October 26, 2017
Robert Cozzarelli, AIA, Past President and Regional Representative for AIA NJ, has been appointed to the New Jersey State Board of Architects by NJ Governor Chris Christie. His term begins immediately and ends April 29, 2022. The Governor’s Appointment’s office expressed their confidence in Bob’s ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of this position with diligence and integrity.
The filling of this vacancy on the State Board has been long awaited by the architectural community, and so this announcement was met with great satisfaction. AIA NJ Immediate Past President Justin Mihalik, AIA, communicated his gratitude to Mr. Cozzarelli while current President Ben Lee, AIA immediately shared the news with the executive board.
AIA NJ Regional Representative Bruce D. Turner, AIA has had the opportunity to work most closely with Bob Cozzarelli and released the following statement,
“Having served with Bob on the AIA New Jersey Executive Committee, especially as his President-Elect in 2004, and now as Bob’s immediate successor on the Strategic Council, I couldn’t be more proud that he has been appointed to the State Board of Architects. I am certain that he is up to the task, and I am confident that he will serve the profession and the people of New Jersey exceptionally well.”~ Bruce D. Turner, AIA
According to the NJ State Board of Architects, the Board is responsible for protecting the public’s health and safety by determining the qualifications of architects seeking licensure in our State, establishing standards for practice, and disciplining licensees who do not adhere to those requirements.
The practice of architecture is the rendering of services in connection with the design, construction, enlargement, or alteration of a building or a group of buildings and the space within or surrounding those buildings, which have as their principal purpose human use or habitation. These services include site planning, providing preliminary studies, architectural designs, drawings, specifications, other technical documentation, and administration of construction for the purpose of determining compliance with drawings and specifications.
Cozzarelli is an award-winning architect and planner with over 30 years of professional experience. He specializes in educational, recreational, institutional and residential design for federal, state, municipal and private-sector clients.
Cozzarelli is a principal of both Nutley-based Cozzarelli-Cirminiello Architects and Bertone Cozzarelli Healthcare Architects, the latter of which specializes in designing long-term care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes.
Over the course of his decades-long AIA-NJ membership, Cozzarelli has earned many accolades, including his award as AIA-NJ Architect of the Year in 2009 and his 2005 Distinguished Service honor. Other awards include the UNICO Millie Grazie Award for his pro-bono services throughout the state, and his recognition as Columbus Day & Celebration Italian-American Man-of-the-Year. In 2008, he received an Honor Roll Medallion from NJIT Alumni for exemplifying leadership in architecture, planning and design.
Cozzarelli also founded AIA-NJ’s popular CANstruction event, the charitable design competition the organization arranges each fall.
Cozzarelli is a member of AIA Newark and Suburban Architects, one of AIA-NJ’s six local sections, for which he has also served as president.
He earned his bachelor of architecture degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture and is a licensed architect in four states.
Bob is well liked and respected by his peers, clients and the community. He has served the industry for the majority of his professional life. Serving the public as the newest member of the NJ State Board of Architects is a natural progression in Mr. Cozzarelli’s remarkable career. AIA NJ extends our appreciation and congratulations.
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