Meet Lisa Walzer, AIA, Co-Chair of the AIA New Jersey Small Firm Exchange

March 6, 2024

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Meet Lisa Walzer, AIA, Co-Chair of the AIA New Jersey Small Firm Exchange

Lisa Walzer, AIA, is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Architecture, licensed in New York and New Jersey. Her career began in large NYC firms where she collaborated on health care and other big projects. Today she has her own practice, designing additions and renovations to single-family homes, an occasional new house, offices, local shops and institutional spaces. Her work has been published in professional journals and consumer magazines; two recent kitchen designs were featured in NJ Home.


As an AIA leader, Lisa is co-chair of the AIA New Jersey Small Firm Exchange (AIANJ SFx) with Sloan Springer, AIA, and the current president-elect of the Newark Suburban section of the AIA.

According to the AIA, the mission of the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) is to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. The objectives of the AIA SFx are three-fold:

1. Advocate the value of small firms within the AIA and to the public.

2. Curate and disseminate the most pertinent resources and information that benefit small firms.

3. Inform the AIA of current issues facing small firms and areas in which current resources/information are lacking.

AIA NJ SFx holds six webinars per year alternating monthly with committee meetings for planning and discussion. Committee meetings are open to all AIA NJ members and are typically held on Zoom. Contact lisa@walzerarchitecture if you are interested in joining. 

Upcoming webinars include: “Leveraging Media for Success for Small Firms” hosted by Jeremiah Russell and Darguin Fortuna to be held on March 20, 2024, at 7 pm, and a discussion of accessory dwelling units hosted by ADU expert, Marina Rubina, on May 22, 2024, at 7 pm. AIA NJ members will receive emails with registration links.


On weekend mornings you can usually find Lisa on a pickleball court. Later in the day she and her husband Bill, subscribers to two theater companies, often head into the city for a show, sometimes rushing back so she can attend a meeting of the book club she co-founded more than fifteen years ago.

Most of all, Lisa loves hosting holiday and special occasion dinners for her family and entertaining her young grandchildren.

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