Ruth Bussacco, AIA, AIA NJ Second Vice President, wins Architects League of Northern New Jersey’s Highest Honor

February 6, 2018

In recent weeks, local architect, Ruth Bussacco, AIA, has been recognized with two significant accolades from her peers. Ms. Bussacco has been installed as the second vice president of the American Institute of Architects, New Jersey Chapter (AIA NJ) and awarded the highest honor by the Architects League of Northern New Jersey (ALNNJ), the Vegliante Award.

This award is presented to Architects who distinguish themselves for their contribution to the advancement of the profession.  Anton Vegliante came to this country from Italy and started his career as a painting contractor. He taught himself English and became an architect. He lived and practiced in Garfield, NJ where he designed numerous churches and schools. He served as Vice President of the Architects League from 1928 to 1931, when he died at the age of 47.  Anton is remembered as an honest Architect, precise, meticulous, dedicated to his profession and respected. He loved architecture.  Upon his death in 1931 his will stipulated that a bequest be made to the League, to be held in trust, and that the annual interest income from the trust account would be used to make an award to the member who had distinguished themselves in the preceding year in the profession, or who, because of their achievements or accomplishments, would be deserving of the award. Over the years the award has come to represent recognition of service to the League, and is considered the League’s highest honor.  Mr. Vegliante’s strive for excellence remains the inspiration in the years since his passing.

Photo by Dee Portera Photography

Joseph Sarra, AIA, Trustee of the Vegliante Award, surprised Ruth with her award at the ALNNJ annual Awards Dinner at The Tides in North Haledon.

Ms. Bussacco is a Project Architect with over thirty-five years of experience with a strong background in production and construction administration. She is currently employed with EI Associates and is licensed in both New Jersey and New York. She is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury.

Ms. Bussacco is a Past President of the Architect’s League of Northern New Jersey. Ruth is currently the Sponsorship Chair, Hospitality Chair and is currently a Trustee on the ALNNJ Board. She has also served as a Trustee for the AIA-NJ prior to stepping up to the executive board this year.

AIA NJ extends our congratulations and welcomes Ruth Bussacco, AIA, to the board.


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


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