AIA New Jersey Members Featured On Zoning & Housing Panel

June 10, 2022

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AIA New Jersey Members Featured On Zoning & Housing Panel


AIA New Jersey members William J. Martin, AIA, and Simone Tsigounis, AIA, were both featured recently on an open, public, community panel discussion developed by Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, on Zoning and the Future of Housing in New Jersey. Experienced industry professionals and community leaders participated to discuss zoning trends and how responsible planning practices can shape healthy, vibrant, economically sound communities.


Simone Tsigounis, AIA, Esq. received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Architecture from MIT.  She has a solo practice and has balanced her career with volunteering on Cresskill’s Land Use and Community boards.  She was elected to serve three terms on the Cresskill Council, during which time she earned her law degree from Rutgers in Newark, then went on to run for Bergen County Freeholder and Surrogate. Simone is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), Certified Interior Designer, and a member of NCARB (the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards).  She also has her NJ Real Estate Salesperson’s License and gives back to her alma mater as an Educational Counselor with MIT’s Office of Admissions.

William J. Martin, AIA, LEED AP-H, is an award-winning Architect and Professional Planner focused on sustainable, high-performance, resilient and energy efficient design configurations using cultural vernacular expression. Bill studied Architecture and Managerial Economics at Carnegie Mellon University and continued to Pratt Institute, where his interest in the economics of Real Estate led him to complete his Architecture degree with honors. Bill started the WJM Architect firm over 30 years ago and has designed and consulted on a wide variety of building types. Bill is a NJ licensed building inspector and construction official and holds an HHS Class 1 inspector’s license. Bill designed the first high performance Certified LEED Platinum home in Bergen County. That home was also the first home in NJ to achieve compliance with New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program New Jersey Climate Choice Home standards. Bill is periodically consulted by local media outlets. He has been interviewed by CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and the Today Show regarding architectural design trends.

Pam Chmiel, Licensed Realtor ® Associate, CNE, is a top-producing Real Estate Agent on The Gubb Team at Keller Williams in Ridgewood.  

Thomas J. Flynn will moderate.   

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