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American Institute of Architects Bestows Prestigious Honor upon New Jersey Historical Preservation Expert

John Hatch, FAIA, of Trenton, N.J. was recently elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) esteemed College of Fellows. Hatch, a member of AIA's New Jersey chapter (AIA-NJ), will be recognized at an investiture ceremony in Chicago, IL during the 2014 AIA National Convention in June.


The honor is one of the highest awarded to architects for their individual achievements and contributions to the profession and practice of architecture. There are currently slightly over 3,100 fellows within the national AIA membership of 83,000.

“It's an honor to have a member of our chapter receive this prestigious recognition,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, CSI, president of AIA-NJ. “John’s elevation to fellow is well deserved. His impressive design projects, commitment to urban revitalization, service on historic preservation boards, and professional dedication to AIA-NJ are evidence of his passion for architecture.”

Hatch, partner at Clarke Caton Hintz, in Trenton, N.J. was one of 139 architects nationally - and one of only two architects in New Jersey - to be distinguished with the honor of fellowship this year. The selection committee noted his unwavering professional and civic leadership in historic preservation and urban redevelopment.

“I'm driven by a deep personal passion for the appreciation and preservation of historic buildings throughout our great state,” said Hatch. “It’s an honor to be recognized as a Fellow of the AIA, and I'm excited to continue to seek sustainable and innovative approaches to my practice for both the organization and the industry.”

Hatch has served as President of the Board of Preservation NJ, and serves on the boards of the NJ Historic Trust, the Trenton Landmarks Commission, and various other preservation-focused boards. In this capacity, he has helped to advocate for and preserve at-risk historical structures throughout the State.

At Clarke Caton Hintz, Hatch’s work includes the preservation and restoration of significant landmarks, such as Morven Princeton, N.J., the former Governor’s Mansion; the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse (location of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial); the Webb Memorial Chapel in Madison, NJ; and the Roebling Complex Redevelopment in Trenton.

Apart from his historic preservation work, he has also worked on numerous higher education projects, multi-unit and senior citizen housing developments, major urban redevelopment projects across the state, the Somerset Ballpark, and a wide range of commercial and civic projects.

Hatch graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts and from the University of Virginia with a Masters in Architecture. He also received a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information on AIA-NJ, please visit the website at www.aia-nj.org.

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.

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