The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) installed Jack Purvis, AIA, of Howell, N.J., as its 2013 president at the organization’s annual awards gala that was held on Jan. 5, 2013 at Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
As president, Purvis will draw upon the achievements of previous AIA-NJ presidents, who are charged with leading and uniting New Jersey’s architects every year.
With more than 25 years of experience as a licensed architect in New Jersey, Purvis heads his own architecture firm, Jack A. Purvis Architect, based in Allenwood, N.J. Established in 1986, the firm caters to a wide variety of projects including new construction, renovations and additions to commercial, residential, private and public facilities.
Purvis has a passion for design, renovation and expansion projects to firehouses, having completed a number of them in New Jersey throughout his career. He is particularly proud of the work he did at the Adelphia Fire Station in Howell, N.J., and the Civic Center Station in East Brunswick, N.J.
Purvis, a past winner of the AIA-NJ Architect of the Year award, began his studies at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J. where he earned an associate’s degree in architectural studies. He subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He has been involved in the past in community service roles with the Open Space Preservation Task Force Committee of Howell, N.J., as well as the Howell Township Chamber of Commerce.
Most recently, Purvis served as the 2012 president-elect of AIA-NJ after several years of serving in other AIA-NJ officer positions, including first vice president and second vice president.
“I look forward to assuming the leadership role for architects in New Jersey,” Purvis said. “The American Institute of Architects has been a leader of the architecture profession for the past century and a half. As president for 2013, I plan to continue in that tradition. For an organization such as ours to remain sustainable it is necessary for us to stay current with design, technology, energy, communication, young professionals, public awareness, legislative advocacy and the increase of activities for architectural student involvement. “
Other AIA-NJ 2013 officers who were installed at the event were Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, of Howell, N.J., who was installed as president-elect; Kimberly Bunn, AIA, of Moorestown, N.J., who was installed as first vice president; Justin Mihalik, AIA, of Montclair, N.J., who was installed as second vice president; Laurence E. Parisi, AIA, of Fort Lee, N.J., who was installed as past president; Ben P. Lee, AIA, of Wayne, N.J., who was installed as treasurer; and Jason R. Peist, Assoc. AIA, of Nutley, N.J., who was installed as regional associate director.
Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, of West Orange, N.J., began his third, final year in the position of regional director, while Verity Frizzell, AIA, of Bay Head, N.J., resumed her position as secretary for a second, final year.