AIA NJ Past President Robert Cozzarelli, FAIA, Wins Hillier College Of Architetcture And Design Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award

April 5, 2023

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AIA NJ Past President Robert Cozzarelli, FAIA, Wins Hillier College of Architecture and Design Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award


Matthew B. Jarmel, AIA, MBA, chairman of the NJIT Hillier College of Architecture and Design Alumni Awards committee, has announced that Robert Cozzarelli, FAIA, NCARB, PP, CID, has been awarded the 2023 “Distinguished Alumni Leadership” award. 

This award is given to an HCAD alumnus who has made a significant impact in the design community while promoting and improving the design professions through their leadership. Candidates are to have served in a leadership role in the design community for a substantial period and have mentored younger members of the design community. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught in the Hillier College.

Robert Cozzarelli, FAIA is a persuasive advocate for the architectural profession with a focus on ensuring the architect’s relevance and influence in the public sphere and creating a solid and forward-thinking structure to strengthen the voice of the architectural profession.

Robert Cozzarelli has devoted four decades of his professional life to leading the architectural profession through his involvement with The College of Fellows of The AIA, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and The New Jersey State Board of Architects. His involvement through AIA has ensured that the AIA contributes to provide valuable resources for its members and his involvement with NCARB has contributed to the regulations and standards that protect public health, safety, and welfare by leading the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects.

Robert is now serving as NCARB Region 2 Mid-Atlantic States Vice-Chair/Treasurer and he’s been asked to speak at the A’23 AIA National Convention for NCARB on “Responsible Charge.”
Robert had the honor of being elevated to Fellowship in 2019 to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects for Object Three – Leadership. Of the nearly 100,000 AIA Members approximately 3% are recognized as Fellows.

As a respected leader of his community, Robert completed significant work pro-bono for the local Chapter 22 of the Disabled American Veterans, helping the organization secure land (for 
one dollar) and negotiating union trade services to complete the building at no charge. He was also responsible for introducing CANstruction to NJ. He created the AIA NJ Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize Graves as an AIA Gold Medal Recipient for his contributions and subsequently to recognize the achievements of esteemed New Jersey architects.

Serving on the New Jersey State Board of Architects since 2017, and as its president in 2020, Robert is working to create a sound footing for the profession by ensuring public safety. In 2017, he began representing New Jersey’s nearly 9,000 registered architects at NCARB and is now serving as an officer of NCARB Region 2.

Robert had the honor, in 1974, of being accepted to Newark College of Engineering (NCE) – School of Architecture. Shortly thereafter NCE become known as the New Jersey Institute of
Technology (NJIT). Robert was part of the first class that was fully NAAB accredited and graduated with a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture. Today the School of Architecture is known as the
Hiller College of Architecture & Design.

Robert founded his architectural firm in 1986 and twelve years later became partners with Roger Ciminiello, RA (NJIT-‘92). The firm is known as CCA – Cozzarelli Cirminiello Architects,
LLC, specializing in healthcare architecture and has served the public as a traditional generalist practice.

Robert is married to Susan (44 years) and they have two children. Robert, Jr., DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) who is married to Jenna, MA, and Rebecca, DVM (Doctor of Veterinarian
Medicine), who is married to Danial Cocco, CPFA. They have one beautiful grandchild, Michael.

Fun Fact: Robert is inducted into the New York JETS Fan Hall of Fame and the NFL Draft- Inner Circle


The award will be presented at the upcoming Design Showcase Gala on April 20, 2023, as part of New Jersey Architecture Week. You can learn more about the gala by following this link:


Information on the award’s criteria can be found by following this link:

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