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AIA New Jersey interviewed by WPIX TV regarding lightweight wood construction
AIA New Jersey
In the wake of the tragic events of the Avalon at Edgewater fire, Justin Mihalik, AIA, the newly elected President-Elect of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was recently interviewed by WPIX TV regarding the use of lightweight wood construction. You can see the WPIX report here.
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Working with the media
AIA New Jersey
In our recent year end review of the 2014 activities of the AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Committee, we asked you to stay tuned for tools that will help you make a splash in the press. Here is the first in a series of articles that will help you in that regard. This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more. With your help, we hope to be able to leverage our strength in numbers to help promote architects and architecture.
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Architects launch first-ever integrated public awareness campaign
AIA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) launches a three-year integrated campaign designed to re-connect the public with architecture and position new generations of architects as catalysts of growth and visionaries for renewal. The initiative, a first for AIA, cuts across all platforms — social media, digital marketing, broadcast and print advertising.
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AIA South Jersey membership meeting
AIA New Jersey
The AIA South Jersey Membership Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27 at The Crab Trap has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 3. The location, program and the menu stay the same, but you must RSVP again if you plan to attend. We are sorry for the inconvenience, and we hope to see you there.
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Redevelopment Forum on March 13
AIA New Jersey
New Jersey Future's Redevelopment Forum is a daylong conference that brings together more than 500 municipal and state leaders and leading professionals in planning, development, law, transportation, architecture, construction, environmental conservation and historic preservation to share best practices and lessons learned. We have applied for and expect to receive AIA, AICP, CLE and GBCI continuing education credits.
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CSI 2015 Mid-Atlantic Conference
AIA New Jersey
The Mid-Altantic Region CSI Conference annually brings together construction industry professionals from CSI Chapters, allied associations, design professionals and specifiers.
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The 98 Percent
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Most People in the world do not wake up and say, "I want a cup of coffee and I wonder what architects are doing today." The fact is that only 2 percent of the people in this world will work with architects on a business level. Despite that fact, architects design as if the whole world is watching.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


Big idea touted: Tiny homes
Daily Record
Buzz is building for a big idea that could help shorten affordable housing wait lists: living small. Enthusiasm runs high for tiny homes — some as small as 144 square feet — in Colorado, Minnesota, California, Washington State, Oregon and other states. "There is one meetup group of tiny house enthusiasts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that started in September, so there is some grassroots interest starting here," said Erika Dani, New Jersey state chapter leader for the American Tiny House Association. "There also are a few groups in New Jersey that want to do tiny houses for the homeless."
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Your vote: Are Jersey City's new sky-high developments good or bad for the city?
NJ.com
With Jersey City soon to begin construction on the tallest building in the state, do you think these massive developments are good or bad for the city? The Jersey City Planning Board voted unanimously in late January to approve a 95-story skyscraper on the site of the Hudson Street parking lot, at 99 Hudson St. It will not only usurp the title of tallest building in Jersey City, but it will also become the tallest building in New Jersey.
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Visualizing Archinect's architecture salary poll
ACSA
Through an anonymous poll, Archinect collects information from online community members about salaries, satisfaction, and other juicy career details. Here are graphics representing just under 5000 responses (with a focus on just under 4000 U.S. and Canada-based responses) received in 2013 and 2014.
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Architecture employed 165,000 people in 2014
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
With January 2015 employment report, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also released the first set of annual employment estimates for 2014 for architectural services, landscape architectural services, and engineering and drafting services. (The Bureau also released preliminary data on the number of jobs added in December of 2014 in each of these three industries.) While many of these sectors are showing signs of recovery from the Great Recession, none are yet back to pre-Recession employment.
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What to look out for in construction contracts
By Nate Budde
Construction contracts are often lengthy and complicated documents. Despite the fact that these agreements form the foundation for the relationship between the signing parties, the fact that they are so voluminous means that they are rarely thoroughly examined. Since attorneys are expensive, and not every construction industry participant has in-house counsel, construction participants can help themselves by knowing some of the key things that they may wish to look out for.
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What it means to make good architecture
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
If a new building is absolutely necessary, it should be good. It should work well and answer all codes, but that is only the beginning point. It should use minimal amounts of energy both in construction and in use. It should offer spaces that do not imprison and pigeonhole us. It should enhance its site. It should be beautiful.
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Tired of toiling in obscurity, architects start advertising their profession on TV
Ad Week
According to a Harris Poll conducted last year, architecture is one of the highest-regarded professions in the United States, with a net prestige rating of 62. But thinking well of an architect and understanding what an architect does all day are two different things. Nobody's more aware of the difference than the American Institute of Architects. And in response to the paucity of public knowledge about the profession, the AIA decided to do something it's never done in its 157 years: advertise.
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Builders' new power play: Net-zero homes
The Wall Street Journal
Net-zero homes, which generate more electricity in a year than they use, have long been viewed as a niche product for the affluent who can afford custom homes. The chief problem is that it is expensive to get a home to net-zero status, and many customers aren't willing to wait several years for their electricity-bill savings to cover the thousands of dollars they would have to spend on net-zero features such as solar panels and energy-efficient windows, doors, and appliances.
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A battle of iron wills: The fractious world of architects vs. clients
The Guardian
It must have been one of the most spectacular interiors of its time. The walls were lined with oak paneling, doorways were flanked by grand pairs of yellow marble-effect columns topped with scrolled pediments, while the double-height space soared up to a daring starfish vaulted ceiling, made to appear floating by cleverly recessed skylights. But no sooner had John Soane finished the exquisite decoration of the new Privy Council Chamber in Whitehall, than he was instructed to rip it all out.
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Ready or not? Mixed signals from the millennial home market
By Michael J. Berens
The latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows employment among 25-to-34-year-olds reaching its highest level since the end of 2008. That news set off another round of industry speculation: Are millennials finally ready to buy their first home, or are predictions of a rebound in the first-time housing market a bit premature? Experts and insiders don't agree. Here's why.
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