Calendar of Events

Sun 09.22.2013

First Day on the Job

When: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Where: At The Center   

First Day on the Job is a one day program at the Center for Architecture targeted at new graduates and emerging professionals. The program will address best practices in the "new normal" of architectural practice. It is a multi-layered event to connect interns, professionals and faculty from the NY State Architectural Schools through a series of topic driven discussions. For any given topic, a firm representative and a faculty member will moderate the discussion with participants. The sessions will be in a seminar format to encourage dialogue and exchange.

The day will start with a welcome and then day we will break into groups for workshops.

9:00 - 10:00 AM Forum Welcome - Keynote Speaker
Coffee and Pastries served
10:00-10:50AM Session A
The Office Moonlighting Human Resources
Ty Kaul - Perkins Eastman
Bob Cody - NYIT
Lynn Fritzlan - Ronnette Riley
Theo David - Pratt
Mark Gardner - Jaklitsch/Gardner
Mark Bess - NJIT
11:00 - 11:50PM Session B
Alternative Career Paths Finding Mentors Licensure
Matt Shoor
Michael Samuelian - Cooper Union
Jeremy Edmiston - CCNY
William M Singer - IBI Group/Gruzen Samton
Nicholas Agneta - Pratt
Robert Lopez - NY State Arch Board
Michael Archer
Mark Mistur - Rensselaer Polytechninc
12:00-12:50PM Session C
Marketing Yourself Firm Finance Women in Architecture
Mark Mistur - Rensselaer Polytechninc
Lynn Fritzlen - Ronnette Riley
Mark Bess - NJIT
Venesa Alicea - Datner Associates
Nancy Rasure

1:00-2:00PM Lunch 

2:00-2:50PM Session D
The Office Moonlighting Human Resources
Ty Kaul - Perkins Eastman
Bob Cody - NYIT
Lynn Fritzlan - Ronnette Riley
Theo David - Pratt
Mark Gardner - Jaklitsch/Gardner
Mark Bess - NJIT
3:00-3:50PM Session E
Alternative Career Paths Finding Mentors Licensure
Matt Shoor
Michael Samuelian - Cooper Union
Jeremy Edmiston - CCNY
William M Singer - IBI Group/Gruzen Samton
Nicholas Agneta - Pratt
Robert Lopez - NY State Arch Board
Michael Archer
Mark Mistur - Rensselaer Polytechninc
4:00-4:50 PM Session F
Marketing Yourself Firm Finance Women in Architecture
Mark Mistur - Rensselaer Polytechninc
Lynn Fritzlen - Ronnette Riley
Mark Bess - NJIT
Venesa Alicea - Datner Associates
Nancy Rasure
5:00-6:00 PM Reception


Workshop Descriptions 

    The Office
  • Meeting Clients and presenting the firms work
  • How to understand 'Office Hierarchies Vertical or Horizontal' Office Politics--what to be aware of during the first month of work
  • The importance of Insurance – Who pays for your mistakes?
  • To draw or not to draw? Navigating the generation gap. The value of hand drawing with today's technology.
  • The dangers of working without a license
  • The fine line of marketing yourself and your work outside of the firm
  • How confidential is the confidentiality agreement?
  • Intellectual Property Rights and What is the proper way to use work you create for a firm
    Human Resources
  • The role of Human Resources department for a young architect working in small, medium to large firms, and in the absence of a Human Recourses Department, how a young architect can manage benefits and healthcare.
  • Work Place etiquette and can harassment go both ways?
  • Personal electronic device Use in the office and personal communication in the studio
    Alternative Career Paths for Architects:
  • Real Estate Developement, Social Research, Illustration, Technology are a just a few of the alternate paths architects pursue
  • The Pros and Cons of moving into project management
  • Engineers, Product Manufactures, Building Materials Specialist etc.
  • Case Study of New Employee personality "whatever it takes" vs. "that's not my job"
    The Path to Licensure
  • Counting your NCARB’s. What ARE diet is the best to meet you goals?
  • How partnerships with mentors work in the studio environment
  • Each firm would have one mentor and the mentee matched. They will discuss their experiences of working together in the firm. Giving tips on what worked and what has not.
    Women in Architecture
  • Women bring a unique perspective to the profession but are often compromised by family responsibilities. How are firms addressing this?
  • Sexism in the work place is no longer tolerated but how do we identify and address more subtle behaviors.
  • Women are the majority of students in the field but lag behind in leadership roles.
    Marketing Yourself
  • How do you put your best foot forward on a resume, in the interview and on the street?
  • Once you have the job how do you leverage your talents within the context of the firm?
  • Balancing personal and firm goals in the short and long term.
  • Picking a firm culture that best suits your skill sets.
    Finding Mentors
  • Good mentorship is often part of a rewarding and successful career.
  • How do find the right mentor for you and then engage?
  • What does a mentor do and how should you structure the relationship?
    Firm Finance
  • Why is important to understand firm finance as an employee.
  • Understanding your compensation in the bigger picture.
  • Basics of revenue generation, job costing, profit/loss and more.

Presnter Bios:

Nicholas Agneta AIA
Principal, Professor of Architecture

Nick Agneta is the principal and owner of Nicholas Agneta Architect, a full service exterior envelope consulting firm for multi-family midrise residential buildings and historic façade preservation. Nick’s clients include the New York City School Construction Authority. He is a visiting professor at Pratt Institute where he has taught professional practice since 2003. Nick spearheaded the “First Day on the Job” and is to be credited for the concept and realization of this event that introduces young professionals to the real world of design and building construction.

Michael Archer Assoc AIA
NCARB Intern-At-Large
Michael Archer, Assoc. AIA is the 2013 Intern-At-Large for NCARB’s Internship Advisory Committee, a past member of the Intern Think Tank and a recipient of this year’s Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship. After graduating from Pratt Institute with honors in 2011 he joined GF55 Partners as a junior designer with a focus on responsible housing and community development of varying scales in New York. His current professional work includes mixed use and residential developments in Queens and Brooklyn, NY. Michael has lectured on the ARE and IDP at the Center for Architecture as a member of his local chapter’s Emerging New York Architects group and offers advice and knowledge pertinent to his colleagues’ pursuit of both.

Jacob Bek RA LEED AP
Principal, Professor of Architecture

Jacob Bek is a principal and founding partner at studio MADOUHBEK, New York-Kuwait. Bek was born in New York and has lived in England. Bek has worked with a number of international architecture offices, including Foster + Partners and Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture. He began his professional career working primarily on residential and institutional renovations, and went on to develop large scale built projects in the US and Middle East. Bek has been involved in numerous symposiums, exhibitions, and has shown work in the US, Europe, and China. He received his Associate of the Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute, and Master of Science in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Bek is a visiting professor at Pratt Institute, a certified LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), a member of NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards), a member of the Architectural Association in London, and a Registered Architect in the State of Massachusetts.

VP Architecture, University Lecturer

After completing his undergraduate degree at Rutgers College in 1982, Mark attended Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture and graduated in 1988. He is a Vice President at Netta Architects in Mountainside, NJ where he manages multiple areas of the practice including housing and civic building projects; he is responsible for office quality control and business development. In 2006, Mark joined the faculty of the College of Architecture and Design at NJIT located in Newark, NJ where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in professional practice, construction, contract documents and environmental control systems. Serving as the Intern Development Program (IDP) Coordinator for the College with the NCARB, Mark actively assists NJIT students in entering the architectural profession.
Mark is a member of the Contract Documents Advisory Group for AIA National, a Founding Member of the NJ Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and the Educational Liaison for CSI North Jersey Region.

Theo David FAIA
Principal, Professor Architecture

Theoharis David was born in New York of Cypriot parentage. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Architecture Degree from Yale University, where he studied with Serge Chermayeff and Paul Rudolph. He has been in private practice since 1974 in New York and Cyprus. He is Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute teaching graduate and undergraduate design and is a former Chair of Graduate Architecture and Faculty President of the School of Architecture. He has been named Pratt Institute's Distinguished Teacher for 2013-2014. He is also visiting professor at the University of Cyprus.Theo David is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute for Urban Design. He has been active in design awards programs including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, The Cyprus State Architecture Awards, and the Society of American Registered Architects Awards. He has served as Chair of the NYC/AIA distinguished architecture awards and as president of CIMA (Congress of International Modern Architects). He is also an advisor to the University of Cyprus and serves on a number of boards including the Cyprus Cultural Foundation. His architecture has received awards in the United States at city, state and national levels. He received the 2009 Cyprus Architect's Association Prize in Architecture, the 2001 Cyprus State Award for Architecture for the New G.S.P. Stadium, and has been nominated for the European Union Mies van der Rohe Award.

Jeremy Edmiston Architect

Jeremy Edmiston, the principal at SYSTEM architects, has been practicing, teaching and researching architecture in New York City for 17 years. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he moved to the U.S. when he won the Fulbright, Harkness and Byera Hadley scholarships all in the same year. His practice is based in re-evaluating the relationship between the built and natural environments in all their permutations. He has won the Architectural League of New York's Young Architect Award with Douglas Gauthier, a Lindbergh Fellowship, and a Department of Energy's Center of Excellence Fellowship for his study into improving the environmental efficiency of high rise buildings. Prior to co-founding SYSTEM, Jeremy pursued his interest in design that acknowledges a green agenda in the offices of Harry Seidler, Bernard Tschumi and Emilio Ambasz. He holds New York State License no. 025793.

Lynn Fritzlen AIA, LEED AP
Project Architect/Former Partner

Lynn Fritzlen, Associate Architect at Ronnette Riley Architects in New York City, is the Co-Chair of the AIA New York Chapter Professional Practice Committee. She is an AIA award winner and former owner and lead design principal of Fritzlen Pierce Architects of Vail Colorado. From 1980 to 2010 Lynn owned and managed her 15 person firm that specialized in resort designs. Her international clientele spanned from Europe to South America and projects included hotel, retail, multi-family, single family and public safety projects. Lynn has embraced software innovations in both financial management and CADD documentation and credits much of her firm’s success on staying current with technology.
Throughout her career Lynn has stayed active in public service. She was an appointed planning commissioner, design review commission member, elected member of the local town council and served on numerous sub-committees on the built environment. She also started the first shelter for victim’s of domestic abuse in her region as part of an ongoing commitment to bettering the public welfare.

Mark Gardner AIA, LEED AP B+C, NCARB

Mark Gardner was named Senior Associate at Stephan Jaklitsch Architects in 2005 and became a principal of Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects in2011. He received his training at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design where he now teaches.
Gardner takes a serious interest in the nexus of architecture and art, one of longstanding importance to both his professional practice and to his writings. A contributor to both Pamphlet Architecture 23 MOVE/Sites of Trauma (Princeton Architectural l Press 2003) by Johanna Dickson and the firm’s monograph: Habits, Patterns, algorithms (ORO, 2009) with Stephan Jaklitsch.
Gardner serves as Business Development Chair on the Board of SUPERFRONT, an organization located in New York and LA that fosters the exchange between architecture and other disciplines by sponsoring exhibitions, panels and publications. Gardner is Vice President of NYCOBA, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Archtiects (NOMA) and serves as Co-Chair of the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is committed to practicing architecture as a socially beneficial art from.

Robert Lopez, RA
Executive Secretary - State Board for Architecture

Executive Secretary - State Board for Landscape Architecture
Robert Lopez is the Executive Secretary to the New York State Board for Architecture and the State Board for Landscape Architecture within the Office of the Professions and the State Education Department. Prior to joining the Department, he was a Principal and shareholder at Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering (EYP), and was the Director of its K-12 Studio. While at EYP, he was the Principal in Charge of the $228.6 million Sachem Central School District project on Long Island, one of the largest suburban K-12 projects ever completed in New York.
Upon graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in the Building Sciences, Mr. Lopez went to work as an intern architect with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s New York City office for 4 years. While at SOM, he worked on the Dulles Airport expansion project and the Chase Metrotech project in Brooklyn. Additionally, he worked at RTKL Associates in Baltimore as a co-op student during his college studies.
Mr. Lopez has been an architect in New York since 1993. Having served on numerous AIA, NCARB, and CLARB committees for the professions of architecture and landscape architecture, his particularly areas of expertise lie in professional practice, licensure, and continuing education.

Mark Mistur Architect
Dean of Architecture

Mark Mistur is the Associate Dean of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His teaching and research focuses on innovations driven by performance criteria but he remains equally concerned with phenomena, the human experience and social consequences of architecture. He studied at the ETH and at Rensselaer where he received his Master of Science, Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Building Science degrees before launching a career combining both teaching and architectural practice. He teaches the fourth year comprehensive design studio and Bedford A/E Initiatives that in 2005 received an NCARB Award of Excellence for the ‘Creative Integration of Practice and the Academy’. He received the Rensselaer Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award in 2003 and the Rensselaer Faculty Early Research Career Award in 2005, served as the Acting Dean of the School from 2008-09, directs and is the author of a new book, The Architecture of EMPAC: the Tangible and the Tantalizing.Emilio Ambasz. He holds New York State License no. 025793.

Michael Samuelian AIA, AICP
Vice President, Professor of Architecture

Michael M. Samuelian is an architect, urban designer and urban planner. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cooper Union and his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. Michael is a Vice President with Related Companies, where his work focuses on the design of large-scale public private development projects. Michael is also currently an Associate Professor at Cooper Union, where he teaches a course titled “Professional Practice” in the school of Architecture. Michael’s professional career as an architect has focused on large-scale commercial and urban planning projects. He has worked with Machado and Silvetti Associates in Boston, SMWM in San Francisco and HOK Architects in New York City. At HOK he was the lead designer on a number of commercial, transportation and institutional projects including; the Somerset Corporate Center, a Headquarters for Brown Brothers Harriman, Penn Station Acela improvements, and the Integrated Science Facility ant SUNY Geneseo.

Project Architect

Matt Shoor is a licensed architect, writer and educator currently employed by Macrae-Gibson Architects. He received his M. Arch from the University of Oregon and his B.A. in History and Art History from Middlebury College. A California native, Matt has lived and worked in New York City since 2006. He sits on the AIA New York Chapter’s Professional Practice Committee and frequently writes for e-Oculus, The Chapter’s bi-weekly online newsletter. Matt has taught Sustainable Design to high school students in the Bronx and participates in academic juries whenever possible. As a dedicated advocate of the architectural patrimony of NYC, Matt has volunteered during Open House New York. He has studied language and art history in Italy, landscape design and architecture in Japan and studio art in Boston. Matt is a proud resident of Queens, the most demographically diverse place in the United States.

William Singer AIA, LEED AP B+C, NCARB
Principal, Partner

William Singer has 25 years of experience as a designer, project manager, and project architect. His broad knowledge of organizing and building complicated projects has contributed significantly to the design and construction of many IBI Group-Gruzen Samton’s most challenging new construction and renovation projects. His experience in all phases of design has provided him with the skill to manage difficult projects from inception to completion. In 2012, Mr. Singer received a Municipal Art Society Award for Best Neighborhood Catalyst for the renovation design of El Museo del Barrio. He also received a 2011 New York State Merit Award as well as a 2004 City of New York Arts Commission Excellence in Design award for this project.

Joe Tanney Architect

Founded in 1990 by Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz, Resolution: 4 Architecture is a firm dedicated to addressing 21st century conditions through intelligent architecture and design. The firm consciously takes on a perspective facilitating the conditions required to develop sustainable methods, strategies and solutions for the current and long-range conflicts and changes facing our dynamic communities. They seek to investigate, re-investigate, work with the palpable, illuminate the obscure and understand the composite interface of architecture, its user and its context. Resolution: 4 Architecture’s design preoccupations have included two-dimensional and three-dimensional pattern making and ceilings as landscapes. Most recently they have undertaken The Modern Modular by Resolution: 4 Architecture, a systematic methodology of design that attempts to leverage the existing methods of prefabrication of residential construction. Their efforts seek to offer the option of “mass customization” to the single-family housing market while aesthetically transforming the sub-urban fabric of America’s domestic landscape. The Modern Modular by Resolution: 4 Architecture has been exhibited in the Walker Center of Art in Minneapolis, and Bruce Mau’s Massive Change touring nationally.

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