Judith Anne Donnelly, AIA, Installed as 2019 President of AIA New Jersey

April 17, 2019

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AIA New Jersey’s 2019 President, Judith Anne Donnelly, AIA

Judith Anne Donnelly, AIA, Installed as 2019 President of AIA New Jersey

On March 23, 2019, The American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter celebrated Design, Service and Leadership at its annual AIA New Jersey State Awards Gala at The Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ, a combined celebration with AIA Newark and Suburban Architects Past President’s Banquet. 
A highlight of the event was the ceremonial installation of AIA New Jersey’s 2019 president, Judith Anne Donnelly, AIA. 

Judy Donnelly sharing the spotlight with fellow honoree AIA Newark and Suburban Past President Ronald Weston, AIA

President Donnelly issued the following statement, 
“I am ready to steer the Chapter with the assistance of the Members, the Sections, the Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees, all Chairpersons & Committee members, our Executive Director (and his terrific team) and everyone who wants to be involved.  We at AIA NJ are diligently working towards an ‘Energetic Year’!

To remain viable, relevant and healthy as an organization (the NJ chapter was started in November 1896) for years to come, we need our emerging professionals’ sector to grow exponentially and take over the leadership of the AIA.  Therefore, it is my #1 GOAL, to embrace our intelligent, interesting, and ambitious young colleagues!  It is up to us (those who are ‘aging out’) to share our expertise and knowledge of AIA NJ so that our organization will easily thrive for 122 more years!”


President Donnelly receiving her engraved gavel from AIA NJ Immediate Past President, Verity Frizzell, FAIA


Ms. Donnelly, AIA, is the principal owner of Donnelly Architecture, LLC, an architectural firm that works on both residential and commercial projects; the focus of DA, LLC “project excellence” with a personal touch. Judy Donnelly is licensed to practice architecture in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

Judy Donnelly has a B.F.A. (Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Interior Design) from Kean University and an M.A. (Master’s Degree in Architecture0 from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Judy Donnelly graduated with honors from both schools and received the Henry Adams, AIA award for GPA while at NJIT, along with several other awards.
In 2010, Ms. Donnelly was the president of AIA Newark and Suburban where she was the leader of over 500 architects in New Jersey. Ms. Donnelly served many positions at AIA New Jersey and AIA Newark and Suburban including but not limited to the secretary, first and second vice presidents, president-elect, continuing education chairperson, community and charity chairperson and building tour chairperson.
Judy Donnelly serves the community with pro-bono architectural services and continues to volunteer her time: she has been a judge many times at the North Jersey Craftsman’s Fair, a guest critic for  County College of Morris Interior Design Program, a guest speaker for Norwescap, a guest workshop instructor at the CCM Teen Arts Festival. She hosted a children’s fort building event with Architects at Rutherford Hall in Allamuchy, New Jersey. Judy Donnelly was an adjunct teacher at Berkeley College of Business in Bergen County, New Jersey where she taught Drafting and AutoCAD for the interior design program.
Judy Donnelly is a strong believer in the AIA and is an advocate for our young professionals; her 2019 focus is to work closely with our young professionals so that they can continue the mission of the AIA for years to come.

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