Newark and Suburban Design Awards

DA head

Looking to Sponsor this event? NS Design Awards Sponsorship Form 2013

Held annually since 1993, the Newark and Suburban Design Awards celebrates the outstanding ability of our AIA member firms. This juried competition features members’ best work in both Residential and Non-Residential categories. The event is also one of the highlights of the Newark and Suburban calendar, typically attracting over one hundred members and guests for a fabulous evening of  architectural design, good food and conversation, and music.

2013 Design Awards: A Night at the Museum

Sponsored by:

L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, LLP

Pella Windows & Doors

Microsol Resources

The Design Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the 20th annual Newark and Suburban Design Awards will be held Thursday, October 17th, 2013 from 5:30-9:30 PM at the Morris Museum in Morristown.  Architecture will take its rightful place alongside the Museum’s fine arts exhibits as our member firms’ best work will be displayed in the Entrance Pavilion and Museum Court. Members and guests can stroll through the Museum and view the project boards and enjoy good food and wine in the Entrance Pavilion. We will be announcing the awards in the Museum’s 300-seat Bickford Theater with its state of the art sound and projection system. To make the evening more special, we will be able to tour the Museum’s exhibits and galleries throughout the night. And as always, there is the opportunity for good conversation and camaraderie with your fellow AIA members.


•    Claire Weisz, AIA is a founding partner of WXY architecture and urban design, a New York City-based firm focused on creating innovative approaches to public spaces, structures, and cities. WXY’s current projects include the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Plan and Design Guidelines For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, featured in a series of reports supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Ms. Weisz is on the faculty of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and has taught and lectured at Yale, Parsons, Columbia, and NJIT.  Please visit to see the work of Ms. Weisz and her firm.
•    Hugh H. Trumbull III, AIA is a senior design principal with KPF with strong New Jersey roots.  A South Orange native, Mr. Trumbull has worked on many New Jersey projects, including leading the master plan and design of Centra at Metropark in Iselin. This LEED Platinum certified office complex received an AIA-NJ Honor Award in 2011.  Mr. Trumbull also led the design of 175 Park Ave. in Madison, transforming a 225,000 s.f. Verizon call center into a Class A LEED Platinum office building. Mr. Trumbull’s work can be viewed at
•    Stuart Disston, AIA, LEED GA is a partner in Austin Patterson Disston, an award-winning firm specializing in residential design based in Quogue, N.Y. and Southport, CT.   A native of Morristown, Mr. Disston’s designs in Quogue, Lyme, New Canaan, Westport, and Rowayton have won his firm awards from American Institute of Architects Connecticut.  In addition two of his Connecticut projects have won the Alice Washburn/AIA Award for new traditional houses in Connecticut.  His watercolor of Il Duomo, Florence was the recipient of a recent AIA/CT Drawing Award.  Mr. Disston’s work can be viewed at
•    Jack A. Purvis, AIA probably needs no introduction to most NS members. Mr. Purvis is the 2013 President of AIA New Jersey as well as the 2003 AIA New Jersey Architect of the Year.  Mr. Purvis is well-known for his residential and commercial projects in Monmouth and Ocean Counties as well as his community service work, most notably for Howell Township, NJ.  Please visit Mr. Purvis’ web site


DA Drop-off Locations

Entry deadline:  October 10th, 2013

Contact:  Donald Chin, AIA- Design Awards Chairperson for AIANS

 PAY FOR YOUR SUBMISSION (Attach receipt to board):

Number of Entries



October 17th, 2013 from 5:30-9:30 PM at the Morris Museum in Morristown.

 The evening includes wine, soda and passed hors d’oeuvres.


Earn 2 LUs

Free to All AIANS Members (regular, associate and allied)

One non-member entry allowed per submission

$25 for interns attending with a members

$50 for all others

Contact to pay for attendance

REGISTER TO ATTEND: contact  Online registration is closed.





View the 2012 Design Award Submissions
View the 2011 Design Award Submissions