March 31, 2009Reading Time: 4 minutes Two AIA New Jersey architects have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, of Bernardsville, N.J., and Anne E. Weber, FAIA, of Princeton, N.J., are included in the 112 architects who have been elevated this year.
Out of a membership of more than 86,000, fewer than 2,600 AIA members are distinguished with the honor of fellowship. It is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership who have made significant contributions in the following areas: the aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession; the standards of architectural education, training, and practice; the building industry, through leadership in AIA and related organizations; the advancement of living standards through improved environment; and the advancement of society through significant public service.
Hewitt, an architect, teacher and architectural historian, is a member of the AIA Newark and Suburban section of the New Jersey chapter of AIA (AIA-NJ). His many service activities include a former role on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Preservation New Jersey and as past president of the Board of Trustees of the Craftsman Farms Foundation, the Parsippany, N.J. home of Gustav Stickley, a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement.
He has taught architecture at Rice University in Houston, Texas; Columbia University in New York, N.Y.; the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.; and the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J. He is currently on the faculty of the art history department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. In addition, he runs his own architectural firm, Mark Alan Hewitt Architects, in Bernardsville.
Hewitt is a prolific writer whose subject matter has spanned the history and theory of architecture, historic preservation theory and technology, the history of architectural drawing, American architecture from 1876 to the present, Anglo-American domestic architecture and gardens, Arts and Crafts architecture and the treatises and canons of the five orders of classical architecture, the basis of Renaissance architectural theory.
His numerous publications include The Architect and The American Country House (Yale University Press, 1990), Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms: The Quest for an Arts & Crafts Utopia (Syracuse University Press, 2001) and, with Kate Lemos, Bill Morrison and Charles Warren, The Architecture of Carrère & Hastings (Acanthus, 2006). He received Graham Foundation Fellowships in 1985 and 2004, a National Endowment for the Humanities/Winterthur senior fellowship in 1996 and a 2008 Arthur Ross Award for his writing on classical architecture.
Hewitt received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
“The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects is proud to have a member of the professional stature of Mark Alan Hewitt elevated to the College of Fellows,” said Stacey Ruhle Kliesch AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “His breadth of knowledge, creativity and intellectual curiosity are awe-inspiring and his extraordinary output of published materials on architects and their works has been of enormous benefit not only to the profession, but to society as a whole.”
Weber is a senior associate at the Princeton, N.J., firm of Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects LLC, an award-winning architectural firm recognized nationally for work in architectural design, historic preservation, renovation and the adaptive use of existing structures.
Her practice consists primarily of managing large-scale institutional historic preservation projects such as the restoration of the Essex County Courthouse in Newark, N.J.; the Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, N.J.; and Newark, N.J., City Hall. She also works on planning documents, such as the preservation plan for renowned architect Louis Kahn’s Trenton Bath House in Trenton, N.J.; an assessment of the buildings and landscape at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. (a National Historic Landmark); and a code and conditions study for Nassau Hall at Princeton University.
Weber has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Preservation Technology International since 2003, co-chairing the Publications Committee. She is also a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Historical Society of Princeton and the Princeton Battlefield Society.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and master’s degrees in architecture and historic preservation from Columbia University in New York, N.Y. She holds an NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) certificate, which allows her architectural registration in any state, and is a licensed architect in New York. Weber attended the Attingham Summer School in Great Britain, which offers a unique education in art for museum curators, architectural historians, conservators and teachers. She was the first recipient of the Charles Peterson Prize from the Historic American Buildings Survey and AIA in 1983. She has previously worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., and at private architectural firms in Virginia and Mississippi.
“Anne Weber has played major roles in the preservation of important structures not only in New Jersey, but around the country,” said Stacey Ruhle Kliesch AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects is proud that the College is recognizing her enormous contributions to the preservation of buildings that are the landmarks of our civic, academic and historic landscape.”
The new Fellows will be invested in the College of Fellows at the 2009 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in San Francisco, Calif., on May 1, 2009. AIA New Jersey will also be hosting a Fellows Reception in their honor during the convention in California.
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