General Meeting #1 TO BE RESCHEDULED

March 19, 2020
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Mayfair Farms
481 Eagle Rock Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
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 6-7:15 PM Appetizers/Light Dinner/Cash Bar

7:15 - 8:30 Presentation and Dessert

1.5 HSW LUs Approval Pending


Presenter: Eli Goldstein, AIA, PP, LEED manages The Goldstein Partnership, founded in 1953 by his father, James Goldstein, FAIA. Eli’s knowledge is gained from nearly 7 decades of firm wisdom and experience as it pertains to projects of a wide range of types and scales. The firm is frequently retained to fix problematic projects designed by others. Eli has been retained as an Expert by Owners, Architects, and Contractors when projects result in lawsuits involving design/construction defects. Issues have included negligence, copyright infringement, conflicts of interest, personal injury, and code compliance. Eli holds B.S. and M.Arch degrees from MIT. He is an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and authored Timber Construction for Architects and Builders.

Description: Architects are not expected to be perfect. Instead, they are expected to perform in accordance with the “ordinary standard of care”. In practice, what does this really mean? In this program, you will learn from an Architect with over 25 years of experience serving as an Architectural Expert in dozens of legal cases, some common shortcomings in professional performance and how to avoid them.

The design and construction process includes a system of quality control checks and balances intended to assure that the finished product is consistent with the design, and that the design meets the code. Often, design and/or construction issue arise as a result of multiple breakdowns in that system. This program will examine the system of checks and balances and will present examples that illustrate where these breakdowns often occur, discuss the consequences, and offer advice on how to avoid them.

Designing in accordance with applicable codes and standards is a subset of an Architect’s broader obligation to conduct him or herself ethically. This program will include an overview of the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which provides a useful framework for professional behavior. The issue of conflicts of interest will be discussed in detail, with many examples given of potentially problematic circumstances; some obvious, some not.



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$0.00 AIANS Members-Regular, Associate and Allied

$50.00 Non-AIANS Members, Includes member of other sections

$25.00 Students

$50.00 Guest Ticket (Member Purchase)