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

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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: www.aiawestjersey.org and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AIAWestJersey/ 

Upcoming Events in 2017

As the holiday season comes to a close, we look to 2017 and the year ahead. AIA West Jersey will be introducing new members to the executive committee, and planning the year’s programming. In fact, a number of events are already in the works.

Wine and Cheese Tasting / Inaugural:
To kick the year off, AIA WJ will host a wine and cheese tasting event on January 19th co-sponsored by Graphisoft, producers of ARCHICAD one of the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software applications used by architects, designers and engineers. This event will feature a presentation of vineyard projects designed in ARCHICAD while attendees sample wines and chesses presented by a guest sommelier. AIA New Jersey 2017 President, Ben Lee, AIA, will be in attendance to swear in the members of the 2017 AIA WJ Board. Please check your inbox in early January for registration information. Attendance will be limited, so RSVP early to save your place.

Emerging Professionals Tour:
AIA West Jersey invites our EPs, as well as the general membership, to join us for a tour of NextFab, a collaborative makerspace with digital and traditional fabrication tools, 3D printers, CNC machines, classes, events, and professional consulting services. The tour is tentatively scheduled for February 23rd, at NextFab’s Washington Avenue facility in South Philadelphia. Mark your calendars, and get a taste of the facility at: www.nextfab.com

Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) Historic Louden Barn Tour:
If you joined us in September for the joint AIA West and South Jersey Dinner Meeting, you’ve already heard about the renovation of the historic Louden Barn (built 1932) on the Bishop Farmstead at PPA Headquarters in Southampton, NJ. On March 25th, AIA West and South Jersey will offer a tour of the completed barn project, hosted by PPA staff and the project architect, engineer, geothermal consultant. This tour will include access to the expansive hayloft, a space not typically open to the public.

This and many more events are available to AIA Members and guests in 2017.  We look forward to sharing the experiences with you.

Be sure to check the AIA West Jersey website (www.aiawestjersey.org) and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AIAWestJersey) for updates as we move into the New Year.

AIA West Jersey strives to bring quality programming and value to its membership, and believes that the organization is YOUR AIA. Please reach out to us with constructive criticism and feedback via aiawestjersey@aia-nj.org.

Happy New Year,

Mark Barone, AIA

Incoming President 2017

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2016 AIA WJ Photography Competition Voting Site Open

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It is that time of year, the online voting page for the 2016 AIA West Jersey Photography Competition is now open. Please, click the link below and vote for your favorite! 

AIA WJ PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION VOTING SITE

Voting is open to the public.  Please share the link with colleagues, friends and family.  Voting ends the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 28th.

Votes will determine the 3 prize winning photographs, the cover image, and 12 “monthly” images that will be printed in the 2017 AIA-WJ Calendar.

PRIZES: Each year three cash prizes are awarded for Overall Best Entry, Best Color, and Best Black & White, as follows:

Best Overall Entry – $ 250 prize
Best Color – $ 150 prize
Best Black & White – $ 150 prize

http://www.bunnarch.com/wj2016.asp

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Seminar & Social – October 27, 2016

designplan-pinsettersOn October 27, 2016, Emerging Professionals gathered at Pinsetters Bar & Bowl in Merchantville, NJ for a seminar and social event hosted by Designplan Lighting Inc. and Illuminations Inc.

Attendees were treated to a hands-on presentation by Renee Chaykin, LC, Northeast Regional Manager for Designplan.  The presentation including demonstration of new and best-selling light fixtures available for both residential and commercial use.  In addition to the lighting product displays, participants engaged in a thoughtful question and answer session.

The discussion continued on the bowling lanes, as the Emerging Professionals and hosts rolled well into the evening in friendly, but spirited, competition.

AIA West Jersey thanks our hosts Designplan Lighting Inc. and Illuminations Inc. for supporting the component and this event.  If you are interested in learning more about Designplan or Illuminations, and their products and services please utilize the contact information below.

Designplan Lighting, Inc.
Renee Chaykin, LC
Northeast Regional Manager
(908) 996-7710
renee@designplan.com
www.designplan.com

Illumniations Inc.
Laura Teter
Specification Sales
610-764-7580
lteter@illuminationsinc.com
or
Nate Mcafee
610-325-2229
nmcafee@illuminationsinc.com
www.illuminationsinc.com

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Personal Finance Seminar – Sept. 27, 2016

On September 27, 2016, Emerging Professionals from AIA West Jersey and Central Jersey Components gathered at the Taproom & Grille in Haddon Township, NJ for a seminar featuring Personal Financial Planning Basics for Emerging Professionals. Attendees learned about Budgeting, Insurance Protection, Retirement/401k Planning, College Planning and Investing for yourself and your business.

gabrieliThe seminar was presided over by Jason Gabrieli, CFP of HFM Investment Advisers, an emerging professional in the financial planning industry.  The presentation featured excellent discussion among the participants.

Light fare and cocktails were available during the networking portion of the event.

For additional information about Emerging Professional events in the West Jersey Component and across New Jersey, please visit the AIA NJ Emerging Professionals Community website: http://epic-aia-nj.weebly.com/

AEC Cares Project Philadelphia 2016

October is Emerging Professionals Month.  The following article was submitted by AIA West Jersey Member and Emerging Professional, Jeffrey Brummer, AIA, and recounts his experience as a design professional volunteer with Community Design Collaborative and the AEC Cares Project Philadelphia Project at the AIA National Convention 2016.


Imagine that you had $300,000 worth of building materials and 150 willing volunteers. Could you transform a public recreation center that has been underfunded for decades? The answer to that question seems pretty easy, but how about completing the renovation in 10 hours? That was the challenge posed to me and six other design professionals who volunteer with the Community Design Collaborative in February of this year. What an amazing and challenging opportunity for our team, not only to create a good design, but also to help seek out the many building materials needed for the project through donations. AEC Cares provided us with this incredible opportunity.

AEC Cares is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2011 and has completed a transformative project each year since then, such as: renovating five homes that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina, restoring a building for transitional housing and job training, updating a school for underprivileged youth, and renewing a crisis shelter for homeless youth. The annual projects are selected based on the location of the AIA national convention, and the day of service for the project is performed the day before the opening of the convention. Since the convention was in Philadelphia this year, we were given the opportunity to participate in the AEC Cares Project-Philadelphia.

team-photoThe project selected for this year was the renovation of the Athletic Recreation Center in the Sharswood neighborhood, which has a long history of providing afterschool and summer programs to hundreds of children since 1911. The Community Design Collaborative volunteer team’s role for this project was twofold: to create a design that can be implemented by a volunteer workforce in one day and to only use materials that can be donated or found locally. The design team consisted of veteran volunteers from the Community Design Collaborative, who have provided countless pro-bono design service hours or non-profit clients throughout the Philadelphia area.

Our team held the kickoff meeting at the building site in early February and quickly assessed the building. We selected five rooms to become the focus of our design intervention: the main entrance hall, the art room, the auditorium, the kitchen and costume room. Once we had our design areas defined, we held weekly meetings to define the scope of work and clarified the extent of our design intervention. We quickly developed a schematic design to present to the Athletic Recreation Center staff and community, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (who own and manage the center), and AEC Cares staff. We immediately needed a firm understanding of how much time and effort would be required in preparation for the build day to make our design a reality. Not only would we have to take the lead in procuring much of the material used in the renovation, but we also had to present our design clearly so the volunteers could quickly understand our drawings to complete the design on schedule. Once the schematic design was reviewed and approved, our team started defining what preparation work would be completed in advance by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s skilled trades staff and volunteer contractors. Tasks such as vinyl floor demolition and installation, demolition and installation of light fixtures, and any demolition/preparation work above 12′ high were completed prior to the build day.

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Volunteers from the neighborhood were also an important part of the preparation phase of the project as they cleaned out years of stored items and clutter to empty out the work areas. The housecleaning was also an important step in creating excitement throughout the center for the big changes that were to come. Once the preparation work was complete and many of the donated materials were secured, our team had a clear idea of what parts of the project design needed to be altered. Luckily our design only needed minor changes as the build day was quickly approaching. Final coordination was completed with multiple fabricators and materials were being delivered to the center; everything was in place for the 150 volunteers to do the work.

The build day on May 18th, 2016 was a great success and we were able to complete most of the work as a team. It was quite a sight to see so many people working in one building at one time. It was great to work with talented volunteers from all over the country. Volunteers recruited by AEC Cares represented many design related firms and corporations from all over the United States. The upgrades to the Athletic Recreation Center were dramatic and the children loved their new building. The renovated spaces would support the numerous programs at the center.

art-room-web2Now that a few months have passed since the build day and my crazy schedule has slowed to a normal pace, I’ve had some time to reflect on this project. I learned that people are more generous with donating their time and materials for a good cause than originally thought. We couldn’t have completed such a dramatic transformation without the support of so many generous donors and volunteers. Another lesson that I learned during the project was to have a flexible design. Our design team benefited from having a flexible design that could be altered as the project progressed, without losing the main intention of the renovation. In the end, we were able to meet the challenge, and in the process, create a legacy project that will benefit the Sharswood neighborhood for years to come.


Jeffrey Brummer, AIA, LEED AP has been a volunteer at the Community Design Collaborative since 2003 and has participated in many design grant projects throughout the Philadelphia region. Please visit www.cdesignc.org for additional information about the Community Design Collaborative or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

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

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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: AIA NJ EPiC Leadership Summit

EPiC-Leadership-SummitThe AIA New Jersey Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) met at the end of July for the first annual EPiC Leadership Summit.  Members of the executive committee and emerging professionals from each of New Jersey’s six AIA sections were in attendance.  The group came together to clarify the community’s vision for the remainder of 2016 and set goals for 2017.  AIA West Jersey was represented by Christopher McIntosh, Assoc. AIA (AIA WJ EPiC Section Director) and Mark Barone, AIA (AIA WJ President Elect).

For more information about the AIA New Jersey Emerging Professionals Community, and upcoming state-wide EP activities visit our website:  http://epic-aia-nj.weebly.com/

Positive changes are coming to AIA WJ EPs in the second half of 2016. Save the date on August 26th, for our next EP social with emerging professionals from both AIA South Jersey and AIA Jersey Shore!   Details to follow shortly.

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.

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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

 

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