA Component Leaders from across the country visited our nation’s capital to lobby their congressmen and senators on the following issues: Remove Barriers to Private Sector Lending. This is to get funding for stalled construction projects that were still either still on the drawing boards or completed and shelved. Save Energy, Create Jobs In order to get America building again, Congress should incentivize energy efficient construction and renovations of existing buildings. Helping Small Firms Grow. The AIA urges Congress and the Administration to recognize the unique needs of smaller architecture firms as they

These issues are further outlined on the AIA's Advocacy website: federal/AIAB092674

author of the “AIA New Jersey Guidebook 150 Best Buildings and Places”, to discuss selections from the book. To celebrate the occasion, we held our meeting in one of the buildings from the Guidebook - Eberhardt Hall at NJIT. This beautiful gothic Victorian building was constructed in 1857 and was designed by John Welch, one of the founders of the American Institute of Architects. It operated as an orphanage until it was acquired by the Newark College of Engineering in 1947. The most recent renovation of the building in 2004 converted the building into the University Club for NJIT alumni and was a great setting for a Newark and Suburban meeting.

Louise Addonizio, AIA, Justin Mihalik, AIA and I visited the office of the Honorable Rod ne y F r e l i ng huy s e n, Congressman of the 11th District of NJ, and met with his Se nior Legislat ive A s s i s t a nt , M r . D a ni e l Ostermueller. Visiting Capitol Hill and taking part in the democratic process was an interesting and exciting experience.

On a sad note, we recently lost a member of our architecture community. Louis Edward Barbieri, a Past President of Newark and Suburban, passed away on March 21st. Mr. Barbieri practiced Architecture and Planning ever since his graduation from Notre Dame in 1973. My condolences go out to Lou’s family and friends.

Also in March, Newark and Suburban welcomed Philip Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, co-

Kevin McCormick, AIA, LEED®AP AIANS President, 2012

develop and implement policy proposals and oppose p r o p o s a l s t h a t disproportionately affect small firms. Revitalizing America’s Neighborhoods. The AIA urges Congress to enact a multi-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation laws that maintains funding levels, invests in all modes of transportation, and recognizes the multiple enhancements that welldesigned transportation projects can bring to a community.

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AIA Newark & Suburban Board Members

Officers KEVIN McCORMICK, AIA President LOUISE ADDONIZIO, AIA President-Elect JOHN A. CWIKLA, AIA First Vice President LISA SAN FILIPPO, AIA Secretary STEPHEN ROONEY, AIA Treasurer YOGESH MISTRY, AIA Past President


Honorary Affiliate  DAN BISCHOFF

Section Administrator JULIE PAGNOTTA AIA NS 2012 Committees

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Professional Practice Notes - When Less is More Mies van der Rohe’s aphorism “less is more,” is well known to architects for defining the minimalist, lean approach utilized in modern design. As in design, less can also be more in professional practice, and this column features two such examples. Embracing Lean Design In his recent Technology in Architecture Practice (TAP) conference presentation titled "Design Management: A Lean Approach," Bruce C o u s i n s , A I A

outlines lean project delivery concepts applicable to architectural practice. The lean approach seeks to eliminate waste in the design and construction process. The Lean Construction I n s t i t u t e is an organization that aims to extend to the construction industry the lean production revolution that started in manufacturing. The Toyota Production System is one such lean manufacturing philosophy that is centered on preserving value with less work. Cousins notes how architects can add value to the traditionally inefficient and wasteful design process by employing integrated project delivery (IPD) and building information modeling (BIM), in combination with lean, value -driven thinking. While the advanced systems thinking of IPD, BIM and Lean methods may not directly be applicable to small practitioners, all architects can benefit from looking to make their design

and delivery processes more efficient. By eliminating waste from our practices more time can be focused on the craft of architecture that inspires us, and we also can improve the bottom line…making more with less. Letting Go of Clients In his latest newsletter piece titled “The Bottom 20 Percent,” Steve Whitehorn of Whitehorn Financial Group, Millburn, New Jersey, writes about the virtues of letting go of bad clients. Whitehorn says, “It doesn’t take long to understand which clients are your most difficult. These are the clients that do not pay well, always have a problem, and are most susceptible to creating tension. Any time you touch their file or answer their email, you lose money.” In the current recession the notion of letting go of any clients may sound unimaginable; however, with some signs of an improving economy and realization about the negative impact bad clients can have on firms, such a strategy may be just what is needed to position your practice to improve in the coming cycle. Whitehorn adds, “You would be amazed at the impact this has on your firm’s bottom line, and the burden that is lifted from your team’s shoulders. Hopefully you take a strategic approach in deciding which clients to work with, why not take a similarly strategic approach in declining to work with the clients that cost you the most money? Imagine the impact on your firm if you could focus your energy on your top 20 percent of

clients, as opposed to the bottom 20 percent. Despite all the challenges of today’s economy, this could help you move forward, as opposed to holding on to the stubborn past.” Parting ways with one fifth of your client base may be too extreme for most architects to consider, but embracing the idea on a smaller scale might entail dropping your single worst client. The point is to focus on making thoughtful choices on the quality of clients, and to focus more time and effort working with people who respect and reward your practice for the services and value provided. Steve Whitehorn is a recognized leader in the architectural and e ng ine e ring fie ld fo r providing practice and risk management services. He is currently working with AIA NJ to develop a seminar program on “Success Factors for a Winning Practice,” which is planned for October 2012. Author: Ronald C. Weston, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, / AIA NS Professional Practice Committee Chair / Email:

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Diversity Strategies and Leveraging an Untapped Market Please join us for an exciting panel discussion at Diversity Day on April 11th at NJIT. Women- Opportunity to meet Carol JW Kurth, FAIA, a 2011 Diversity honoree and le a r n ho w s he 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 Nayan Parikh- (SIAEA) Society of Indo American Engineers & Architects, 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

Wh e re : N e w J e rse y Institute of Technology, School of Architecture Building- Gallery Loft Space When: April 11, 2012, 6:00pm Credits: (1) LU . Please encourage your Human Resource personnel to attend. RSVP to Lori Lee at by April 4th.

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USGBC-NJ Residential Green Building Committee Building Science Workshop II: Residential Indoor Air Quality

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DATE: May 4, 2012 TIME: 7:30 am – Noon WHERE: The Moses Family Meeting and Training Center Bergen Community College 400 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ SEMINAR COST: $25.00 per person for USGBC member; $35.00 per person for non-USGBC attendees AUDIENCE: Residential Construction Professionals, Consultants and Engineers, Contractors and Subcontractors, LEED AP’s, Architects and Design Professionals WHY: Earn up to 3 AIA and GBCI continuing education credits, pending approval OBJECTIVE: This workshop is structured for residential design and construction professionals involved in identifying key green decisions throughout the design and construction process for new homes,

additions, and remodels. A team of industry experts will guide you through the “whole building” design process, explain the issues and science of residential indoor air quality issues from what causes indoor air problems, identifying sources of pollutants, addressing specific controls for pollutants, and improving the air quality in your home. SCHEDULE: 7:30 – 8:00 am Registration, Breakfast and Check-in 8:00 – 9:00 am INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND POLLUTION SOURCES: Pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. How do we identify air quality problems and measure pollutants? What are the major indoor air pollutants? How do we inspect, remediate and implement measures to avoid future problems.

9:30 – 10:30 am TIGHT CONSTRUCTION AND VENTILATION: With the current thinking being "build tight, ventilate right", what are the standards and codes applicable in NJ? What are the best practices for ventilation and filtration for a whole house system? What are the methods for dealing with renovations/addition where parts of the house will be tighter than others? 11:00 – 12:00 pm CONSTRUCTION AND FINISH MATERIALS: What are the toxins that are present in common building materials and interior finishes and what alternates are available? What are product standards for green building that should be consulted in selecting materials and finishes? What client education needs to be addressed regarding cleaning products, pesticides and o the r ho use ho ld maintenance issues? V i s i t h t t p : / / for additional information and registration.

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Invitation to Juried Exhibition at Clifton Arts Center AIA NEWARK AND SUBURBAN ARCHITECTS would like to invite each and every member of our organization to participate in this exhibit, scheduled for the l ast we ek of November 2012. It is going to be a juried exhibition. We assume that in your practice you have to communicate your design ideas to your clients by using some form of media , utilizing skills learned in your architectural education.

Using these skills, many of us create fine arts work for our own pleasure. Assuming that this is true, we are sure that you have stored away these treasures, and here is the opportunity to dig them up and submit them and participate in this Exhibition. The exhibition is interested in the following forms:

Watercolor paintings

Oil paintings

Charcoal drawings

Acrylic paintings



Architectural renderings done by the architect in any of the forms mentioned above. (do not submit works by hired renderers, it has to be your own)



Do not submit computer generated art; this is strictly handmade fine art.

There is a chance to sell your artwork if you wish. The Art Center takes a 30% cut from the sale price.

Page 5 If you are interested in participating, please e-mail your intention to Steven Safary so we would have an idea of the number of people to exhibit. Particulars and date of submission are also available through Steven.

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EXPERIENCING GRASSROOTS! Nearly thirty (30) of your AIANJ leaders have just recently returned from the 2012 A IA G ra ss ro o t s Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. Every year, and this was my 22nd time, I return from this event recharged, ready to serve our Sections, the Chapter/Region, and of course, the Institute. Jeff Potter, FAIA as Institute President, stated in his remarks, “that we are the credible voice and authoritive source of the profession.” The more of us that so state this back in New Jersey, the more success we will have. OUR members enjoy the benefits of the value they receive through knowledge, which begins every year with Grassroots.

I believe those who were present will agree with me that under Mickey Jacob, FAIA, as Chairman, 1st VP and PresidentElect of the Institute, this latest Grassroots was extremely successful with nearly 800 colleagues in attendance. Mickey’s theme was LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY, and COMMUNICATION, with the goal for growing public awareness of architecture and how we live in partnership with our neighbors, so we can make a greater impact on the quality of life in our communities, the built environment, and the sustainable lifestyle that everyone deserves! I am extremely proud of Justin Mihalik, AIA, Joyce Scatuccio, Associate AIA and Jayson Peats, Associate AIA for speaking up during the limited time we had at the open forum part of the

meeting. If nothing else, the upper leadership of AIA knows that AIANJ has a voice and will be using it once again at the Convention in May. Along with Ashley Clark, Associate AIA, (from North Carolina), I had the opportunity to participate in a session that outlined what our advocacy approach should be when meeting with members of Congress or their staff. All of AIANJ delegates did go to Capitol Hill and present our issues to members of Congress on Thursday. The re we re fantastic keynote speakers this year, which included Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson, MD, MPH, FAAP, and the very engaging “Fly Girl” Vernice Armour. Advocacy and Luncheon Speakers included Thaddeus L. Cohen, AIA, Hon. Bob Buckhorn, Polly Trottenberg, and Hon. Francisco J. Sanchez. For those of you who were not able to attend this leadership event, I would strongly suggest that you start thinking about next year’s conference. I would like to see a larger contingent of Section representatives and even some more of our Emerging Professionals partake in the various leadership classes and Peer Breakfasts with our colleagues from around the country. So, put March 2023, 2013 on your calendar fo r next ye ar’ s AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference and plan to get excited about being an architect and supporting OUR profession. Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, AIANJ Regional Director 2011-13

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In Memoriam - Louis Edward Barbieri, AIA Louis Edward Barbieri, 62, passed away on March 21, 2012. He was born in Jersey City on June 17, 1949 and has lived in Denville since 1977. Louis graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1973 and has practiced Architecture and Planning ever since. He started his own Architecture firm in 1984. Louis has served his community and profession for many years and in many ways. He was a member of Big Brothers and their Board for many years, a 20-year member of Mensa of Northern New Jersey, Past President of AIA of The Newark-Suburban Chapter, and a Board Member of AIA New Jersey. He is a Past President of the Denville Chamber of Commerce

as well as a 23-year member of their Board of Directors. He was very proud of his 25 years of service to the Denville Rotary Club, as Past President and 5- time Paul Harris Award recipient, as well as his designing of the Rotary Clock Tower Park in downtown Denville. He is survived by his wife Susan, his daughters Rebecca Campbell of Hoboken, NJ and Elizabeth Panageotou and her husband Michael of Ellicott City, MD; granddaughters Sophia and Maia Panageotou of Ellicott City, MD. He is also survived by his sisters Donna Cochran of Wesley Chapel, NC and Joanne Montgomery of Little Silver, NJ; his nieces and nephews, and his best friend John Caldwell.

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