Kim Vierheilig, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, appointed to the New Jersey State Board of Architects

December 20, 2017

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Kim V. Vierheilig, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President of LAN Associates, has been appointed to the New Jersey State Board of Architects by NJ Governor Chris Christie. Ms. Vierheilig was sworn in on December 14, 2017. Her term ends April 29, 2021. The Governor’s Appointment’s office expressed their confidence in Kim’s ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of this position with diligence and integrity.

Vierheilig recently concluded her term as 2nd Vice President of the American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter, as well as, Chair of the NJ Women in Architecture Committee. past president of the Architects League of Northern New Jersey.

AIA NJ is very pleased to hear the announcement of another registered architect appointed to the board, and especially to see a woman selected.  AIA NJ President Elect Verity Frizzell, AIA, expressed her confidence and congratulations upon hearing the announcement while current President Ben Lee, AIA, is looking forward to Ms. Vierheilig’s service but disappointed that AIA NJ will miss her leadership.

AIA NJ Past President Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, who has worked alongside Kim Vierheilig since they were in school together and during their years serving the Architects League and AIA NJ, released the following statement,

“Kim Vierheilig, AIA, has always presented herself with confidence, professionalism and grace. She is recognized throughout the industry as a fair and thoughtful leader. She is respected by AIA members as an icon of the successful Architect. I am so pleased to hear about her new appointment and know that the good people of the Garden State will be well served by my colleague.”

~ Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, 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.

Kim is a licensed architect and a LEED-Accredited Professional with a Building Design and Construction Specialty. Vierheilig serves as Vice President of LAN Associates, an Engineering, Planning, Architecture, and Surveying firm, one of the leading architectural/engineering practices in Northern New Jersey.

Vierheilig leads the architecture department at LAN in designing inspirational, functional and comfortable spaces for its educational, senior living and hospitality clients. She is the author of the whitepaper entitled “Breaking out of the Box,” documenting scientific research proving that a holistic building design approach in schools enhances student educational achievement.

Vierheilig oversees the Marketing Department, spearheading numerous marketing and business initiatives that have increased LAN’s market share and positioned the firm as one of New Jersey’s leader in K-12 school design.

Vierheilig’s commitment to excellence has led her to be named one of NJBIZ 2017 Best 50 Women in business, Woman Builders Council 2017 Outstanding Woman and NJBIZ 2016 Forty Under Forty.

AIA NJ extends our appreciation and congratulations.

About AIA and AIA New Jersey

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional organization that helps architects serve the public’s needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the 300 plus local chapters represent 89,000licesnsed architects and allied professionals. 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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