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One voice
AIA New Jersey
The American Institute of Architects was founded in New York City in 1857 by a group of 13 architects to “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.” The AIA and AIA New Jersey uses the collective power of our membership to speak as our one voice to the public and private decision makers in our home state and country. Here at home we continue to push forward on the ” Good Samaritan” bill that would help to limit the liability for our brothers and sisters who want to help their communities by donation of their skills, experience and knowledge in times of disaster as we saw after hurricane Sandy.
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Membership renewal time — only two weeks left!
By Justin A. Mihalik, AIA New Jersey
Why renew your membership? I felt that this was an appropriate time to give my most important reason why I renewed my membership for my 14th year. I love being an architect and I love this profession and AIA is the only organization that is promoting the issues for the built environment on my behalf, not only at Capitol Hill, but right here in Trenton! I consider the price of my membership as my insurance policy toward the protection of the profession that I make my living by. This year more than 20 members from AIANJ will be heading to Washington for the annual AIA Grassroots Conference on your behalf to share best practices, learn about what other components are doing to keep their members engaged, and to hear what the Institute has in store with the Repositioning.
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Regional Recovery workshop — second workshop in series
AIA New Jersey
When: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, March 31

Where: New York Institute of Technology – School of Architecture and Design,
Old Westbury, New York.

This day long workshop is geared for stakeholders across the four state region working in coastal communities at all scales of rebuilding and planning. The Working Group’s on going mission is to share experience and case studies of recovery efforts across the region, highlight good practices, notes changes to building codes along with updates to state and federal procedures, financing and opportunities. Attendees will gain real tools for rebuilding and insight into codes and regulations.

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NJIT architecture students go to India
AIA New Jersey
In January of 2014, AIA New Jersey helped sponsor a delegation of four undergraduate NJIT architecture students, accompanied by School Director, Darius Sollohub AIA, on a one-week trip to India. Working in partnership with India-based Abellon Clean Energy and their non-profit arm Poornakumbha, the team undertook design reconnaissance for a project at Abellon’s agriculture research station in Modasa. Upon return, the students served as ambassadors to guide the entire third year undergraduate class at NJIT in the design of a state-of-the-art school at Modasa.
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Green Lane building designed by Gruskin Group opens at Kean University
AIA New Jersey
Kean University’s latest addition to its Union, New Jersey, campus, a 102,275-square-foot, mixed-use academic building, opened to students for classes on Jan. 21. Located at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Green Lane, the undulating glass, stone, and brick building now serves as a gateway icon, marking the west entrance to Kean’s campus. The Green Lane building, which has already won an AIA Newark and Suburban Architects Gold award, was designed by Gruskin Group, a leading design firm based in Springfield, N.J.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


Busting the myth of costly green buildingsBusting the myth of costly green buildings
Eco-Business
The steady rise of green buildings across the world in recent years is a visible reflection of green architecture’s move from fringe to mainstream. But despite its proliferation, one common misperception that has lingered is that building green is costly. This is a myth that Surbana International Consultants, a Singapore-headquartered building consultancy, aims to debunk.
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5 ways to build brand awareness through content
By Nicole Karlis
Content marketing is a vital part in building brand awareness. By providing good, useful content to a targeted audience, companies are able to promote their brand and earn sales. According to TMG Custom Media, 90 percent of consumers find this kind of specialized, custom content useful. Content marketing takes many forms. It's important to understand your market and use the formats best suited to its needs. Whichever methods you choose, you'll need to offer new content on a regular basis — and here are a few ways to do this.
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How women are climbing architecture's career ladder
Curbed
In 1980, when Marsha Maytum was a fledgling designer at the San Francisco architecture firm EHDD, the majority of women on construction sites were centerfolds. Maytum, now a partner at the San Francisco practice Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, made that discovery during one of the first job-site visits of her career. "I remember walking into the trailer where the meeting was supposed to occur, and there were inappropriate pictures up," she says. "I had to ask them to take them down."
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National Design Services Act introduced in Congress to assist with architecture student loans
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The affordability of higher education is one of the hottest topics facing legislators today. Two-thirds of students enrolled in American colleges and universities graduate with debt, according to Forbes. And these student loans amount to a total of $1.2 trillion — with $1 trillion in federal loans.
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Amsterdam canal house built with 3-D printer
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks. Hedwig Heinsman of architect bureau Dus says the goal of the demonstration project launched this month is not so much to print a functioning house — in fact, parts of the house will likely be built and re-built several times over the course of three years as 3-D printing technology develops.
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ADP reports 139,000 jobs added in February; 14,000 in construction
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The U.S. economy added 139,000 private-sector jobs in February, according to the monthly employment report released by payroll - processing firm ADP and their partner Moody's Analytics. This number reflects a slight increase from the revised January figure of 127,000 — which was previously reported as 175,000.
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How architecture helped rebuild LEGO
Architecture and Design
Virtually any kid who picks up a bucket of LEGO bricks will start by making a house, usually in mismatched, rainbow colors, maybe featuring a few of the little plastic minifig people. It seems almost too obvious to state that LEGO brings out the architect in all of us; but what has iconic architecture brought to LEGO?
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Mindfulness in managing risk
By Dr. David Hillson
Mindfulness has its roots in Eastern religion. It is also used therapeutically to treat a variety of psychological conditions, as well as in coaching to encourage excellence in healthy people. Used properly, mindfulness can also make our risk management more effective. Being mindful means bringing your complete attention to your current experience on a moment-to-moment basis, being aware of everything in your surroundings, acknowledging what is there and accepting it as valid. So how can this help us to manage risk better?
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How to promote physical activity in design
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Architects talk about how architecture provides tactile as well as visual experiences, but how often do people actually physically engage their buildings? Two recent projects offer lessons in how architecture can help develop our bodies as well as our minds.
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How India's upcoming green regulator can strike a balance between growth and environmental protection
The Economic Times
India's environmental clearance process is universally loathed. Industry and technocrats find it cumbersome and corrupt, and blame it for project delays and slowing growth. Environmentalists and project-affected people consider it superficial, corrupt and given to approving virtually all projects, unmindful of their social and environmental costs. Both views are correct.
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