AIA WJ: Building Tour – May 14th, 2016 – Save the Date

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 AIA West Jersey is excited to announce a trip to Long Beach Island, NJ for our 2016 Building Tour.  This year AIA members will tour a beautiful LEED Platinum home in Love Ladies, NJ.  The tour will feature conversations with the building architect, general contractor and LEED consultant. 

Join us see the physical space set on the bay, and to learn more about what technologies were installed in the home, and perhaps more intriguing what systems worked well and which are under performing.  The home owner has offered to provide the home’s data tracking information to those who are interested.

Additional details regarding transportation and CEUs will be provided in separate correspondence shortly.  Please save the date for a trip to the shore in mid-May with AIA.

Preliminary RSVPs may be sent to Mark Barone, AIA at

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Restaurant Tour – March 29th, 2016

In case you missed it:
Rockhill-TrellisThe AIA West Jersey Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) convened on Tuesday evening, March 29th at Rockhill Restaurant in Cherry Hill for our monthly Seminar and Social Event.

The seminar featured a tour of the facility conducted by Brad Barker, AIA of The Bannett Group, and project manager for the design of the restaurant. We began by walking the outside of the building and discussing the history of the site, how it was occupied for years by the famous “Big John’s Pizza and Steaks”, and the goals of the client in building a new restaurant to honor that culinary tradition. Brad discussed the evolution of the design and showed us some of the exterior details before taking the group indoors for a walk-through of the kitchen and dining room.

After the tour, the group enjoyed food and drinks from the Rockhill menu while discussing construction detailing and issues relevant to restaurant design.

The event had a great turn-out, so thanks to all who attended, including our speaker, Brad, who presented a compelling case-study of design-build project delivery.Rockhill-Corner

AIA-WJ members appointed to AIA-NJ Legislative & Government Affairs Committee

logoAIA West Jersey would like to announce the appointment of two of its members to the AIA New Jersey Legislative and Government Affairs (L&GA) Committee.

Robert O’Reilly, AIA was appointed Chair of Environment Sub-Committee. Jason Lutz, AIA will be the AIA West Jersey representative to the state committee.

The Legislative and Government Affairs Committee at AIA-New Jersey watches state and local issues, and ordinances to protect the practice of architecture in New Jersey. The Committee is broken up into several sub-committees: Codes & Standards, Licensure, Environment and Procurement. The sub-committees concentrate on specific issues related to legislation whether it involves zoning, open green space, energy conservation, and any new laws related to the practice of architecture.

Members interested in learning more about the L&GA Committee’s recent work can read more at the links below:

National Design Services Act Re-introduced in Congress

What Architects Need to Know About Responsible Charge

Practicing Without a License

GRAPHISOFT Student Design Competition


GRAPHISOFT North America announces an exciting student design competition that challenges you to position Philadelphia’s rich history in front of the millions of tourists who visit it annually. The City of Brotherly Love hosts dozens of concerts, conventions, sporting events, and festivals – so the draw is there, but what the city lacks are temporary mobile visitor centers that can be brought to those venues and welcome event attendees.

In this national one-stage competition – all US-based architecture students (graduate or undergraduate) will be challenged to develop and design a mobile visitors’ center using shipping containers which could be constructed in various locations around the city of Philadelphia.

A total of $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.

Click here for information on eligibility, how to register, submission deadlines and entry requirements. Or visit

For additional information or questions about the competition, please contact Rita Hicks, GRAPHISOFT North America

Brought to you by GRAPHISOFT North America, makers of ARCHICAD, and noted architectural and engineering firm, Kitchen & Associates, and proudly supported by AIA West Jersey, a section of AIA New Jersey.

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General Membership Meeting & Dinner Seminar – March 15th, 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. 

glvheadshot_sAIA West Jersey will feature a presentation by Gregory LaVardera, AIA entitled Applying Swedish Innovations in Residential Construction Systems.  As Architects, we are witnessing a significant increase in the energy efficiency 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.

These techniques are applicable to single-family homes and multi-unit housing alike.  Join us to learn more!

RSVP:  No Later Than Friday, March 11th to Mark Barone, AIA, at 

Location:  Cafe Aldo Lamberti: 2011 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ

Date:  Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


5:30 pm – Networking Session (Cash Bar)

6:15 pm – Business Meeting (West Wing – Private Dining Room 2)

7:00 pm – Dinner & Seminar Presentation


AIA Members – $40 with RSVP / $45 at the door

Non-Members – $55 with RSVP / $60 at the door 

Associate AIA Members – FREE with RSVP / $20 at the door

We look forward to seeing you there! 

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Window Installation Demonstration – February 25th, 2016

eventphoto-01Thanks to everyone who attended the AIA West Jersey Emerging Professionals Seminar & Social at “The Big Event” in Cherry Hill.  The event was hosted by Fritz Winterle of Super Enterprises (distributor of Marvin windows) and featured an engaging, informative demonstration of proper window unit installation presented by his colleague Rick. It was great to learn about the proper materials & methods to get the job done, while enjoying food, beverages and a couple rounds of bowling.  AIA WJ EPs want to express our  appreciation to Fritz for providing this fun program.

We hope to see you at the next EP event – more information will be sent out soon!

Also, don’t miss out on the AIA-WJ General Membership Meeting in March. (details below).  Price of admission is often discounted for Associate AIA members, and occasionally free with RSVP.

Save the Date:

The next AIA-WJ General Membership Meeting and Dinner Seminar will be held Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at Cafe Aldo Lamberti.glvheadshot_s

The presentation will be Applying Swedish Innovations in Residential Construction Systems, by Gregory LaVardera, AIA, who will introduce some innovative building techniques developed in Sweden that can be utilized here in the U.S. to meet newer energy code requirements.

RSVP to Mark Barone, AIA at – more details will be coming soon!

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Forgotten Boardwalk – January 21, 2016

EPs-ForgottenBoardwalkIn case you missed it, the AIA-West Jersey Committee of Emerging Professionals in Architecture (CEPA)  kicked off this year’s activities with its first social event of 2016 at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery in Cherry Hill. We enjoyed skee-ball and craft brews while catching up with colleagues and discussing new CEPA initiatives and various events that are planned for the upcoming year.

Please note that the next CEPA Event Social Event and Seminar is fast approaching! Fritz Winterle, CDT, Architectural Consultant for Super Enterprises (local distributor of Marvin Windows) will give a hands-on presentation of proper window installation technique on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at Playdrome Bowling Center in Cherry Hill. The program will include food, drink, and bowling. Space is limited to twenty [20] people for this event, and admission is free – so don’t wait to check out the event page and RSVP.

Hope you all have been making the most of our winter weather, and that you have an enjoyable week!

General Membership Meeting and Dinner Seminar – Jan. 28th, 2016

AIA West Jersey will host the first General Membership Meeting and Dinner Seminar of 2016 on January 28th at Café Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill, NJ. 

ludemanAIA West Jersey is excited to feature a presentation by Chad Ludeman, President of Postgreen Homes.  Postgreen Homes ( aims to “bring quality design and sustainable construction to the average earner in Philadelphia pining for homes in the pages of Dwell they could not afford.”  With attention grabbing titles for its work, including “Awesometown” and “Duplexcellence”, this award winning company is leading the way in high quality, sustainable, affordable homes in Philadelphia.  

Chad Ludeman will elaborate on strategies to help the architect-developer team succeed, and provide insight to Postgreen’s process for building high-quality homes on a spec developer’s budget.

RSVP:  No Later Than Tuesday, January 26th to Mark Barone, AIA, at 

Location:  Cafe Aldo Lamberti: 2011 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ

Date:  Thursday, January 28, 2016


5:30 pm – Networking Session (Cash Bar)

6:30 pm – Business Meeting (West Wing – Private Dining Room 2)

7:00 pm – Dinner & Seminar Presentation

8:00 pm – Door Prizes


AIA Members – $40 with RSVP / $45 at the door

Non-Members – $55 with RSVP / $60 at the door 

Associate AIA Members – FREE with RSVP / $20 at the door

We look forward to seeing you there! 

AIA-NJ State Convention – October 23-24, 2015

AIA New Jersey recently held the State Convention in Whippany, NJ.  The two (2) day event featured informative seminars, inspiring keynote speakers and local building tours.

Photo Credit: Terry Durden, AIA

Photo Credit: Terry Durden, AIA

The Friday schedule began with keynote speaker, Shirley Blumberg of KPMB Architects, featuring recent work addressing five significant architectural challenges: diversity, inequity, environment, building community and limited financial resources.  KPMB Architects are based out of Toronto, Canada.

Friday evening was capped with the announcement of winners of this year’s AIA New Jersey Design Awards during a cocktail reception.  The winners included students, new firms and, as always, a review of the jurors commentary on the projects. Service Awards and the AIA Newark & Suburban Canstruction Awards were also celebrated.

Saturday’s schedule included three keynote speakers.  The buoyant Michael Michalowicz, author of The Pumpkin Plan, and numerous other business books, lifted the early morning audience with his comedic story telling interwoven with business enhancement tips.  Free copies of his books were given to members at the end of the lecture.   Next up, was Obiekwe “Obi” Okolo, Assoc. AIA, and AIAS National Vice President.   His evocative speech entitled, “Kanye Architecture, Just West of Insanity” challenged the audience to look at themselves and the profession through lens focusing on the words and ideals the profession uses to promote itself and its members.  The post-presentation discussion was easily the most lively of the weekend.  The final keynote featured Karen Nichols, AIA of Michael Graves Architecture & Design, and focused less on the work of Michael Graves office and more on the inspirations for the firm and Michael throughout his life.

AIA West Jersey encourages all members to attend next year’s conference.

CEPA Meeting – Business Basics Seminar – October 13, 2015

GraphicMembers of the Committee of Emerging Professionals in Architecture (CEPA) attended a seminar with Lee D. Boss, CPA of The Mercadien Group, an accounting firm based in the Princeton area.  Members and guests learned about several topics of interest for the intern and licensed architect alike, including: Business Basics/Financial Fluency, Critical Success Factors & Key Performance Indicators.  The event was held at Taproom & Grill in Haddon Township, NJ.

Many emerging leaders from The Mercadien Group were in attendance as well, and provided opportunities for networking with other young professionals.   If you were unable to attend, AIA-WJ hopes to see you at the next CEPA event – stayed tuned for details.

Mark your calendars for upcoming AIA events including:

AIA-NJ Convention – October 23-24, 2015 – Whippany, NJ

AIA WJ CEPA Meeting – November 2015 – Details to soon.


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