October Membership Meeting

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Join us for our annual Emerging Professionals Event
and the educational program:  “How Architects Can Lead Change for Health and Wellness in the Built Environment”

1.5 LU/HSW


Introduction by:
Ben Lee, AIA, AIA-NJ President
Presented by Emerging Professionals:
Michael Ferment, AIA and Andrew Lewis, AIA

AIA Members from all sections, Non-member architects, and architecture students are welcome, free of charge!  Reservations Required.

Generously Sponsored by Porcelanosa

Board Meeting: 4:30 pm
Social Hour: 6:00 pm
Food & Program:  7:00 pm

Porcelanosa USA
65 Route 17 South
Paramus , NJ 07652
Phone: 201.712.0556


Click here for map and directions

Please send your RSVP to rsvp@alnnj.org before 12 Noon on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Economic globalization has had a major impact on population health. Our population has become increasingly overweight and obese; early onset diabetes has become more prevalent. During the same period, the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed. A more sedentary life style is becoming the norm through all age groups. Can Architects lead the change to improve health & wellness through our built environment? Architects can incorporate life cycle evidence based design and health & wellness design principles to all building types; i.e. for healthier housing, schools, workplaces, commerce and institutions.

Can Architects create healthier and more livable communities? To do this, we must venture beyond the physical boundaries of the buildings that we design. We must renew focus on the spaces between the buildings, the spaces beyond the property lines; the walking paths, bike trails, public transportation, the connections between the parks and community places, and the cultural/socioeconomic vibrancy that will create healthy and livable cities.

If we, as architects, can design and promote a healthier built environment, we can lead the change to improve the health of our population.

Ben Lee, AIA: Ben Lee is the 2017 AIA NJ President. He is a Board Certified Healthcare Architect by the ACHA, licensed to practice in 25 States and Washington DC. He is a Principal and CFO at NK Architects where he leads their national Healthcare Practice. He is an advocate for healthy & livable communities. Ben’s advocacy has included presentations to the NJ Future Redevelopment Conference, the Atlantic Health Knowledge & Networking Event, and East Coast Green Health & Wellness Conference, among others.

Michael Ferment, AIA: Mike is a Registered Architect in NJ, and has earned certifications in Evidence-Based Design and Sustainable Design. He is dedicated to understanding how the built environment impacts human health and well-being, and helping our clients incorporate Evidence-Based Design principles into their facilities. As a veteran, Mike has concentrated his focus on healthcare planning and design with special interest in Veteran’s Affairs projects. Mike was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Architects League of Northern New Jersey.

Andrew Lewis, AIA: Andrew is an advocate for wellness at NK Architects, where he oversees the company’s corporate wellness plan. Andrew is passionate about design, with a strong focus on building community through design. He is primarily focused on projects for Colleges & Universities.

Upcoming Events

November 4 – Ted Kessler Walking Tour:  Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO
November 9-11 –
AIA CT/NJ/NYS/PA Quad State Conference, Albany, NY
November 16 – ALNNJ Arthur Davis Lecture & Spouses Night-The New “Mario Cuomo Bridge”, Piermont, NY
January 6 – ALNNJ Installation Dinner, The Tides Estate, North Haledon, NJ