AIA New Jersey Names Paul D. Rugarber, AIA, Architect of the Year

January 15, 2020

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AIA New Jersey Names Paul D. Rugarber, AIA, Architect of the Year

On January 11, 2020, AIA New Jersey members gathered at The Treasury at Felina in Ridgewood, NJ to celebrate the inauguration and awards presentation at their annual Gala, this year co-hosted with the AIA Architects League of Northern New Jersey.

At the event, Paul D. Rugarber, AIA, was presented the award for AIA New Jersey Architect of the Year by Service Award Chairman and Past President Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, and 2020 President Steven B. Lazarus, AIA. 

Paul is the Architect and owner of PDRdesigns, an architecutal firm specializing in guiding the owner through the process of residential design and construction along the Jersey Shore since 2008. Paul is registered in NJ, NY and Florida.

Paul enjoys working with other business leaders and entrepreneurs to create a community where leadership and business principles are fostered through seminars and speaking engagements. He is committed to spekaing at events about positivity and office culture, topics he is a firm believer in for himself and his staff. 

To emphasize his life philosophy, Paul produces motivational videos and podcasts which he shares on social media in an effort to build others up and strive for a happier life. 

Mr. Rugarber has presented at the AIA Tri-States Conference, serves as an expert for Entre Architect and as a facilitator for EA Mastermind Groups. Paul has been featured in Design NJ Magazine and has written his own book, Architecture to Construction, an Amazon best seller.  


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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 95,000 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 and region, 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 over 2,000 members across six sections. For more information, please visit


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