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Regional Director's Message: Governance, nature and mother
AIA New Jersey
The 2014 AIA National Convention will be held this the first week of summer in Chicago. It seems that this AIA Convention more than any other, in recent memory, is approaching with great anticipation, as the AIA Delegates prepare to vote on the governance of “Repositioning” of the Institute. Clearly, whatever the outcome is there will be one thing that is for certain; decisions in Chicago will be made on the basis of careful, thorough and objective consideration of the issues by responsible AIA Delegates.
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AIA-NJ Convention Fellows Reception
AIA New Jersey
The AIA National Convention is only a month away – register today if you haven’t already. If you will be in Chicago this year, please join AIA-NJ at the Fellows Cocktail Reception June 26, at Joe’s.
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2015 Slate of Officers
AIA New Jersey
The latest slate of the 2015 Officers for the AIA-NJ Executive Committee is as follows in this article. As per AIA-NJ By-laws voting for these officers will be held at the June 17, Board of Trustees meeting.
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2014 AIA-West Jersey — Emerging Professionals design competition
AIA New Jersey
AIA‐West Jersey is offering Emerging Professionals the opportunity to design a mobile music, art studio and community outreach vehicle. AIA‐West Jersey has partnered with Community Rocks!, a non‐profit organization established to educate, strengthen and connect communities through arts and wellness programs, partnerships and relief work.
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Empowerment by Design No. 1
AIA New Jersey
These days, owners are expecting more and more for their investment dollars. Unrealistic owner expectations can lead architects and engineers to experience greater risk and anxiety with every new project. In a new series for AIA New Jersey – Empowerment by Design – the goal is to help you, the A/E professional, to create a greater sense of clarity in your practice, to establish standards that will protect you and to make you more confident practicing in this ever-changing, economic landscape.
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AIA-NJ Ambassador to tour Cuba
AIA New Jersey
AIA-NJ, with a delegation of 15 members, has just returned from an eight day tour of Cuba. The purpose of the tour was to observe the urban environment and architecture fabric of the cities and meet with Cuban architects. The group was able share and exchange knowledge with Cuban architects to have a better understanding of the socio-economic impact to their cities.
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Studio Hillier earns AIA-NJ Merit Award for Urban Trifecta Architectural Design Studio in Princeton
AIA New Jersey
AIA-NJ has awarded Princeton, New Jersey-based architectural design firm Studio Hillier with a Merit Award in the Built category for its creative transformation of 190 Witherspoon Street into a cutting-edge, energy-efficient design studio. "Studio Hillier exhibited keen vision, revitalizing a once decaying building into an aesthetically and structurally stunning space," said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ.
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


Salem County's historic Nicholson house visited by architecture conference
South Jersey Times
Although it’s a short drive down Walnut Street Road from Salem High School, the historic Nicholson House is clearly from another time. The patterned bricks at the top of the house’s eastern side read "1722" and historians treasure the structure because not much about the house has changed since that date. "We say it has high integrity. It’ all original," Janet Sheridan, cultural heritage consultant, said. "The plaster, the wood, the floor — its all from 1722."
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The technology paradox
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Architecture firms have spent the past 50 years upgrading their hardware and software and training their staff to be more efficient. Despite these investments, the construction industry’s productivity has only declined for the past 50 years, and steadily so. Paul Teicholz, a professor emeritus of environmental and civil engineering at Stanford University, first brought the technology paradox to the industry’s attention in 1999.
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Do green workspaces benefit workers?
By Michael J. Berens
One of the early assumptions about green buildings was that by improving environmental quality, they would offer occupants a healthier workplace, which would result in a more satisfied and productive workforce. While the verdict is still out on green building performance, recent assessments of green workspaces suggest some issues need to be resolved before they achieve their full potential. Individual studies have demonstrated the benefits of some elements of green design. Yet, more comprehensive studies tell a somewhat different story.
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Architecture billings index slowed in March 2014
Woodworking Network
The Architecture Billings Index turned negative in March, reversing what had been a two-month recovery in demand for buidling design services - considered a leading economic indicator of construction activity, and a barometer of propsects for architectural woodworking subcontracts as well. "This protracted softening in demand for design services is a bit of a surprise given the overall strength of the market the last year and a half," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker.
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Someday, solar cells could double as light displays
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Advances in solar cell and low-energy lighting technologies have led to a variety of new net-zero lighting applications. Simone Giostra's GreenPix zero-energy media wall and Meidad Marzan's UrbanTile solar-powered high-rise envelope, for example, allow buildings to deliver nocturnal illumination and information at no additional energy cost, demonstrating the synergistic combination of the two capabilities.
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The new demand for affordable dream homes
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The high TV ratings of the HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes is enough to know how much interest is generated by home and interior shows. The reason is easy to understand as well, since humans have been focused on building the perfect shelter for thousands of years. The prize is a custom-built home worth over $1 million with fabulous interiors and landscaping to go with it. What they present is an embodiment of the new-age American dream — not just a home, but a dream home. Now, with the housing market on the rise, home buying is going to be a hot topic all over the country.
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Job prospects improve for architecture graduates
Albany Business Review
Thousands of architecture jobs were eliminated during the recession as construction projects dried up and state and federal governments cut back on capital improvements. Many architecture firms reduced staff and/or didn't fill vacant positions as their billings declined. A study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce released in January 2012, which analyzed college graduates by major, found recent architecture students had the highest unemployment rate, 13.9 percent.
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Blairsden is gem of 2014 New Jersey house tours
The Star-Ledger
The magnificent hilltop estate that Clinton Ledyard Blair built between 1897 and 1903 is open to the public for the first time ever as the setting for this year's Mansion in May, the major biennial fundraiser for Morristown Medical Center. When Blairsden was purchased by the Foundation for Classical Architecture in 2002, many hoped in vain that the estate would be opened to the public as a museum. As one of the finest examples of the Beaux-Arts design in the world, the group had said it would preserve Blairsden to be studied by architectural scholars.
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Designing for a global airpocalypse
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
In The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment, architecture critic Reyner Banham invokes a connection between cities and pollution that Aristotle made long ago: "While it was necessary for men, in Aristotle’s phrase, ‘to come together in cities in order to lead the good life’, those cities, by virtue of the coming together of men, would become places of pollution and congestion."
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Seafarers union sails away from Gowanus, New York, headquarters to Jersey City
New York Daily News
The seafarers union is pulling up anchor and setting sail for Jersey City, abandoning its headquarters on the edge of Gowanus. The move will mark the first time in nearly a century that the Seafarers International Union, which represents deckhands, ferry crews and other sea merchants, will not have a New York City presence.
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