The American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter Announces its 2020 Service Award Winners

November 4, 2020

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The American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter Announces its 2020 Service Award Winners

It is with great pleasure that AIA New Jersey shares with you the recipients of this year’s Service Awards.

The 2020 Winners


Firm of the year: Mills + Schnoering

Mills + Schnoering (M+Sa) has built upon a rich legacy of architectural design and historic preservation excellence throughout the region, and increasingly, on the national stage.


Resident of the year: Robert Austin

Life safety is the essence of an architect’s responsibility. Rob Austin provides essential code guidance to architects across New Jersey via his insightful writing, presentations, and consultation.


Distinguished Service Award: Roger Smith, Assoc. AIA

Roger’s leadership, experience, passion and energy for the architecture profession has allowed him to take on tomorrow’s challenges and move us forward through the power of design.


Associate AIA of the Year: Dana Nalbantian, Assoc. AIA

Completing more than 20 million square feet throughout her career, Dana exemplifies commitment to the architecture and design industry. Through her service and her projects, she has raised the bar for the build environment.


Young Architect of the Year: LoriAnne Jones, AIA

LoriAnne’s love of architecture is matched only by her passion for service. As an advisor to clients, a resource to colleagues, and a guidepost to mentees, LoriAnne’s work serves to further the profession.


Our Distinguished Jury


Marie McCauley, AIA, is a Project Architect for Silling Architects
in Charleston, WV. She has over twelve years’ experience on an
extensive range of projects including K-12, judicial facilities, and
commercial projects. McCauley is an active member of the AIA
and is a former Young Architect Regional Director (YARD) for
the Region of the Virginias and currently a Director for AIA West
Virginia. She holds a B.Arch from the University of Tennessee.
Marie and her husband, along with their two sons, reside in
Ripley, WV.


Eric Oskey, AIA, is a partner and Technical Director of the award-
winning firm Moto Designshop (Moto) which is recognized for
well-considered and crafted projects. Eric brings into being
Moto’s creative vision through the sophisticated application of
assemblies, material science, building systems, and
construction knowledge.
His understanding and use of digital production tools, creates a
valuable reciprocation between digital technology and building
technique. His substantial previous experience, which includes
working at the Pritzker Prize winning office of Venturi Scott
Brown, allows him to efficiently lead large-scale and institutional
projects, while navigating their intricate dynamics. His studied
approach to design is driven by an enthusiastic engagement of
the making process and the descriptive tools used to reveal
Eric maintains his connection to academics as an Associate
Professor of Practice in the Architecture Department at the Tyler
School of Art and Architecture, Temple University. He holds a
Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University and a Master of
Architecture from Cornell University.


Tay Othman, AIA, is a licensed architect in California and LEED
Accredited professional focusing on educational, commercial,
and institutional buildings, as an Architect working at DES
Architects + Engineers in San Francisco Bay Area, Tay was
involved in the design and construction of many Silicon Valley’s
native buildings.
Tay is currently serving as a young architect regional director in
north California also serving as a board member with AIA
California. Before the state chapter involvement, He Served as
the Architect Chair of Bay Area Young Architects (BAYA) and
chaired the Emerging professional's committee in AIA Silicon
When Tay is not working or talking to architects, he can be found
on his computer exploring some new venues in art, math, and
enjoying some video games.


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