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AIA New Jersey creates task force on lightweight wood-framed construction
AIA New Jersey
In the aftermath of the Avalon Edgewater Building Fire, the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has announced the formation of a task force of member architects to review possible improvements to design practices and building codes and standards in order to enhance building safety in New Jersey.
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Last day for Post Disaster Training 'early' registrations
AIA New Jersey
Sign-up for Post Disaster Assessment Training today. Early registration ends today, April 1. Registrations after April 1 will not include the training manual (a $50 value).
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Nominations open for 2016 AIANJ officers
AIA New Jersey
This is an excellent opportunity to have a voice in the workings of an organization that builds and sustains the VALUE OF THE ARCHITECT. If you have an interest and would like to review the what it takes to be a leader of AIA-NJ, please contact Kurt M Kalafsky, AIA, 2015 Nominations Committee Chairman, no later than April 30, 2015
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Lawrence Powers named a finalist in the 2015 NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year Awards
AIA New Jersey
Lawrence Powers, co-chair of the Construction Law Department, has been named a finalist in the Non-profit or Government Organization category in the 2015 NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year Awards program for his work as Counsel to AIA-New Jersey, the professional organization that helps architects serve the public’s needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society.
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In memoriam — Joseph DeAndrea Jr, AIA
AIA New Jersey
Joseph B. DeAndrea Jr. died on Saturday, March 7 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Peg; three children, Joseph B. III and wife Lenore with an expected grandson, Peter and fiancé Genevieve and Jeannine; his mother, Margaret Reidy; his father, Joseph B. Sr. and wife Rosemarie; two sisters, Wendy Katz and Pamela DeAndrea and a brother, G. DeAndrea.
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2015 AIANJ Convention Fellows Reception
AIA New Jersey
Join AIA New Jersey in celebrating our newest AIA Fellows, Pamela Rew and Joseph Tattoni. The event will take place May 14, 2015 at Ormsby's in Atlanta.
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New perspectives on the past
AIA New Jersey
The History and Historic Preservation Conference attracts professionals, volunteers and staff in the fields of history, historic preservation, architecture, planning, archaeology, nonprofit and museum management, and more.
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NJ Future announces 2015 Smart Growth Award winners
AIA New Jersey
A redevelopment of a historic urban park; the expansion of an anchor institution in our capital city; a "complete" redesign of a major urban street; a landmark multi-use building that serves as a community anchor; two plans to revitalize neighborhoods near transit; and a pioneering collaborative effort to improve urban neighborhoods prone to stormwater flooding are the winners of New Jersey Future's 2015 Smart Growth Awards.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


New Jersey construction employment on the rise
NorthJersey.com
The recovering New Jersey housing sector and a surge in warehouse projects has helped spark a dramatic increase in construction employment around the state, which last year added the most construction jobs in a decade. The increase of 10,000 jobs in the sector in 2014, up 7.5 percent, far outstripped the 1 percent increase in all jobs over the period, figures from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development show.
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5 reasons architects should learn to code
Arch Daily
Given the digital nature of architecture and design today, learning to code is an essential skill for the architect. Architects are knowledge workers. Virtually all of our work is created on the computer. We typically use off-the-shelf applications to do the majority of our work. However, many of the problems we need to solve don't fall within the abilities of our software. Our applications don't always work well together. We need tools that work the way we need them to work.
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An inside look at the Port Authority's new modest headquarters at WTC
NJ.com
With commuters still smarting from a toll hike and a list of costly projects that officials still aren't sure how to pay for, the spartan new headquarters of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey suggests a new cost-consciousness at the agency that has hit close to home.
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7 major milestones in green architecture
Azure
From the birth of Cradle to Cradle and the first solar-powered cities to the development of organic building materials, here are seven big milestones in green building we've seen over the past 30 years.
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February Architecture Billings Index improves, halting a contraction streak before it started
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) released by the Institute indicates a nominal increase in the demand for design services. The February ABI score was 50.4, up slightly from January’s mark of 49.9 — the first negative score in 10 months. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, whereas a score below 50 means a contraction.
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Are you freezing at work? New studies may boost building comfort
By Michael J. Berens
Anyone who has suffered in an overcooled or overheated meeting room for a day or two understands the need for improved thermal comfort. Complaints about poor thermal comfort abound in occupant satisfaction studies. Yet, to date, solutions have proven elusive or only partially satisfactory. New research, though, provides insights into the mechanisms that influence our sense of temperature and how to achieve a more sustainable balance between occupant comfort and building performance.
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Harnessing the power of geodesign to create better cities and spaces
Archinect
A major frustration across architecture and urban design professions is the Tower of Babel problem — translating data from a host of different resources into a coherent platform for designing and planning. In particular, learning how to wield geographic data is an essential part of any urban project. Accessing that information, through resources like GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a first step for many designers, but translating it into a consistent and useful language is a whole other matter, let alone learning how to optimize its use for the many phases throughout a project's design and implementation.
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Up and running: Words of advice for young firms
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
In our search for tips to give designers and design firms that are just starting out, we asked leaders of some successful architecture practices to look back to their early days. Their answers range from cautionary to proscriptive, and should offer hard-learned lessons for architects thinking about launching their own practices.
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Tips to starting a successful renovation business
By Archita Datta Majumdar
If you love design and décor, and you absolutely love the challenge of renovating homes, then this is a great time to start thinking about owning a business. There is more demand for a good renovator today than ever before. A winning combination of the improving economy, better job markets and more homes in the market have opened up the remodeling and interior design markets. Professionals around the country are relaxing their rigid business rules to invest and expand more.
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25 ideas shaping the future of design
Fast Company
Design is always changing, and with tech and design increasingly aligning, we're arguably headed to the most radical period of change in design history. How radical will the design landscape of 2020 be, then? To find out, we asked five elite studios — each and every one a member of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies list — to give us their predictions for the near-future of design.
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