Informal BIM Education & Networking Event 11/16

Join us Thursday, 11/16 at the office of Kitchen & Associates for an evening of informal BIM education and networking!

Zoltan Toth, Intl. Assoc. AIA from Graphisoft will explore the ARCHICAD, BIMx, Twinmotion, and Rhino/Grasshopper workflow. Learn how to deploy these software applications to work within one database, increase your productivity, mitigate risk, and deliver a more profitable product. Network with students from local universities (Drexel & Temple) as well as AIA members from AIA West Jersey and AIA South Jersey. If you have been thinking of growing your business, deploying new strategies or want to get out of the ‘fragmented workflow’ rut, this is a can’t miss event! Open to all. RSVP today at the link below!

November 16 | 6:00pm – 9:00 pm | ARCHICAD User Group | Kitchen & Associates Office

 

LEARN MORE & RSVP TODAY!

12th Annual AIA WJ Photography Competition Voting Opens

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Now in it’s 12th year – the AIA West Jersey Photography Competition has opened public voting period to select the top images of this years finalists.    Voting ends November 1, 2017.

Go to the website to place your vote for your favorite.

As in years past, many great architectural images were submitted from photographers around the country.  A panel of jurors narrowed the entries to the finalists in the public voting portion of the competition.   All of the public votes and juror votes will be tallied to decide the top three images that received cash awards and the cover photograph on the 2018 printed wall calendar.

Many Thanks to our 2017 jurors:

– Mark Barone, AIA
AIA West Jersey President
– Bruce Turner, AIA
AIA New Jersey Regional Representative
– Brandon Warshofsky, AIA
AIA New Jersey Regional Associate Director

Cast your vote TODAY.

General Meeting: Passive House 101 on 10/24

Join us at Caffe Aldo on October 24 for a presentation on Passive House. RSVP by 10/19. Attendees will receive 3 HSW and 3 GBCI credits.

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Announcing the Micro-MBA in Architecture!

This multi-tiered program kicks off with two certificate programs to help prepare Architects and Construction Professionals with limited or no business training to enter the Micro-MBA executive program in late 2018. The Business of Architecture Basic Certificate will be offered Sept. – Oct. 2017 and The Business of Architecture Advanced Certificate will be offered Jan. – Feb. 2018. Each of the certificate programs will be five weeks in duration and provide background training to help ensure the candidates success. Classes will be taught by a combination of Temple University Professors and licensed AIA Architects at the Temple Center City Campus.

Registration for the Business of Architecture Basic Certificate is now open! Details on this exciting program are outlined below.

You can earn up to 15 AIA CEUs with the Fall 2017 Basic Certificate! Register for one or take all five courses.

  • Project management for Architects | 3 LU/HSW
  • Collaborative Communication & Leadership | 3 LU/HSW
  • Managing the Firm | 3 LU
  • Accounting for Architects | 3 LU
  • Intellectual Property & digital Design | 3 LU/ HSW

MORE INFO  or REGISTER NOW

Have questions? Reach out to us at westjerseyaia@gmail.com

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12th Annual 2017 Photography Competition

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AIA West Jersey is accepting entries to the 12th Annual Photography Competition.   Submit your interesting images of everything architectural – from the buildings around the corner to a new place you visit.

ELIGIBILITY: Competition is open to all AIA members and affiliates, students and the general public.

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 5, 2017

CATEGORIES:

Color
Black & White

AWARDS:
Each year three cash prizes are awarded for Overall Best Entry, Best Color, and Best Black & White.  All entries are narrowed by a jury to select the top finalists, these finalists are put online for a public vote to selected the 3 prize winning photographs, the cover image of the calendar and 12 “monthly” images that will be printed in the 2018 AIA-WJ Calendar.

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

Additional Information about the competition or questions please contact :
Kimberly Bunn, AIA – Photography Competition Chair
856-234-7367   or    photo@aiawestjersey.org

LEARN MORE:

Get more information, Click here.

Download Competition Entry Form here.

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.

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

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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 westjerseyaia@gmail.com 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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AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: NextFab Tour, Feb. 24, 2017

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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.

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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

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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: westjerseyaia@gmail.com.

For additional information about the Food Bank of South Jersey, please visit their website: http://foodbanksj.org/

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