American Institute of Architects’ New Jersey chapter installs 2018 Officers

January 14, 2018

At their annual awards gala, which was held at Clark’s Landing in Point Pleasant on January 13, 2018, the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) installed their 2018 slate of officers.  Serving as president is Verity Frizzell, AIA, LEED AP+BD+C. Ms. Frizzell’s focus for the year will be on Equity in Architecture, K-12 education and the criticality of the relationship between the two to the future of the profession.  She served on the national commission that studied equity in the profession and developed priority recommendations in 2016.

 

Ms. Frizzell has been a member of AIA since 2000, during which time she has received numerous honors and awards. In 2003, she was the recipient of the AIA Jersey Shore Young Architect of the Year Service Award, as well as an Award of Excellence from the Morris Habitat for Humanity Design Competition. In 2011, she was the AIA-NJ Distinguished Service Award recipient, and Feltz & Frizzell Architects was the AIA Jersey Shore Firm of the Year.  Most recently, she received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from AIA Jersey Shore and AIA-NJ.  She was also a recipient of an Award for Distinguished Performance in Technology from the University of Virginia.

 

Verity Frizzell currently holds the title of Principal Architect with Feltz & Frizzell Architects, LLC. Initially joining the firm while on her summer breaks from college, before attending graduate school, Ms. Frizzell returned to the firm in 1995 and became a partner in 1999. Upon her partner’s death in 2011, she became the sole architect in the firm.  Ms. Frizzell is responsible for all aspects of the firm, including managing the office, as well as architectural design, document production, maintaining the computer network and staffing. Ms. Frizzell’s experience ranges from commercial to residential with an emphasis on small-scale projects. Her focus is on resilient design, and she strives to incorporate materials and methods which are sensitive to the environment without compromising the needs of the client.

In 1988, Verity Frizzell was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia. She went on to further her education, and in 1991, earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a registered architect in the states of New Jersey and Texas.

Throughout her extensive career, Ms. Frizzell has held affiliations with various professional organizations. She was President of the Jersey Shore Section of the American Institute of Architects, and Vice President of Bay Head School Foundation and she served as Vice-Chairman of the Bay Head Planning and Zoning Board.  She currently holds the position of President of AIA-New Jersey.  She has been a member of AIA since 2000. In addition, Ms. Frizzell has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. In 2003, she was the recipient of the AIA Jersey Shore Young Architect of the Year Service Award, as well as an Award of Excellence from the Morris Habitat for Humanity Design Competition. In 2011, she was the AIA-NJ Distinguished Service Award recipient, and Feltz & Frizzell Architects was the AIA Jersey Shore Firm of the Year.  Most recently, she received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from AIA Jersey Shore and AIA-NJ.  She was also a recipient of an Award for Distinguished Performance in Technology from the University of Virginia.

 

Also installed by AIA Strategic Council Regional Representative for New Jersey, Bruce D. Turner, AIA, were President-Elect Judith Donnelly, AIA; Second Vice President, Ruth Bussacco, AIA; Regional Associate Director, Megan Pritts, Associate AIA and Immediate Past President, Ben Lee, AIA. Secretary, John Cwikla, AIA, LEED BD+C; Treasurer, Steven B. Lazarus, AIA and Young Architect Regional Director, Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, will continue their terms.

Pictured l. to r. Bruce Turner, AIA, Regional Representative, Ben Lee, AIA, Immediate Past President, Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, YARD, Megan Pritts, Associate AIA, Young Regional Representative, Steven Lazarus, AIA, Treasurer, Verity Frizzell, AIA, President, John Cwikla, AIA, Secretary, Ruth Bassacco, AIA, 2nd Vice President, Judy Donnelly, AIA, President-Elect

 

 

About AIA and AIA New Jersey

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through a dynamic network of more than 250 chapters and more than 90,000 member architects and design professionals, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. The organization’s local chapter, AIA New Jersey, has served as the voice of the architectural profession in the Garden State since 1900. Based in Trenton, AIA New Jersey has 2,000 members in six local sections. For more information, please visit http://www.aia-nj.org.

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