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AIA Newark and Suburban Architects

JANUARY 2012 Issue 1

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


Upcoming Events


Mentorship NOW


Regional Director’s Report


Toys for Tots Success


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

Happy New Year! I am honored to be the President of Newark and Suburban Architects for 2012. I hope it is a prosperous year for our organization and all of our members. I look forward to the events we have planned for the upcoming year and hope to see a lot of new faces. I was born, raised and have lived my whole life in New Jersey. I am a graduate fro m the S cho o l of Architecture at NJIT and practiced architecture for nearly ten years. For eight years now I have worked with Skanska – an international construction management firm with its US headquarters based in Parsippany. I am married, have two young children and now live in Millington. As a member of the Newark and Suburban Board, I have had the opportunity to serve as Trustee, Secretary, First Vice-President and President -Elect. Over the past few years I have been involved in the planning of our annual Golf Outing and CANstruction competition. I have found participating on the Board to be a rewarding experience. It has enabled

me to meet a dynamic group of professionals committed to serving its members as well as to the advancement of the architectural profession. It is the goal of the Newark and Suburban Architects Officers and Trustees to encourage awareness of the profession through education and fellowship. So I encourage the membership to attend our general meetings, educational opportunities, and special events planned throughout the year. I am excited about the New Year and welcome the opportunity to meet more of you – our members. Please take the time to visit with me at one of our general meetings. I welcome the opportunity to learn your thoughts and ideas about Newark and Suburban. Finally, I want to thank my predecessor, Yogesh Mistry, AIA, who did a magnificent job in 2011. I will welcome his support, insight, and guidance in 2012. Kevin McCormick, AIA, LEED®AP, AIANS President, 2012.

January Events The evening of January 21, 2012, the AIA Newark & Suburban Past Presidents banquet will be held at the Manor in West Orange, NJ. Sponsorship information is available. If you haven’t received your invitation in the mail, you can register: 2012-past-presidentsbanquet

Citizen Architect Taskforce meeting to be held at the Publick House in Chester, NJ at 6 PM on Tuesday, 10 January 2012. Interested? For more information contact Judy Donnelly, AIA or Ken Fox, AIA.

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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

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CoAD Alumni Pay it Forward through Mentorship NOW NJIT College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) Alumni and current architecture students are developing a mentorship program along with education programs that appeal to emerging professionals and current students. Mentorship is an essential feature of the development of an architect’s career. The form of mentorship has changed considerably over time, from its beginnings as an apprenticeship, to the current environment, with nearly limitless possible mentoring relationships. The program, Mentorship NOW, utilizes today’s technology such as social me d i a and p ro mo te s interpersonal communication to develop career relationships and interactions. Learning through mentorship has evolved from a narrow path to a complex range of possibilities. This organized program streamlines the current process into a more productive form of mentorship relevant to young interns/students today. The technical component of the Mentorship NOW program is the online database. This database allows program participants to log pertinent information

and interests. This information offers clearer insight when assembling groups with similar interests, and within similar geographic areas of the state. Mentoring groups will have four professional levels including emerging professionals, mid-level licensed, mid-level unlicensed, and seasoned professionals. Fellows will be involved, ideally with the ideal goal of one per group. Mentoring through crossgenerational communication will facilitate bridging the gap between different experience levels. Groups will be assembled based on information provided in applications. As a supplement to the small mentoring groups, the committee will plan b i m o n th l y educational seminars where all are invited, featuring presentations given by professionals in other fields. Mentorship NOW can join existing CoAD programs, lecture series, and mentorship programs to increase the quality and quantity of these resources. One goal of these interdisciplinary seminars is to foster interest in alternative career paths for architects, a growing

minority of the associate membership, as people deal creatively with the recession by inventing their own jobs. For those on a traditional career path, the seminars will provide a refreshing point of view by informing attendees on topics not usually emphasized in current practice. If you are interested becoming involved or donating your time (or money), please contact e ithe r Cla ir Who le a n, or John Cwikla at CoAD Alumni involved in Mentorship NOW: Priya Shah Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NJIT B. Arch. 2007 Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA, NJIT B. Arch. Fall 2008 Donna Miller, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD&C, NJIT B. Arch. 2009 Jennifer Mortensen Carson, Assoc. AIA, NJIT M. Arch. 2011 Ian Siegel, Past President of AIAS at NJIT, Current Student in B. Arch. (Expected 2012) Mentorship NOW Planning Team volunteers: Clair Wholean, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA, AIA-NJ Regional Associate Director 2011-2012

Section Administrator

John Cwikla, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, First V.P. NS, & Emerging Professionals Chair


Jerome Leslie Eben, AIANJ Regional Director


Nicole DeCandia, Assoc. AIA, IDP Coordinator, NJ John Kanengieter, Assoc. AIA, EIT, LEED AP Peter Kozielski, AIA Jason Lutz, Assoc. AIA Lauren Thomson, Assoc. AIA

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Regional Director’s Report I have just returned from the final 2011 National Board Meeting. This is the completion of my first of a three year commitment as your Regional Director. It has been an eye opening experience to witness the way OUR institute is organized and how your leaders focus on the important issues that face the organization and in turn on OUR profession as ARCHITECTS. The year started with the appointment of Robert A. Ivy, Jr., FAIA Executive Vice President/CEO of the Institute. I am sure many of you know of Robert’s accomplishments with McGraw-Hill and as Editor of Architectural Record. We could not have a better manager than a man who has been an advocate for the profession for his entire career, first as a practicing architect and later, in his role with McGraw-Hill. Robert was a member of the Board over a decade ago, so he is experienced with the way the operation works. In this position, he is charged with the day-to-day running of the institute, managing the many departments,

which include over 200 employees and a budget of nearly 60 million dollars. I am part of the Class of 2013. We call ourselves the “Original 13” in honor of the original founders of AIA some 154 years ago. We, of course, come from all over the country, and are made up of firm owners, (large and small), corporate architects, and educators. A good mix, for sure, and we have made it our mission to incre ase the p ub lic’ s understanding of what we do for a living and the architecture we create. Our first year was about getting familiar with the process and working on various committees. At this last meeting, I chaired a Class Dinner where we had a discussion about entering our middle year of service: what we do next? I am glad to report that the emphasis of this energetic group will be on the Emerging Professional (EP) and the mentoring process. Our goal is to help increase the participation of our young people into the organization and service the needs of the profession that

Page 3 they will inherit. I have been a proponent of EPs, as I fondly refer to them, and I hope that the 2012 leadership of the Sections will see fit to send as many of these young people to AIA’s best program, the G r a ss r o o ts Le ad e r sh ip Conference, held in early March. At Grassroots, I will have the opportunity to hold an annual Regional Meeting. I have asked Phil Simon, AIA’s Director of Communication to have Ned Cramer, Editor of ARCHITECT (the magazine of AIA) to be available to us. I have had numerous requests from members about the approach of the magazine and its newswire service. Please join me for this important meeting (time and meeting room, will be provided via a future E-mail to attendees) and have your concerns and questions answered. Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA AIA NJ Regional Director, 2011-2013

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Fifth Annual ‘Toys for Tots’ Drive a Success

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AIA Newark & Suburban Architects recently held its Fifth Annual ‘Toys for Tots’ toy drive at our annual meeting. Through our email updates and online registration, we asked all attending members to bring a new, unwrapped toy in December. Once again our members, vendors and sponsors didn’t disappoint. Throughout the evening, we collected over 40 toys, which filled more than three large Toys for Tots boxes. It warms one’s heart to see that even in tough economic times, people will make a small sacrifice so that someone less fortunate can enjoy a little bit of holiday cheer. I’m sure all of the toys were greatly appreciated by the boys and girls that received them. AIA Newark & Suburban Architects would like to thank all our members, vendors and sponsors for supporting this worthwhile cause, and look forward to next years event. For more information regarding the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, please read on below. Happy Holidays!

U.S.M.C. Reserve Toys for Tots Program MISSION: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. GOAL: The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. John A Cwikla, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 2011 Treasurer, AIA NS 2012 First AIA NS


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