Monday, November 28, 2011

Architecture: New Jersey’s Best

Local architect Philip S. Kennedy-Grant, FAIA, will discuss examples from the AIA New Jersey’s list of the 150 best building and places in our state at Bernardsville Public Library on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. He will talk about the sites that make the architects’ list and what these buildings reveal about our culture and ourselves.

AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places reveals the state’s rich architectural legacy and the eclectic mix of periods and styles that make it unique. Only in New Jersey can you find the cradle of America's industrial revolution, stately Victorian inns, and distinctive “Doo Wop style” motels. The volume includes both justly renowned buildings and hidden architectural gems with color photographs that capture the beauty of New Jersey’s architectural heritage. Compact and organized by region, the AIA New Jersey Guidebook is a wonderful traveling companion for road trips across the state or sightseeing day trips.

Mr. Kennedy-Grant is the editor and co-author of AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places, published by Rutgers University Press in October. In 2007, the national organization of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) celebrated 150 years. The New Jersey Chapter decided to honor this milestone by creating a list of the 150 best examples of architecture in this state. A committee was established to oversee the project, and the nearly 2,000 members of AIA New Jersey were asked to submit their suggestions for the list. Once this list was compiled, the leadership determined it should be published in book form. Mr. Kennedy-Grant, who served as chairman of the editorial board for nine years at Architecture New Jersey, a former publication of AIA New Jersey, was tapped to undertake the book project.

Mr. Kennedy-Grant in turn asked two distinguished architects/architectural historians, Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA of Bernardsville and Michael J. Mills, FAIA of Princeton, to assist with writing informative text about the 150 locations. Sandy Noble, also from Bernardsville, was selected as the photographer, responsible for new images of all 150 sites. Internationally renowned New Jersey architect Michael Graves, FAIA, wrote the foreword, with Karen Nichols, FAIA.

There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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