AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: NextFab Tour, Feb. 24, 2017


On Friday February 24th, the AIA-West Jersey Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) observed “Tech Month”, by taking a guided tour of NextFab, a local co-working facility and “maker-space” that provides technology training, production equipment and automated fabrication expertise to start-ups and creatives. The event was well attended, and included representatives of AIA-WJ, Philadelphia Emerging Architects (PEA) and the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (PhilaNOMA). We were also joined by the project architect of the facility Jackie Gusic, AIA of Inhabit Architecture & Design, who provided insight into the background and design of the project, an adaptive reuse of a warehouse located among the building supply stores on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia.

Eric Kaplan, Business Development Manager of NextFab, directed our tour and demonstrated the architectural applications of their digital automated production equipment. The metal and wood shops located on the main level featured some of the largest pieces of machinery, including water-jet and plasma cutters for metalwork, and two CNC mills for composites and wood-based materials. The advantages of 3D scanning for reproductions of architectural artifacts and sculptural objects were evident from the CNC milled prototypes that Mr. Kaplan presented. Afterwards, we toured the upper level which included the 3D printing and laser-cutting studio, where we had the chance to observe a 3D printer in action, creating a prototype of an architectural extrusion.


After the tour, the group headed to nearby Los Camaradas restaurant to enjoy some Mexican cuisine and discuss upcoming events and opportunities for professional development. By the end of the night a lucky participant was awarded a door prize custom laser-etched by NextFab, a plywood medallion emblazoned with the “I AM EPiC” logo. Thank you to all who participated to make this event a success!

CANstruction – Food Bank of SJ – February 10, 2017


The CANstruction Pennsauken 2017 Awards Reception was held this past Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Rutgers University Camden Campus. A panel of judges — including local architects, dietitians, community activists and representatives from the Food Bank of South Jersey — voted on categories including Most Cans, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, and Best Original Design. In addition to these categories, there was a sixth award that was judged solely by the Food Bank of South Jersey representatives titled, Food Bank Favorite.

AIA West Jersey sponsored team, Kitchen and Associates, took home the “Food Bank Favorite” trophy for their “CANbell’s Soup” CANstructure. Measuring in at over 6 feet tall, 4 feet in diameter, and containing a total of over 1,700 cans, the design resonated with Food Bank representatives for its ties to Campbell’s Soup in Camden and being such a well-loved food by so many people. Although simple in shape, the detailing of the “Campbell’s” lettering was applauded.

AIA West Jersey seeks to sponsor this event on an annual basis. This year’s event resulted in 13,461 cans of food donated to the Food Bank of South Jersey. If you or your firm are interested in potential sponsorship of your team, or if you would like to organize a AIA West Jersey team in 2018, please contact us at:

For additional information about the Food Bank of South Jersey, please visit their website:

Save the Date: General Membership Meeting – March 15, 2016

AIA West Jersey will host the next General Membership Meeting and Dinner Seminar on March 15th at Caffé Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill, NJ.

The evening will feature a presentation on Applying Swedish Innovations in Residential Construction Systems, by Gregory LaVardera, AIA.

Architects are witnessing a significant increase in the energy efficiency code requirements for our housing. The best way to meet these new requirements is not always clear. For insight we can turn to Sweden where they underwent a similar revolution in the 1970s. Today, with 40 years of good practice behind them Sweden has efficient solutions to most of our energy efficiency demands. Because Sweden and the US share a tradition of wood framed housing, their techniques can be readily adopted and suggest a way forward for us in North American.

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016




Please join us for the upcoming meeting between AIA South Jersey and West Jersey where you will learn how to use social media and Houzz to promote your Architectural Firm.

Event details below:

DATE: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TIME: 5 to 9 PM

LOCATION: Annata Wine Bar, 216 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, NJ 08037. (609) 704-9797

PRESENTATION: Using Social Media and Houzz to Promote Your Business

Presenter: Michael Stein of Houzz, Inc. Website: www.

DESCRIPTION: In this course, we will review the steps that you need to take to set up a profile on Houzz and maximize your exposure on the platform. Houzz is the world’s leading resource for homeowners looking for inspiration and ideas for their next home remodeling project. With 20 million monthly visitors, most of whom are homeowners, Houzz has become an important tool for residential trade professionals to showcase their work and get client leads. Houzz is a completely free tool for trade professionals.

CREDITS: 3 LU Pending**

Note: This is an interactive program. Please bring you laptops, tablets or other devices where you can set up your own Houzz profiles. Free Wifi will be available.

COST: AIA South & West Members -$20. Guests – $35. Free for Associates, Interns & Students*

ATTENDANCE & DINNER CHOICE RSVP: Friday, September 25, 2015.

AIA South & West Jersey Members RSVP to Bruce Turner, AIA at (856) 405-0351 or with your choice of Chicken Milanese, Eggplant Tower or Prime Rib.

*Membership determined by the membership roster as of the date of this meeting.

**AIA West Jersey is a registered with the AIA Continuing Education System AIA/CES.

This program is pending for approval for 3 LU, which will be reported directly to the AIA/CES for AIA members.

NCARB – IDP Streamline Goes Into Effect July 1

Attention AIA-West Jersey Committee of Emerging Professionals in Architecture (CEPA) Group:

NCARB recently announced, the Intern Development Program (IDP) will no longer require elective hours as of July 1, 2015.  The IDP will require 3,740 total hours defined by the existing 17 experience areas.

Additional Information is available from the NCARB website.

Be sure to check for updates with NCARB as the transition continues. Questions can be directly to NCARB Customer Service team at (202) 879-0520 or

AIA West Jersey – Dinner Meeting & 2015 Building Code Seminar Recap – March 31, 2015

AIA-WJ_150331_JOHN-TERRYAIA-West Jersey kicked off the 2015 General Meetings on March 31st with the 2015 International Building Code Seminar at Caffe Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill. If you were in attendance, thank you for supporting the event. If you were unable to attend – you missed a lot!

John Terry, Building Code Official / Representative of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs gave a lively, interactive presentation highlighting the major changes between the current 2009 New Jersey IBC/IRC and the 2015 New Jersey IBC/IRC that will be adopted in June of this year. Despite having to reschedule the meeting due to snow from the original February date, the meeting was a tremendous success drawing over eighty (80) design and construction professionals.

AIA-West Jersey hopes you will help us keep this momentum going by attending our next meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. The meeting is a joint event hosted by AIA-South Jersey at the Avalon Links Restaurant in Cape May Courthouse, NJ. Meeting details will be forwarded shortly via email. To RSVP, please contact Bruce Turner, AIA at (856) 405-0351 or by Friday, April 17, 2015.

Additionally, AIA-WJ would like to notify the membership of these future events:

AIA-WJ-150331_NOTEBOOKAIA-WJ Committee for Emerging Professionals in Architecture (CEPA): April 25, 2015, AIA-WJ will host Barry Bannett at the Cherry Hill Public Library for a presentation and discussion on Construction Site Visits: Architect’s Role and Responsibilities. This program is geared towards Associate AIA members, Interns, ARE candidates and Architects licensed 10 years or less. Principals are encouraged to send firm staff members to attend this valuable presentation. Please RSVP to Mark Barone, AIA at (856) 429-0868 or by April 23rd.

CSI Philadelphia: April 30 – May 3, 2015, Mid Atlantic Regional Conference, Concordville, PA. The conference will explore the theme of “Detailing Innovation” intended to explore innovative changes that will impact the construction industry in the near future.  Presentations and tours will offer AIA Continuing Education Credits.  Contact David Stutzman, AIA at for more information.

AIA-WJ General Membership Meeting, May 7, 2015. Save the Date for AIA-West Jersey’s next Dinner Meeting. Presentation topic and meeting location to be determined, stay tuned for additional details.

AIA National Convention: May 14-16, 2015, Atlanta, GA. Our immediate past AIA New Jersey Regional Director, Jerome (Jerry) L. Eben, AIA, announced his candidacy for member at large to the new AIA National Board of trustees. There are 5 candidates running for 3 positions. The election will take place at the National Convention. It is very important to AIA New Jersey to make every attempt to have a representative on the new National Board. Delegates to the National Convention elect the candidates. Therefore, if you know anyone from other regions or components around the country, please request their support for Jerry.

BIM Seminar: May 19, 2015. AIA-South Jersey has partnered with Atlantic Cape Community College to offer a new continuing education course entitled: Building Information Modeling (BIM) & Legal Issues Facing New Jersey Design Professionals. This full day course offers 6 AIA/CES LU/HSW CSE Hours (approvals pending), breakfast and lunch, all for a reduced rate of $149.00 for current AIA members. Contact Bruce Turner, AIA at (856) 405-0351 or for additional program details.

East Coast Green: June 22, 2015. AIA New Jersey plans to hold the East Coast Green Conference this year. The location will be NJIT in Newark, NJ. Watch the AIA New Jersey website, or contact Jason Kliwinski, AIA by email at for more information.

Quinn de Menna, AIA appointed to AIA-Design for Aging Advisory Group


AIA-West Jersey would like to announce the appointment of Quinn de Menna, AIA to the AIA Design for Aging (DFA) Advisory Group.  The eight (8) member national leadership board advocates for innovative design and shares research findings with professionals via the AIA DFA Knowledge Community, to promote quality of life and superior environments for an aging society.  Quinn de Menna, AIA is currently Director of Architecture at Alberto & Associates, Inc. located in Haddonfield, NJ, and a frequent attendee of AIA-WJ sponsored events.  Mr. de Menna has participated in efforts such as the AIA Design For Aging ADA Task Force and presented at national Senior Living Conferences including Leading Age Annual Meeting, American Society on Aging, Pioneer Network and others; on topics ranging from Dining Trends to Accessible Toileting and Bathing.    AIA-WJ is honored to have one of its members represented on this national board.

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AIA West Jersey Newsletter – Summer 2014

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AIA West Jersey General Meeting Dinner & Seminar- September 19, 2013

Dear AIA West Jersey Members,

Meet up with fellow AIA members to learn about the rebuilding process for the Jersey Shore following Superstorm Sandy as well as the Repositioning of AIA and its impacts on the architecture profession.  A cocktail hour, dinner and raffle will be held and 3 CEU’s will be offered.  The Louis Goettelmann Award will also be presented to a member of the AIA-WJ chapter for service to the Chapter.  The cost is $20 per member, free for Interns & AIA-Associates and $35 for non-members.  RSVP to Jim DelGrosso at by September 15. For more information, check out the graphic below.


AIA-West Jersey September 19 General Meeting


2013 AIA West Jersey Annual Fall Trip – September 21, 2013

AIA-West Jersey is sponsoring a FREE trip to New York City for its members ($20 per person for non-members & family).  A charter bus will pick up attendees at Pella Windows in the Barclay Farms Center in Cherry Hill, NJ (165 Barclay Farms Shopping Center,  Cherry Hill, NJ) at 9am and will return to Barclay Farms Center at 8pm.  The Corning Exhibition will showcase only to AIA-WJ members its new technology based on smart glass (view the video ‘A Day Made of Glass’ at  The two hour presentation is in SoHo after which you will have the rest of the day to explore NYC on your own.  Five CEU’s will be available based on videos played on the bus and the Corning Exhibition.  RSVP to John Glaviano as soon as possible as spaces are limited at For more information, check out the graphic below.



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