PRESS RELEASE: AIA-NJ 2013 Design Conference Set For Oct. 2-3 in Asbury Park, N.J.

ASBURY PARK, NJ — The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) today announced that its 2013 Design Conference will be held on Oct. 2 and 3 at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, N.J. 

Titled “Strategies for Sustainability, Code, Compliance and Business Management — Professional Development Designed for Success,” this year’s conference will feature a day-and-a-half of seminars on topics including green design, sustainability, post-Sandy resiliency design, best business practices and management.

AIA-NJ will also announce the winners of its Design Awards Competition, provide networking opportunities and host an expo to review the latest products and technology available to the industry.

“This year’s conference is especially fitting and timely,” said Jack Purvis, president of AIA-NJ. “New design standards and green development initiatives have taken center stage in the post-Sandy world. This conference brings the Garden State’s architects together to discuss their craft and share best practices with one another.”

The conference program will feature the following three keynote speakers from across the country. Each will offer unique and qualified insight into trends and current topics in architectural design:

·       John Ronan, AIA, lead designer and founding principal of Chicago-based John Ronan Architects. Ronan is a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and winner of two National AIA Design Awards in the past four years.


·       Coren Sharples, AIA, founding principal of SHoP Architects P.C. The international firm, based in Lower Manhattan, won wide acclaim for its work on the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.


·       Kirsten Murray, AIA, partner and principal of Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects. Murray, who has worked across a broad range of project types, including mixed-use, private residential design, adaptive reuse, workplace design and urban design and planning, has collaborated on the design of several projects that have received National AIA Honor awards and AIA Housing Awards.

The conference will conclude with a reception and announcement of the winners of the 2013 AIA-NJ Design Awards, which will bring public and professional recognition to architectural design excellence in New Jersey.

AIA-NJ members are urged to submit Design Awards entries by the deadline of Sept. 11. The submission form can be found at Projects must either be in New Jersey or designed by a New Jersey architect.

“We’re very excited about this year’s Design Awards competition,” Purvis said. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase New Jersey architectural projects that reflect excellence in design and to recognize the architects that created them.”

For more information about the 2013 Design Conference, please visit To register, 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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