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AIA-NJ Honors New Jersey Future Executive Director

January 28th, 2014 by

New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach receives his AIA-NJ Service Award from chapter president . Photo courtesy of AIA-NJ

New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach receives his AIA-NJ Service Award from chapter president Kurt Kalafsky. Photo: David Hollander/Hollander Photographic Services

On Jan. 11, The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) honored New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach as an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to both his local community and the evolving built infrastructure in the post-Hurricane Sandy New Jersey in 2013.

Bestowed during the organization’s awards gala, AIA-NJ’s Service Awards are designed to honor the work of the state’s most talented and forward-thinking architects and firms.

Kasabach received the Resident of the Year Award for his commitment to smart growth as executive director of New Jersey Future. In addition to his efforts to curb suburban sprawl and promote walkability statewide, Kasabach is very active in the Trenton community. He previously chaired Artworks visual arts center, which created Art All Night; founded the Trenton Preservation Committee; and coordinated the neighborhood-led South Broad Street Vision Plan.

“Our Service Awards provide AIA-NJ’s members with a much-deserved stage for their personal and professional endeavors,” said Michael Hanrahan, AIA, who served as chair of AIA-NJ’s Service Awards committee. “I’m proud to say that each of the winners have significantly advanced not only the architectural profession, but also the communities in which they live and work.”

Other Service Award recipients were:

  • Kurt M. Kalafsky, AIA, of Howell, N.J., received the “Distinguished Service Award” for his 30-plus years of dedication to the architectural profession. 
  • Joshua Zinder, AIA, founder of Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design in Princeton, N.J., earned the “Architect of the Year Award” for his wide-ranging work on high-end commercial, institutional, residential and sustainable architecture.
  • KSS Architects, a full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm in Princeton, N.J., and Philadelphia, Pa., received “Architectural Firm of the Year Award” for its design and leadership on behalf of clients in the fields of education, culture, land development, urban development, and corporate environments.
  • Manuel Pereiras, AIA, of Union City, N.J., was presented with the “Young Architect of the Year Award” for his extensive work in the commercial and residential sectors in Northern New Jersey.
  • Victoria Pivovarnick of Princeton, N.J., took home the “Intern Architect of the Year Award,” for her accomplishments in the six years she has spent at KSS Architects

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