Chanta Jackson of Long Branch, N.J., received the “Resident of the Year Award” from the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) for her leadership and commitment to the expansion project for the Second Baptist Church in Long Branch, N.J. Jackson, the multimedia publishing manager at the Star Ledger, a daily newspaper publication for the New York metro area, volunteered to be the project manager for the 10,000-square-foot expansion, assisting architect Frank Tomaino, AIA, a sole practitioner based in Monmouth County, N.J.
Jackson is an active member of the Second Baptist Church and has served as treasurer for the past 10 years. She is also the redevelopment project manager for the church’s multimillion-dollar building project.
Other service award winners include Spiezle Architectural Group, a Trenton, N.J. based full-service architecture firm, which was honored with the “Architectural Firm of the Year Award”; Stephen J. Carlidge, AIA, Of Ocean Grove, N.J., who was honored with the “Distinguished Service Award; Richard P. Tokarski, AIA, of Brick Township, N.J., who was honored with the “Architect of the Year Award”; April Horvath, AIA, of Ocean Grove, N.J., who was honored with the “Young Architect of the Year Award”; and Sarah Wolosin, associate AIA, of Trenton, N.J., who was honored as “Intern Architect of the Year.”
AIA helps architects serve the public’s needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American Society. AIA-NJ is a local chapter of the national AIA, and 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.