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AIA Newark and Suburban Architects

JULY 2013 Issue 7

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

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Inside this issue: President’s Message


Design Awards Jury Announced


The Windup...and the Pitch


Design Awards - Featured Project


Golf Outing Report


Practice Notes: Summer Reading


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Summer is finally upon us. interiors. The bed rail in the Let me share some of June’s Master Suite was the highlights with you. curiosity of the group. A tour We had a successful General of the Roosevelt estate Meeting on June 4th at followed. The home was the Mayfair Farms in West birthplace of the President and he is also buried there. Orange, NJ. The Roosevelts hosted such Dr. Jon Miller spoke on guests as the King and Rebuilding after Sandy and Queen of England. The the impacts of t h e building is a wood frame and Superstorm. Images of the structure with stone addition damage, size of waves, and wings. There is also a new flood maps were Presidential Library on the presented. estate. On June 6th our first A small group continued on Emerging Professionals Mixer to Bard College to see the was held in Montclair NJ. Fischer Performing Arts This was an opportunity for center designed by Frank EP’s to meet members and Gehry. The sculptural vendors. We hope to see building with its stainless more mixers in the future steel roof panels glowed in organized by Alok Saksena the afternoon sun. The group and also look forward to the also saw a rehearsal of a EP/New Member’s Party and local dance troupe. joint events with the NYC All members who have not section. paid their dues, please do so On June 9th our first Building or apply for a hardship Tour was held in Hyde Park, waiver. For a waiver form, NY. The Roosevelt Mansion, p l e a s e contact our Vanderbilt Estate and Frank administrator, Julie Pagnotta Gehry building at Bard and she will get you in touch College were held. The sun with the right person. was shining on the Hudson River as AIA-NS members Looking ahead to fall: AIANJ toured the opulent Vanderbilt Design Day 2013 will be in in Estate built in 1898. The Asbury Park, NJ this year for participants saw t h e 2 full days. The Continuing building’s granite clad Education Program will be mansion in the neo-Palladian broken up into 3 tracks: style with its opulent Green or COTE, Business

Development and Codes. East Coast Green/ USGBC will be rolled into it. A Total of 9 credits will be available. There will be an exhibitor’s floor with 40 vendors. There will also be a cocktail party where the winners of the Design Competition will be announced. There will be a fee for the 2 days and also an “ala carte” option or seminars/cocktail party, etc. will be available. We encourage all to participate. We will have a full report to you on the AIA Convention in Denver Colorado June 19-21 after our return. We hope to see all of you there. There will be an Executive Committee Meeting in July. Any member having an interest in participating in a Committee to help the Board should contact Julie Pagnotta for additional information.

Louise C. Addonizio AIA, PP, LEED BD+C, NDICQ qualified, President AIA Newark Suburban 2013

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Trustees Trustees 2013


Section Administrator JULIE PAGNOTTA AIA NS 2012 Committees

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Design Awards 2013: A Night at the Museum The Design Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the 20th annual Newark and Suburban Design Awards will be held Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5:309:30 at The Morris Museum in Morristown. It promises to be an interesting and stimulating evening that will allow AIANS members and guests to view the project boards and enjoy good food and drink against the magnificent backdrop of the Museum and its collections. We on the Design Awards Committee are working hard to ensure a great turnout of projects from NS members. Our goal is to have the Museum’s major public spaces filled with fine examples of AIA architectural work and to let architecture take its rightful place among the fine arts. One aspect of serving as Chairperson that I have enjoyed these last four years is that it gives me a good excuse to introduce myself to fellow AIANS members and discuss the Design Awards. It gives me great satisfaction each year when we welcome new entrants to the Design Awards and get the opportunity to see the great work being done by our Section’s member firms. And this year, meeting fellow AIANS members will be even easier as I will have beautiful Design Awards bookmarks designed by my fellow Committee member Julia Averett Buteux, Assoc. AIA to hand out, as well as the striking “Night at the Museum” poster designed by Committee member Wesley

Corner, AIA, to share with members. And of course thanks to Judy Donnelly, AIA for coordinating our publicity efforts. My fellow Committee members and I are pleased to announce that once again a distinguished and diverse group of architects has accepted our invitations to serve as guest jurors. Joining us on October 17 will be: Claire Weisz, AIA, is a founding partner of WXY architecture and urban design, a New York City-based firm focused on creating innovative approaches to public spaces, structures, and cities. WXY’s current projects include the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Plan and Design Guidelines For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, featured in a series of reports supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Weisz is on the faculty of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and has taught and lectured at Yale, Parsons, Columbia, and NJIT. Please visit to see the work of Ms. Weisz and her firm. Hugh H. Trumbull III, AIA, is a senior design principal with KPF with strong New Jersey roots. A South Orange native, Mr. Trumbull has worked on many New Jersey projects, including leading the master plan and design of Centra at Metropark in Iselin. This LEED Platinum certified office complex received an AIA-NJ Honor Award in 2011. Mr. Trumbull also led the design of 175 Park Ave. in Madison, transforming a 225,000 s.f. Continued on page 4

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HERE is the WIND UP……………and the PITCH The spring season ending and the summer just beginning … time for loyal baseball fans. Well along with this great pastime sport, comes the AIA National Convention and I am pleased to report that more than 80 AIANJ members beyond the leadership attended. I like to think that the AIA Advocacy Team could be a great baseball team striving to win, head to the play offs and moving on to the World Series. I have long been involved in advocacy with our AIANJ APAC and now during my tenure on the National Board, honored to serve on the Board Advocacy Committee (BAC). As part of the BAC, I chair the sub-committee of Policy and Position Statements and as you may know, I also am on the ArchiPAC Steering Committee. Locally, Judy Donnelly, AIA and Robert Cozzarelli, AIA have been helping me with this responsibility. However, before the pitch comes the windup and I thought it important to provide you with an overview of the efforts from the BAC and its Chairman Russell A. Davidson, FAIA: The BAC is already in alignment with the goals and statements emerging from the research reported during Grassroots first to the full Board and then to the nearly 800 Chapter leaders that were present. The following headings should be familiar, but if they are not here is a review:

Fuse Practice with Passion

Architects are good for Business

Demonstrate Relevance

Make Everyone a Messenger

Think beyond Bricks & Mortar

A revised proposal for the Institute’s Project Delivery Position, which I hope will be voted on at the National Bd. Mtg. before the Convention. This statement emphasizes the collaborative nature of Architects while at the same time reasserting that the Architect is best positioned to lead the entire process. Congress is debating energy legislation that could remove the 2030 energy efficiency goals. The Advocacy Team formed an alliance of over350 entities to successfully defend the goals so far. but this is an ongoing effort which may soon require broader action by the Board and above all the entire membership, and this is where individual members can, and I hope will, help!

Proactively, the Institute is developing several tools to assist components and members to better advocate the VALUE of the ARCHITECT which include

White papers on Public Private Partnerships (P3’s), which will outline ways for members to take advantage of a new way to get projects moving again.

Guide to Deep Energy Retrofits, which will help members get involved in creating projects that reduce energy costs through sustainable design strategies.

What Architects Do – will be a digital tool in the early stages of development will evolve in collaboration with AIA communications staff with the goal to create a powerful and accessible presentation/app that can be used to demonstrate the full range of the skills of the Architect.

Now here is the PITCH: As architects we face challenges everyday, and it looks like we will continue to do so even after my time on the National Board is over just 6 months down the road! Repositioning will help, but as you may have seen the ‘I’ in Institute is really WE! It will in fact take all of us to advance the interests of our members so that the decision makers in Washington, Trenton and all of New Jersey’s 21 counties and 566 municipalities begin to understand what it is that Architects do and can do for their communities. Advocacy is in fact one of the most important benefits of your membership. Seth Leeb, AIA chairs our local APAC effort and by virtue of my position as Regional Director I will talk to you about ArchiPAC.. We both need for you to step up and donate whatever you can to APAC and ArchiPAC. Whith over 500 local members, I am sure you all could do the math and see that even the smallest donation will be put to good use in Trenton and in Washington. So therefore, I hope you will help Judy, Bob, Seth and me with making hitting our pitch if not at the convention, by seeking one of us out at the next local Section meeting and providing us with your check. Thank you. Jerry

Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA AIA NJ Regional Director ’11-‘13

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Verizon call center into a Class A LEED Platinum office building. Mr. Trumbull’s work can be viewed at Stuart Disston, AIA, LEED GA, is a partner in Austin Patterson Disston, an award-winning firm specializing in residential design based in Quogue, N.Y. and Southport, CT. A native of Morristown, Mr. Disston’s designs in Quogue, Lyme, New Canaan, Westport, and Rowayton have won his firm awards from American Institute of Architects Connecticut. In addition two of his Connecticut projects have won the Alice Washburn/AIA Award for new traditional houses in Connecticut. His watercolor of Il Duomo, Florence was the recipient of a recent AIA/CT Drawing Award. Mr. Disston’s work can be viewed at Jack A. Purvis, AIA probably needs no introduction to most NS members. Mr.

Purvis is the 2013 President of AIA New Jersey as well as the 2003 AIA New Jersey Architect of the Year. Mr. Purvis is well-known for his residential and commercial projects in Monmouth and Ocean Counties as well as his community service work, most notably for Howell Township, NJ. Please visit Mr. Purvis’ web site I would like to encourage all of our Section’s members to show us the work you do and are most proud. Please check the AIANS web site for a downloadable pdf which includes rules and registration form as well as category descriptions, presentation tips, and lists of photographers and print houses member firms have used in previous years. And as always please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Donald Chin, AIA Newark and Suburban Design Awards Chairperson

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DESIGN AWARDS SPOTLIGHT This month’s featured Design Award project is the Music Court Pavilions by CTS Group Architecture/Planning PA, of Chatham, NJ, who received a Silver Medal at the 2012 Design Awards. This entry was lauded by the jurors, among them Bruce D. Turner, AIA and Thomas Navin, AIA for the project’s metaphysical nature, which is expressed by the trellis columns that seem to be wrapped in the bark of a tree. The panel also admired the “enchanting” effect produced by a special level of detail.

The Music Court Pavilion in Branch Brook Park, right. Column detail above.

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AIA Newark & Suburban Architects & CSI NJ host 17th Annual Charity Golf Outing AIA Newark & Suburban Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute of New Jersey hosted the 17th Annual Charity Golf Outing this year at Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, NJ. The event attracted numerous local Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Building Vendors.

Congratulations to our Winners: 1st Place Team: Bill Bray, Eric Hill, Phil Ries, George Strother 2rd Place Team: Obi Agudosi, Brandon Nicholson, Matt Sander, Rick Schneyder (pictured below) 3nd Place Team: Rusty Fricke, John Scirocco, Chris Stone, Steve Whitehorn st All Proceeds benefit 1 Cerebral Palsy Center Longest Drive: Matt Sander Closets to the Pin: Dave Delvecchio of New Jersey, a Non-Profit Organization Putting Contest: Karl Nichol which cares for and educates children and adults who have a wide range of physical disabilities. This year the Golf Outing raised Thank You to our Sponsors: over $3,000. Throughout the past 17 years, Entry Giveaways the event has raised close to $100,000 in Posen Architects, LLC financial support for this deserving and st PBA Engineering, P.C. Structural Engineers wonderful charity. This has enabled 1 CP Putting Contest Center of NJ to construct an outdoor play Ray Cobbs, President 1st Cerebral Palsy Center area, purchase computers and make other Lunch meaningful contributions to improve the 1st Cerebral Palsy Board of Directors environment for learning and enjoyment. Beverage Cart The proceeds from this year’s outing are AXA Advisors: Michael Cocco, Sal Cocco & Pat going to fund Smart Boards for the Morris classrooms. Closest to the Pin Participation has been the key to the Extech Building Materials / Gotham Metalworks success of our golf outing. Details for next Cocktails year’s outing are forthcoming - please Parex USA remember to make time in your schedule to participate and to help support the 1st CP Hole Sponsors Center of New Jersey. AIA Newark and Skanska USA Building, Inc. Suburban Architects and the Construction Frank Constenbader, Attorney at Law Specifications Institute of New Jersey would The Standard Group like to thank all the sponsors and Gilsanz Murray Steficek, LLP participants who supported the event this year.

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Professional Practice Notes: Summer Reading This Professional Practice Notes column has the goal of offering readers advice and insight on design practice. While all of my articles draw on other reference sources, this month’s installment features links to several organizations and their publications…consider it a Summer Reading List for Architects interested in design management. AIA Practice Management Knowledge Community (PMKC) has the stated mission “…to advance the practice of architecture through discovering, generating, organizing, and sharing insights, resources, and tools that enable architects to practice more effectively.” The PMKC publishes a quarterly Practice Management Digest that is a compilation of articles submitted by AIA members on a wide range of practice topics. I find the PMKC to be an excellent source for best practices from fellow AIA members. The online Summer 2013 Digest can be found at the following link: Resources/Documents/AIAB099141 DesignIntelligence is the Design Futures Council’s bi-monthly report on the future, delivering original research, insightful commentary, and instructive best practices. If interested one can become a paid member and subscriber; however, DesignIntelligence information can be accessed for free on their website or by signing up for their email service. Their thrust is emerging trends and

management practices that allow practitioners to better manage and be more financially successful. Online best practice articles can be found at the following link: Behance is a cool website and blog for creative professionals; they launched the 99U Conference in 2009 to share best practices that help “creatives” (including architects and designers) move beyond idea generation into idea execution. The 99U name comes from a quote from West Orange, New Jersey’s own Thomas Edison who said, "Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration." The 99U has evolved into a think tank, which now includes a daily web magazine at, a workshop series, advisory services, and the bestselling book “Making Ideas Happen.” If you want to spark creativity within your practice check out the following link: Enjoy your summer, and if you get the chance, check out one or more of the above resources if you want to explore professional practice ideas…inside and outside the box.

Author: Ronald C. Weston, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, / AIA NS Professional Practice Committee Chair / Email: or

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