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AIA-NJ UPDATES

AIA-NJ Advanced Barrier Free Code Seminar
AIA-NJ
Jack Boekhout’s primary business is to provide consultation on Building Codes and Accessibility Codes for Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Code Officials and Attorneys. Participants will be made aware of some of the fine points of Barrier Free compliance. Participants will have an opportunity to experience the problems associated with the operation of a wheelchair and crutches. The students will test the changes in level, maneuvering problems and compare them to the code text. Active participation in a wheelchair workshop is expected from all participants.
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Health care and small firms — how will you be affected?
AIA-NJ
This past Grassroots in Washington, D.C., I spent some time with the folks from AIA Trust specifically to talk about what options Trust has for members as it relates to health care. Recently, members have talked to me about the importance of access to health care through AIA being a “value” to members. As a small business owner myself I fully understand this. For many years, members of AIA and AIANJ have lobbied on behalf of its members, for legislation that would allow the AIA to offer group health care plans to its members.
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Still time to register for the New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference — June 4-5
AIA-NJ
Act now! May 1, is the last day for early conference registration at the $65 rate! Online conference registration and payment must be completed, and offline payments must be postmarked, by May 1, to receive the early $65 rate. The conference registration rate increases to $90 on May 2.
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2014-15 AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation grants available
AIA-NJ
The AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation is seeking qualified applicants currently attending Schools of Architecture to award scholarship monies associated with the 2014-15 AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation Program of Scholarships. An application form for grant consideration is required from all applicants. Deadline for receipt of completed applications for financial aid (including receipt of transcripts and portfolio materials) is Friday, June 20.
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2015 AIA New Jersey slate of officers
AIA-NJ
An election will be held in June for slate officers. Watch for articles in the newsletter and direct emails with more information on the election. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Jack A. Purvis, AIA 2014 Nominations Committee Chairman jpurvis@purvis-architect.com.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


North Jersey architects design new business models post-recession
North Jersey
After being hit hard by the Great Recession, North Jersey architecture firm owners say they are beginning to see more Bergen and Passaic county residents seeking their services, as the housing market gradually recovers from a historic decline. During the downturn, architects said they were forced to lay off employees and retool their businesses to focus on the slim number of projects as the nation's housing market collapsed. Since then, they said, their businesses have picked up between 20 percent and 30 percent in billings.
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HUD secretary Shaun Donovan on how design can prepare us for climate change
Fast Company
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development launched Rebuild by Design, a design competition aimed at developing innovative storm resilience strategies in the places that Sandy devastated. After tours of the affected regions, 10 teams of architects and designers chosen from 148 international applicants, drafted design strategies to get the coastal communities of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut ready for the rising waters brought on by climate change.
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First binational Mexican-American summit meets at Rutgers Business School
My Central Jersey
As the Latino population of New Jersey continues to mushroom through this decade, probably no sub-set of the ethnic group has demonstrated more unprecedented growth than that of residents of Mexican ancestry. In an effort to shed light on one of the most under-publicized Latino ethnic stories in the Garden State, organizers throughout New Jersey conducted the first binational, Mexican-American summit in New Jersey. The building, which was designed by Mexican architect Enrique Norten, includes a 440-seat theater-like auditorium where the conference was held.
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The surprise job growth in April
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported recently that the American economy added 288,000 jobs in April — roughly 70,000 more than what economists were predicting. The American economy hasn't seen this kind of growth since January 2012, when 360,000 jobs were added. The number of jobs added in April is also 85,000 more than what was added in March.
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US Architecture Billings Index dips in March
World Property Channel
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) again turned negative in March 2014, following a modest two-month recovery in the level of demand for design services. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 50.7 in February. This score reflects a decrease in design services. The new projects inquiry index was 57.9, up from the reading of 56.8 the previous month.
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The 10 most sustainable architecture projects in the US
The Huffington Post
In honor of Earth Day, The Huffington Post has complied a preview of the top ten most sustainable exemplars of U.S. architecture selected by the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment (COTE). Each project featured will be honored with a COTE Top Ten Award for “sustainable design excellence” at the 2014 National Convention in Chicago.
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Setting a standard
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Drones that track construction through RFID-tagged hard hats and materials. Emergency responders with real-time knowledge of which building areas are structurally sound. Architects who can project revenue accurately. This is the nirvana of an architecture, engineering, construction and operations industry that is empowered by building information modeling.
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Port Authority paid architect $500K for unsolicited bridge designs
The Star-Ledger
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey paid $500,000 to its World Trade Center transportation hub architect, Santiago Calatrava, for bridge design work the agency did not ask him for, after two commissioners pressed staffers to consider his work, according to a report on NorthJersey.com. The agency’s top lawyer balked at suggestions by Commissioner David Steiner and then-Commissioner Anthony Sartor that the Port Authority revisit the Goethals and Bayonne Bridge projects outside the normal process in which the agency would issue requests for proposals, in order to incorporate Calatrava’s designs, the online site for The Record reported.
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Melbourne architects inspired by Hong Kong micro apartments in shape-shifting studio design
Architecture & Design
Folding desks and moveable walls help form a highly flexible workspace in Particular Architect’s inner city Melbourne studio. Constructed within a refurbished 1960s office building, the firm created the modular work zone to allow them to reconfigure the space to meet their daily professional needs. The studio is split into two contrasting areas by a stained timber divider.
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A rugged e-portfolio to view your drawings on the construction site worry-free
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Jonathan Meyers dreamed of a device that could replace the cumbersome rolls of plans he hauled around at job sites. The idea came to him in his sleep. It was enough to nag the Baltimore-based environmental engineer to reach for his phone and groggily type a three-word note: “electronic field blueprints.” The next day, he surfed the Web to see whether such a device existed and found only “ruggedized laptops” and tablets with “beefy” cases.
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