AIA New Jersey Celebrates Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

July 17, 2021

Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, Seated with colleagues Robert Cozzarelli, FAIA, on left and Bruce Turner, AIA, on right.

 

AIA New Jersey Celebrates Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

One hundred fifty fans of AIA New Jersey Past President Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, serenaded the fellow in honor of his birthday at the AIA New Jersey Awards and Board Recognition Gala held on July 14, 2021, at Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ. The event was the first in-person gathering of colleagues since February 2020. AIA New Jersey President Joshua Zinder, AIA, kicked off the song as the audience eagerly joined in. 

In a career now in its fifth decade, Mr. Eben has served in more than forty different leadership positions, always acting tirelessly as an advocate and representative for the profession and the AIA. Soon after becoming a licensed architect, Jerry assumed leadership positions in AIA Newark and Suburban Architects, one of six (6) local sections of the Chapter.  In fact, he has served in every position available, in AIA-NJ and in each he has not only fulfilled his duties, but done more.  When his term as President of the Chapter coincided with the 150th anniversary of the AIA, he inaugurated an original public affairs effort, employing a firm to gain press and deploying 150 architects to visit middle and high schools from which they graduated during the annual National Architecture Week.

 

AIA New Jersey Public Awareness Chair William Martin, AIA, and wife Jacqueline, seated, with Jerry and Past President Verity Frizzell, FAIA, enjoying the festivities

 

Jerry’s personal touch and grassroots approach have been the key to his ongoing success.  Jerry, a mentor to many at AIA, was delighted to be surrounded by friends. Jerry said he felt like a new man after being embraced by all the love in the room. As a good-humored rib, Jerry’s cake included a reminder card to “Donate to ArchiPAC” as driving contributions is one of Jerry’s yearly service projects. Click below to watch the video. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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