General Membership Meeting – May 11, 2017

Join AIA West Jersey for networking, dinner and a presentation by award-winning writer, successful entrepreneur and accredited FocalPoint Business Coach, Jerry Covella. Jerry will present strategies for clarifying your business vision, and provide tools and tips for the foundation to a more successful business. Whether you have been in business for years, or are considering venturing out on your own, there is a take-away for you here.

In addition, Jessica O’Donnell, AIA-WJ Secretary and NJ Emerging Professionals Community Chair will be presenting an “EPiC Roadshow” describing the EPiC organization, its strucutre and opportunities for members. Come out and learn more.

AIA WJ May 11 2017 Dinner

Allied Member Event: DuBell Lumber Co. – April 27, 2017

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AIA West Jersey invites the membership to attend AIA WJ Allied Member, DuBell Lumber Company’s AIA-Credit Program on April 27th, 2017.

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AIA WJ Allied Member, Marvin Windows and Doors will be presenting at the event.  RSVP directly to Ed Evans at Dubell via the link below.

Dubell Lumber Company Announces AIA-Credit Architects Lunch and Learn Program

Medford, NJ – Thursday, April 27, from 8am-1pm, DuBell Lumber Company of Southern New Jersey is launching the first in a series of Architects Lunch & Learn events for 2017.

For over 95 years, DuBell Lumber Company, with its seven South Jersey-area locations, has been a leader in the building industry, specializing in architectural millwork, kitchens, baths, decks, lumber, trusses and building components. Beginning in April, DuBell will offer architects multiple opportunities to network with their peers, enjoy a free lunch, learn about proven products from leading building and home improvement-industry manufacturers, and earn 3 HSW AIA Continuing Education Credits. The first event will be held at the Camden County Boathouse in Pennsauken, right on the banks of the Cooper River and just seconds off of Route 70.

The Camden County Boathouse, DuBell’s choice for the premiere Lunch & Learn, was built in 2006 and designed by one of New Jersey’s notable architectural firms, SOSH, of Atlantic City. DuBell Marketing Director, Ed Evans said, “It’s one of the most striking and attractive architectural structures around Cooper River and the surrounding area, so we thought it was the perfect place to invite architects for a lunch and learn.”

The Dubell Lumber Company Architect Lunch & Learns are free educational events, open to all architects.

The April 27th Lunch & Learn will offer three seminars. Attendance at each seminar will earn one (1) AIA HSW Health, Safety, and Welfare credit. A total of three (3) credits may be earned at this event.

April 27th sponsors and presenters include:

Fritz Winterle, CDT, Super Enterprises/Marvin Windows
Laura Hays, Trex
John Pepe, Versatex Trimboard

Ed Evans, DuBell Lumber Co.

Program details:

8am-8:30am: Registration, morning refreshments

8:30am-9:30am:  Session 1 – PVC 101: The Benefits & Uses of Cellular PVC Trim
Presented by John Pepe, Versatex

9:45am-10:45am: Session 2 – Steel Deck Framing for Composite Decking
Presented by Laura Hays, Trex

11am- 12:00pm: Session 3 – AAMA Standards for Fenestration Products: Substrates and Finishes
Presented by Fritz Winterle, CDT, Super Enterprises / Marvin Windows

Noon-1pm: Box Lunch – Participants are encouraged to stay, eat lunch & network

Admission to this event is free, however seating is limited so we ask that participants pre-register. Architects may register online on DuBell Lumber Company’s Facebook Page: or by calling Michelle Lennox at DuBell Lumber Co. (609)969-6112.

To Register Online:


Save the Date: Community Service Day – May 6, 2017

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Building Tour – Pinelands Preservation Alliance: March 25, 2017

Join AIA West and South Jersey for a informative tour on March 25 – coffee and donuts will be served at the start of the program.

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AIA Grassroots – Leadership Conference: March 8-10, 2017

AIA Grassroots 2017 – A Leadership Conference – Washington D.C.

Conference Recap by Mark Barone, AIA – 2017 AIA WJ President 

The 2017 Grassroots conference is attended annually by the leaders of AIA National, State and Local Components and offers the opportunity to learn about how the Institute operates and its agenda for the coming year.  Attendees also meet and discuss programming ideas with AIA leaders from Components across the country at a number of networking sessions and interactive seminars.  This year, I was fortunate to attend as the representative from AIA West Jersey.  New Jersey as a whole was well represented with members from each of the state’s six sections in attendance.  Not only did we attend, but AIA NJ and WJ Emerging Professionals hosted a seminar on “Building an Emerging Professionals Network” at this national conference.

Wednesday, the delegation from New Jersey met for its Regional Meeting and heard reports from Bruce Turner, AIA, the New Jersey Regional Representative on the AIA National Strategic Council and AIA New Jersey President, Ben Lee, AIA.

Thursday kicked off a full day of presentations, briefly summarized below:

Design Impact Matters: Architects Shape Lives, Opportunities and Challenges for the Profession.

Carl Elefante, FAIA, AIA First Vice President, challenged architects to position ourselves and the profession for success by addressing two mandates.  First, to proactively plan for growth to accommodate the anticipated population boom from 7 to 10 billion people in the lifetimes of today’s practicing architects.  Second, to substantially reduce or even eliminate human causes of climate change resultant from the building sector.

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlement Program & Peter Calthorpe, Architect, Urban Designer and Urban Planner.

Dr. Joan Clos spoke to conference attendees via video about the recently held Habitat III Conference, held every 20 years, where member nations engage in discussions regarding housing and sustainable urban development.

Peter Calthorpe shared highlights from 30+ years of work that reflect global trends towards New Urbanism planning principles.  Mr. Calthorpe emphasized towns and cities with a diverse users and uses, streets focused on the pedestrian scale that promote human interactions, and built to be environmentally sustainable.

Archi-Talks: Rapid Fire TED-style Talks on Key 21st Century Issues

Conference attendees were treated to four consecutive talks on key issues for cities in the century ahead. The four presentations were: Walkable Cities, by Jeff Speck; Heritage Cities, by Jean Carroon, FAIA; Resilient Cities, by Michael Berkowitz; and 21st Century Cities, by Thomas Dellessio. After the talks members selected one of four break-out sessions on each topic to attend for further discussion and analysis.  The discussions were facilitated by members of the Strategic Council, and attendees’ responses will be complied and reported out to membership later this year.

Networking Lunch

Members received information regarding a number of grants available to components and the Component Excellence Awards were announced.  One particular program was organized by AIA Phoenix, entitled Arizona Kids Build, where K-8 students learned about the process of architectural design over the course of several weeks by designing and building a model of their our shade shelter guiding by AIA Architect members.

Leadership Workshops 1 & 2

After lunch, attendees selected two leadership development workshops.  I was fortunate to attend “Building an Inspiring & Sustainable Practice through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” and “How to Talk about Architecture with Clients & the Public”.  The first seminar was led by Dr. Shirley Davis, who discussed characteristics of winning cultures and tips for effective leadership.  Happy, engaged employees exhibit increased productivity and lower stress.  One memorable quote from the session, “If you are a leader and nobody’s following you, you aren’t leading, you are just taking a walk”.  In the second session, AIA communications staff presented the new AIA Message Book, a document produced from the work of the AIA National Public Outreach Committee.   The book offers guidance for speaking to clients and public in a way that advocates the value of architects and the profession to the public.  I suggest downloading a copy for yourself here: AIA Message Book

Welcome Reception – AIA National Headquarters

In the evening, conference attendees enjoyed some light fare and cocktails while touring AIA National Headquarters.  We met face to face with AIA staff, networked with colleagues and viewed an exhibit featuring designs by emerging professionals.

On Friday, the conference continued with members attending seminars, keynote speeches and presentations as summarized below:

Peer Group Networking Breakfast

Over breakfast conference attendees network with another leaders from similarly sized components.  I had the pleasure of meeting and discussing our local initiatives with leaders from Tampa Bay, Long Beach Austin and Spokane.

Leadership Workshop 3

My final seminar, “Building an Emerging Professional Network”, was not only attended by AIA NJ and AIA WJ members, it was presented by us.  AIA NJ Emerging Professional Community (EPiC) and AIA California’s Academy for Emerging Professionals (AEP) presented each organization’s structure, successes and failures to a packed room of component leaders.  Jessica O’Donnell, AIA WJ Secretary, and AIA NJ EPiC Chair was a featured presenter.

Concluding Session: Keynote, Town Hall and Candidates for National Office

In the final general session, ARCHITECT magazine editor, Ned Cramer moderated a panel discussion with the candidates for national office: 2018-2020 At-large Director (one to be elected) Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA and Daniel S. Hart, FAIA, and 2018-2019 Treasurer Patrick Panetta, AIA.

During the Town Hall, questions submitted from members prior to the conference, as well as inquiries from the members in attendance were addressed by Institute Leaders: Thomas Vonier, FAIA, AIA President, Carl Elefante, FAIA, AIA First Vice President, Heather Koury, Hon. AIA, CACE President, Robert Ivy, FAIA, AIA Chief Exectuive Officer, and Jason Winters, AIA, Moderator Strategic Council.

Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore gave the final keynote address, calling on architects to get involved in city planning and team up with elected officials to use their unique problem solving skills to improve communities.  Mayor Pugh discussed her work with AIA Batlimore to realize the Baltimore Design School, a new community school offering students an education in architectural, fashion and product design while providing public meeting spaces for the surrounding community.

Get Involved!

If you have made it this far, you may be a good candidate for leadership in the local component.  I encourage you to start small and ask your local AIA component leaders to help organize a meeting, or take RSVPs.  Then jump in on a Committee, or take on another leadership role in an area you are passionate about.  Email us at to begin developing your leadership skills today.  Maybe it will be you that gets to represent AIA West Jersey at Grassroots in the years to come!

Respectfully submitted,

Mark Barone, AIA – 2017 President

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BIM, Wine & Cheese Inaugural Event – January 19, 2017


On January 19th, AIA West Jersey and Graphisoft, producers of ARCHICAD, hosted a BIM, Wine & Cheese Inaugural Event at the Markeim Arts Center in Haddonfield, NJ.

GRAPHISOFT BIM Specialist, Zoltan Toth, demonstrated ArchiCAD and BIMx softwares, offered best practices, and discussed BIM Return-on-Investment.  Attendees learned something new whether already a ArchiCAD user or just considering the move to BIM.

The event featured a sampling of Hungarian wines from Palinkerie Winery. Hungarian wine is quickly becoming popular—it’s both a novelty on this side of the Atlantic yet also the product of a rich, 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition.  Wines were enjoyed with a selection of cheeses and other victuals.

For the inaugural event, we were honored to have AIA New Jersey 2017 President, Ben Lee, AIA, in attendance to swear in the members of the 2017 AIA WJ Board.

On top of all this, attendees were able to network and take in the Exquisite Corpse exhibit on display at the Markeim Art Center.  The Exquisite Corpse is an artistic collage of head, torso and legs, where each component is created by a separate artist. No one knows how it will turn out until the works are assembled.  Markeim members and guest artists have produced nearly a 100 works currently on display.

Please join AIA West Jersey for our next event, a tour of maker-space NextFab in South Philadelphia on February 24, 2017, and Save the Date for our Building Tour at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance on March 25th, 2017.

Keep on to date with AIA West Jersey on our website: and on Facebook: 

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Summer Social – August 26, 2016


In case you missed it, on August 26th, 2016, AIA WJ Emerging Professionals Community hosted an EPiC Summer Social at Tuckahoe Brewing Company in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.  Attending members from the West Jersey, South Jersey and Jersey Shore chapters had a great time sharing ideas, discussing the upcoming Fall schedule, and sampling some of the locally produced beers.

productionWe also had the opportunity to take a stroll through the plant with company co-founder Matt McDevitt, who described the brewing process and ongoing growth of the company.

Fun fact: Tuckahoe Brewing Company is part owned by a emerging professional architect, Jim McAfee, R.A.




Mark your calendars for AIA WJ EPiC Events coming up this Fall:

27 SEPT 2016: Personal Finance for the Emerging Professional (Info and RSVP here)

27 OCT 2016: Seminar and Bowling Social at Pinsetters Bar & Bowl

22 NOV 2016: Development 101 – Getting Started

15 DEC 2016: Winter Social: EPiC Year in Review


AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Art After 5 – June 17, 2016

roge-art-after-5AIA-WJ Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) held our June social event on Friday, June 17th at “Art After 5” in the Great Hall of the Philadelphia Art Museum. EPiC members gathered on the balcony to listen to music by Brazilian samba musician Rogê, while networking and discussing the recent activity of the EPiC board and AIA-NJ.

Those in attendance were a combination of associates and licensed EPs, and the conversation turned from upcoming changes to the IDP and ARE process to future opportunities and events. We ended the event with a walk through the north wing of the museum, and explored the collection of Modern and Contemporary art.

Thus concluded the schedule of AIA-WJ EPiC events for the first half of 2016, and we look forward to meeting again in August!

AIA Convention 2016: Philadelphia

AIA members from all over the county convened in Philadelphia, May 18-21, 2016 for the AIA National Convention.  The convention offered entertaining and provocative Keynote Speakers, a plethora of networking opportunities, and over five hundred (500) seminars to enhance professional skills.


For the first time ever, in fact the AIA membership voted to change the organization’s By-Laws to allow it, the AIA Gold Medal was awarded to a DUO of architects.  Denise Scott-Brown was in attendance to receive the honor bestowed upon her and husband, Robert Venturi.

For additional information and convention wrap-ups visit AIA New Jersey and AIA NJ Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) blogs:

AIA New Jersey – Convention Recap

AIA NJ – Emerging Professionals: EPiC Moments at AIA Convention 2016


Breaking Beer: Networking with Emerging Professionals – April 28th, 2016

Exciting news! Our event this Thursday, April 28th, has a new name and now offers 2 CEUs (LUs not HSW) towards your continuing education credits. Last call so RSVP today!

socialJoin us for “Breaking Beer: Networking with Emerging Professionals” at Double Nickel Brewing Co. in Pennsauken, as we meet local colleagues to discussion the profession, tour the brewery and share our opinions on the tap list.

The AIA WJ Emerging Professionals Community extends a special invitation to attend to all recent additions to the AIA West Jersey ranks. If you have joined AIA in the 2015 or 2016 calendar year, please stop by to meet your local colleagues, and maybe score a new AIA polo shirt.

Event Details:
When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Where: Double Nickel Brewing Co., 1585 NJ 73, Pennsauken Twp., NJ 08110 (near the Route 130 interchange)
When: 6:30 PM

RSVP: Respond by email to Troy Harris, AIA ( by Wednesday, April 27th.
Admission to this event is free for all Architect and Associate AIA Members

General members of the AIA WJ chapter are encouraged to share in the event and socialize with the up and coming members of the AIA WJ chapter.

See you there!

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