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AIA-NJ’s Central New Jersey Section To Host a Sustainable Design Seminar on Nov. 13 in New Brunswick, N.J.



ISELIN, N.J. (Nov. 13, 2012) –The Central New Jersey section of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA-NJ) has announced that it will be hosting a seminar on sustainable design on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at the Hyatt Hotel in New Brunswick, N.J., from 6 to 9:15 p.m.

AIA-Central New Jersey (CNJ), which services architects from Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties, is one of AIA-NJ’s six local sections.  

The seminar will offer a networking dinner and two sustainable design presentations, which are eligible for AIA continuing education credits. The presentations will cover “Living Walls,” a wall that is partially or completely covered by plants and the sustainable attributes of steel.

“Architects in New Jersey have an instrumentalrole in paving the way toward sustainability for this state,” said Donna Terzano, president of AIA-CNJ. “By offering seminars on sustainable design, our members can continue to be pioneers of sustainable design in New Jersey.”

The “Living Walls” presentation, which will held from 7 to 8 p.m., will be given by Brian Mitalo, a sales representative for Tournesol Site Works, a national manufacturer of complete landscape solutions for the urban environment. Mitalo will review the differences between living walls and green facades, the history of green walls and why they are popular today, the benefits of green walls and the differences in interior and exterior applications.

The presentation on sustainable steel, which will be held from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., will bepresented by Jacinda Collins, the mid-Atlantic director of the Chicago-based American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), a nonprofit technical institute and trade association serving members of the structural steel design and construction industries.

Collins will review the sustainable attributes of structural steel, life cycle assessment, integrated project delivery and Building Information Modeling.

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About AIA Central New Jersey

AIA Central New Jersey (AIA-CNJ) is a nonprofit membership corporation formed in 1930 and is a section of the American Institute of Architects, one of six sections that comprise The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ). AIA-CNJ represents architects from Hunterton, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties. For more information on AIA-CNJ, please visit

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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