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AIA Newark and Suburban Architects

SEPTEMBER 2012 Issue 9

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


AIAS Quad Conference


Forty, but Who is Counting?


Design Awards 2012


Sales Opportunities


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:

Sad to see the summer coming to an end, but I look forward to the events the AIA has planned for us in September. AIA-NJ is holding the Design Day Conference this year at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ on Thursday September 13th. I encourage Newark and Suburban members to attend. It is a great venue and an opportunity to see friends and colleagues from other sections. The list of speakers is as impressive as their topics. Personally, I am intrigued by the guided tour of the refurbished Asbury Park boardwalk. It is an all-day event capped by a reception where the winners of the design competition are announced. More information as well as the opportunity to register are located on the AIA-NJ

website: http://www.aian j . o r g / e v e n t s / DDdesignsubmissions.shtml I would like to commend Newark and Suburban Trustee Ronald Weston, AIA for his commitment as Chair of the Professional Practice Committee in 2012. He has taken on his position this year with a sense of responsibility to provide our members with insightful thoughts in each month’s Rostrum on what it ta k e s to be a professional. I echo his sentiment in the August 2012 Rostrum - as professionals, we have the responsibility to understand the macro and micro economics of our industry. Understanding the economic world that affects you will enable you to better plug into a market sector, a project, or a new client that will help maintain and grow your

business. Lastly, as a follow-up from last month’s message where I reported on the AIA’s response to USGBC’s request to sign a letter to the GSA calling for the continued use of LEED, a response was prepared by Robert Ivy, FAIA, AIA National Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer. I applaud Mr. Ivy for being proactive and responding accordingly to the GSA. The letter is available for you to read in its entirety at the AIA Advocacy Website: http:// groups/aia/documents/pdf/ aiab095597.pdf Kevin McCormick, AIA, LEED®AP AIANS President, 2012

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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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AIAS-NJIT Quad Conference: Revitalizing Cities By Vicky Tran, 5th year student at NJIT and AIAS member

The American Institute of Architecture Students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (AIAS NJIT) will be hosting the semi-annual AIAS N o rthe ast Q uad Conference this October in Newark, New Jersey! As current Architecture students, we have an invested interest in what our world will become in 5, 10, even 20 years from now. It is our mission to showcase the potential of urban environments, like Newark, and look forward to a progressive future. This four day conference will focus on what we need to do as designers, planners and architects in order to strengthen the urban fabric in which we thrive. Hundreds of students and professionals alike will gather to discuss

current and relevant issues in the profession and to understand how we can make these known to the general public. It will be supported by groups like the Project for Public Spaces who will be sending their president, Fred Kent, to speak on their behalf as our K e y n o te Sp e a ke r . To reinforce the message, there will be workshops, tours, and discussions all focused around the theme of Revitalization. The conference will also provide networking opportunities for students and professionals. The conference will host events such as Portfolio Reviews and Firm Crawls to help strengthen the relationships between archite ct s and future architects. Join us from October 18th to October 21st this fall to live

and learn about the city and the potential it has to benefit us all. Each day will have a series of workshops and tours culminating with a main event that will be sure to inspire. Please visit to learn all about what this conference has to offer. At the AIAS of NJIT, we are passionate about what we do and what we stand for. Our chapter will provide the tools necessary to reinvent what it means to be urban and reinvigorate the current state of our cities. Call fo r Spo nso rs + Professional Architects For opportunities to sponsor or donate, please visit - Sponsors To be a part of the Portfolio Review /Firm Crawl, please email for details.

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FORTY, but Who is Counting? I just realized that next month will be the start of my fortieth year as an AIA member. I last wrote about an AIA anniversary, when I served as President of AIANJ. I stated at the time that it was going to be a special year and it was, because we celebrated the 150th anniversary of OUR professional organization. AIANJ’s contribution, organized by Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, was to introduce architecture to 150 different 6th grades around the state. Late last year under the guidance of Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA we finished and delivered in a most beautiful book, a list of 150 BEST buildings and places in the Garden State. Many of our members contributed to both of these projects.

While we have experienced various degrees of setback in the four or five years since then, due mostly to the downturn in the economy, OUR AIA is still here to serve the membership. The membership has experienced lower numbers and as such, shrinking revenue capabilities. I need not tell you that without revenue we are hard pressed to provide OUR educational programs for those who remain members. These same programs will also help us attempt to entice former members to come back into the organization. AIANJ is made up of six local sections and as such, a lot of what happens because of the effort of our local leadership. This could not be more true here in my home section of AIA Newark

Page 3 and Suburban Architects. There is a new generation of leaders, some in fact that may not have even been born when I joined AIA back in 1972! In my visits around the Chapter and at Chapter events, I find this as a positive and though we have experienced some hard times, the hard work of a few has and continues to deliver to many. The AIA is poised to realign the Institute in the next few months, and as just a small part of your national leadership, I will be meeting in New Mexico with the remainder of leadership to contribute ideas of to make the AIA BIGGER, and most important, BETTER for all of us. So stayed tuned and even if you have only been a member for a few years, be Continued on page 5

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Design Awards 2012

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With August and the summer winding down, this is your friendly reminder that the 2012 Newark and Suburban Design Awards are a little over a six weeks away. This year’s Design Awards will be a joint event with the Architects League to be held October 11 from 6 – 9:30 pm at the Hamilton and Ward Steakhouse in Paterson. We have moved the Design Awards out of September, which is always crowded with Labor Day, the return of school, and religious holidays as well as the AIA State Design Day. This gives all our member firms the entire month of September to put project boards together. Please visit our AIANS web site for some presentation tips as well as a list of photographers and print houses that members have used and recommend. As Chairperson, I am excited to report that quite a few of our Newark and Suburban member firms will

be entering for the first time or after having not submitted recently. And as always we look forward to seeing the great work of our loyal member firms that enter projects every year. My fellow Co-Chair from the Architects League, Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, tells me that her section’s members are excited about the joint event, and so we are expectig a fine display of our two sections’ work. And the presidents of the other AIA New Jersey Sections are all looking forward to serving as our jurors, helping to make this year’s event a real all New Jersey affair. The Design Awards are open to all members of our two sections, including Associate AIA members. For the submission, the NS / AL member should have played a primary role in the project, such as project designer or project manager. Projects may date from any period of a member’s career, and

projects that have been previously submitted but were not awarded may be entered again. Please visit the Newark and Suburban web site for complete submission rules and requirements. I encourage all of our Section’s members to show off your work. So, be sure to mark October 11 for the opportunity to see the work of our member firms while enjoying live music and delicious food and drink in the company of your AIA colleagues. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and comments. If you are planning to participate and submit work, please e-mail me to assist in our planning for the event. I would also like to mention we are in the process of setting up drop-off sites for the boards and will be announcing the sites shortly. Donald Chin AIA Design Awards Chairperson

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ready to step up and contribute your ideas and help your local section to make the AIA the best it can be. Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA AIANJ Regional Director, 2011-2013

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