AIA Jersey Shore presents “The Value of the Architect”

January 16, 2021

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AIA Jersey Shore presents “The Value of the Architect”


Time: 6-8pm
6:00-6:15 – AIA Jersey Shore Installation Ceremony / Networking
6:15-7:30 – Panel Discussion
7:30-8pm – Questions to the Panel

Virtual Zoom Panel Discussion

Cost: Free

All AIA members are invited to attend. RSVP via Eventbrite by clicking HERE


About our panelists:

Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, CID, LEED AP  

Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, Architect LLC  
Advocacy Consultant, American Institute of Architects, New Jersey Chapter 
Past President, American Institute of Architects, NJ Chapter                                        
Past President, Architects League of Northern NJ

Stacey is the Principal at her firm, Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, Architect, LLC, started in 2003. Ms. Kliesch is licensed to practice architecture in NY and NJ, is a NJ Certified Interior Designer and a NJ Real Estate Salesperson. Stacey has a Master of Science in Management and a Master of Architecture. She has been an adjunct professor of design and guest juror at varied New Jersey colleges.

An award-winning architect, she has been a member of AIA since 1993, 2006 President of The Architects League of Northern New Jersey and 2009 President of AIA New Jersey. Stacey has received the AIA NJ Distinguished Service Award, recognized as Young Architect and Intern Architect of the Year, and received the Architects League’s highest honor, the Vegliante Award, multiple Trustees Awards and most recently recognized for her community service activity. Stacey is the chair of the AIA NJ Equity in Architecture committee and advocacy consultant for the AIA NJ Public Awareness committee.

Stacey loves traveling, public speaking, reading, all water sports and spending time on the beach. She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Gary, daughters Payton and Skylar, and beloved pup, Piper. 

William J. Martin, R.A., AIA, P.P., LEED AP-H  

WJM Architect
Co-chairperson AIA NJ Public Awareness Committee
Trustee AIA Architects League of Northern NJ

William J. Martin (Bill) is an architect and community planner focused on high performance resilient and energy efficient design configurations using cultural vernacular expression. He designed the First Certified LEED Platinum home in suburban NJ and received an AIA NJ COTE Top Ten Merit Award for the project entitled “Knight on a Chessboard”.

Bill was educated at Carnegie-Mellon University (’81-’84) in Pittsburgh, PA and Pratt Institute, School of Architecture (’84-’88) in New York City. While at Carnegie-Mellon, he studied Architecture and Managerial Economics. At Pratt Institute, he studied architecture and its relationship to the economics of real estate development and received his Architecture Degree with Honors (B Arch 1988). Bill started the WJM Architect firm over 30 years ago and has designed and consulted on a wide variety of building types.

In 2020, Bill was the recipient of the inaugural AIA Architects League Community Service Award.  This award is presented for distinguished service to the community for leading the Westwood Zoning board as it’s chairperson for over 25 years. His service contributed to the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association’s designation of Westwood NJ as a “Great Place in NJ 2019” for a great downtown.

Bill is a tireless advocate for architects on social media and leads the AIA NJ Public Awareness Committee as Co-chairperson. He is considered a social media influencer by AIA National and is regularly consulted by local media outlets. He has been interviewed by CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and the Today Show regarding historical design trends.

Edward N. Rothe, FAIA  

Rothe-Johnson Architects – Architecture/Planning/Interior Design
Rothe-Johnson Project Services – Design-Build/Project Management/ Development Services
B4Development, LLC. Managing Principal – Owner Representation/Project Management/Criteria Architecture

Past President, AIA -NJ 
Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. He started his career with an architecture and construction firm in Princeton, NJ where he learned the technical and cost control side of architecture and the uncommon project delivery method, Design-Build. After a four-year tenure, he joined an award-winning architectural firm in New York City where his talents as a designer would be better utilized.

In 1974, Ed co-founded Rothe Johnson Architects in a basement office in Metuchen, NJ. The firm grew to be one of the region’s largest and most recognized firms, winning multiple AIANJ design awards. Clients included real estate developers, colleges and universities, healthcare intuitions,  private corporations, and government agencies.

In addition to his award-winning practice, Ed was active in the profession, serving AIANJ in many capacities. As AIANJ President, he focused on issues of public awareness and public policy. In 1988, he was advanced to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, FAIA, for “his ability to achieve powerful architecture within tight economic constraints and significant contributions to the profession of architecture”.

Since retiring from the practice of architecture, Ed continues to serve and test the boundaries of the profession.  

Brian W. Penschow, AIA, NCARB 
AIA New Jersey Vice President 2021 
AIA Jersey Shore Past President
AIA New Jersey CRANSFX Chair

Brian has been a resident of Middletown for the past seven years, and a resident of Monmouth county since 2008. He is the current chairperson for the American Institute of Architects’ Custom Residential Architects’ Network and Small Firm Exchange committee, and the immediate past-President of AIA Jersey Shore. Brian has been elected to serve and AIA New Jersey’s Vice-President for 2021. Brian has attended Union County College, Rutgers University College of Engineering, and New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture. At last year’s inaugural Young Architect Conference Brian was awarded a conference award detailing his contributions to the community through leadership and mentorship. Also, an award-winning design architect, Brian has been fortunate to have worked on nearly all building types throughout his career. He has completed work in 2018 with a developer to adaptively reuse several buildings in the historic four-corners district of Newark, NJ through use of the federal historic tax credit and sound preservation techniques to breathe new life into a few glorious buildings. Brian is a State licensing advisor for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the chairperson for the residential exam development committee for the International Code Council (ICC), is an AIA-NJ liaison to the New Jersey State Board of Architects, serves on the public affairs, legislative and governmental affairs, k-12 education, and women in architecture committees. Brian currently owns his own small architecture firm and works with Construction Specifications Incorporated writing specifications for many major New York City architecture firms. On weekends and evenings, you can find him spending time with his family hiking, climbing lighthouses, or traveling. Brian loves nature, and cities, people, and animals, and has bucket-loads of passion for architecture and the community that he desires to serve.

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