January 23, 2014
Trenton, NJ – January 15, 2014 – Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc. is saddened to announce the passing of its founder, Franklyn Spiezle, AIA .
Franklyn Spiezle, the Founder of Spiezle Architectural Group, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, peacefully at the age of 89 on his 64th wedding anniversary.
Born in Trenton, N.J. in 1924, Franklyn was a veteran of World War II serving in Europe at the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Air Corps. Upon returning to the U.S., he completed his degree in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He formed his own practice in 1954, later named Spiezle Architectural Group, which received numerous awards for school, firehouse and library design.
Franklyn’s traditional approach to architecture paved the way for a solid foundation of core values for the firm: quality, integrity, and commitment. In 1990, he turned the reins over to his son Scott – the next generation of Spiezle leadership. Adopting his father’s client-focused approach to the business, Scott grew the firm to sixty people in three offices diversifying into new markets. From his father’s foundation, Scott’s vision and leadership continued the firm’s legacy culminating in being awarded the distinction of New Jersey’s AIA Firm of the Year in 2012. This same year also marked Scott passing the leadership forward – the result of having guided the firm through the transition to a fully employee-owned firm (ESOP) begun five years earlier.
Sixty years from its founding, the firm’s new CEO, Robert G. Kellner, remains committed to the legacy of both Franklyn and Scott as their values remain at the core. New diversity, growth and directions, while embracing the past, have already allowed the firm to grow to over $200 million in construction annually, domestically and internationally. Without Franklyn’s initial vision and commitment, this would not have been possible.
A Note From AIA-NJ:
AIA New Jersey is very saddened by this loss to our architecture community in New Jersey. In keeping with our policy of promoting architecture and mentoring our future professionals, AIA New Jersey will be making a donation in Franklyn’s name to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.
If you would also like to make a donation in his name to the Scholarship Foundation, please send donations to:
AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation
c/o Jeanne Perantoni, AlA
1011 US Highway 22, Suite 203
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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