AIA New Jersey Announces Our 2023 Service Award Winners

November 13, 2023

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2023 Service Award Winners

AIA Associate of the Year

Sydne Nance, Associate AIA

Editorial Assistant for Madame Architect

Sydne has demonstrated leadership as the former AIAS President at NJIT and a record-setting student-athlete. She is a beacon for diversity in the architectural profession. 

Young Architect of the Year

Erik Polyzou, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

RSC Architects

Erik Polyzou, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, is committed to the architectural industry is apparent through his years of service, highlighted by his leadership at RSC Architects, his dedication to his clients’ satisfaction and the community’s well-being through his project management, and his devotion to mentorship and volunteerism.

Architect of the Year

Nancy Dougherty, AIA

Studio 1200

Nancy Dougherty, AIA LEED AP, is an exemplary member of AIA Newark and Suburban. As a partner in Studio 1200, she also mentors young professionals and is exceptional in service to the community.

Resident of the Year

Talia Young

President & CEO, Newark Symphony Hall

Talia Young possesses a unique blend of tenacity, passion, and vision to guide the transformation of Newark Symphony Hall into a restored and modernized economic and cultural engine for the City of Newark.

Firm of the Year

Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.

Hamilton, New Jersey

Spiezle’s passion for design, diverse culture, and dedication to service, have led to exceptional growth in size, revenue, and performance. Our designs transform the built environment into inspiring spaces for healing, learning, and living.

AIA New Jersey Distinguished Service Award

Joshua Zinder, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design

Joshua Zinder demonstrates exceptional leadership by leveraging his passion for architecture in service to his core communities: profession, civic, and faith. His significant contributions include championing peers, mentoring practitioners, inspiring business leaders, and aiding nonprofits.

We will recognize and celebrate these winners at the 2024 Annual Board Installation and Awards Gala,

scheduled for January 13th at Clarks Landing Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Registration is Open

Questions? Contact  Christina Goldstein |

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