The American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter names HDR the 2017 Firm of the Year

January 24, 2018

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The AIA NJ annual Service Awards are given to recognize accomplishments of individuals and firms that have provided distinguished service to the profession and to the Society.  They are designed to focus on the accomplishments of members and non-members on issues of public awareness of the built environment, service to the community and other non-design aspects of Architecture.


The distinguished jury for 2017 consisted of AIA Connecticut President, George Fellner, AIA, AIA New York State President, Robert E. Stark, AIA and AIA Pennsylvania President, Robert Kelly, AIA. The Service Awards Chair for AIA NJ was past president and immediate past regional representative, Robert Cozzarelli, AIA.


Presented during this year’s annual awards gala, which was held at Clark’s Landing in Point Pleasant, AIA-NJ Service Awards honor the work of the state’s most talented and forward-thinking architects and architectural firms. For the first time in its 50-year history, HDR’s Princeton architecture studio has received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Jersey 2017 Firm of the Year award.


Pictured in the image by Hollander Photographic Services are Robert Cozzarelli, AIA, Chairman of the Service Awards Committee, Past President and Immediate Past Regional Depresentative, AIA New Jersey; Daniel B. Rew, AIA, HDR Design Director; Brian Kowalchuk, AIA, HDR Global Director, Design; Donna Terzano, AIA, HDR Project Manager, Healthcare; Thomas Smith, AIA, HDR Design Director; Eric T. Jaffe, AIA, HDR Vice President, Managing Principal; Anthony Reda, Associate AIA – HDR Architectural Designer; Sean P. Cuddahy, AIA, HDR Senior Project Manager and President of AIA Central New Jersey and Verity Frizzell, AIA, President, AIA New Jersey


“This is a significant honor, and I want to congratulate and thank everyone who has made it possible for us to be recognized in this way,” said Managing Principal Eric Jaffe. “All of us are very proud of this accomplishment.”

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world—and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.

With around 200 employees, the Princeton architecture studio represents diverse multidisciplinary services including architecture, engineering, interior design, lighting design, planning, sustainable design and marketing. There are also professionals in the office at all levels who are atypical in a design firm such as industrial engineers, social scientists, clinicians and data analysts. “What this means,” said Jaffe, “is that we have an office culture that is informed by diverse perspectives and robust dialogue.”

That culture embodies an “exceptional commitment to advancing the standards of the architecture profession,” said client Timothy Lizura, president and COO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Client Peter J. DiRocco, director, facilities &engineering at Bristol-Myers Squibb, credits the Princeton team for “transforming not only (our) buildings and property, but our way of doing business. The process your team established and followed allowed our many stakeholders to feel like they were ultimately part of the overall solution.”

According to George Fellner, AIA, and AIA Connecticut president and jury member, all of the applicants demonstrated a high degree of major architectural accomplishments and professional, technical and community-based attributes. “We congratulate the selected award recipients for their distinguished excellence involving their professionalism, extensive backgrounds and diverse involvement, as well as their clear commitments to the community,” he said.

Other recent AIA New Jersey awards for the Princeton architecture studio include two 2017 Design Awards for Concord Cancer Hospital and Proton Therapy Center and Kolos Data Center. Both received the Merit Award, Unbuilt.


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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