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/

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/

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 11th Annual Photography Competition

The 11th Annual AIA West Jersey Photography Competition has opened for entries. Submit your interesting images of everything architectural – from the buildings around the corner, to a current project to a place you visited.

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2015 Best Overall Awardee – Bonn Apartments – Robert Auld, AIA

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

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 7, 2016

CATEGORIES: Color and Black & White

AWARDS: All entries are narrowed by a jury to select the top finalists, these finalists are put online for a public vote to select 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

Photography Competition Information and 2016 Competition Entry Form are available in PDF via AIA New Jersey:

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Download 2016 Competition Entry Form

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

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.

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