NJ TSA School Conference and Competition at TCNJ

Saturday April 14, 2018 at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey was the site of the NJ – “TSA (Technology Student Association)” High School Conference which included representation from High Schools from all over the State of New Jersey. The competitive event categories were: 3D Animation, Animatronics, Architectural Design, Biotechnology Design, Coding, Computer-Aided Design – Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Engineering Design, etc.

In reference to the Architectural Design Category, the students were tasked with the design of a Tiny House that can be built using modern shipping containers as the basic shell for a structure. The project included the following:

• Research on small and tiny houses.
• The design should maximize the use of limited space for living.
• Include innovative storage concepts.
• Must have a living area, kitchen, laundry facilities, half bath, full bath, and two bedrooms.
• The containers are (2) 40’-0” long containers.
• Only the height of the containers can be altered, etc.
• LEED sustainable features, etc.
• Structure must be able to be taken apart and moved to another site. Cannot be built on a movable trailer structure.

The students had to do the design and documentation over the school year and meet a checklist of items as part of their deliverables.

Alison Goeke the state adviser for NJ TSA asked AIA New Jersey for volunteers that would be interested in being jurors for the event. Sean Cuddahy, AIA (current President of AIA-Central). Bob O’Reilly, AIA (AIA-West Jersey Trustee), and John Lyon, AIA (AIA-Central member) were the jurors representing AIA-new Jersey along with Anne Goodman (a recent graduate of TCNJ’s iSTEM program and current teacher), and Mike Scilla (a junior at TCNJ and who participated in TSA in high school).

There were 17 entries from 17 different high schools. The entries were evaluated on the completeness and quality of the documentation submitted, their approach and understanding of the design problem, the quality and completeness of the drawings and model.

The quality and understanding of the design problem was impressive. There was also 3D printing of the storage container and furniture used by some of the students (noting they are only in high school). It was a great time had by all and great opportunity for AIA New Jersey to contribute to this great event.

Upcoming Meeting – May 10th – Rehabilitation Subcode

AIA West Jersey will host a General Membership Dinner on May 10th.  This event will feature a code seminar by Robert Austin from NJ Department of Community Affairs on the Rehabilitation Subcode

RSVP today to reserve your spot.  Pre-register for this event via TicketLeap and save

Thank you to our event sponsors: Garland Industries, Inc. and Diversified Lighting Associates,Inc.  Learn more about these companies and all our Allied Members at our website.

ARE Success Teams Kick-Off – March 19, 2018

On March 19, 2018, Emerging Professionals (EPs) from AIA West Jersey met at J. Randolph Parry Architects in Riverton, NJ for the ARE Success Teams Kick-Off Event.

Representatives from AIA-NJ EPiC (Emerging Professionals Community) and NCARB simulcast information on Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), across the state to the study teams in each of New Jersey’s local AIA components. These teams will begin to meet monthly to support each other in their efforts to pass the ARE 5.0 beginning with an ARE Trivia Challenge in April and a lecture by the Young Architect, Mike Riscica in May.

Support your local Emerging Professionals by attending the “Are You Smarter Than An Associate” ARE Trivia Challenge on Thursday, April 12 at 6pm at the Taproom Bar & Grille in Haddon Township, NJ.

Happy Hour & ARE Trivia – 2 AIA HSW CEUs – April 12, 2018

Are you an ARE candidate or a licensed Architect looking to have a night of fun?

Join us on 4/12 for an evening of trivia at ‘The Tap Room.’ Attendees will earn (2) HSW credits for participating in our ARE Trivia night.  AIA Members from any section as well as non-AIA members are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to Lauren.M.Harris@outlook.com

In case you missed it: AIA WJ EPs Bury the Hatchet – February 15, 2018


On February 15, 2018, Emerging Professionals (EPs) from AIA West Jersey and AIA Philadelphia came together to discuss upcoming events and volunteer opportunities for EPs in 2018.  The group of roughly 20 participants learned to throw axes from the skilled masters at Bury the Hatchet in Cherry Hill, NJ.  After a round robin tournament to determine seating, architects competed in a single elimination tournament.

During the event, attendees engaged the event sponsor Won-Door Corporation in conversation and enjoyed the provided food and beverages.  Thank you to Sean Hilgeman and Courtney Watson, for supporting AIA West Jersey.

This social event was a great start to the 2018 Emerging Professionals calendar.  Stay tuned for upcoming events featuring ARE Prep and more fun socials.

Building Tour: Holtec International – March 17th, 2018


Join us on Saturday, March 17, for a tour of Holtec International’s Krishna P. Sign Technology Campus with presentations by Holtec and the design archtiect.

Pre-registration is required by 3/10  aia-nj-epic.ticketleap.com/aia-west-jersey—holtec-building-tour/

A valid photo ID must be brought for security clearance. Parking is available on site.


9:00 – 9:30 am  Arrival, Security Check-in

9:30 – 12:30 Presentations, Discussion & Tour


The Krishna P. Singh Technology Campus was developed by HTC, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Holtec International. The Campus occupies approximately 50 acres of the land on the left bank of the Delaware river in south Camden where the famed New York Shipyard (now a major cargo port operated by the South Jersey Port Authority) once stood.

The Krishna P. Singh Technology Campus consists of two large manufacturing plants, a seven story corporate engineering center, a system test facility (without nuclear fuel), and support installations like a training center, non-destructive testing laboratory, and corporate apartments. All shops, laboratories, and facilities within the Campus are state-of-the-art. In particular, the manufacturing plant is configured to incorporate the latest in fabrication machinery and information management software to enable precision manufacturing of large and complex weldments (definition: A unit formed by welding together an assembly of pieces.)

Allied Member Event: DuBell Lumber Company – January 25, 2018

AIA West Jersey Members have been extended an invitation to our Allied Member, DuBell Lumber Company’s upcoming continuing education event.  Full event details below.  If you able, please consider supporting this event.

January 25th – DuBell Lumber Company
AIA-Credit Architects Lunch and Learn Event

Thursday, January 25th, from 8am-1pm, DuBell Lumber Company of Southern New Jersey will host the first of its four Architects Lunch & Learn AIA-credit events scheduled for 2018.

Earn 3 HSW AIA Continuing Education Credits. The event will be held at the Camden County Boathouse in Pennsauken, 7050 N. Park Drive, right on the banks of the Cooper River and just off of Route 70.

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

The January 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.

Program details:

Registration and morning refreshments

8:30am-12:00pm Sessions will include:
Window Installation Best Practices, Presented by Andersen Windows

First Resistive & Fire Rated Assemblies in Wood Design, Presented by Boise Cascade

Building A Better Deck, Presented by Azek Building Products

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 or by calling Michelle Lennox at DuBell Lumber Co. (609) 969-6112.

To register online, go to the DuBell Lumber Company website Events page:

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Bury the Hatchet, February 15, 2018

Join us for an EPiC event on Thursday 2/15.

All are welcome to attend! Bring your friends, co-workers, non AIA members and allied design professionals.

EPiC 02.15.18 Invite

Visit https://aia-nj-epic.ticketleap.com/burythehatchet/ for more information and to register.

Note: the venue does not allow walk-in’s. All participants must purchase a ticket in advance. Deadline for ticket sales is 2/11.

Happy New Year: Upcoming 2018 Events

Happy New Year from AIA West Jersey!

In 2018, we have a number of events, socials and tours planned for our members. Please mark your calendars for the dates below:

January 11th: Officer Installation Dinner. This year the event will be held at the Markeim Arts Center in Haddonfield, NJ. Join us for light fare and beverages at this local art gallery and studio, as 2018 officers are officially installed by Verity Frizzel, AIA, 2018 President of AIA New Jersey. In addition, Gary Chiumento, Esq. of Chiumento McNally LLC will present “Lessons Learned: A Case Study on Architectural Practice and the Selection and Use of Building Classifications Issues.” Attendees will learn about a recent case litigated by the firm, with attention to practices that helped or hurt the architect’s case. Course CEUs pending approval. Additional event details will be released very shortly.

February 15th: Emerging Professionals Social. Join AIA WJ Emerging Professionals (EPs) at Bury the Hatchet in Cherry Hill, NJ for a fun and unique social event. Meet Lauren Harris, Assoc. AIA, our new EP Section Director for 2018, learn about upcoming events for the year and volunteer to help out at future events. Full event details will be coming soon, please keep an eye on your inbox.

March 2018: Building Tour. AIA West Jersey leaders are currently working on a tour of a local manufacturing facility on a Saturday in March 2018. Stay tuned!

We look forward to seeing you at an event or three this year.

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Mark Barone, AIA
2018 President

Save the Date – AIA WJ 2018 Inaugural 1/11/18

Mark your Calendars for the 2018 AIA WJ Inaugural Event and General Membership meeting on January 11, 2018 beginning at 6:00pm at the Markeim Arts Center in Haddonfield. Additional Details to follow. We look forward to seeing you there!

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