On January 30th, the AIA-NJ honored the collective achievements of its members and leadership at the Park Savoy in Florham Park, New Jersey.
The organization honored those who served AIA-NJ in 2015, while formally installing its 2016 slate of officers, providing a glimpse into who will be leading the organization in the coming year. The lively affair, which attracted more than 200 architects, friends and family, included cocktails, dinner, dancing and live music.
AIA-NJ also honored the six recipients of its service awards, which are bestowed upon individuals and firms that have demonstrated exceptional service to the profession. The honorees included Robert F. Barranger, AIA, who was named “Architect of the Year” and Tokarski Millemann, which was recognized as “Architectural Firm of the Year.”
“This was a wonderful event in which we celebrated the achievements of our AIA-NJ members as well as members of the public for their contributions to architecture here in New Jersey,” said AIA-NJ President Justin Mihalik, AIA. “As I assume the AIA-NJ presidency, I pledge to engage in advocacy and outreach efforts to improve the practice of architecture and elevate the importance of responsible design.”
In addition to Mihalik, other officers installed at the ceremony included:
- President Elect Ben P. Lee, AIA
- First Vice President Verity Frizzell, AIA
- Second Vice President Judith Donnelly, AIA
- Secretary John Cwikla, AIA
- Treasurer Steven B. Lazarus, AIA
- Regional Director Robert Cozzarelli, AIA
- Regional Associate Director Brandon Warshofsky, Assoc. AIA
- Past President Kimberly L. Bunn, AIA
During the event, Kimberly Bunn, AIA, the outgoing 2015 President, thanked all who had participated in AIA-NJ over the previous year.
“As we look back, the organization had a very exciting 2015, with initiatives that reached both members and the community at all levels,” said Bunn. “Justin has been a key part of the leadership team, and I look forward to helping him continue to guide the organization as it works to enhance the architecture community in the Garden State.”