AIA helps architects serve the public's needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. The organization was created in 1857. Today, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and nearly 300 local chapters, the organization represents 86,000 licensed architects and associated professionals.
AIA New Jersey is a local chapter of the national AIA. The chapter was formed in 1900, uniting the architects of the state by merging the AIA Chapter with the New Jersey Society of Architects. The AIA-NJ chapter has six sections, which include Architects League of Northern New Jersey, Central Jersey, Newark and Suburban, Jersey Shore, South Jersey and West Jersey. Each section is independent and runs local events and programs for its members.
Santini, a resident of Cresskill, N.J., is the founder and former president of Ecoplan Architects, Planners, and Interior Designers in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and is now construction consultant to Procida Development Corp. in New York, N.Y. In 2000, he received the "Distinguished Service Award" from AIA and was elected regional director. For outstanding service to the profession and the institute, he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2002. Santini also received the Richard Upjohn Fellowship Award for his service on the national board.
Among his many accomplishments, Santini was selected as a member of AIA's Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee and was active in developing the "education initiative," bringing the Principles of Livable Communities to 150 New Jersey elementary schools during Architecture Week in April of 2007.
The annual event celebrates the top achievements among architects and architectural companies throughout the state.
Other award winners include Robert F. Barranger, AIA, partner at Cornerstone Architectural Group LLC, who was honored with the "Distinguished Service Award;" Barlo & Associates Architects, who were honored with the "Architectural Firm of the Year Award" Rafael Da Silva, AIA, founder of Parallel Architectural Group LLC, who was honored with the "Young Architect of the Year Award;" Sophia Jones, Associate AIA, an architectural designer at Historic Building Architects, who was honored with the "Intern of the Year Award;" and David A. Mooij, superintendent of schools of Neptune Township, who was honored with the "Resident of the Year Award."
About AIA and AIA New Jersey
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional organization that helps architects serve the public's needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. The organization, which was founded in 1857, recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its 300 plus local chapters represent 86,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. AIA New Jersey, based in Trenton, is the local chapter of AIA. In 2000, it celebrated its 100th anniversary. AIA New Jersey has about 2,000 members in six regional sections. For more information, please visit www.aia-nj.org.