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AIA-NJ To Host 2012 Design Conference in September in Asbury Park, N.J.



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AIA-NJ To Host 2012 Design Conference in September in Asbury Park, N.J.

AIA-NJ Currently Accepting Design Award Submissions With Aug. 29 Deadline

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has announced that the organization will host its 2012 Design Conference on Sept. 13, 2012, at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, N.J. 

The annual conference, which celebrates architecture and design in New Jersey, will include a series of lectures, a walking tour, an exposition hall, a networking lunch and a reception at which the Design Award winners will be announced. 

"We look forward to our Design Conference every year," said Laurence E. Parisi, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. "It brings architects together with the intention to share approaches for success and to inspire. This year, our program includes architects from three prominent local firms." 

Stephen Kieran, FAIA, senior partner at Kieran Timberlake Architects, a leading architecture firm based in Philadelphia, Pa., and the keynote speaker for the event, will review his firm's work and his perspective on the practice of architecture. Specifically, Kieran will discuss inquisitive approaches to clients' needs, as well as the needs of the environment and how that has broadened his firm's vision of the relationship between process, craft and form. 

Other speakers will include Frank Grauman, FAIA, senior partner at Bohlin, Cywinski and Jackson, a prominent architecture firm based in Philadelphia, Pa., and William Loose, AIA, partner at the same firm, who will discuss their work and their perspectives on the practice of architecture, including the themes of sustainability, history and planning; and Charles Renfro, AIA, partner of Diller Scofido and Renfro, a well-known architecture firm based in New York City.

In addition, there will be a walking tour of the Asbury Park, N.J. boardwalk, which offers a firsthand look at the transformation of an area characterized by boarded buildings, dilapidated pavilions and a worn and desolate boardwalk, to a thriving re-energized beachfront. 

"Another highlight of the day is our Design Awards competition, where AIA-NJ gets a chance to showcase engaging architecture and the architects that create it," said Parisi. 

The event will conclude with a reception and announcement of the 2012 AIA-NJ Design Award winners, which brings public and professional recognition to architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in New Jersey. 

AIA-NJ is currently accepting award submissions, with the deadline to submit the entry form and fee being Aug. 29, 2012. Projects must either be in New Jersey or designed by a New Jersey architect.

This year, the design submissions will be juried by Kevin Sullivan, partner at Payette Associates in Boston, Mass.; Eric Lautzenheiser, healthcare planning and design director at Francis Cauffman Architects in Philadelphia, Pa.; and Charles Thanhauser, owner and design principal at TEK Architects in New York City.

For more information about the Design Conference or the Design Awards and to register, please visit

AIA Continuing Education credits are pending approval by the AIA. 

About AIA and AIA New Jersey
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional organization that helps architects serve the public's needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. The organization, which was founded in 1857, recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its 300 plus local chapters represent 86,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. AIA New Jersey, based in Trenton, is the local chapter of AIA. In 2000, it celebrated its 100th anniversary. AIA New Jersey has about 2,000 members in six regional sections. For more information, please visit




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