AIAU Exclusive: Resilience & Adaptation Series

Do you want to integrate resilience into the design services your firm offers?

AIA West Jersey members, many of our clients and communities reside in regions that are affected by resilience and adaptation issues.   Learn more about these topics and better serve the public and your clients by registering for the new AIAU Exclusive Resilience & Adaptation Series of courses.  

 This exclusive ten-course series covers mitigation, resilience and adaptation, technical design application, and design process application.  Take all ten courses to learn best practices for mitigating risk for hazards, shocks, and stresses and adapting to changing conditions.  Perfect for midcareer architects.

More courses coming soon!

The AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series is developed by the AIA as part of the resilience and adaptation initiative.


REMINDER: Meeting May 10 – 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.


Getting Started with the ARE: Michael Riscica, AIA of
When: MAY 22, 2018

Where: Kitchen & Associates. 756 Haddon Ave, Collingswood

RSVP: by MAY 20, 2018 to 

After working 40 hours a week, raising the kids, and managing life’s responsibilities, who has time to study 8+ hours a week for the Architect exam?!

The most valuable resource for every ARE Candidate is time.

Often, the hardest part is just getting started and taking the first steps with taking the ARE, which can feel overwhelming.

Getting Started with the ARE Lecture is a beginner/intermediate ARE lecture, which is designed to:

  1. Bring more clarity to this process.
  2. Get attendees thinking about taking the first steps.
  3. Reexamining their approach to studying.

Success with the ARE is possible—if you have an honest outlook about the terrain ahead, and a willingness to use the tools & practices outlined in this lecture.

In this lecture, you will learn:

o How the exam has recently been updated, explained in a way that is easy to understand and why you should care about the old exam.

o The #1 thing that will determine your success on the ARE. The answer might surprise you.

o How success in architecture school has nothing in common with success on the Architect exam (and why that matters).

o The Top 5 completely avoidable mistakes that are repeatedly made by most ARE Candidates.

o How to study effectively—while working 40 hours, raising kids, and managing life’s responsibilities.

o How to quickly resolve many of the issues, struggles, and challenges surrounding the Architect exam, and start enjoying the process of getting better at the craft of practicing architecture.

Over the past 2.5 years, Michael Riscica from has helped over 300 ARE Candidates figure out how to juggle their already busy lifestyles, and start making massive progress on the Architect Exam.

In this lecture, he shares the lessons he’s learned from his personal experience—and from helping so many people get past the ARE, and move into the next phase of their lives as Licensed Architects. 

YOUR AIA: Apply for 2019 AIA NJ Board of Trustees Position

Be a part of Your AIA.  

Make a difference in Your Profession.  

Add Your Voice to the conversation.

AIA New Jersey is looking for members interested in serving as one of twelve At-Large Trustee positions for the 2019 year.  AIA West Jersey seeks local volunteers to represent our geographic region of the state on this board.  Please consider stepping up, giving back and working to make AIA better for you, the members.

This is an excellent opportunity to have a voice in the workings of an organization that builds and sustains the VALUE OF THE ARCHITECT.

Applications for the six (6) 2019 At-Large Trustee positions are currently being accepted, and must be completed by June 15, 2018.  Full details and the application are available via the AIA NJ website: 2019 At-Large Trustee Information and Application

Special Announcement for Emerging Professionals and Associate AIA members:
There are positions available immediately and in 2019 for the local and state Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC), and Young Architect Regional Director (YARD), please contact AIA West Jersey President-Elect and AIA NJ YARD, Jessica O’Donnell, AIA:

It’s back! The 13th Annual AIA WJ Photography Competition

The 2018 AIA West Jersey Photography Competition is accepting submissions for it’s 13th annual event.  This competition is open to the public, as well as AIA members.  Please share with friends and family.  

Photo Credit: Robert Auld, AIA | Rio Maggiore

Winning entries will be used in the AIA West Jersey 2019 Calendar that will be distributed to members and affiliates.  Images of the winning entries may be shown at AIA-WJ events held and online/social media channels. Three cash awards from the winning entries will also be presented.

Full Photography Competition and Entry Form are available below. 

2018 Competition and Entry Form

Good luck from AIA West Jersey! 

Register Today for A’18 – AIA Conference on Architecture

Register today for three immersive days of what’s new and now in architecture and design, hosted in one of the most iconic cities in the world.  At A’18, some of the most creative architects, designers, and firms will share how they’re creating their own blueprint and making a difference in cities of every size all over the world.

Get all the details at the A’18 website:

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.

Allied Member Event: DuBell Lumber Co. – April 26, 2018

AIA West Jersey members have the opportunity to attend this event hosted by AIA WJ Allied Member: DuBell Lumber Company.  
Please consider attending and supporting our Allied Members.


The DuBell Lumber Company Hosting April 26th AIA-Credit Architects Lunch & Learn at the Camden County Boathouse.
Medford, NJ – Thursday, April 26th, 2018, from 8am-1pm.

The DuBell Lumber Company of Southern New Jersey will host the second of its four Architects Lunch & Learn AIA-credit events scheduled for 2018.

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 Architect Lunch & Learn educational events are open to all architects and is free to attend.

Earn 3 HSW AIA Continuing Education Credits. The April event 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:
8:00am-8:30am Registration, morning refreshments
8:30am-12:00pm Scheduled presentations:

Window Code Fundamentals
Presented by Andersen Windows (AIA West Jersey Allied Member) 

Latest Developments in Wood Alternative Decking
Presented by Trex

Deck Building 101
Presented by Simpson Strong-Tie

12:00-pm-1:00pm 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 The DuBell Lumber Co. (609) 969-6112.

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

Serving the region since 1922, The DuBell Lumber Company is your Building Materials Solution Provider. Visit us online at

Learn more about AIA West Jersey Allied Members at our website:


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

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