Michael Hanrahan Installed as President of AIA-NJ at Annual Awards Gala

January 17, 2011

2011 AIA-NJ Officers: (L to R) Claire Wholean, Jack Purvis, Kimberly Bunn, Laurence Parisi, Justin Mihalik, Michael Hanrahan, Jerome Eben, Kurt Kalafsky, Jason Kliwinski

Michael Hanrahan, AIA, of Readington Township, N.J. in Hunterdon County, was installed as president of the American Institute of Architects’ New Jersey chapter (AIA-NJ) at the organization’s annual awards gala held recently at Carl Icahn Laboratory at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

Hanrahan was among nine AIA-NJ officers installed at the event, which also celebrated the top achievements among architects and architectural companies throughout the state with service and design awards.

Hanrahan, an associate partner at Clarke Canton Hintz, an award-winning architecture, planning and landscape architecture firm based in Trenton, N.J., has been with the firm for nearly 15 years. He has served as project manager on a variety of project types in a variety of market sectors.

Hanrahan has extensive experience in historic preservation and the adaptive re-use of existing buildings. Past projects include the interior restoration of the historic Hunterdon County Courthouse and Jail in Flemington, N.J.; 200 Elm Drive, the adaptive re-use of the former Princeton University boiler house for new administrative offices in Princeton; and the restoration and renovation of the Roebling Mansion as the new home of the New Jersey League of Municipalities in Trenton.

Most recently, Hanrahan was the project manager for the 164th Street Garage, a 660-space parking garage supporting the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx; and the “Big 4” capital projects at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., which include the renovation of the Robert J. Collins Arena, construction of a new recreation and fitness center, the renovation and expansion of the automotive technology facility and the interior renovation of the Western Monmouth Branch Campus.

He was the former AIA-NJ executive board vice president in 2010, first vice president in 2009, secretary from 2006 to 2008 and the AIA-NJ Central Jersey section executive board president in 2005.

Last year, Hanrahan was recognized as the AIA-NJ “Young Architect of Year” and in 2001 was recognized as the AIA-NJ “Intern Architect of the Year.” His firm, Clarke Caton Hintz, was the 2010 AIA-NJ “Firm of the Year.”

In addition to his leadership role within AIA-NJ, Hanrahan is a member of the Construction Specification Institute, Preservation New Jersey and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hanrahan also volunteers in his community as an assistant coach for the Readington Township Little League and is a former member of the local historic preservation commission.

Other newly installed officers include Laurence E. Parisi, AIA, owner and president of Laurence E. Parisi P.C. Architects in North Bergen, N.J., who was installed as president-elect; Jack Purvis, AIA, owner of Jack A. Purvis-Architect in Allenwood, N.J., who was installed as first vice president; Kimberly Bunn, AIA, owner of Bunn Architecture in Moorestown, N.J., who was installed as second vice president; Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, principal and chief technology officer at the Aztec Corporation/Aztec Architects LLC in Iselin, N.J., who was installed as secretary; Justin A. Mihalik, AIA, principal at J.A. Mihalik Architect LLC in Livingston, N.J., who was installed as treasurer; Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA, architect and ambassador for Deutsche Steinzeug, a German ceramic tile manufacturer and principal of his eponymous firm in West Orange, N.J., who was installed as regional director; Claire Wholean, Assoc. AIA, project manager at Kenny & Khan Architects in New York, N.Y., who was installed as regional associate director; and Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED AP and director of sustainable design with the Spiezle Group in Trenton, who was installed as immediate past president.

Service award winners include Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, owner of Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, Architect LLC, of Ridgewood, N.J., who was recognized with the “Distinguished Service Award;” David Del Vecchio, AIA, owner of David Del Vecchio, Architect, LLC in Cranford, N.J., who was honored with the “Architect of the Year Award;” Stephen Doyle, AIA, Assoc. at KSS Architects in Princeton, who was honored with the “Young Architect of the Year Award;” John A. Cwikla, Assoc. AIA, intern architect at Potter Architects LLC in Springfield, N.J., who was honored with the “Intern of the Year Award;” and Frank Cunha, III, AIA, senior project manager for the design and construction facilities department at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. and photographer at FC3 Photography in Hamburg, N.J., who was honored with the “Resident of the Year Award.”

Also, AIA-NJ announced a total of 11 Design Awards at the Awards Gala.

In the “Built” category, two Honor Awards were announced. The winners were Ann Beha Architects for the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and KSS Architects for the Human Rights Institute at Kean University in Union, N.J.

The Merit Award winners in the “Built” category were Ikon.5 Architects for the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J.; Environetics for the renovation and expansion of the New York Foundling agency in Bronx, N.Y.; and two awards for KSS Architects for the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, N.Y., the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Honors Award in the “Unbuilt” category was awarded to HDR CUH2A for the Biomedical Educational Research Institute at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea.

The Merit Award winners in the “Design/Build” category were Midouhas Architecture for the Vlahakis residence in Harvey Cedars, N.J.; and Minervini Vandermark Architecture for a studio office at 360 14th St. in Hoboken, N.J.

Merit Award winners in the “Interior Architecture” category were Hugh A. Boyd Architect for the Landmark supermarket in Manila, Republic of the Philippines; and Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design for the Waku Ghin restaurant in Marina Bay Sands, Republic of Singapore.

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