Architects and giving credit to the work they do...
August 16, 2017
On August 14, 2017, a terrific article on the East Point Lighthouse was published in The Daily Journal. Despite the extensive coverage, the architect, AIA NJ Member and Chair of the AIA NJ Historic Resources Committee, Michael Calafati, AIA, was left out of the article.
Upon noticing this, New Jersey Regional Representative to the AIA Strategic Council, Bruce Turner, AIA, sent along a letter to The Daily Journal reminding them of the important role of the architect and recommending an edit to the on line version of the article and a suggestion to always credit the architect when writing about any building.
In a matter of minutes, the The Daily Journal Content Specialist responded to Bruce that the editor was being advised of Bruce’s comments, and AIA National’s Media Relations Sr. Manager, Matt Tinder, sent along his accolades to Bruce for the letter being “perfect – polite, balanced, clear, and direct” and offering his support should the editor not respond.
But Bruce did not need to take Mr. Tinder up on his offer because the very next morning, The Daily Journal featured our Regional Representative’s letter…Read Bruce’s letter here.
What a great moment for Michael Calafati, AIA and architecture!
A special thank you to Bruce D. Turner, AIA for being ever vigilant and a message to all AIA members to be on the lookout for more ways to support our profession and our colleagues in a similar fashion.
Be the Voice of AIA and your profession!
I read with great interest your Aug. 14 article “Lighthouse shines bright.” I am very glad to see such extensive coverage of the restoration and revitalization of East Point Lighthouse. This is truly a treasure for our community. I also noted that the article referenced a local contractor with whom I have completed multiple successful projects, Aliano Bros. of Vineland.
However, I was very disappointed to see that the article does not mention the architect for the project. This is especially troubling when one considers the amount of time, effort and energy that is required of an architect to bring a project such as this to fruition for their client. In this case, the architect is Michael Calafati, AIA. Not only is Mr. Calafati from a local architectural firm (Cape May) and a member of our organization (American Institute of Architects New Jersey), but he is the chair of the Historic Resources Committee for AIA New Jersey.
Every building project involves three primary entities: the owner, the architect and the contractor. It is the three-legged stool of every project. It should be fundamental to the who, what, when, where and why of any article. I urge you to ALWAYS include the name of the architect in any article about any building. I hope you will take the time to update your online version of this story, and to be certain to include the name of the architect in all future articles about this, and other construction projects in the future.
Remember: Be it a home, school or an office; wherever we live, eat or pray; every building has an architect.
Bruce D. Turner
Immediate past president, AIA South Jersey