Springfield's John Cwikla Elected Head of Regional Architects Association

John A Cwikla, AIA of Springfield Township, was installed as President of AIA Newark and Suburban Architects Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Stone House in Stirling, NJ. 

AIA Newark and Suburban Architects is a Section of the New Jersey Society of Architects (AIA-NJ), which in turn is a Chapter and Region of American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Through public education, outreach, community redevelopment, government advocacy and partnerships, AIA-NJ protects the professional interests of its nearly 2,000 member Architects while working to provide a safer and better world for all of us.

Along with Mr. Cwikla the following officers were installed:

Stephen P. Rooney, AIA of Montclair, as President-Elect

Natasha Suzansky, AIA of Linden, NJ as First Vice President

Ronald Weston, AIA of West Orange, NJ as Secretary

Alex Gotthelf, AIA of Mountain Lakes, NJ as Treasurer

and Louise Addonizio, AIA of Morristown, NJ as the Immediate Past President and Nominations Chair for the 2015 Officers & Trustees.


Stephen W. Schwartz, AIA of Livingston, NJ was awarded the Herman C. Litwack, Award for Distinguished Service to the AIA and to the Profession of Architecture. This award honors the memory of Mr. Litwack, who was a nationally recognized Architect, Past President of AIA-NJ and long time Secretary/Executive Directory of the NJ State Board of Architects.


Jason Peist, Associate AIA of Nultey, NJ was awarded the Carleton B. Riker Award for Distinguished Service to the AIA and to the Profession of Architecture by an unlicensed member. This award honors the memory of Mr. Riker, who was a long time Associate member and historian of AIANS.


In his remarks to the one hundred plus guests, Mr. Cwikla remarked that since joining AIA-NJ and his local section in 1996, he has met and learned from many dedicated men and women who cared enough to give their time and energy to improve the AIA and the profession of architecture on the whole.


Mr. Cwikla is a project architect with Potter Architects, LLC, a third generation architectural firm, in Union, NJ. He has worked their since 1995 on various municipal, school and private projects. He graduated, from the Architecture Program at Spring Garden College in Philadelphia PA, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and earned his license to practice in the profession in 2010. 


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