March 1, 2021
One of the best ways to predict a strong lineage of future female leaders is for recent graduates to find female role models and mentors in leadership positions to support, encourage and demonstrate what a successful, influential, woman architect looks like. AIA New Jersey believes strongly in this idea and has been fortunate to attract such figures to serve in their leadership over the last 35 years, 8 years earlier than even AIA national!
1985 President Eleanore K. Pettersen, FAIA, Architects League of Northern New Jersey Member
2000 President Robin L. Murray, FAIA, AIA Central Jersey Member
2009 President and current Equity in Architecture Chair, Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, Architects League of Northern New Jersey Member
2015 President and current Communications Chair, Kimberly L. Bunn, AIA, AIA West Jersey Member
2018 President Verity L. Frizzell, FAIA, AIA Jersey Shore Member
2019 President Judith A. Donnelly, AIA, AIA Newark and Suburban Member
Of particular note, each of these women has been or are a firm principal or sole practitioner during their term. They each have served with confidence and made a positive impact on the society during their tenure, resulting in the encouragement of future women climbing the ladder, each time more rapidly, behind them.
We thank and celebrate the service, volunteerism, and contributions of each of these women and look forward to adding to this list of AIA New Jersey Presidents!
Architects are creative professionals, educated, trained, and experienced in the art and science of building design, and licensed to practice architecture. Their designs respond to client needs, wants and vision, protect public safety, provide economic value, are innovative, inspire and contribute positively to the community and the environment. 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, 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 http://www.aia-nj.org
By Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, AIA NJ Advocacy Consultant | Posted in AIA Central New Jersey, AIA Jersey Shore, AIA Newark and Suburban, AIA West Jersey, Architects League of Northern New Jersey, Women in Architecture | Tagged: #AIANJWIA, #diversity, #EDI, #EleanorePettersenFAIA, #equity, #girlpower, #Inclusion, #JudithDonnellyAIA, #KimberlyBunnAIA, #RobinMurrayFAIA, #StaceyRuhleKlieschAIA, #VerityFrizzellFAIA, #WIA, #womeninarchitecture, #WomensHistoryMonth | Comments (0)
Architects are creative professionals, educated, trained, and experienced in the art and science of building design, and licensed to practice architecture. Their designs respond to client needs, wants and vision, protect public safety, provide economic value, are innovative, inspire and contribute positively to the community and the environment.