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AIA New Jersey
As members of the AIA New Jersey membership, we would like to hear about your projects. A member benefit many do not know about is publishing articles about New Jersey Architecture by New Jersey Architects.

Send any press releases to AIA New Jersey for it’s newsletter. We will attempt to publish based on space and availability.
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Empowerment by Design series: Maximize ROI by maintaining discipline
AIA New Jersey
This is the second article in the Empowerment by Design series by Steve Whitehorn of Whitehorn Financial Group, Inc., providing A/E professionals with practical tips for a more successful, profitable practice.

During the worst years of the sluggish economy many firms took absolutely any work they could get in order to keep afloat. As the economy improves, architects are finally beginning to see the projects flowing in, and again, the temptation is the same — grab up any projects possible in order to grow the firm and increase the bottom line.

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2014 Design and Service Awards
AIA New Jersey
Nominations are open for both Design Awards to be announced at the annual Design Conference on Oct. 9.

Any questions call AIA New Jersey at 609-393-5690.

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In memoriam — Hugh J. Connolly, AIA
AIA New Jersey
Hugh Connolly, 56, died at University Medical Center at Princeton on May 31, after a courageous one-year battle with metastatic melanoma. It was his, and wife Peggy’s, 34th wedding anniversary.

Known as a kind, patient, ethical and always loving person, he will be missed enormously by his family.

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In memoriam — Robert Harding Lee, AIA
AIA New Jersey
Robert Harding Lee, 89, of Devon; Chester County, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 16, in his home. He was born on May 10, 1925 in Essex, Connecticut, the only child of Clarence and Hazel Harding Lee.

A Veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during World War II, and was honorably discharged a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Service Stars, Distinguished Unit Badge and The Bronze Medal.

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The Spiral Quartet project
World Interiors News
Architect Taeik Kim has transformed a walkway at 400 Sylvan Avenue in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and in turn received a Merit Award in the Built Interior Architecture category from the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects for his work. The Spiral Quartet project was created within a corridor connecting a 15,000 square foot office area to a music studio and music hall. All of Kim's architectural design elements, from the doors to the lighting fixtures, echo the musical motif of the hallway.
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NOMA conference: For the LOVE of It
AIA New Jersey
The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) invites you to the 42nd Annual NOMA International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (PhilaNOMA) at the historic Loews Philadelphia Hotel. With the theme, “For the LOVE of It: Community … History … Design,” the NOMA 2014 conference will celebrate architecture in the vibrant, innovative design environment known as the City of Brotherly Love!
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INDUSTRY UPDATES


The Enclave at Franklin opens, with quick-delivery homes
The Record
The Enclave at Franklin, a new collection of finely crafted, traditional Colonial-style single-family homes by Menza & Beissel in Summit recently held its grand opening with a weekend celebration. "These homes offer an exceptional opportunity to own a home by the renowned talents of Michael Menza and Howard Beissel, whose names are synonymous with luxury new homes of enduring style and value," said David Schoner, vice president of Coldwell Banker New Homes.
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Samsung buys smart-home controls startup, SmartThings
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Recently, Samsung announced its purchase of the Kickstarter-launched SmartThings for a reported $200 million. The Washington, D.C.–based startup, which raised $1.2 million from its crowdfunding campaign in September 2012, initially focused on developing an app-based smart-home control system. It has since expanded to helping developers connect devices such as locks, light switches and power outlets to the Web.
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3-D printing builds up architecture
Research & Development
In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3-D printers in the space of a day. The process utilized quick-drying cement and construction water to build the walls layer-by-layer. The company used a system of four 10-meter-by-6.6-meter-high printers with multi-directional sprays to create the houses. It was in the company’s opinion that by utilizing 3-D printers, construction workers could be saved from exposure to hazardous work environments.
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Architect reveals plans for good ground park in Hampton Bays
The Southampton Press
Officials designing the proposed 36-acre park set to be built just north of West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays shared some specifics on the project during a public meeting recently. The amphitheater in the middle of the park’s developed southern area, widely idealized as the centerpiece for the new development, will feature both formal stone seats and informal hillside seating areas rising around an elevated stage, as well as an open lawn section for visitors to put down their blankets and chairs.
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Changing the dimensions of architecture
The Huffington Post
As an art director and designer of architectural magazines and books, it is important to identify key images to translate 3 dimensional architecture into a 2 dimensional format. If correctly edited and presented the reader will be taken on a descriptive tour of a building and come away with a good understanding of its form, function and ambitions.
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Researchers discover a biocompatible, conductive protein
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Scientists have long probed the inner workings of biological organisms, bringing Mother Nature's unexpected technologies to light. Recently, chemical engineers at the University of California Irvine discovered that a protein in the skin of the common pencil squid, Loliginidae, can conduct electricity. The researchers believe that it also can deliver insights into the fabrication of medical devices and other electronic technologies that communicate intimately with the human anatomy.
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Japan architects sell a lifestyle on global stage
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
A new generation of Japanese architects believes the world has fallen out of love with the 20th century steel and concrete skyscraper. They are pushing a human-friendly alternative that some say has roots in the elegant simplicity of the traditional Japanese tea house. Instead of pursuing monuments that cry out with a message of economic power, some Pritzker Prize-winning architects are scoring success with a uniquely Japanese reinterpretation of the past.
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Winners of 1st annual Women in Architecture Awards announced
Architectural Record
Architectural Record recently announced the five winners of its first annual Women in Architecture Awards, recognizing the design leadership of American women architects. The new awards program acknowledges the increasingly visible role of women in the profession; encourages firms to promote women architects and their work and provides an opportunity for those in the field — honorees, firm leaders and other practitioners — to come together to celebrate women’s design achievements at an event hosted by the magazine, the Women in Architecture Forum and Awards.
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A new fabrication method for spray-on solar cells
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Talk of spray-painting may conjure images of graffiti or street utility work, but scientists at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. recently revealed that the technique can be used to harness the sun’s power. Many renewable-energy laboratories are developing paints and coatings that can convert solar rays into energy, but the Sheffield researchers are the first to develop a method to fabricate a perovskite-based solar coating using a spray-applied process.
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